Self-described as “experimental, authentic and very original”, East London’s Yxng Bane is on track to be 2018’s breakout rapper. With banging new single ‘Vroom Vroom’ on the horizon, the 21-year-old describes his ascent so far and taking his dad clubbing in Beefa.
What’s been your maddest experience so far?
“Probably playing in Nigeria. I didn’t have any expectations, it was more about the experience of going there, and then I saw the reaction in the crowd and how interested [they were] and [how] well they knew the songs, and just had a great night.”
Is your family also loving your musical success?
“I’ve got a baby sister who’s three years old and knows all the lyrics to everything. They’ve been very supportive. They come to all the shows. I brought my dad to Ibiza when I had a show there!”
Did you take him on a night out?
“Yeah, I took him on a night out. And I took him to a show, so he saw me perform in front of thousands of people, so he can’t complain! He went before when he was younger, so him going now was a bit different… I think he enjoyed it.”
Looking to the future, what’s your biggest career aspiration?
“It’s just always to give 110 per cent and to really push myself. And obviously you can set targets like a Grammy, or a this or a that, everybody aspires to that – but it’s more about taking it day by day and trying to better myself in anything that I’m doing.”
From: Canning Town, London
Buy: Single ‘Corner’ is out now
Live: Academy 2, Birmingham (22 Mar), Gorilla, Manchester (23 Mar), Islington Assembly Hall, London (28 & 29 Mar)
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Best track: ‘Corner’. This Maleek Berry team-up is a slick slice of club-ready Afro Bashment.