I first heard Novelist on the same day that I first heard Stormzy, and quickly labelled the two integral parts of the continued success of Grime and UK rap. Whilst Stormzy is continuing to blow up with each passing day, young Novelist has taken a slightly different path towards recognition.
Off the back of his two EPs with producer Mumdance (Take Time & 1 Sec), Novelist himself was signed to the independent UK label XL Recordings, last month he left his crew The Square to further his solo career, and just a few days ago he supported Major Lazer at their Alexandra Palace show. Crazy to think he only turned 18 in January...
After hyping the release of 'Endz' on his Twitter account for some time, yesterday finally saw its release. Featuring a Risky Roads-esque video (much like a number of his contemporaries), I may have lost count of the amount of times the Lewisham MC said the word 'endz' or 'road' but he does his job and delivers a solid final verse. What's important is that the track feels and sounds like the crucial formative years for grime, and to hear the new breed producing music like this is important for the genre as a whole.
Bring forth Novelist's debut album, whenever that might be.