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Wretch 32 – ‘Upon Reflection’ review: one of the best UK rap records of the year

The UK giant that is Wretch 32 puts everyone to shame with his fifth studio album, 'Upon Reflection'. This album, filled with poetic observations, make a stunning listen for both young and seasoned rap fans alike. Last year marked his 10th in the industry; 'Upon Reflection' is an album full of progression and revelations about Wretch's life. Hearing this,...

Avelino tells us what makes the perfect mixtape and how ‘greatness’ awaits in 2018

Avelino at the VO5 NME Awards 2018
Seeing as he picked up the prize for Best Mixtape at the VO5 NME Awards 2018, we thought it only right to ask Avelino what goes into making the perfect mix. Watch our video interview with the rapper above. Tipped among the NME 100 as one of the most essential new artists to watch this year, the Tottenham rapper released...

Avelino wins Best Mixtape supported by Bulldog Gin at the VO5 NME Awards 2018

Meet the new generation of urban music
Avelino has won the award for Best Mixtape supported by Bulldog Gin at the VO5 NME Awards 2018. The Tottenham rapper released his triumphant mixtape ‘No Bullshit’ in October 2017. It features cameos from Dave and MJ Cole, while Avelino collaborated with Jason Julian, Jay Prince, and Raf Riley on its production. After receiving the award from Professor Green, who paid...

Song Stories: Avelino on the Skepta and Stormzy featuring ‘Energy’

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In early 2017 Avelino released an epic, brilliant track. 'Energy' featured Skepta and Stormzy and was an invigorating, essential addition to the British rap catalogue - not least because it featured two of grime's biggest names. We got Avelino down to the NME studios to chat about how the track came to be. He tells us it was written just...

Avelino on grime’s big year at Glastonbury

Grime’s taken over Glastonbury in 2017. Stormzy played one of the weekend’s biggest sets, Wiley upped his godfather status, and Boy Better Know close the festival on the Other Stage tonight (June 25). On the Friday (June 23), the Sonic stage hosted a who’s who of grime’s future stars. Dave, Nadia Rose, AJ Tracey and Avelino all made an appearance....

New Gen: meet the rising stars behind the electrifying new XL compilation

Kojey Radical Track: ‘F*** Your Feelings’ What he’s about: A poet and visual artist, this east Londoner trades in spoken word, addressing racial inequality and class struggle. He says: “The UK scene is a perfect example of diversity. You’ll find everything from trip-hop to indie to grime to poetry; it exists in one space.” Dotty Track: ‘Thoughts’ What he’s about: Remember boom bap, the bass-drum...

Wretch 32 & Avelino On How To Nail A Live Rap Show

From Thursday March 17 to Tuesday March 22, adidas Originals is taking over the BL-NK venue on Curtain road in east London and creating futurehouse: six days of music, film, talks and workshops with Wretch 32 & Avelino, Blossoms, Kano and more. Tickets are available from myfuture.is. Prepare to be inspired. Tonight (Mar 17), London MCs Wretch 32 & Avelino,...