All rapped up: How artist and label services have broken the mould for grime

Mark Sutherland

I’ve been trying to do this music stuff and work it out for so long,” said Skepta as he won the Mercury Prize back in 2016 for his album Konnichiwa. “I was like, Yo, let’s do this for ourselves, for the family.

All these songs, we’ve travelled the world, no record label or nothing, we just travelled the world.”

But while Skepta – like many grime artists – is famously independent, releasing via his own Boy Better Know label, he ...

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