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Producer Will Producer Will | 13:17 UK time, Friday, 22 April 2011



XV, born Donavann Johnson, is causing somewhat of a stir in the US rap scene with his consistent clever wordplay - think Lupe Fiasco meets J.Cole.. The 25 year old hails from Wichita, Kansas, United States and has just released his highly anticipated mixtape Zero Heroes.

XV (his name comes from the age he first started rapping) first turned heads with the release of his twelfth mixtape Everybody's Nobody. As with most new artists, he promoted his work independently through social networking sites and blog's, and the hard work paid off, when on Monday July 26, 2010 XV took to his Twitter account to announce that he had secured a record deal with major record label Warner Bros. Records.

As previously mentioned, XV recently released his new mixtape Zero Heroes on April 15th. The record which features other young but more established artists such as Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Donnis, Kendrick Lamar, Cyhi Da Prynce and Vado, has received a fantastic response with over 50,000 downloads to date.

He doesn't talk about guns or drugs; instead choosing to keep his raps clean upbeat and inspirational, using his witty wordplay. The titles of SME's standout tracks on the Zero Heroes mixtape reflect this - Awesome and Best Day's Of Our Lives.

2011 promises even bigger things for XV as he prepares for the release of his debut album.

Watch this space.


This is the first of the guest blogs we have had on Now Playing, from WeAreSME.co.uk, but we are hoping to have plenty more.

Many thanks to WeAreSME for getting this together for us, and you will be able to hear XV’s Awesome, as well as Mozz from WeAreSME on this evening’s Now Playing @6Music.



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