Posts by Hamda Issa-Salwe (@HamdaLDN)

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Blow Off the Pain

The rising Birmingham rapper has turned around hardship and a stint in prison to live his dream. He tells us why you shouldn’t underestimate him or his city

Meet the Tottenham MCs fronting Skepta’s SKAir campaign

Hamda Issa-Salwe gets a tour of Meridian Walk from Belly and Shailan – two young MCs who recently starred in the ad campaign for Skepta’s new trainer

BBC Radio 1Xtra at 15: 10 Iconic Freestyles

Hamda Issa-Salwe celebrates 15 years of 1Xtra by revisiting 10 of the most unforgettable moments in the booth. Featuring Wiley, K Koke and AJ Tracey

The mystery of Frank Ocean and moments of empowerment at Lovebox

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Belly Squad: Catching a Vibe

Belly Squad’s blend of Afrobeats and UK hip-hop has put them at the forefront of a new London wave. Hamda Issa-Salwe meets them to find out more

Lil Uzi Vert live in London: The greatest rockstar alive?

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Rise of The Wicked Skengman: Stormzy‘s Story So Far

From freestyles in the park to stadium ring walks, prepare for ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ by retracing Big Mike’s strides to the stop

#StartingXX: 20 MCs and rappers to watch in 2017

Hamda Issa-Salwe profiles 20 UK talents set to take centre stage over the next 12 months

Skepta takes on Ally Pally with the gang

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