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Izzie Gibbs is the freshest face on the UK grime scene. He just made his live American debut at SXSW.


"I'm an artist on the come up, not gonna be for long soon. Everybody's gonna know who I am. I'm the best in the world."

Izzie Gibbs is 22 years old, hailing from Manchester, England. His aggressive, rapid-fire verses and politicized lyrics are gaining him respect in the grime scene, a UK-based hip hop subgenre that was popularized by artists like Dizzee Rascal, Skepta and The Streets.

Gibbs performed a single set at Austin's SXSW at the British Takeover showcase by Musicalize, along with other UK artists like Sian Anderson, Wretch 32 and Avelino.

When Izzie Gibbs took the stage, he sang about the struggles in his own life.

Izzie Gibbs - Obviously

"Grime is what I grew up on. It's an urban sound, it's very english. It's about, for me, grime is about your message," he said. "It represents a struggle, it's gritty, its energetic, it makes you feel good."

Getting on the stage isn't the most natural feeling for Izzie Gibbs, at least not at first.

Izzie Gibbs - Flaca

"My belly's doing back-flips, I swear. But you know what it is? I'll always remember as soon as I get the first line out I'll calm down. So I go out there and I give them the bars, I give them the energy. I give them all of me. It's very vulnerable, very intimate, but at the same time, you're gonna look at the person that's next to you and wanna punch them in the face in the mosh pit. Because it's just too gassed, you feel me? Bringing that Northampton energy to the world," said Izzie Gibbs.

If he has way, everyone is going to know his name, and his town's name.

"I wanna put my town on the map. I wanna move my family to a nice area, where the crime rate is just low, and my neighbors look like Ned Flanders. That's what I'm trying to do. Obviously, I wanna be able to make a lot of money so I can look after my family. I wanna be able to give my fans good music, because most importantly it's about the music and how it sounds. And I wanna be as big as Kendrick and Drake."

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