It’s hard to imagine a background so disconnected from the roots of hip-hop and rap, but Wick in remote northern Scotland has produced one of the UK’s brightest rising stars of the genre. The juxtaposition of having been brought up in a rural town in northern Scotland to the stateside urban womb of hip hop is undoubtedly astonishing. But hip-hop is now transnational and transracial, it’s spoken to the minorities, the disenfranchised, the disenchanted, to those that live on the periphery of society and beyond; to those with no voice. Indeed, it gives them one.

And the Vandal genuinely falls into this social stratum and has become an accomplished
exponent of the genre. His lyrically complex jams impart an honesty of emotion and experience that only the best artists of hip hop/rap achieve; it’s from the heart and it’s pumping. It’s an aggressive uncompromising sound that’s been crafted over years of gigging and recording – it merges samples and beats to let his story be heard with deft and engaging
musicality.

There’s no doubt in my mind if this guy was stateside, he’d be signed, rich & famous. Go check him out before it costs you £50 to see him in a stadium m