Coming to the end of 2015, in retrospect it is safe to say the year has certainly reached its peak in terms of the quality of UK Rap being released from across the country. We feel rap culture has blossomed into the beauty of its potential making us ultimately proud to be British as it becomes the epicentre of music culture on a larger scale.
2016 soon come and the country is anticipating the rise of upcoming artists to excel our expectations from the UK Rap culture. Using 2015 as a template of the Rap game, we hope the pride of UK Rap holds its position at the top whilst up and comers continue to kill it. We have condensed the list into 5 UK rappers that we expect to hear big things from next year for you, so you’re ahead of the game.
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The East London Hip Hop recording artist and music producer is swiftly floating to the top of UK Rap culture with 35.6K followers on his SoundCloud. Whilst his hit video of 2015 ‘Stay On My Cool’ reaches over 50,000 views on YouTube and places Prince firmly on the map. His chilled and mellow vibes form nostalgic memories of the 90’s which some may call, the better times. The hip-hop rapper offers the UK a combination of complex poetic lyrics amongst a musical flow that enriches the sounds of youth. His exceptional ability to promote and sustain a respectable persona to his fans is a skill that is sure to remain successful for 2016. A follow up to January’s Be For Our Time album, Jay Prince drops his EP ‘Beautiful Mercy’ which moulds a unique edge that entails funky soulful melodies accompanied by rich lyrics. The project is about freedom, therapy and a healing process, in which the rapper describes them as “music’s purpose”.
Listen to the album on his SoundCloud and find a way to evade yourself by going with the flows of Jay Prince’s music into next year’s success.
From the streets of South East London, 22 year old is representing female rappers in the UK as she begins to set stepping-stones for other females to follow. Nadia Rose incorporates her crazy versatile flow combined with word play to show us why she’s a cut above the rest. With over 1,000 followers on SoundCloud supporting her entrance to the scene, she moulds the sculpture for the female expectations in the rap culture. The Croydon rapper has just dropped her new track D.F.W.T when having listened to the song; you will be able to identify what this stands for. In her explicit track, she sets the bars incredibly high having received over 200,000 views on YouTube. Her name is definitely one to watch out for in the upcoming year, as we expect big things from this girl.
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The London based rapper has had support from music platforms such as Link Up TV, SBTV and GRM Daily as he speaks words about his past and the real stories of being on the streets. 2015 has been the standout year of his career – his recent freestyle “Slut” gained him respect from Charlie Sloth and Jamal Edwards and reached over 100,000 views in less than two weeks. The 1Xtra presenter gave Cadet the opportunity to feature on his track “Riding” which was taken from the EP ‘Hood Head 2’ due to release December 11th of this year. This is sure to give the Clapham rapper the recognition he deserves in time for next year. The 25-year old explain “whatever you put in, you’ll get right back” so is 2016 the year that gives Cadet the hope he deserves?
Follow @ now as he prepares to drop freestyles that are something to get familiar with.
Originating from Golders Green in North West London, rap was an unknown concept in his area, especially being a white Jewish guy. This lyricist aims to represent Britain as he records and works between UK and US to change the way Rap is perceived in the UK. This goal is exemplified in his new debut album, ‘Perception’ which focuses on the detriment of the UK’s badly perceived reputation. With a high recognition of 30.1K followers on SoundCloud, Danny’s hard hitting lyrics presents the realism of life which others can relate to. The London rapper is also apart of the globally minded Hip Hop collective Last Night In Paris that is aiding the movement of his own merchandise British Are Coming, as he fights through the battles to bring something else to the table.
He has also gained recognition earlier this year as Beats by Dre have promoted his name on their YouTube channel due to his involvement with the headphones’ Don’t Blow It project which has been viewed by 3,000 viewers. We believe his hard work from 2015 will be paid off in the upcoming year as his ‘Perception’ EP aims to change the musical sphere.
Listen to his project on SoundCloud below now.
UK Rapper Hardy Caprio has recently made an appearance in the scene, making 2015 his best year yet. In September, the Croydon rapper’s SBTV warm up session racked up more than 70,000 YouTube views introducing #HardySeason. In favour of this season, Hardy’s fourth release of the year ‘Soundbwoy’ showcases him as he adds his bars to classic Grime instrumental ‘Havana’. His latest track ‘Soundbwoy 2’ is the follow up release that can now be played on his SoundCloud as he reminds everyone as to why he should be taken notice of.
Additionally this year, Hardy Caprio achieved a position as a Get Rated finalist and with the quality that he presents in his new track, it is clear to see why. The Croydon rapper is rapidly cementing his name as the sound of London as he demonstrates his ability to rhyme seamlessly over both rap and grime beats. Hardy Caprio is one to pay close attention to in 2016.
Watch his new “SoundBwoy 2” visuals on YouTube now.