RWD 2020: 10 artists you should pay attention to this year…

Grant Brydon

9 months ago

By Grant Brydon

Throughout the month of January, we’ve been debating at RWD about the artists that we’re excited about for the year ahead. So it was only right that we hit some of them up to see what their plans were for the 11-and-a-bit months that we have left of 2020, as well as bringing ourselves up to speed with their achievements and accolades so far – so that we can prepare to follow their journeys this year as they continue to progress as maverick artists paving their own ways and developing their unique sounds.

Scroll down to check out ten of the artists that we think you should be paying attention to in 2020…

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SAM WISE

One of the founding members of the mighty House Of Pharaohs collective, Sam Wise continued drip-feeding us solo singles across the past couple of years, before finally delivering his long-anticipated full-length ‘Sorry You Were Saying (SYWS)’ at the end of last year. Showcasing his ability to juxtapose club bangers like ‘Towndown’ alongside more introspective moments like ‘Birdseye View’ it’s unsurprising to see Sam sell out his first headline show at Islington Assembly Hall in March way ahead of time. The South Londoner doesn’t look likely to be slowing down any time soon, and is preparing for a prolific year ahead. – GB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

More thought provoking music, more floor shaking music, more head shaking music!

What are your goals for 2020?

A positive vibe and just pushing the sound forward. Progression in the sound and the movement and our ability to convey it is really important.

Expect another project from myself, and House of Pharaohs, and usual bangers after bangers from us all. Maybe even a collab project. 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

I’m honestly just trying to be the best person I can – staying content, positive and stimulated.

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M.I.C


 
The Master of Inane Conversation, M.I.C first attracted attention in 2018, with his thought-provoking song, ‘Qway’, where the North Londoner stood out for speaking on taboo topics. He then kicked the doors off the hinges at the end of that year with his Just Jam freestyle, unleashing a set of brutal bars aimed at his naysayers. Having consistently released top tier tracks, further building up his certy catalogue; 2020 will see M.I.C become the top don in the underground grime scene backed by a forthcoming project coming out later this year. – DB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

Fans should expect to hear the unexpected. PK Brako, Secundus, KKmetal and myself are collectively and individually going to be bringing some of the wildest curveballs for the listeners. Duskrunner season and all that.

What are your goals for 2020?

My main goals this year are to play as many shows as possible and to firmly take control of the grime scene (the dons with the dusty battle rap mentality have been in charge for way too long).

What is your New Year’s Resolution?

My New Years’ resolutions are always based around some degree of permanent abstinence. In years past, I abandoned alcohol and the consumption of animal products; this year, I would like to severely reduce the amount of rice I eat. Very specific.

Photo by Vicky Grout

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DARKOO

After blowing up last year with ‘Gangsta’, South London-based, Nigeria-born Darkoo has been attracting attention on a global scale. Anticipation for the viral hit built rapidly through the circulation of snippets and dance videos, and she finally dropped the full studio version in November. The One Acen-assisted original has since racked up over 20 million streams, and was followed up with a pair of stacked remixes featuring contributions from Ms Banks, DaVido, Tion Wayne, Br3nya and SL. Having already proven that her sweet vocals and infectious melodies have the ability to cross borders, she’s continued to capture the ears of her fast-growing following, and looks set to have a busy 2020 ahead. – GB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

This year fans should expect more music, definitely going to be releasing more records this year.

What are your goals for 2020?

My main goal is to sell out my first ever headline show!

What is your New Year’s resolution?

My New Years resolution is to use my phone less, I’m on it ALOT!

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RANSOM FA


 
Representing Scotland, Aberdeen, Ransom FA has been on his grind for the past couple of years, but things really heated up for him when he was featured on Krept & Konan’s Rap Game UK show, ending up in the top three for the finale episode. The Scottish MC utilised the momentum gained from the programme and has hit the ground running in 2020, delivering a strong effort with his high-octane thumper ‘Run Up’, which is primed to incite moshpits. You can also look forward to him hitting TV screens once again this year, so keep an eye out for that! – DB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

Some of the best music I’ve ever made, a return to the TV screens, and the Ransom FA Takeover they been waiting for.

What are your goals for 2020?

To be in the charts, more performing and continuing to build and perfect my brand.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To continue to build on the momentum I gained in 2019! 

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RAGZ ORIGINALE

Having already built a core following of advocates off the back of his debut album ‘Nature’ in 2018, North London artist and producer Ragz Originale is preparing to elevate things to new heights in 2020. After contributing to Skepta’s ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ and co-producing BenjiFlow’s breakthrough single ‘Deep End’ last year, Ragz returns to his solo work this year with his new ‘txt ur x’ EP set to drop in March. The new collection – lead by the ELIZA-assisted ‘4am’ – promises the Mini Kingz co-founder’s most focussed work to date, as he continues to push his timeless melody-driven sound. – GB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

Expect to hear pure fire, new ‘txt ur x’ EP out this year, and hopefully a Mini Kingz project fingers crossed.

What are your goals for 2020?

My goal this year is to put out as much music, as frequent as possible, I feel they deserve a lot more from me.

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To help as many people as I can.

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MASTER PEACE


 
Master Peace first came to our attention a couple of years back, with his frequent radio sets, armed with an extremely unorthodox grime flow and a lot of charisma. Since then, he has continued to experiment, fusing his grime energy with an indie rock style, which is on display in his latest single ‘Night Time’. Recently, he featured on Sam Wise’s latest project, ‘SYWS’, on the track ‘Loophole’, which once again shows the great potential of this young flame to do his thing in 2020. – DB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

NEW NEW NEW MUSIC! AND VISUALS 

What are your goals for 2020?

RELEASE 3 SONGS BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS

What is your New Year’s resolution?

STOP WORRYING SO MUCH ! HAVE FUN WITH YOUR MUSIC 

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KADIATA

Born in Angola and raised in South London, kadiata is a versatile musician and producer as well as one of the cities most promising new rappers. Parallel to releasing cult favourites like ‘Margherita’, ‘Onda’ and ‘Pornhub Freestyle’, kadiata has been putting in work behind the boards, producing tracks for the likes of JGrrey, Miraa May, Sam Wise, Jesse James Solomon, Bonkaz and Miles From Kinshasa. He’s already entered 2020 strong, dropping his new single ‘One Last Time’, the pilot for his new YouTube show – in which he breaks down the production techniques behind his 2017 single ‘Art Hoes’ – and has a new EP on the way. It’s Crazy! – GB

What should fans expect to hear from you this year?

Fans can expect a body of work from me this year, it’s already done just doing postage and packaging so stay tuned!

What are your goals for 2020?

Goals for 2020 is to get my music where it belongs which is the radio playlists, the big stages and in peoples heads but number one is just building more of a community around me!

What is your New Year’s resolution?

News years resolution is to simply just give the people what they want. I’ve already dropped a new song today and & the pilot to my new YouTube series last week so it’s not gonna slow down anytime soon at all.

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BIIG PIIG

Nomadic vocalist Jess Smyth, known artistically as Biig Piig, has grown up between Ireland, Spain and the UK and channels her unique upbringing and perspective through a mix of rapping, singing and storytelling. The 21-year-old completed a trilogy of tastemaker-approved EP’s last year with ‘No Place For Patience, Vol.3’, and attracted the attention of Virgil Abloh, who played her 2018 track ‘Perdida’ on his Televised Radio show. As a co-founder of NiNE8 Collective alongside her regular producer Mac Wetha and Lava La Rue, Biig Piig has set the stage for a promising 2020. – GB

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BANDOKAY & DOUBLE LZ


 
Now that Headie One is in jail for the next six months, it’s up to his fellow OFB crew members Bandokay & Double Lz to keep the crew on top of the drill scene. Thankfully before Headie One went in, he left the duo with an absolute smash in the shape of their drill anthem, ‘Once In A While’. Last summer also saw the duo clock in Tim Westwood’s most viewed crib session, so we can safely assume that they will be back bigger and better this year. For more, we’d recommend paying attention to OFB’s ‘Frontstreet’ mixtape. – DB

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LANCEY FOUX


 
Lancey Foux is the ultimate enigma of the British rap scene. Over the last few years, the East Londoner has establishing his high-end fashion style. His sheer talent was acknowledged by tastemakers like Skepta – who appeared on Lancey’s tracks ‘Dyed 2wice’ and ‘Psykenight’, as well as inviting him to guest on ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ track ‘Animal Instinct’ – and Kendall Jenner who played ‘India’ on her Beats 1 show. Lancey’s latest project ‘Friend or Foux’ really took status to the next level, and has him ready to light up 2020. – DB

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Words by Grant Brydon & Denzil Bell