Rated Awards 2017

The Roundhouse was once more venue of choice for the annual Rated Awards 2017, which recognises the best in urban music. The awards were a nod to emerging talent and established artists alike.

Performers included: AJ Tracey, Hardy Caprio, and Stefflon Don, nevertheless, it was Stormzy who stole the show with a surprise performance, creating hype amongst the crowd. Prior to this, he received two very well deserved awards for Best Video – ‘Big for your Boots’, and most importantly, Artist of the Year. A true acknowledgment for his undeniably successful year.

Also performing at the awards was Dave, whose politically charged ‘Question Time’ resonated well with the crowd. Silence bestowed the audience as he referenced the injustice of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the current state of affairs regarding UK politics; with a major dig towards former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Charlie Sloth, Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ, picked up the award for Best DJ for the third consecutive year. Sloth is highly regarded for his segment ‘Fire in the Booth’, which provides a platform for MC newcomers on the Grime and Hip-Hop scene. Big Shaq, a.k.a Michael Dapaah was discovered on this particular segment, with ‘Man’s not Hot’ and has become an internet sensation ever since. Although the subject of numerous memes, he is by no means a joke, having been acknowledged at the awards show winning Personality of the Year.

Others to receive recognition at the awards included Not3s – Breakthrough, Kaylum Dennis – Best Video Director, Lady Sanity – Get Rated Award, Steel Banglez – Producer of the Year, and Mo Stack – Best Mixtape with song ‘High Street Kid’. J Hus was awarded Best Album and Best Track, but unfortunately wasn’t in attendance at the event.

The final award of the evening – the Legacy Award, was presented by Posty and Mistajam who built immense anticipation for its recipient, Lethal Bizzle, making reference to his irrefutable influence on the Grime scene. Bizzle closed the show, performing some of his most iconic hits including ‘I Win’, ‘Fester Skank’ and ‘Pow!’ The latter song was famously banned from numerous UK nightclubs in 2004 for the frenzy it caused.


Be sure to keep an eye out on the emerging talent in urban music – the genre is growing more rapidly than ever and has a huge dedicated following.



Written by Daisy Wenn - Instagram @daisydoodar

Image Credit: Lead Image: Stormzy - @Stormzy1

Lethal Bizzle - Amy Whittow (Premier PR).

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