Kanye West debuted his new single "All Day" in true mob fashion this week. Yeezus took over the stage of the 2015 BRIT Awards surrounded by more than a dozen men shrouded in black hoodies -- and, of course, most of them were fellow artists.
In addition to Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom (who are both featured on the track) and Vic Mensa (who's featured on "Wolves"), 'Ye was also surrounded by a few well-known U.K. grime rappers.
Some of them are newcomers, while others have been working their way up through the underground scene for years.
Let's get acquainted, shall we?
This North London native has long cemented himself as a fixture and a force in the U.K.'s Grime scene. Skepta started his career as a DJ, then producer, but has since released several albums, including Microphone Champion and Doin’ It Again, with Konnichiwa set for a 2015 release.
He's also a founding member of the U.K.'s Boy Better Know crew, and on this side of the pond, you might remember him from Diddy's "Hello Good Morning (Remix)," and his Community Payback mixtape with DJ Whoo Kid. Skepta has worked heavily with other U.K. artists, including Wiley, and Drake just happened to post an Instagram photo of them a few days ago.
Jammer has made a name for himself as part of the grime crew Boy Better Know, and he's also known for founding and hosting a local battle-rap competition called Lord of the Mics in East London. Last year he released a 15-track solo project called Top Producer for free, sharing music that he'd had locked away for quite some time.
Novelist is an 18-year-old Grime rapper and producer who hails from South London, and he's been making some big waves. He's a founding member of the Square crew -- they released The Formula in August -- and he received a 2014 MOBO nomination for Best Grime Act for his solo work. In January, he released a the 1 Sec EP called via XL Recordings.
Krept and Konan
This rap duo from South London took home an award for Best UK Newcomer at the MOBOs back in 2013, and followed that with the release of their acclaimed Young Kingz mixtape (which included the standout track "Don't Waste My Time") and landed a deal with Virgin EMI. Last year Krept and Konan performed on the "Tinie Tempah Demonstration" tour and won Best International Act: UK' at the 2014 BET Awards.
This South London-bred rapper is one of the most buzzed about in the U.K. right now, and he landed at the #3 spot on BBC's Sound Of 2015 Music Longlist. Last year Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards after releasing his EP Dreamer’s Disease in July. He was also the first unsigned rapper to perform on the U.K. late-night talk show "Later... with Jools Holland."