Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Grime

Instrument/voice type: MC

Location: East


Mez, 23, a Nottingham talisman, continues to build on his now trusted club repertoire; following the underground acclaim for his Tyrone EPs, sold-out performances with his DJ Grandmixxer and a T-shirt collaboration with Keep Hush ensued, along with an invitation from Frank LeBon to star in a 3-part fashion story series with The Face Magazine, the final instalment of which s Mez starring alongside cover-star Lara Stone.

Growing up on a diet of Kano, D Double E et al, it was in year 10 that Mez began putting pen to paper, his lines soon leading him from the classroom to local stages and beyond. With the help of Notts DJ Blenda and producer Kidda Beats, he began building his arsenal. After releasing a number of EPs that were available as free downloads, the track ‘Nothing On Me’ secured Mez his first national radio play.

In 2015 Mez began to set up his second home in London. Making appearances on stations including Rinse, Radar and NTS, Mez has also enjoyed support from BBC 1Xtra, winning their #NextInGrime competition. In the same year he starred on Lord Of The Mics VII, the legendary battle series that sees MCs go head-to-head in a lyrical war of words.

Where live is concerned, Mez has supported Stormzy and Kano on their respective tours; Mez was also invited by Skepta as one of the acts to open his sold-out Alexandra Palace Show at the end of 2016. A similar request from D Double E followed with Mez appearing at his 02 Academy Islington headline show. Festival appearances include Born N Bred, Bread & Butter & NASS while he’s already frequented Kosovo, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam, spreading his dancehall and GQOM infected grime sound.

When it comes to the studio, Mez is the MCs MC; ready to spit a lyrical hook over any given beat that fits his energy. With his six-track M1 EP, produced by DaVinche and featuring Stormzy, AJ Tracey and more, having served the scene well in 2016, the left leaning lyrical comedy of ‘Normal Shoe’ began turning heads in spring 2017. Follow up ‘Magnum’, a high-energy jump-up club track, produced by his now regular studio collaborator Diamondz, showcases the cheekier side of Mez’s sonic boom. Rounding off that year nicely, everyone’s favourite uncle appeared in the Portrait Of Britain awards, the image by photographer David Emery splashed on digital billboards across the UK.

An i-D Magazine one to watch for 2018, Mez’s subsequent debut EP ‘Tyrone’ pushed the sonic warfare further, allowing him to push his performance, demonstrating that he’s an ultimate stage show don with his DJ Grandmixxer.The anticipated ‘Tyrone 2’ EP kicked off summer 2019 with 11 tracks of futuristic mic skills and weird wonky twisted beats. With two full capacity high-octane Keep Hush parties under his durag, Mez became set on taking grime back to the club where it belongs (even if those clubs are currently shut and his European tour postponed).

Bringing the yard man grime stylings back for AW2020, Mez released ‘Concerned’, produced by longtime collaborator Diamondz. A precursor to the 10-track Tyrone 3 EP - the final instalment in the Tyrone trilogy - showcases high energy intent and lyrical warfare that twists and turns with Mez delving deep into the pockets of his chosen beats.

Having kicked off the year with the four-track Babylon Can’t Roll EP, Mez produced and features on the P Money cut ‘Bumbaclart Backside’ and on the new Frisco album cut, ‘Big Bro’. Wrapping up the Tyrone series with a limited edition triple CD release, available via Bandcamp (the first run selling out in 24 hours), Mez has now realised a three year vision of artistic growth.

“Mez’s intense, hyper-intellectual flows spin stories that most MCs can only dream of. Taking mundane objects and situations and extrapolating them into grand narratives.
When Mez catches a beat you know it’s serious. He delivers with the blistering energy of one of the old school dons patterned for 2020…” Phase Transition

Initially I was fortunate to receive Help Musicians Hardship Fund support. Now I've got the creative support I need from The MOBO Help Musicians to record and release out my next project.