Jay Prince -
The young Londoner stepped in the game whole heartedly this year dropping tune after tune. The man is consistent and brings a flavour that encompasses the likes of early outcast, the choral soul of Chance and the lyricism of Kendrick. 2015 is set to be a huge year for the British mc.
Danny Seth -
In a year that saw Danny Seth go from unknown British MC to making an appearance along side A$AP Ferg on G-Eazy’s album to featuring on many a Ones To Watch list, the foundations have been built and the interest at boiling point. Flying the flag on every song, Danny will surely cement himself in the scene and deliver on his promise that “the British are coming”.
A breakthrough year for south londons new favourite grime mc certified Stormy as the scenes great new hope. Within a year he bagged himself a MOBO for Best Grime Act, secured a place on the BBC’s Sound Of 2015 and toured with the godfather himself, Wiley. The ball is rolling and the big man can’t be stopped.
Nafe Smallz -
Recent breakthrough act Nafe Smallz from Luton brings a flavour much different from the rest and he sits in his own lane within the country’s scene. His anthem Ferrari got the scene talking and scooped the young 18 year old a place on BBC Radio 1/1Xtra’s DJ Semtex’s Hot For 2015 list. A newcomer with an air of mystery but huge promise is how Nafe flew into 2015 and with his sites set on a spring mixtape release the hype continues to build. Expect a big year from the young artist.
Little Simz -
If 2014 was the London rappers breakthrough year, then this year will be the year she makes her mark for the long term. With fans both sides of the atlantic in addition to touring with Schoolboy Q and Isaiah Rashad her mixtape ‘E.D.G.E’ was one of the year’s best. So acclaimed & accomplished is her delivery she’s even found support from the likes of Andre3000 ‘which, at such an early stage can only bode well. There’s big things to come from the North Londoner, trust us.
Storming the blogs circuit this year Pell delivered with his highly commendable effort Floating While Dreaming. The New Orleans native has been throw up there as one of the few underground “back pack” rappers who will break the mould this year. With his genre blending bars and kid cudi esq vocals he seems like one artist to keep a very watchful eye on over the coming 12 months.
From living rough to signing to Nick Cannon’s NCredible Label, it’s safe to say the past couple of years have been huge for Kehlani Parish. Hotly tipped to take over the RnB scene this year she continues to ride the wave of her recent (ish) mixtape Cloud 19. A solid body of work mixing her sultry RnB vibes with sweet love songs and hip hop infused joints proved a fan favourite. Her buzz and huge fanbase will see the healthy rise of Kehlani this coming year.