Dom is an apprentice and resident grime enthusiast here at Access Manchester. He has only been here a short time, but has got the whole marketing team on the grime hype and we love it. He has put together his top 5 grime artists to look out for this year.
Few rappers get a feature from their Idol and arguably the biggest person in Hip-Hop at the age of 18, but then again few rappers have the raw talent that Dave possesses. After releasing his highly praised debut EP Six Path, his track Wanna Know, was remixed by Drake and aired on OVO Radio. This not only made people in the UK, who don’t necessarily listen to grime, take notice, but made his music accessible to the American market, that has so far been almost impossible for UK rappers to break into. And at 19, Dave might just be the UK’s next big thing and he just happens to be managed by former Access student, Jack Foster.
2. AJ Tracey
Arguably the most impressive thing about AJ Tracey is, his ability to be just as at home on an American style Trap beat as he is on a UK grime beat. This Ladbroke Grove MC cemented his place as one of Grime’s brightest stars with his next project the Lil-Tracey, featuring the likes of Bonkaz, Chip and Remy Banks. With news of an upcoming album produced by legendary Hip-Hop producer Zaytoven, as well as him launching Tottenham Hotspur’s new Nike kit, alongside the release of his song False 9; AJ Tracey is a star that can only burn brighter from here.
Hailing from Stratford, London, Jhus has to be one of the most unique artists coming out of the UK right now. With his seamless combination of hard hitting bars and smooth afrobeat style melodies, Hus is the perfect example of the type of diversity that took grime from the basements of London council estates to sold out venues across the world. He has been featured alongside the likes of Nines, Stormzy and Grime legend Ghetts as well as releasing his own album Common Sense which charted at number 6 on the UK album charts.
4. Abra Cadabra
Having initially gained notoriety for his Black Box freestyle in March 2016, Abz’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. He became the first artist to get more than 1 million views on a Mad About Bars freestyle. His aggressive style and use of jamaican style melodies have gained praise from just about everyone in the UK scene, including Grime veterans Krept & Konan, who went one step further by jumping on the remix for Abra’s Robbery, instantly making the song blow up . Abz subsequently won not only a rated award, but a MOBO for best song for the Robbery remix. And following in the footsteps of Stormzy, in the form of a sponsorship from Adidas, it can only get better from here for Abra Cadabra.
At 30 years old, Skrapz isn’t exactly a youngster, nor is he a new face having been a member of the legendary grime crew SLK long before the mainstream decided to take notice of the UK scene. With his laid back delivery and chilled out style of flow, Skrapz has spent the last three years slowly but surely gaining recognition for his new solo style. Now a member of ICB (Ice City Boys) and CRS (Church Road Soldiers) with fellow church road rapper Nines, Skrapz seems to be going from strength to strength. He features the likes of Giggs and Wretch 32 on his 2015 album The End Of The Beginning. Anthony Joshua also came out to his road anthem, They Ain’t Ready, in front of 90,000 people at Wembley stadium, and millions across the world when he defended his world heavyweight title against Wladimir Klitschko.