Once dubbed ‘The Poster Boy of Grime’, Novelist (real name Kojo Kankam) has gone from strength to strength while developing his reputation as a respected MC.
Novelist drew inspiration at the early age of six years old; his primary influences came from UK underground music DVDs that were in circulation at the time, as well as the pirate radio stations on air showcasing UK underground music.
After years of local shows at youth clubs and MC freestyles on YouTube, Nov soon found his way onto radio stations such as Flex FM, Rinse FM and Reprezent which allowed him the platform to reach a wider audience and develop his fan base. At the age of 17, Novelist went on his first tour outside of the UK and was also nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Act of Grime category; it was then that his status as a serious contender was solidified!
In more recent times, Nov has focused more on developing himself as a standalone artist, choosing to do fewer collaborations, but not before giving us another crossover track produced by Tom Misch. The song Physical demonstrated another dimension to Nov’s extensive breadth as an artist. His last collaboration was with emerging producer JD. Reid on a track titled Ready which was more reflective of Nov’s grime centric beginnings.