10:15pm - 11:00pm
Cutting his own unique path through UK Rap and Grime, Chiedu Oraka continues to make waves and turn heads with a steadily growing body of solo work. Long known as a leading figure in the Northern grime scene, ‘The Black Yorkshireman’ is defying genres with his blend of raw honesty and lyrical intensity.
Since emerging onto the scene from his native city of Hull, Chiedu is undoubtedly one of the most exciting voices in grime and UK rap. A string of straight up classics include 'Flex’, ‘Men Behaving Badly’ and the hit single ‘Darcy’, which sits in the top 10 longest tracks to feature on the Grime Shutdown playlist, holding its own for over 300 days running.
In 2019, Chiedu also hit us with the UK’s only official remix of the viral hit ‘Thotiana’, further proof of his relevance to the culture.
2021 marked the start of broad new horizons for 'The Black Yorkshireman', having exploded into the year with the acclaimed EP Ave Life. Highlights include the autobiographical masterclass ‘The Trials and Tribulations of C.E.O.’, the anthemic bravado ‘G Finger’ (named as Charlie Sloth's Hood Heat Track of the Week), and the deep nostalgia of ‘Ave Life'. Meanwhile the formidable Helly Hansen freestyle series is grabbing attention and gaining momentum, with ‘Helly Hansen 4’ featuring proudly on the EP.
With Chiedu Oraka having confirmed his position as a premier UK lyrical talent, all eyes are now on The Black Yorkshireman to see what’s up and where’s next.