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Croydon rapper Stormzy tipped to be one of 2015's hottest up and coming artists by the BBC

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A RAPPER from Croydon has been tipped as one of the UK's brightest up and coming talents by the BBC.

Grime artist Stormzy, 21, who hails from Thornton Heath, has already had the backing of contemporaries Wiley, Skepta, Wretch 32 and Lethal Bizzle and has been picked on the BBC's longlist of 15 artists tipped to be the Sound of 2015.

Stormzy has a large Youtube following, with some of his songs attracting more than 500,000 views.

He cites Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill as songwriting influences, and also won the first MOBO award for best grime act this year.

"I couldn't imagine doing anything other than music, some people love money, some people love girls, but I love progressing, elevating and getting closer to your dreams," he told the BBC.

Watch Stormzy's video for Not That Deep, filmed in various locations around Croydon below [contains strong language]:

The BBC announces a list of its hotly tipped artists, chosen by a panel of DJs, critics and broadcasters, every December.

Last year singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who went on to be the only artist in 2014 to sell more than 1million albums in the UK and the US, made the list.

The longlist will be whittled down to five in January. 

Croydon rapper Stormzy tipped to be one of 2015's hottest up and coming artists by the BBC


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