‘If grime is dead, I’m not a casualty’
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by Robert Kazandjian
2M ago
Born and bred in South East London’s ‘blue borough’ of Lewisham, 25-year-old MC and record producer Novelist has been active in music since his early teens. Before that, he was flying the flag for his manor in a very different way, serving a term as Deputy Youth Mayor of Lewisham from 2012 to 2013. While Skepta was the face of grime’s glorious renaissance in 2014, Novelist featured on some of the resurgent scene’s most influential anthems, like Mumdance’s ‘Take Time’ and ‘Pengaleng’, as part of grime collective The Square. These underground bangers soundtracked a new generation’s joyful block ..read more
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Deyah is the rising Welsh rapper forging her own path
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by Rhys Thomas
2M ago
Deyah has covered more ground than the average 25 year old. Childhood trauma, pain, suffering. Addiction, loneliness, and more addiction. She has found God, nearly lost God, and lost a community of friends. She’s spiralled, spent time in rehab (again). And then, recovered. Renewed faith. She’s healing, giving, and growing. There’s health, there’s love, there’s optimism. You don’t need to speak with her to know this. It’s right there, in her music.  ‘Deyah’ means ‘I’m there’. According to another source, it also means ‘from God’. It isn’t her real name, but it’s apt. “I’m a person of faith ..read more
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Why Manga Saint Hilare is grime’s storyteller-in-chief
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by Alex Ekong
2M ago
There’s a high-rise flat somewhere in Woolwich, London from which Manga Saint Hilare regularly surveys the world. However, on this occasion, he’s been interrupted by a man on a scaffold. “They’re cleaning my block,” he explains. “I just saw a man’s face at my window, and I live on the sixth floor!” Before the errant window cleaner derailed his train of thought, the grime MC – real name Matthew Reid – was in full flow, talking about how music, marketing and, indeed, London itself had transformed since he was first handpicked by Wiley to join the legendary Roll Deep crew back in 2004. Since that ..read more
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Stormzy has made me proud to be a black Cambridge graduate
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by Alex Mistlin
2M ago
This year’s A-level results day came with a sprinkling of celebrity stardust, as Stormzy announced that he is funding two scholarships for black British students to attend Cambridge University. Speaking yesterday at Harris City Academy in Croydon, his old school, the rapper said: “When students are young, academically brilliant and getting great grades, they should know that [Oxbridge] is an option.” As a young black man and recent graduate of Cambridge University, this story really resonated with me. Like Stormzy, I always believed that Oxbridge could be within reach, but the stats always see ..read more
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Jasmin Sehra: ‘Art has always been a part of my life’
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by Grace Shutti
2M ago
Jasmin Sehra is visual artist who captured the attention of artists like Nadia Rose, Lady Leshurr and M.I.A. after she immortalised them in Bollyhood – an art series that combined her musical influences with Bollywood film posters and “cassette tape aesthetics.” Its first outing was a part of Sophia Tassew’s 140 BPM exhibition. What pushed you towards making art?My parents always encouraged the arts with me and my siblings– it’s in my blood. My uncles are musicians, my dad is classically trained in Indian classical music, my brother is a music producer, but I’m the one that took the ..read more
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Sophia Tassew: ‘It’s very important you make your mark’
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by Grace Shutti
2M ago
Sophia Tassew is an art director who claims she “does art on the side”, but has also put on three exhibitions in the last year. It was her first – 140 BPM, an ode to grime featuring Jasmin Sehra, Tom Fitch, Raman Aso, Simon Wheatley and herself – that put the London prodigy well and truly on the map. Since then, she’s shaken up the system with her visual cultural commentary; promoting intersectionality and inclusivity, and providing space for marginalised creatives. Here, she explains more about her artistic beginnings, aspirations, and motivation. What started you off on a crea ..read more
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