In these, the high times of the UK’s grime scene, poeticism often comes second to a smart punchline and a heavy beat. The best MCs tend to disguise their intelligent one liners in double entendre, and take care not to let artistic flair get the better of their underground roots. This is where a young rapper from South London steps in.

Che Lingo, revolutionary like his first name, utilises his enormous spectrum of influences to create genre-defying music that calls on his awesome arsenal of wordplay and metaphor – as hinted by his second name. His music, heavily inspired by the original grime of the mid 2000’s, has an air of intellectualism that comes without any pretension whatsoever, reconciling underground freestyles with poet elements. What’s most impressive is that at 25, he’s yet to realise his full potential.

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