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Rated awards recap, Q&A with Birmingham rapper A.D and more

RATED: Mr Play attended GRM Daily's music industry awards ceremony

GRM DAILY'S Rated Awards was the talk last week! Of course I was there in attendance, along with my artist, the young and super talented @Alanamarioxo (check Alana out, a future star in the making – you heard it here first!)

The fourth yearly edition of the awards ceremony, was co-hosted by Mo The Comedian and Julie Adenuga. Mo bruv, you had us in stitches, now that’s what I call freestyle comedy at its finest!

It was a pleasure to see more fantastic UK talent coming up and being recognised in the industry. Congrats to Not3s taking home two of the biggest awards on offer in Artist of the Year and Best Track for Butterflies alongside AJ Tracey. Nines won Album of the Year for Crop Circle, Headie One won Breakthrough of the Year and I was gassed to witness my boy Charlie Sloth winning DJ of the Year for the fourth year running! Massive congrats to Charlie. Since the award show begun, no other DJ has won the award apart from the mastermind of Fire in the Booth.

The live performances were lit. Shout outs to Giggs, Kojo Funds, Ray BLK, Not3s and D Double E.

A special mention this week to Young Urban Arts Foundation. It works in hard to reach communities such as council estates, which have little or no provision. Above all, it raises the aspirations and confidence of young people so that they can truly reach their full potential. It’s an independent grassroots charity that doesn’t receive any core funding from local authorities or big funders.

Young Urban Arts Foundation operates from a reinvented double decker bus, which has now broken down due to wear and tear. The foundation really needs some help. It had projects booked in all over the summer but has now has come to a halt as it’s unable to reach the communities it works in. In addition to the repairs that need to be undertaken to make it safe and attractive, Young Urban Arts Foundation would also like to enhance the teaching experience by upgrading some of the equipment and software so they can offer the best service possible. Please show your support and donate what you can:

NEW WHEELS NEEDED: Young Urban Arts Foundation wants to get back on the road

This week, I caught up A.D - an up-and-coming rapper from Birmingham. Here’s what he had to say:

Q: Who is A.D?
A: Noted for his unique sound, deep lyrics and clever wordplay, A.D. brings a fresh approach to the UK rap scene. In a world where everything seems dominated by a purely hip hop sound, A.D. seems determined to get to the top of the scene through his expression of real life issues, everyday experiences and sometimes something for us to dance to – in a way that gets to the minds of the youth, using slang and sometimes adds touch of his mother tongue (Arabic).

Q: When did you realise you wanted to do music?
A: I realised back in 2006 when I was writing quite a lot of poetry, which I used to express my views on certain things I experienced and about events occurring at that time.

FRESH APPROACH: A.D. music sometimes features his mother tongue, Arabic

Q: Who are your influences?
A: Lowkey, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac, Biggie, Nas and Immortal Technique

Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe my style as raw underground hiphop with a sense of swag using todays language to appeal to the youth.

Q: What has been your toughest challenge as a musician?
A: Not being given a chance to break through or even to be heard by the industry in order to spread my message to the people.

Q: Do you have any new music coming out and can you tell us about it?
A: Yes, two videos, a new single and an EP.

Q: If you could collaborate with any artist right now, who would it be and why?
A: Dave and Lowkey because they best fit my brand and we could do a lot of damage on the mic.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?
A: I see myself on top of the UK scene.

Q: Where can we find you on social media?
A: @adrevolutionary on all socials.

*Key contributors this week: Anthony “Play”, Steph D & Lateef “Toks”.

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