West London MC lays down potent marker.
Part of the MTP posse alongside his cousin AJ Tracey, Big Zuu’s rasping delivery and nimble rhyme style marked him out as one of the UK rap scene’s rising stars, even before he opted to swap a degree in social work for a shot at stardom in 2015. His debut mixtape is a worthy affirmation of that early talent, whether trading staccato verses with Jme on uncompromising grime banger Fall Off, adding autobiographical swagger to B.I.G.’s triumphal beats or spreading “positive vibes” on R&B-tinted Craig David collaboration, I Know. A solid first step, though at just 10 tracks it feels as if he’s pacing himself for bigger challenges to come.
Listen To: Fall Off | B.I.G. | I Know