With the third season of The Rap Game UK kicking off this week, it’s only right you get to know the contestants taking part in the competition beforehand!
Hosted by DJ Target, Krept and Konan, The Rap Game UK is a BAFTA-nominated competition show in which six unsigned rappers receive a masterclass in rap to break into the music industry.
Battling it out for the £20,000 prize are six MCs from up and down the country named Kay Rico, Saidu, Pocaa, Oakzy B, BrynBP and KayDizzy.
Kay Rico is a Manchester-hailing rapper who has already worked with some big names in the scene. In 2018 hee supported Wiley on The Godfather II tour and has also worked with fellow Mancunian star Aitch, who he also grew up with. He’s inspired by the likes of Ghetts, Wretch 32 and Chip and aims to “entertain everyone that’s locked in.”
Putting on for London is 19-year-old Saidu from Bermondsey. He describes his music as being predominantly grime but is willing to tap into other genres. He believes his USP is his wordplay and he has big dreams of going platinum.
Also representing for London in the third series is Pocaa – a Hackney representative hoping to impress viewers with her versatility. Her favourite artists range from Youngs Teflon, Skrapz and Hus to U.S. legends Missy Elliott and Lil Kim. She’s not looking to play any games, adding that it’s “go time”.
Glasgow’s Oakzy B is another contestant with huge goals as he hopes to be the biggest musician to ever come out of Scotland. Despite having a following in his home nation, the 24-year-old – who started rapping at five – wants to showcase his skills to the rest of Britain on The Rap Game UK.
BrynBP from south London, on the other hand, wants to use The Rap Game UK to send out a message that you can do what you want to do in life no matter what you look like. As a white, female rapper, Bryn said she has faced many horrible comments over the years about wanting to take the music path and wants to prove her naysayers wrong.
Last up is KayDizzy from Stoke, a 19-year-old who has struggled with self-belief in the past but has big dreams of making his mother proud. Some of his favourite rappers include Chip, Krept & Konan and Bugzy Malone and like some of his fellow contestants, he has plans to be the biggest artists in the UK.
You’ll be able to see what each MC brings to the table when The Rap Game UK season 3 begins on July 22nd on BBC iPlayer. For more information on each contestant, click here!