Thursday, October 21, 2021

Top 100 Independent Artists 2018 (No.4) – Lee Biggs

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At 27-years-old, Island Records graduate Lee Biggs’s career is a success. He has helped build a label and built a career for many younger artists from becoming the flagship artist at last year’s Coachella festival to releasing the No1 album “Grime Project”. He has supported Jay Z and had three top 40 songs including “Big Tymers Jump Off” and “Melodies” with Emeli Sande.

Lee has also been able to shed light on our harsh realities through music which are easily overlooked. If you are an African-American or Muslim man in Britain you will have found your hoodie on the top of the ‘what to do if you’re getting harassed’ list. Lee aspires to be part of changing these perceptions and normalises the realities in his music.

Lee is a Brooklyn, New York based artist whose breakthrough single “Big Tymers Jump Off” was featured in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained and got him guest vocals alongside T.I. and Zendaya, as well as Grandmaster Flash.

It was Lee who first spoke up about the London riots and the criminality in this society and has since taken his experience to the streets across the world. This success did not come easily to Lee and he has struggled to find his voice as a voice for many, to be someone for others. If you have to compare Lee Biggs to someone you would be hard pressed to find many similarities and yet similar. In a New York Times article, he is compared to Karl Lagerfeld and Kanye West. Lee is not just building a successful career, but has also been able to create a buzz amongst many in the industry and to connect with people who have had a change of heart when it comes to black identity.

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