Friday 23 May 2014

MTV IGGY: Get Ready: Blizzard's About To Reign Down

By Joseph 'JP' Patterson

Name: Blizzard

Where He’s From: Manchester, England

When He Started: 2005

Genre: Grime/hip-hop

For Fans Of: Shotty Horroh, Jack Flash, Maxsta

Manchester’s Blizzard can "shower it down," at any given moment. A piano-playing grime MC since the age of 11, who counts Wiley and Pink Floyd, Thom Yorke and The Streets as influences, Blizzard has been on a road to self-discovery with his music for near-on a decade now, making his debut in 2005 as a member of local collective, Mayhem Crew. Even back then he showed a maturity and a confidence in his delivery that had the power to command the attention of any listener passing by.

It hasn’t been all grime for Bradley Green, though. The lyrical firecracker’s widely respected in the battle rap arena, too, appearing on Don’t Flop a plethora of times, as well as Jammer’s (grime-centered) Lord Of The Mics 5. And although some might say more bar-for-bar clashes have been lost than they’ve been won, Blizzard’s freestyling ability, razor-sharp wordplay and hard graft has put him in places OG rhyme-throwers still dream about at night — namely Glastonbury, where he’ll be performing on the Left Field stage later this year.

Green released his much-hyped debut EP, the rowdy Sooner Than Never in 2012, which was followed-up in March, 2014, with the highly introspective set, Testing The Water. With both offerings safely securing him an army of followers (you know the ones who march across the country just to get their picture taken with him at a CD signing? Exactly!) and the British music industry finally taking to him as a potential chart-cracker (MTV UK, BBC Radio 1 are noted supporters), soon, this Blizzard will be one you won’t be able to run from. Get ready.

This also appeared over at MTV IGGY: H E R E