Considered by many to be one of the most electrifying hip-hop artists to emerge from the cold shores of the UK, BLACK JOSH continues to impress, shock and bemuse in equal measure. He’s been on it since early, forming his rap crew APE CULT at 17, which has garnered much kudos in Manchester and beyond for their fearless and theatrical live performances; and then brought himself to the attention of an older generation with his collaboration with hip-hop funk-maestros “The Mouse Outfit”, with “Air-Max” and their most popular tune “Sit Back” which has now had in excess of 750,000 views on Youtube.
Next step was joining the church BLAH RECORDS – the high priest Lee Scott having been a hero of a young Black Josh at school. His debut album #blahblahblackjosh is a modern-classic, with many of the cuts being made into videos with 10s of 1000s of views; and demonstrating an artist with adeptness across a range of tempos and styles.
At around the same time he was asked to join the LEVELZ crew – a Mancunian super-collective of MCs, Producers and creatives. Touring with them across the UK has created more than his fair share of memories on and off the stage, and he has been embraced by the elder members, recognised as the prodigious talent he is. With bags of plans and releases in the pipe-line, and a hunger and maturity (at certain times anyway) that belie his age, the world is going to be hearing plenty more about Black Josh.