The grime-adjacent MCs representing London rap’s many tendrils.
Criteria: From London; pre-debut LP (or just out); songs from the last 12 months.
Headie One x RV Know Better
Equally playful and haunting, this classic of UK drill is a testimony to Headie’s calculating menace.
A rising voice in UK hiphop, South Londoner Funmi Ohio casually perfects clubland grime on her breakout single.
Big Zuu Blatant Truth
The dexterous MC vows to “catch snitch like Quidditch” on his crafty standout single.
Novelist’s jarring synth-and-piano oddity gathers sonic and emotional complexity alongside his sharp motivational mantras.
K Trap Anything Else
A verbal bombardment over lurching piano, the UK driller’s latest showcases his smoky allure.
67 Money Spree The leading UK drill crew get summery on this Glorious Twelfth mixtape highlight. Ms Banks R.I.P. (ft. Loski)
Nicki Minaj-approved rapper Ms Banks links with Harlem Spartans star for an infectious trap odyssey.
Capo Lee Dream
The North London MC’s punchy flows anchor a soundscape of bubbly echoes and whistles.
AJ Tracey Tour Team (ft. 67)
Big Zuu’s MTP bandmate enlists an atypically chilled 67 for this catchy verbal kickaround.
Octavian Party Here
Straddling rap, R&B and Afrobeat, this vanguard anthem points to the capital’s bright, borderless future.
Ms Banks: trap attack.
(Left) AJ Tracey; (right) Headie One’s Know Better.