This time last year, I would not have guessed that UK hip-hop would have had such a presence on this list as it does. I’ve already written about Skepta, Lady Leshurr, Trademark Blud and Kojey Radical, and now perhaps the most exciting prospect for the future – Loyle Carner (and there are still more to come!). The South Londoner is much more relatable to underground US rap than he is to grime, with an incredibly satisfying focus on intricate wordplay and rapid-fire delivery. He has been bubbling under the radar for a couple of years, including touring with Kate Tempest around her first album. 2017 very well might be his time, with his debut ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ due for release in January.