Lingua disponibile: ingleseBrighton-based hip-hop MC Ocean Wisdom has an old-school sensibility and a quick yet clear rapping style. Born in Camden in 1993 -- his parents decided on the name Ocean before his birth -- it wasn't long before the family moved to Brighton, where Wisdom spent his youth immersed in hip-hop and reggae. He began beatboxing at age 7, and started rapping after hearing Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood" on the radio. He spent his early teenage years writing lyrics and rapping over beats online, occasionally sending them to a friend for feedback. Eventually, his friend put him in touch with Dirty Dike, who, upon first meeting him, asked to record his vocals -- this resulted in "Walkin'," which remained on Dike's computer for almost a decade before being released in 2016. When the track eventually saw release it went viral, prompting Wisdom to record a full-length album, Chaos '93; initially, the record was to be released through High Focus, however, after the label hesitated to put the record out, Wisdom released it independently. The album caught the attention of the wider U.K. scene, opening many doors for the rapper, including an invitation to appear on Charlie Sloth's Fire in the Booth. After two years of increased visibility, Wisdom readied his second full-length, 2018's Wizville, which came with a feature-heavy track list -- guests on the album included Method Man, Jehst, P Money, Rodney P, Roots Manuva, Chester P, and Dizzee Rascal. ~ Liam Martin
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