COMPLEX MAGAZINE has revealed its rundown of the best MCs of 2015.
The annual round-up list names including ‘Godfather of grime’ Wiley (top left) and north Londoners Chip (far left) and Skepta (bottom) -who tops the rundown – and Birmingham rapper Lady Leshurr.
Lady Leshurr is the only woman to make the list.
“It seemed to us that while grime has had an exemplary two years, celebrated in increasingly far-flung corners of the world, the plaudits are still a little behind,”
“Unlike a lot of end-of-year lists, here at Complex UK we thought we’d be a bit more scientific. These aren’t just our favourites (although they completely are); we spent a good week or so discussing/arguing about their lyrical ability, social media game, their live presence and the overall cultural impact they’ve made.”
The team were able to rank the musical wordsmiths based on how they fared in a number of categories.
“That last category, cultural impact, proved to be the most loaded of all. This was a year in which Skepta invaded North America, the grime scene cleaned up at The MOBOs, and Lady Leshurr was featured in a New York Times spread. 2014 was the year grime re-shifted its focus, but 2015 was the year it took over the world, and these are the ten MCs who led the vanguard,” they added.
COMPLEX’S BEST MCS OF 2015
7. Lady Leshurr
8. Big Narstie