The U.K Urban music scene this year is the best we’ve ever witnessed, records being set and the best of all, young Kings emerging and making a real impact. With that been said, it’s only right to shed some light on these young kings and congratulate them on their work.
About a year ago, Yxng Bane was unheard-of – but 2016 has seen him make the transition from an unknown artist to a house hold name. He sold out his headline show earlier this year and his full moon mixtape well received by the public. Still under 20, Yxng Bane draws inspiration from Future, Chris Brown and of course his dad who was a musician.
The East London rapper from a Congolese/Angolan background shut down his last show and is definitely not looking back. His ability to rap and also get with the melodies means that his music appeals to many audiences. In the midst of all this, he has remained humble and 2017 is looking like a big one for him.
Taking music seriously is the probably the best decision that Abz made this year!!, thanks to his cousin and friends who pushed him to do so. Flying the flag for the Ountonation, the Tottenham rapper of Ghanaian heritage is currently the man of the moment.
He took home the “song of the year” award at the MOBOs & Rated Awards with his Robbery Remix featuring Krept & Konan. It is currently the most viewed song on GRM DAILY with just under 6.5 million views. He became the talk of town after his BlackBox Freestyle went viral, thanks to Abdi TV (The Plug) who ensured the freestyle received the needed exposure. The impeccable structure of his work is very unique, thanks to the music school that he attended.
His ability to switch between music genres means that he appeals to a wider range of audiences and possibly why every artists wants to get in the studio with him.Robbery remix has us all going crazy but his Fire In The Booth Freestyle still remains pending – is it going to happen? i wouldn’t rule it out this year.
Possibly the man of the year, Aj Tracey has definitely taken this year by storm. Prior to his rise to the scene, Aj was a household name amongst radio stations gradually building up a name for himself. Having done all the background work, he moved on to the media platforms that are video based and without a doubt this was the start of something special.
This year has seen him release some of the hardest tracks in the scene, Packages , Leave me alone, Thiago Silva with Santan Dave and a few others. he won the best Breakthrough act at the Rated Awards this year, beating the likes of WSTRN, 67, Big Tobz, Avelino, Nadia Rose, Santan Dave, C Biz, and MIST. During his acceptance speech, the Tottenham fan thanked his mum for standing by him and supporting his decision to drop out of uni and take music seriously.
He was up for two nominations at the MOBOs but unfortunately missed out on both.
With the work-rate that he’s put in this year, there is no doubt that the 22 years old deserved at least one or both the awards that he was up for.
The last but not the least and the youngest of the afore-mentioned is Dave who burst onto the scene following his Fire In The Booth Freestyle. At just 18 years of ago, Dave is definitely way ahead of his age.
His single “Wanna Know” off his recent EP “Six Paths” was remixed by Drake and the news broke the internet, leading to arguments between top personnels in the industry. With good management behind him, Dave is here to stay and the sky is his limit. Shame he wasn’t nominated for the MOBO Awards this year.