From hip-hop and grime to R&B and Reggae, Channel 4 News has a long record of covering music by Black and urban artists.

As part of Channel 4’s founding aim to serve communities less catered for by other public service broadcasters, we have profiled rising stars before they became mainstream, including Stormzy (before he headlined Glastonbury), Akala and Wretch 32.

Rapper Ghetts told Symeon Brown about why he wants to use his platform to support Black women, while MOBO award nominated Yxng Bane told Jackie Long how losing two friends to knife crime “never leaves you”, and Stormzy spoke to Jasmine Dotiwala about the importance of talking about mental health issues.

Here is a collection of some of our reports and interviews:

Tinie Tempah on grime and politics Tinie Tempah has just released his third album, ‘Youth’, which was nominated for two Brit awards. Krishnan Guru-Murthy went to his studio to talk to him about grime music and politics.
The eye of the Stormzy A Mobo award-winner who has shared a stage with Kanye West, Stormzy answered his Twitter critics with his recent video Shut Up – and it’s been watched four million times.
Grime artist Stormzy on ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ His tweets make front page news, his concerts sell out in minutes, and his debut album is destined to top the charts: the grime artist Stormzy has caught the imagination of a generation.
Wiley on Grime and Dizzee Rascal He’s one of the most influential characters in British music today. The sound that Wiley created in East London at the turn of this century – which eventually became known as Grime – has now reached global popularity. But whilst his peers achieved huge chart success, he has been known as the driving force behind…
Rapper Ghetts on grime, feminism and knife violence He says he’s not defined by a genre, but as one of the original trailblazers of grime, Ghetts has become one of Britain’s most respected rap musicians. We have been to speak to him about his work and how he’s tired of grime and hip-hop being blamed for inciting knife violence.
Yxng Bane on music, multiculturalism and knife crime He’s been making music seriously for barely two years …yet 21 year old Yxng Bane from East London has already been nominated for a prestigious MOBO award, and his music videos regularly gain tens of millions of views.
Rapper Kano: ‘What music did for me was gave me a voice’ Kano started his career as a rapper on a pirate radio station in London. Since then – Kano has released five albums – becoming one of the country’s most critically acclaimed artists.
Big Narstie on #BritsSoWhite and the lack of diversity debate “I come from Lambeth, Brixton. I’m a regular at the pound shop. So what type of stuff do you want me to impress you with?” Big Narstie speaks to Channel 4 News on the lack of diversity at this years Brit awards – a controversy that has sparked a petition, the #BritsSoWhite hashtag and a…

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