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Young Yizzy

Seventeen-year-old rapper Young Yizzy riffs on the energy of Ghetts and Devlin, but it's his own fearless wit that shouts the loudest. Get to know this Glasto Emerging Talent Competition finalist...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 10 Apr 2017
  • min read
Who? Seventeen-year-old rapper Young Yizzy.

What? Fast-flowing grime.

From where? Lewisham, London.

What’s the story? The self-styled ‘Grime Kid’ started out as a foot soldier in early 2016 but has stealthily moved up the south London ranks since then.

He operates without a crew, instead hooking up with the likes of MCTuckz, IronSoul and others for a string of tracks that have turned the ears of BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM, NME, The Guardian and more.

While his spirited flows over gritty 140bpm productions riff on the energy of Ghetts and Devlin, it's Yizzy’s own fearless wit that shouts the loudest.

His debut EP, This Is Life, dropped last Friday, helping establish his role as one of grime’s most vital new voices. Reflecting back Yizzy’s experiences of teenage London in 2017, it’s a more considered, smoother release that’s surely set the bar high for future endeavours.

With his star rising so fast, it comes as no surprise that the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Contest judges have selected him as one of eight finalists.

He will battle it out alongside the likes of Tyni, Silences and Lilith Ai on 22 April for a slot on one of the festival’s main stages this summer.

Whatever the outcome, 2017 is surely going to be a big year for this south Londoner...

Sounds like? South London grime reimagined through teenage ears.

Must hear? This Is Life: