DEEP CUTS: BLADE BROWN

South London's rap pedigree has been written about extensively already, but we still can't help but think trap-rap innovator Blade Brown doesn't get talked about beyond the underground circles.

The word "independent" gets thrown around, often inaccurately and often next to names who are simply too small to be anything but independent. Not Blade Brown, though. Without management or PR, Brown has dropped a whole bunch of highly-related full-length projects——Financial Times, Hollow Meets Blade and three volumes of Bags & Boxes.

But Blade Brown is by no means a lone wolf, bringing out the best in everyone he partners with. Over the years, and across the plentiful mixtapes, Brown has collaborated with titans from across the worlds of trap, rap, grime and more. Wretch 32, Skepta, Giggs, Youngs Teflon, Chip, Fekky, G FrSH, Skrapz, Tiggs Da Author and more have all made appearances. Then, of course, there are his contributions to the projects of others; Fredo, Carns Hill, Youngs Teflon, J Spades, Frisco have all benefited from a straight-talking Blade Brown verse.

As always, we couldn't include everything as a lot of his earlier mixtapes aren't available on most streaming platforms.

Photography: Liam Ricketts


Posted on March 08, 2018