Ones to watch in 2022: Jelani Blackman (for fans of Jords, Giggs, Kojey Radical)

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Born and raised in Ladbroke Grove, Jelani Blackman has steadily emerged as one of London’s most rousing voices in recent years. Heavily influenced by R&B and soul, Jelani’s sound swerves stereotypes, blending the hard with the soft, the dark with the light; reflected in an impressively diverse rollcall of collaborators that spans from Brian Eno to Burna Boy, Wolf Alice to Big Zuu, and, most recently, Gorillaz and Barrington Levy, having joined Gorillaz onstage at the O2 to perform their collab single ‘Meanwhile’.

In the past year inclusions as a 1Xtra TOTW, Radio 1’s Next Wave, DIY’s Class of 2021 & Notion’s Ones To Watch followed a collab with Ghetts & Fraser T Smith as well as what was widely recognised as one of COLORS Studios’ best sessions. Jelani has been highly praised with support from the likes of DJ Target, Sian Anderson, Snoochie Shy, Reece Parkinson, Annie Mac, Jack Saunders, Rickie Melvin & Charlie, Fire In The Booth, Hypebeast & the face of Spotify’s Rap UK, Grime Shutdown & Free Form playlists. One of the most exciting, versatile and distinctive voices in the UK scene, Unlimited is set to take Jelani Blackman to the next level.

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