Roots Manuva Picks the Five Best Underground Rappers in the UK Right Now

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Though the United Kingdom is rooted in rock music, British hip-hop has carved its own niche with South London rapper Rodney Smith (aka Roots Manuva) helping pave the way over the last 20 years. Looking for something new to groove to that’s from across the pond? Smith outlined the UK’s top five underground rappers right now. Here’s the rundown.

1. DRS

He’s from Manchester. He recently released an album called I Don’t Usually Like MC’s But. There’s drum and bass and UK deep house on there. He’s from a proper traditional hip-hop background, but he applies it to the UK MC template. On top of the electro beats, you’re still being hit over the head with some really intricate wordplay and astute social commentary.
2. Mike GLC

He’s called “The Godfather of Road Rap.” In the States, he’s what you’d call a “trap rapper” or “gangsta rapper.” He’s telling stories about all aspects of life, not just drug-related or crime-related. It isn’t one-sided and it doesn’t glorify the life. He’s telling quite a lot of intricate, detailed stories about crime and the other side of the tracks. He does it in a way that’s really quite true to a lyrical aesthetic.

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