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MOBO 2017 Best Newcomer
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ML Hammer95
post Oct 22 2017, 08:02 PM
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A tough category I feel, with 10 artists who have had excellent breakthrough years in 2017! I feel the three that will stand out to many are Jorja Smith, Mabel and Stefflon Don and with good reason. All have made their chart debuts this year and big things are expected for all three artists. They are warranted front runners for this award.

Also, it's been a great year for 'Afroswing' rap - UK rap music with Afrobeat and Caribbean influences. Following the example of J Hus, artists such as Kojo Funds, Lotto Boyzz, Not3s and Yxng Bane have exploded in popularity this year. This sound I feel has been the defining street sound of 2017 and songs such as Warning, No Don, Addison Lee, Aladdin & Rihanna are all staples round my way.

UK Rap with a focus on lyricism has also flourished - the witty wordplay of Loyle Carner, the street readiness of Brummie MIST. and the versatility of Dave (Samantha was one of my favourites at the start of the year) sees them receive deserved nominations.

But who will win? Last year's award went to WSTRN and I feel this year is harder to judge. My top 3 would be:

1. Stefflon Don (I firmly believe she will be huge)
2. Dave
3. Jorja Smith

In many ways, I could make a case for most of these winning this award, it's so open! Feel free to speculate below.
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post Oct 22 2017, 08:13 PM
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My personal fave would be Stefflon Don. "Hurtin' Me" has been her best track yet in my opinion but the likes of "16 Shots" and even her verse on "Instruction" have all been amazing. I hope you're right and she will be huge soon!

I've also really appreciated Jorja Smith ("Teenage Fantasy" especially wub.gif), Lotto Boyzz & Not3s this year biggrin.gif
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post Oct 22 2017, 08:34 PM
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stefflon or jorja!!
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post Oct 22 2017, 09:19 PM
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Yxng Bane for me. I agree with you about Dave, Samantha was such a standout track in the genre.
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post Oct 22 2017, 10:20 PM
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Mabel is my favourite there.
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