'Rappers are really growing up': Tiffany Calver, the new voice of BBC rap, on 2019's hip


At 24, Tiffany Calver might worry that she has already peaked as a DJ. Initially writing for the pioneering grime platform SBTV and the blog Hypebeast, she began DJing as a hobby, uploading mixes made on free online software to her SoundCloud. Her high-energy selections soon caught the ears of the online station Radar Radio and then Drake’s management, leading her to land a number of firsts: the first woman to make a mix for Drake’s OVO Sound show on Beats 1 Radio, the first woman to have a hip-hop show on Kiss FM, and now the first woman to host BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra’s Rap Show: a popular Saturday-night slot previously held by Tim Westwood and Charlie Sloth.

“It still feels so surreal that I’m hosting the show,” she says, ahead of her debut on Saturday. “I remember being a little kid with my mum on Saturday nights listening to Westwood and jumping around my sofa, and now that’ll be me taking over.” Calver is keen to put her own stamp on the show, though. “I just want to express myself,” she says. “I’m not interested in replicating anyone else’s work; I have to be me because I’m not Charlie or Tim.” With rap’s dominance set to continue, we asked her for predictions for 2019.

Read the interview in the Guardian.

[This piece was published on 04/01/19]