You shouldn’t judge an artist by their stage name. British rapper Oscar #Worldpeace (surname unknown) may sound like the leader of an ill-fated Twitter campaign, but it’s clear that the Tottenham-born rapper is also a formidable talent.
Growing up in the same north London area as grime stars JME and Skepta, #Worldpeace was surrounded by the frenetic lyricism of that burgeoning scene, as well as his Ghanaian and Jamaican grandparents’ reggae records. Subsequently, his approach to music has been DIY: he got behind the mic in his cousin’s home studio and self-released his assured debut, Recluse, last year. Its engrossing blend of gritty production and nonchalant lyrical delivery caught the ears of his current mentor, Mike Skinner of the Streets, who has since released and remixed #Worldpeace’s tracks 'No Change' and 'Right Now'.
Read the feature in the Observer.
[This piece was published on 01/07/18]