Hailing from the British west country where the hip-hop scene is as alive as the crowd at a Nav concert, I was all-in-all pretty late to the hip-hop scene.

That said, there are worse things than coming up listening to Kanye, Cudi and Gambino on a 3kg indestructible iPod Classic.

For me, hip-hop has always interested me when it was having fun; lyricism will always be important but, for a lot of music, it’s more than that.

Often the music I most enjoy are tracks that put a dumb grin on my face, even if that means bumping something a Lil put out.

My current taste definitely leans towards modern sounds and I’ll be one of the first people standing on the firing line in defence of trap and other questionable contemporary hip-hop forms.

 

Here’s my top picks: