British rappers – you’ll struggle to find one that’s more ‘alt’ than XtG.
An MC from the North of England, who prides himself in straight-talk. This is one British rapper who refuses to ‘do’ conventional & doesn’t engage in the usually Hip Hop hobbies; flash cars & semi-naked IG models, just ain’t his thing.
Really then, you could call him the exception to the rule. Proof that tracksuits & ‘tough talk’ aren’t required to become a British rapper. Point being, XtG is a whole lot more than just another MC – he’s a breath of fresh air (exhale).
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Simple one this – time.
Ever since the early noughties, the idea of being a British rapper has always been mulling around in the back of my mind. Plus, making a living from bossing a computer around for £10/ hour doesn’t really float my boat. So let’s just say that after a couple of years of pen pushing & desperately trying to fit in – I was fed up.
Besides, a great fella once said: “Life is a ONE time affair. If we’re only here for so long, then what exactly do we have to loose by chasing our dreams?… Nothing!”
Exactly why I’m stepping up to the mic as a British rapper. What is there to lose?
Ahaaa well spotted – although reasoning behind it is actually pretty simple.
The swaggy streetwear of your average British rappers just ain’t my style. I’m more of a vintage/ denim type eh guy. Hence why I’ve chose to dress ‘as me’ behind the mic – no trackies in sight!
CLUE: XtG is no facade! He’s merely a caricature of the everyday me. See when it comes to what to wear, denim is my ‘go-to’. As for that chain, it’s been round my neck for in excess of 5 years (including stints in the shower) & when it comes to sunnies, I don’t you can beat a circular pair. As for the flat cap, on the odd chance I do wear a hat, 9 times out of 10 it’ll be flat.
I couldn’t give 2 hoots about trying to impress you.
This is me – like it or lump it. So just to put it out there, the guy you see on social media is no different to the dude who stars in each music vid. A side of me who’s no different to the British rapper you’re (in theory) chatting with now or the person I am when around family & friends.
In short, XtG was never designed to be a façade & I’m proud to say he never will be. With that, I assume my motto will now make more sense:
“Follow Intuition, Not The Crowd”
Only when I was forced to – lol.
In fact, my largest musical achievement to date (bar becoming a British rapper) is achieving Grade 1 in piano (go ahead – giggle). Also, music at school was one of the first subjects I was eager to drop. Only looking back, I’ve realised why.
I didn’t hate studying music because I hate music. It was simply because at the time, I didn’t understand my creative process. A quirk of the brain that near on every biology teacher neglects to touch on. For young me then, the thought of becoming a well-known British rapper was nothing but pure fantasy.
Back then I was more focused on becoming a Barrister or Accountant (shivers at the thought).
You’d imagine that the gym anthem of a British rapper would of course be British, right?
Wrong. See, when it comes to working out, there’s only 1 song listen to on repeat. A song that originates from America – more specifically Jamaica Queens, NYC.
The track itself is called ‘Reminder’ & is the work of G-Unit rapper, Lloyd Banks. Give it a listen & you should see why this anthem spurs me on to do the extra rep. Much as the title suggests, it’s a reminder. One not to settle or lose sight of who you are.
If you’re nutty about the gym, I’d highly recommend checking out Lloyd’s full F.N.O. mixtape.
Too right – Huddersfield is my hometown.
That lesser known mill town situated slap bang in-between Leeds & Manchester. Two of the biggest postcodes in the North of England!
Interested to learn more about the plucky town I call home? Don’t forget to check out my blog – Huddersfield 101.
Rappers worldwide shouldn’t fear me, let alone British rappers.
The only person I’m competing against… is me.
If that’s so, then call me the exception.
Let’s just say that me spending X amount of months going boss-eyed creating this site was no coincidence. It’s tricky keeping up to speed with MCs these days; social media is super overcrowded. Hence this site – my own personal corner of the internet, where you can find out the latest about me on social, my music or merch, all in a matter of clicks.
Thank me later.
BTW: Due to this site I even have a blog. So should you wish to brush up on my rampant philosophies or just having a giggle, do go have a nosey! (link below)
Give me a magic wand that could change the industry & I’d wish for this.
For artists (including British rappers) to stop putting on a ‘tough act’ just to impress people that they don’t even know. Because at the end of the day, it’s not healthy. Reach stardom by being fake & in essence you’re just cheating yourself.
Money & attention means very little, if it’s come as a result of the person you’re trying to be & not the real you.
The start of a downwards spiral if ever I saw one.
You’d expect British rappers to have a CD collection rammed with UK Hip Hop – right? Well, don’t be too quick to judge. Take me for instance.
There’s a LOT more to my music taste than meets the eye. So while you’d come across the Hip Hop classics of G-Unit, 50 Cent, Nas & Biggie, you’d also find some records that you wouldn’t perhaps associate with a British rapper. I’m talking about tunes by the likes of:
Britney Spears, Dean Martin, Lionel Richie, Westlife, Frank Sinatra, Simply Red, Nsync & even Il Divo.
See, this is what happens when your Grandad’s a superfan of every crooner out there & your Dad’s a crazy 90s Pop-fanatic – you get a mashup like no other.
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