What you should know about the MCs who joined Kanye at the Brits
Novelist, Stormzy and Skepta were among those on stage as he performed 'All Day'
Madonna stacking it at the Brits provided the LOL moment of the ceremony but the best bit of the night was obviously Kanye unveiling new tune 'All Day' with a hench posse (and one fat flamethrower) at his back.
The formidable squad included Skepta, Jammer, Novelist, Stormzy and Krept & Konan, which was an obvious nod toward the fertile state of the UK scene from the Kanye camp.
Here's why he picked the five to step on stage with him.
If you don't know about this guy yet, then get to know. He's the 18-year-old South London MC and producer who turned out one of the grime anthems of 2014, Mumdance collaboration 'Take Time'. Energetic, charismatic and not shy of humourous lyrics (check 'Lewisham McDeez', 'Pengaleng'and 'Mmm Yeah'), Logan Sama's branded him the "representative of a generation that has had grime around them for the entire time they have been aware of the existence of music." If 2014 was good for him, 2015's gonna be a stormer. Especially when you start it off with an EP on XL Recordings.
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Another South Londoner who's making serious movements. Big Mike, as he calls himself on Twitter, has got so much hype around him right now he sold out O2 Academy Islington in four minutes last month. Coming third place in the BBC Music Sound of 2015, get used to hearing 'Know Me From' at raves all over the land within the next few months. The fact his mum's sporting a tracksuit and reppin' Adidas Superstars in the video only makes you love him even more.
"Act like a wasteman? That's not me". Yeah, you know that one. To be honest, the North Londoner's been doing it for so many years he doesn't need much of an intro. It might not be much of a surprise that he shared the stage with Kanye, though, as Drake referenced 'That's Not Me' on Lil Wayne's latest mixtape and posted a photo of him on Instagram the other day. Plus, if you rock a Sports Direct polo shirt as well as you do Moschino clobber, you're obviously a don. Look out for his 'Konnichiwa' album next month.
The Boy Better Know man and Lord Of The Mics founder has become a legend since getting the likes of Kano and Wiley to battle it out in his mum's East London basement. LOTM is still going strong and certainly not devoid of exposure after that clash between Big H and P Money last September. Safe to say it went off when Melé gave his 2005 superhero cut 'Murkle Man' a spin at Mixmag Live in January, too.
Krept and Konan
No record deal was needed for these two when they won Best UK Newcomer at the MOBOs in 2013. Things have changed since then, signing to Virgin EMI off the back of their 'Young Kingz' mixtape, featuring the gritty 'Don't Waste My Time' and collaborations with Fekky, Tinie Tempah, Giggs, Chip and G Frsh. Even before they'd worked with JME and supported Skepta on his UK tour.
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