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5th Nadia Rose

Funky rhymes and witty wordplay from Stormzy’s cousin

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Read Nadia Rose's interview with BBC News

Two years ago, Nadia Rose was studying for a degree while working 12-hour shifts in a betting shop to make ends meet.

In her spare time, she’d scribble down lyrics but all around her male contemporaries – Section Boyz, Bonkaz and her cousin, Stormzy - were starting to break through.

Realising that the job was holding her back, she packed it in and started making music with friend and producer The Black Obsidian.

From the start, her witty lyrics and sense of fun set her apart. Her breakthrough video, Station, was shot, without permission, at a local railway station, with Nadia dancing nonchalantly on the tracks as a train pulled in.

More recently, the colourful, funky single Skwod saw the rapper taking over the streets with a girl gang, body-popping Beyoncé choreography and all.

“It’s Nadia Rose,” she raps on DFWT. “Who's she? Who's that? Well, who really knows?”

With a record deal at Sony and an arsenal of killer rhymes, that could easily change in 2017.

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