BRITISH RAPPER YXNG BANE SPEAKS ABOUT HIS NEW MIXTAPE, SELLING OUT VENUES AND THE FALLOUTS THAT COME WITH EARLY FAME
“Nah, nah, nah, that’s not me.” Yxng Bane, one of the most exciting new artists in the UK right now, is laughing bashfully. I’ve just told him it seems as though he’s barely dropped out of the UK singles chart this year. “I ain’t dominated the charts,” he says, still chuckling. “I do need to live there though. I need to get a Radio 1 residency.”
The 22-year-old, who went viral with his remix of Ed Sheeran’s monster hit Shape of You, is a product of the streaming generation: a rapper and singer who flits seamlessly between genres in a way that perfectly suits modern pop, drawing on every corner of the UK’S musical zeitgeist, from afro-trap, dancehall, hiphop reggaeton, grime and even some Spanish guitar rock.
This canny melding of the most popular motifs in music has earned him a rabid fanbase, which has now grown so big that Bane — who released his first EP three years ago and has yet to release a debut album — has sold out the 2,000-capacity Kentish Town Fo-