On the Radio 1 playlist this week is Gerard i2 and Mash Em. Gerard i2 played BBC Introducing Live in Derry~Londonderry last week and will now be played across Radio 1 daytime shows including Scott Mills, Dev and Greg James after being selected for the BBC Introducing spot on the playlist. Check out Mash Em below and tell us what you make of the track in our comments section.

Hometown: Gerard i2 is a rapper from Strabane, Northern Ireland.

Style: Mash Em is a hard hitting hip hop track with a funky centre. With his distinctive accent and gruff vocal delivery, Gerard i2 raps over a mix of old skool beats, vintage samples and newer electronic production to produce a sound you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else.

You need to know: Gerard i2 sent the crowd wild at our BBC Introducing event at the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry. After the release of two albums independently, he already has a loyal group of followers, which is continuing to swell in numbers. Watch highlights from his set, including Mash Em, here.

Supported by: Our BBC Introducing colleagues at Across The Line, Electric Mainline and BBC Introducing with Jen and Ally have all shown plenty of love for Mash Em.

Find out more: Gerard’s Twitter account is a great first stop for an introduction.

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