Jamal Edwards

British rap and grime pioneer Jamal Edwards dies at 31

Tributes have been shared from across the music world and beyond.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 21 Feb 2022
  • min read

British entrepreneur, author, broadcaster, DJ and founder of SB.TV, Jamal Edwards, has died at the age of 31.

Responsible for helping to launch the careers of artists like Dave, Ed Sheeran and Skepta, Edwards made an indelible mark on the entire music industry and was a true pioneer in British rap and grime music.

His early championing of many of the key players to emerge was integral to the success of the entire scene. He was appointed an MBE for services to music in 2014.

Tributes poured in for Edwards on social media.

Jamal had attended the Brit Awards earlier this month and reportedly performed as a DJ at a gig in north London on Saturday night.

A representative said he died on Sunday morning but no other details have been released.