South-London grime artist and producer, Crafty 893 brings a lyrically raw and technical aesthetic to his music that belies his youth. Growing up in an environment commonly associated with ‘The Ends’, Crafty conveys not only his experiences but his aspirations through his forward-thinking songs and instrumentals.
Renowned for writing, MCing, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering all his own work – Crafty 893 has been championed by all the key players in the grime world from innovators Terror Danjah, Sir Spyro and one of the best-loved forces in the UK underground, Big Zuu – who now presents ‘Big Zuu’s Big Eats’ for Dave, who Crafty supported at Outlook Festival in Croatia.
Heavily influenced by the North Carolinian record producer and rapper – 9th Wonder, due to his ability to “flip samples and processes, switching up and merging genres”, Crafty 893 started producing his own beats when he couldn’t afford the one’s he wanted, innovating processes for himself. Motivated by his kids, Crafty originally started MCing as result of his catalysing environment: “Where I am from everyone raps bars even if not for a career, my dad, cousins, bredrins, neighbours – they all do music, everyone always did it.”
Crafty is already a familiar face across Capital Xtra, Kiss FM, BBC 1Xtra, NTS, Balamii, and RINSE FM with press pick up in TRENCH, Grime Report, GRM Daily and much much more. “Induction EP” is just the start of this future-vanguard. So, keep your eyes on this space.Read more