Meet 10 young game-changers who are united by the same mindset: it’s your path, you can create it. They are singers, songwriters, artists and presenters; graphic designers, rappers, fashion designers and gig promoters. You haven’t heard of them yet, but you will. They are the future. This time, it’s young Croydon rapper Nadia Rose.
HER STORY: Nadia Rose grew up around music. Her dad was a dancehall and jungle DJ and MC, so when she was a kid her house was full of exciting sounds. It fed into her childhood and at 13 she began writing her own rhymes to get through a time when she felt “lost”. “I didn’t know what to do with myself,” she says. “Then I just started writing bars about whatever was on my mind. It was exhilarating – I’d be in class, still thinking about bars, not the lesson!” She carried on writing throughout her teens, but was hesitant to share her music. Fast-forward to the summer of 2014 and Nadia was working in a betting shop in Croydon, writing music on betting slips. “I didn’t feel like I was being me. I felt like a robot,” she says. So she handed in her resignation and began making tunes with friend and producer The Black Obsidian.
WHY SHE’S INSPIRING: “I like to refer to myself as a magician, not a musician,” says Nadia, who uses her lyrics as a diary of sorts. “I find it hard to talk about my issues, but music makes it that much easier.” When her grandmother died last year, she did a warm-up session after the funeral in Ghana and all of her emotions came flooding out. “A lot of people can relate and said it helped them get through their grandma’s or mum’s passing. It’s nice to know I’ve been able to help.”
HER FUTURE IS: “Magical.”