BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Hot 4 2016 shortlist contains the finest new rappers and MCs, vocalists and bands across grime, soul, hip hop, RnB and reggae. But before they were tipped for big things this year, the artists were already blowing away listeners in 2015 with live performances, either in the Live Lounge, at festivals or from the depths of Charlie Sloth’s fiery booth.
Here’s a selection to show what makes this year’s crop of contenders so hot:
Bugzy Malone covers Tupac
Already well established as one of the hottest grime stars coming through (and one of very few Mancunian MCs to reach national prominence), Bugzy’s contribution to 1Xtra’s MC Month was this inspired retread of 2Pac’s Changes, in which he updates Tupac Shakur’s sober and reflective lyric for the social media age. It’s a world away from his pugnacious contribution to 2015’s great grime beef, and all the better for it.
NAO stuns Glastonbury
In a festival environment it can be tough for new