Hot For 2018
As selected by 1Xtra DJs and staff, ten acts expected to make their mark in 2018.
The Rapper from West London released his debut mixtape Get Rich or Get Recalled earlier this year, which was nominated for Best Mixtape at the GRM Rated Awards.
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The latest to fly the flag for Croydon, Hardy Caprio has made a name for himself releasing Grime and Garage mash-ups and refixes.
The 21 year old Londoner is known for his vocal samples, witty lyrics and uncensored skits.
His breakthrough came in the Summer of 2017 after the release of Unsigned, a track that was all over 1Xtra and even reached the Radio 1 playlist.
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"In a dark place after college", IAMDDB headed home to her father’s native Angola and started playing music; eventually performing for the President’s daughter.
Returning to the UK (Manchester) with a new perception of life, she enrolled in university. However, IAMDDB only lasted an hour before dropping out and beginning work on her own sound.
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Kojo Funds isn’t an afrobeat artist. "My music’s got that African element, but it swings like dancehall, reggae, R&B… I call it afro-swing."
He didn’t try his hand at songwriting until 2014. Since then his first three tracks Fine Wine, My 9ine and Dun Talkin have rucked up more than 30 million YouTube views and gained Kojo a huge fan in Kehlani.
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Two friends who met at a youth club in Birmingham, at the age of 15. Ash and Lucas were so impressed with each others’ bars that they started writing together in the club’s studio and formed Lotto Boyzz.
Their name standing for "Last of the true ones", the pair are known for their earworm vocal hooks and energy, summed up in a trio of singles: FaceTime Me, Bad Gyal and No Don.
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Growing up in a very musical Leicester household, Mahalia picked up a guitar and started writing love songs aged just 12.
Signed to a record label a year later, she went on to release two EPs (Head Space and Never Change) and a Mixtape (Diary Of Me) while still studying at school.
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Hackney-born and bred artist Not3s burst through with his hit Addison Lee, which was playlisted on Radio 1 & 1Xtra and even drew the attention of Louis Theroux (who tweeted the lyrics).
Not3s grew up writing his own bars and was encouraged to pursue music as a career after his headteacher heard him singing in class.
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Originally from Hertfordshire, One Acen only released his debut EP Beneath at the beginning of 2016.
Moving away from his original grime sound to embrace melodic rap, he started working with fellow Hot For artist Hardy Caprio. Together the pair collaborated on Caprio’s Unsigned and on his own track Rolling.
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Young T & Bugsey
Growing up on separate sides of Nottingham, Young T and Bugsey met aged 15, having admired each others’ DIY recordings from afar.
The duo’s sound combines murky, bass-heavy beats with sounds from their childhoods, having grown up listening to their Nigerian and Jamaican parents’ record collections.
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Yxng Bane took his name from Tom Hardy’s character in the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises. He first appeared online when he dropped Lone Wolf on SoundCloud, aged only 19.
The 21 year old East London rapper grew up listening to the Isley Brothers, Boyz II Men and music from his mother’s native Congo. He was forced to learn the piano but instead preferred the local Rap and Grime scenes.