Top 5 British urban artists to watch

Urban British music has been around for years now and has been growing into something beautiful on its journey too. After hundreds of catchy, tunes released this year alone we’ve decided to pick 5 artists to look out for over the rest of the year, as we predict they’re due to blow!

1. Ella Mai

Singer and songwriter, Ella Mai, born and bred in London, moved to New York City around the age of 12 and then moved back to London shortly after finishing high school.

This R&B princess has already done so well for herself as her single released earlier this year, Boo’d Up, shot straight up the US charts and received a remix featuring Nicki Minaj and Quavo.

2. 23 Unofficial

Hackney rapper, 23 Unofficial, has gained some serious attention over the course of the last few years after dropping various singles via Link Up TV and GRM Daily. It started off with Naughty (feat. Not3s) followed by Torn, Ain’t Bothered and Can’t Tell Me.

Ain’t Bothered gained the most attention, hitting over a million views in a very short amount of time.


Most people assume everyone’s from London, but not IAMDDB, hailing all the way from up north, in Manchester comes this Trap/Jazz Queen. IAMDDB’s journey thus far shows inspiration from artists such as Bob Marley and Nat King Cole.

Listen to IAMDDB’s hit single, Shade, (below) taken from her Hood Rich EP. Shade does exactly what you’d assume from the title, it throws shade.

4. B Young

Another singer/rapper from Hackney, London, B Young. B Young is best known for this hit single, Jumanji, which later received a remix featuring Chip and 23 Unofficial. Jumanji peaked in at 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

Another hit single from B Young you guys need to watch out for is 079ME.

5. Hardy Caprio

Finally, the last artist on our top 5 roster we think you guys need to watch out for is Croydon-born rapper, Hardy Caprio. Caprio has had a huge year so far, graduating Brunel University with first class honours in Business Accounting and has been nominated for Artist of the Year by GRM Rated Awards.

Some of Hardy Caprio’s top hits include Unsigned (feat. One Acen), Super Soaker, Rapper and recently released, Best Life (feat. One Acen).

There you have it, guys, our top 5 ones to watch, make sure you watch this space for some more artists to watch. You can keep up-to-date by following them via their social networks for future music releases and tour dates.

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