News / 18.07.22

Dean Blunt drops new London Tonight Freestyle featuring Skepta, A$AP Rocky and Novelist

Blunt leaked the new track via his Youtube channel on Friday

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News / 11.02.20

New festival Waterworks to launch in east London this summer

Ben UFO, Sherelle and Eris Drew will play at the event’s inaugural edition

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News / 09.09.19

Novelist, Snapped Ankles and more announced for Sound City Ipswich 2019

Sound City Ipswich has unveiled its full line-up for 2019

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Little Simz in conversation with Novelist: Call the shots

For our 100th issue, we united three sets of former Crack Magazine cover stars. Here, Little Simz and Novelist touch base on what it means to be self-made

10 Artists on Their Favourite Discoveries of 2018

We asked 10 artists with great taste to pick out something they’ve discovered this year that they think will stay with them long after 2018.

The Albums of 2018: Honourable Mentions

The second half of our albums of the year rundown, ranked from 100-51

News / 30.04.18

Novelist’s album marked as explicit on digital streaming services despite containing no expletives

“I’d encourage you listen to it freely”

Novelist – Novelist Guy

The Lewisham MC’s long-awaited debut has finally landed, building upon grime’s DIY tradition with self-produced beats and self-publishing

The Update: Novelist

As he gears up to release his debut album, we catch up with the Lewisham MC to talk broadening his sound, the explosion of grime and retaining creative control

News / 23.02.18

Novelist to release debut album this year

Novelist Guy lands on 13 April

News / 01.09.17

Listen to a heartwarming conversation between Novelist and his mum

BBC 1Xtra’s Grime Mums is back, also featuring Jammz, Lioness, Coco and Joe Grind Four…

News / 26.07.17

Premiere: Novelist links up with JD. Reid for new track Ready

The North London beatmaker links up with Novelist on the brand new ‘Ready’ – listen to it early, exclusively via Crack

News / 30.05.17

Novelist releases summer track New Path

The hazy tune has been shared today via his own label, MMMYEH Records

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News / 22.05.17

Novelist pens powerful essay on the importance of voting, backs Jeremy Corbyn

“The people who get up and vote, they have the power to control the system”

News / 05.05.17

Pro-Corbyn grime posters spotted around London

Grime MCs Jme, AJ Tracey, Novelist and Akala have previously urged their Twitter followers to vote for the Labour leader

News / 28.04.17

Novelist surprise drops new EP, Be Blessed

“Say I wanted to go viral by dropping a project tomorrow. Would you help? RT”

News / 06.03.17

Watch: Novelist shares SBTV Warm Up Session

As part of their #SBTV10 series, SBTV have just shared a new Warm Up Session…

When We Gonna Be Together: The Best Grime Love Songs

A selection of street serenades to soundtrack your Valentines Day, featuring Stormzy, Skepta, Ruff Sqwad and many more throwback classics

Skepta takes on Ally Pally with the gang

Hamda Issa-Salwe joins the 10,000-strong crowd for the Tottenham Top Boy’s victorious homecoming

News / 24.11.16

Run The Jewels added to Snowbombing 2017

Run The Jewels have joined the bill for Snowbombing 2017, heading up their second instalment…

News / 28.10.16

Listen to Elijah & Skilliam’s Grime 2016 compilation now

The latest edition of Elijah & Skilliam’s annual grime compilation is available to buy and…

Flohio is tearing up grime’s template

Growing up in South London, Flohio was engulfed in grime from an early age. Now the young MC reworks the genre’s template for a more experimental vision

News / 20.07.16

Warehouse Project reveal lineup, tickets on sale tomorrow

Manchester’s Warehouse Project returns for 2016 and this year they’ve lined up Moderat, Skepta, Ricardo…

News / 04.07.16

Novelist Has Joined The Labour Party

The MC also Tweeted his support for Jeremy Corbyn and urged the Labour leader not…

News / 21.06.16

Novelist’s new track Snitches is his most experimental yet

Check out the latest addition to Novelist’s newly invented Ruff Sound genre, Snitches, in the…

In GIFS: Field Day 2016

Get a feel for Field Day 2016 with our GIF galleries Though the rain came…

Field Day 2016

The festival suffered from bad weather for the first time in a few years, but sliding around in the mud just felt like part of the fun

Skepta – Konnichiwa

‘Konnichiwa’ is the sound of an artist winning after his genre has been ditched by the industry and stigmatised by the media

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News / 06.05.16

Listen to Skepta’s Konnichiwa now

Skepta’s hotly anticipated new album is on Spotify now Last night Skepta played a live…

Events / 19.04.16

New Bristol festival Sequences to launch this July

The all-dayer will take place around Motion and showcase three bass music institutions A new outdoor…

News / 18.04.16

Novelist takes a shot at David Cameron on new song, Tax the MPs

The Lewisham grime MC and producer takes Dodgy Dave to task in a hard new instrumental Recent…

Events / 05.04.16

Outlook announce full lineup details for 2016

Croatia’s biggest bass-led festival is back for a ninth year. Outlook festival have revealed full…

News / 29.03.16

Novelist drops heavy new instrumental Casper Riddim

Taking a break from rinsing David Cameron via YouTube, Nov returns with an aggressive new…

News / 11.02.16

Watch footage from Novelist’s 19th birthday set

Risky Roadz cyphers return with footage from the grime party of the year Earlier this…

News / 01.02.16

Listen to Novelist’s Self-Produced Break In Your House Freestyle

The former Crack cover star dropped his latest track on SoundCloud on Saturday night Novelist…

News / 22.01.16

Skepta turned up to Novelist’s Radar Radio birthday set

You can listen to the whole set now Former Crack cover star Novelist turned 19…

Events / 21.01.16

Field Day announce second wave of acts

Check out who’ll be appearing in London’s Victoria Park on 11 and 12 June London’s…

News / 20.01.16

Radar Radio are broadcasting a Novelist birthday set tonight

Today is Novelist’s 19th birthday, and to celebrate, London’s Radar Radio are broadcasting a set…

News / 07.01.16

Novelist samples David Cameron in Street Politician

“Fuck these feds, they don’t give a damn about the mandem” Recent Crack cover star…

In the Endz:
5 classic grime videos

Tomas Fraser selects five videos that prove grime is as gritty as ever

Playlists / 06.11.15

November 2015 Playlist

20 new tracks we want you to hear

Next Generation

The young Lewisham MC is an unofficial mouthpiece for disenfranchised youth. Tomas Fraser looks towards a legacy with grime’s hardest working newcomer

News / 05.10.15

Skepta + JME announce headline Brixton show

Novelist, Frisco, Casisdead and Section Boyz will support the December date Grime’s most high profile…

Elf Kid

If you caught Novelist & The Square at any club or festival this summer, the chances are you heard Elf Kid’s signature track Golden Boy

News / 04.09.15

Watch Novelist & The Square’s Black Cab Session

The Lewisham grime collective perform Lewisham McDeez with their former leader Following this week’s announcement…

News / 02.09.15

Novelist releases freestyle in new video

Watch the Lewisham MC smash out a few bars on his drive

News / 01.09.15

Novelist has left The Square

The grime MC tweeted about his decision to leave the group earlier It looks like…

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News / 03.07.15

Channel 4’s Four to the floor music programme is back

The alternative music show includes performances, documentary excerpts, animation and more. The programme’s first series…

Sónar: Day One Report

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Events / 14.04.15

Mumdance added to Field Day line-up

It’s been a big year for the producer so far, and now he’s just been announced…

In GIFs: Lords of The Manor

We sent one of our favourite photographers to document the chaos at King’s Weston House….

Lords of the Manor

On Easter bank holiday weekend, Crack joined forces with Red Bull Music Academy to host…

Mumdance X Novelist: minimalism in the ends

Deleting the presets and calibrating a new wave