BBC Radio 1Xtra StageFriday4:05 pm
Blade Brown, dubbed by the streets and publications such as XXL and Complex as ‘the king of UK trap’, is seen amongst peers and fans as a British Rap God and mixtape veteran. Blade was first exposed to rap music through his father, who would listen to ‘80s and ‘90s hip-hop (namely N.W.A. and Ice Cube) as well as reggae around the house, which inspired him to get into the booth 15 years ago. Having been compared to the likes of street poets like Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, it’s safe to say this rapper is in great company.
“I spent years living this,” says Blade Brown. “My life is what I write. I rap about real shit and that’s what keeps me in my own lane. I love this, and that’s why I tell my story. I learnt the good, the bad, and the evil, and I want people to know that both sides of the grass can be green if you do it right.” Blade delivers the first cut from his forthcoming project, Bags & Boxes 4, after taking a few years away from music to live his best life, and is now ready to decorate road rap’s table with those really-lived experiences—a table often littered with fairy-tales.