Oscar #Worldpeace, rising star of the British rap scene
Oscar hails from Tottenham, north London, the birthplace of grime stars such as Wretch32, Skepta and JME. These influences are mixed with the bashment, jungle, reggae and hip life records of his Ghanaian and Jamaican grandparents. Self-taught, he set up in his cousin’s home studio and released his first track, ‘Mook‘, which caught the attention of Mike Skinner from The Streets. The British rapper and producer contacted him via DM on Twitter and quickly became his mentor.
“From there he’s been a great mentor, he’s helped me out with mixing and mastering some of my songs, he put out a couple of my first singles, teaching me the game, he took me on tour, I’ve been everywhere in Europe, Ibiza, Copenhagen, Berlin, France”, he explains to Notion Magazine.
His debut album Recluse, released in 2018, was described by Clash magazine as “a mini masterpiece that only obeys its own rules”. Oscar #Worldpeace went on to collaborate with Knucks and Kojey Radical, as well as Tropics more recently. The rapper also joined BenjiFlow and Ragz Originale in the MINIKINGS collective, with whom he released the album ICONICY in 2022. His brutally honest style was to have an impact on other artists such as Nia Archives, Obongjayar and Gilles Peterson, among others.
What’s striking, apart from the contrast between dark productions and humorous lyrics, are the subjects he dares to tackle. The rapper doesn’t hesitate to attack police violence, because “Being black is a responsibility”, as he claims on the track ‘No White God‘ – a tribute to the Sizzla song.
After a series of EPs, Oscar #Worldpeace released his second album, Sporadic, in 2020, on which he invited MINIKINGZ, as well as Etta Bond, kadiata, Sam Wise and Knucks. With this new opus, the committed rapper addresses the sensitive subjects of fatherhood and modern masculinity.
Oscar #Worldpeace says he is “very excited to get started with the team at lDOL. What interested me most was their enthusiasm about the new album ‘Mum, Pray for Your Son’. With the potential behind this exceptional artist, IDOL is proud to be working on the next stage of his career.