Our Under the Radar series – where we champion those who shelled in 2016 without much mainstream recognition – continues, taking a look at one MC in particular – Capo Lee.

Capo Lee emerged late in 2014, swapping his decks for the mic. Ever since then, we’ve been hearing the North London MC, nonstop, shell on radio sets, raves and on some of the best grime records to date.

There’s been very few MCs who have been able to go bar to bar with Capo on a set. Just look at Rudekid’s KISS FM Xmas Special as an example. Capo was the marked man, the MC everyone wanted to get the best of. That does not happen unless you are perceived as THE man! And we believe Capo has certainly been that in 2016.

Let’s take a look at his body of work this calendar year: the Why Not 2 mixtape (produced in under 10 hours at Redbull Studios) along with the Liff Remix & Mud have been staple selections on radio and in club sets.

Of course, names such as Stormzy, Skepta and Kano have been pivotal in directing attention to grime in 2016. Nonetheless, there is still a roster of artists not receiving the attention they deserve. Truth be told, apart from a select few names blowing up, most MCs are still in the same position they were pre the 2014 grime boom.

However, grime IS the in thing right now and the industry will look to take what they can whilst it’s still hot. AJ Tracey is a key name here. An MC who has been doing his thing for the past 2 years and now been championed by every so-called music curator in the business.

One must ask whether these “specialists” have even listened to more than 3 of AJ’s records in 2016; however, we must big up AJ on this occasion. His hard work seems to be paying off and we hope his position can be further elevated in 2017. Who knows what his success can bring to the rest of his MTP crew – a new grime crew elevated to the forefront will be great for scene!

So, where does this leave the likes Capo Lee? In the urban scene, in terms of recognition, he is still behind the likes of Mist, Stefflon Don, 67 & Dave.

It is difficult to predict what is in store for Capo Lee in 2017, the dazzling lights of the mainstream may come calling but for the meantime, the true grime heads are still around to give the general his kudos.


Written by David Akosim

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Capo Lee

Written by David Akosim

You can follow Capo Lee via:

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Capo Lee