WHO WE BE

Man­cu­nian grime don Bugzy Malone and Lon­don dance­hall queen St­ef­flon Don both starred at Spo­tify Presents: Who We Be last year and picked up the Q Best Fes­ti­val/Event award on be­half of the or­gan­is­ers.

Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 - Pre­sen­ter: Nov­el­ist

Hello, Bugzy and St­ef­flon. How are you find­ing the Q Awards? Bugzy Malone: I’m just en­joy­ing it, tak­ing it easy – not re­ally ven­tur­ing out. I’m sat on a ta­ble with Tom Gren­nan, who I’ve worked with be­fore, he’s a good friend of mine. You both picked up the award for Q Best Fes­ti­val/ Event for Spo­tify Presents: Who We Be. What are your mem­o­ries of that show last Novem­ber? BM: It was a hairy night. The atmosphere was a lit­tle bit un­ex­plain­able, do you know what I mean? All them peo­ple in one room. I re­mem­ber meet­ing Mo Farah, Cardi B

per­formed at the end – the whole thing was just en­joy­able from start to fin­ish. St­ef­flon Don: It was a very big show for me, it was at [ Lon­don’s] Alexan­dra Palace. It was re­ally good. It was tight up, it was fun, the crowd was re­ally in­ter­ac­tive, it was a great night. I felt so good be­cause the crowd was giv­ing me so much en­ergy to work off. What did the night say about the state of UK rap and grime? SD: I think it’s won­der­ful. I think it’s so good and it gets peo­ple ex­cited and with some­thing to look for­ward to. You have a life, you might be go­ing to school, you might be go­ing to col­lege, and then on a ran­dom Thurs­day night there’s this big event go­ing on. Some­thing to do and re­ally en­er­gise you for an­other day.

Bugzy, on your track with Tom Gren­nan, Mem­ory Lane, you sing a bit of Oa­sis’s Won­der­wall. Have you had the chance to pay your re­spects to Noel Gal­lagher this evening? BM: I’ve not bumped into him tonight, but I met him over at a gig in Manch­ester Arena – his son was a fan. He’s a re­ally nice guy. I think he was prob­a­bly happy that a Manch­ester kid was com­ing through min­utes later, Noel comes over and en­velopes Bugzy in a bear hug]. You re­cently won the first “B. In­spired” award for your con­tri­bu­tion to the city of Manch­ester – how does it feel to get a gong from the place you grew up? BM: It means ev­ery­thing – to be recog­nised by my home­town is a big deal. I ac­tu­ally need to go back and pick it up. St­ef­flon, what’s next for you mu­si­cally? SD: Any­thing that sounds good. I grew up lis­ten­ing to a lot of dif­fer­ent things. And I also ad­mire artists who have done a lot of dif­fer­ent things. Like Ri­hanna, for ex­am­ple. She does so many dif­fer­ent styles; she can go on a slow jam, she can go on a rap-type [ song] and ev­ery­thing sounds good. I think that’s what I’ve al­ways loved.

“I felt so good be­cause the crowd gave me so much en­ergy to work off.” St­ef­flon Don

Two for one: Bugzy Malone and St­ef­flon Don with the Q Best Fes­ti­val/Event gong; (right) award pre­sen­ter Nov­el­ist.

It’s show­time: Spo­tify Presents: Who We Be (with St­ef­flon Don, top, and Bugzy Malone, right) at Lon­don’s Alexan­dra Palace, 30 Novem­ber, 2017.

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