MOBO Awards 2012: Top 10 Liverpool urban artists ones to watch


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MOBO Award 2012 are almost upon us, ahead of Getintothis‘ panel discussion on Liverpool’s history of black music we pick a selection of Liverpool artists doing the business today in Merseyside.

The MOBO Awards 2012 crash land in Liverpool on Saturday.
But it’s not all about Plan B, Rita Ora and Emeli what’s her face, Liverpool’s urban music is on a continual rise and tomorrow (Thursday) key players from the city’s music scene will be at the Museum of Liverpool discussing black music on Merseyside.
Ahead of the MOBOs showcase and tomorrow’s discussion, Getintothis chooses a selection of Liverpool’s urban, grime, hip hop and everything else in between music scene for you to lock your ears round.
Combining Eminem‘s wit, Jay-Z‘s savy for a sample and a winning Scouse tongue-in-cheek vibe, Sean iP Hegerty, is one of the most exciting emerging artists from Liverpool in some time.

One of Getintothis‘ big favourites, we’ve been writing about teenager Kasst for sometime. His lyrical flow is peerless and married to his killer beats he’s blazing a trail through Liverpool. Watch him blow up in the future.
More Kasst on Getintothis.

Teenagers MiC LOWRY are soul stars in the making. Formed through Positive Impact they combine charismatic presence with profound harmonies way beyond their years. Mentored by GIT Award nominee Esco Williams they’re in safe hands for a boss future.
Getintothis on MiC LOWRY

Hip-popper Jamie Broad rose to prominence when he re-recorded his track Knock A Door Dash for Liverpool FC’s FA Cup track.
But don’t pigeonhole him as a one-song dude, his way around a melody and knowing lyrics make for repeat listens – take a listen to his debut A Nice Cup Of Tea here.

Imagine if Dr Dre had turned his hand to the guitar instead of breaks – Coffee and Cakes For Funerals are hip hop with live instrumentation with the added killer ingredient – Joe Hazlett’s emotive vocal. One of the city’s brightest bands.
Getintothis on Coffee and Cakes For Funerals.

Toxteth’s Miss Stylie shot to national attention after being in last year’s 12 shortlisted GIT Award artists.
The former LFC women’s striker had been sneaking into clubs as a youngster just to showcase her fierce talent. Now she’s working Lana Del Rey‘s producer and wrapping up her debut EP Heavy Salad.
Getintothis on Miss Stylie.

The nu-power soul geek is the big success story of Liverpool’s urban music scene – from Toxteth rising soul/hip-hop talent to GIT Award nominee to MOBO winner.
Twelve whirlwind months and Esco’s set to release his debut single The New Challenger at the GIT Award 2013 launch party on Friday November 16. Get into that.
Getintothis on Esco.

One of the few Liverpool hip hop stars weaving the textured chillwave beats of US guitar indie with distinct Scouse grime and hip hop, Fiyago is a raw diamond we’re very excited about. Expect more from this one.

Quite simply Liverpool’s smartest rapper. No one can touch Elliot Egerton – aka Bang On – when it comes to wordplay.
He rocked up to April’s GIT Award shortlist ten seconds before he was due on stage, threw down his stuff and smashed it comprehensively. Grade A gold with the crossover potential of Dizzee.
Getintothis on Bang On.

Like galaxy chocolate, Jay is smooth and mighty luxurious. Part of Esco’s crew, his musicality and rich vocal has to be seen live to be believed. Fine talent, and a real gentleman.
Getintothis on Jay Alexzander

Meanwhile, here’s Liverpool urban legend – the one and only KOF – and his guide to Liverpool city centre for the MOBOs ahead of Saturday’s show.