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, Blade has dropped a whole bunch of highly-rated, full-length projects——Financial Times, Hollow Meets Blade, and three volumes of Bags & Boxes——but he is by no means a lone wolf, bringing out the best in everyone he partners up with.

Over the years, and across the plentiful mixtapes, Blade Brown has collaborated with titans from across the worlds of rap, trap, and grime; Wretch 32, Giggs, Skepta, Youngs Teflon, Chip, G FrSH, Fekky and more have all made appearances across his releases. Then, of course, there are his contributions to the projects of others; Carns Hill, Fredo, J Spades, Frisco et al have all benefited from a straight-talking Blade Brown feature, too.

A legend in his own right, this is Blade Brown's Deep Cuts.

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