Late December, a few days before Christmas, 2017: east London rapper KO brings a slew of young acts through to his performance on Tim Westwood’s infamous Crib Sessions. Though it lasts for a little under a minute, one verse stands out – it’s from the artist Unknown T, who back then was wearing a t-shirt on his head (as a way to hide his identity) and relatively unknown outside his area.
Friends kept pressing him to release the full version of the tune, which eventually turned into “Homerton B” – one of this year’s breakout hits. It’s a cold, icy release that represents the very best of UK street music, direct but rhythmic too. Unknown T isn’t simply spitting, he packs his bars in meticulously tight, wrapping them around and riding the sparse production like they’re an instrument.
A project is on the horizon, but for now, fans will have to feast on Unknown T’s latest track “Meat”, and nostalgic single “Throwback”, taking listeners on a journey down memory. Of course, there’s also his breakthrough single “Homerton B”, a few “Mad About Bars” tracks with Kenny Allstar, where Unknown T further exercises his lyrical talent (and also released his mask) and his recent “Fire In The Booth” with Charlie Sloth – the last of the series at the BBC.
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