The popularity of Mr. Bigz among his rap peers is undeniable, working with a who’s who of the UK’s finest across his career. Chart toppers Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Chip have all collaborated with Mr. Bigz, as have plenty of underground legends including Ghetts, Sway and Frisco. Appreciation for the artist isn’t limited to hip-hop circles, either, with The Sugababes and Dionne Bromfield among those to team up with him.
As Bigz, he released critically acclaimed mixtapes such as Quantum Leap - OMA-nominated - and The Bigz Bang Theory, with a UK cypher performance for the BET Hip-Hop Awards just one of many other career highlights. It is under the guise of Mr. Bigz, however, that we are hearing his finest work.
Inspired by a life-changing weight loss, the Mr. Bigz moniker brought with it a new level of energy, style and sound. The first glimpse of this came in late 2013, with My Funked Up Soul presenting slick raps over samples of some of the artist’s favourite classic soul records.
The overwhelming response to the mixtape and its Giggs-featuring bonus sequel to ‘The Ride’, which was playlisted on BBC 1Xtra for two months, proved that he’d found his sound. The S.U.M.M.E.R. EP soon followed, breaking into the iTunes Hip-Hop Top 10 upon its release and earning big radio support for its singles. ‘Finer Taste’ with Wretch 32 was another to make the 1Xtra playlist, while Radio 1 supported his track with Baltimore singer Max Marshall, ‘Soul Food’. Speaking of food, Mr. Bigz has proved himself to be an adept presenter too as the charming host of GRM Daily web shows Best Burger In London and Dine Daily over the last couple of years.
Last year brought a new milestone for Mr. Bigz in his sold out debut headline show. He’d already graced stages across Europe in his career, supporting the likes of N-Dubz. Conor Maynard and Wale on tour, but performing with a live band in his home city of London, the big man was in the form of his life.
What’s most exciting, though, as he enjoys making music more than ever, is that Mr. Bigz is only going to get better. My Funked Up Soul 2 is on its way very soon, a fitting follow-up to the project that introduced this reinvigorated, infectious vibe, before the small matter of debut studio album The Soul Trader, which will surely cement Mr. Bigz’s reputation as one of the all-time great emcees from these shores when it’s released later this year.