Once dubbed ‘The Poster Boy of Grime’, Novelist (real name Kojo Kankam) has gone from strength to strength while developing his reputation as a respected MC.
Novelist drew inspiration at the early age of six years old; his primary influences came from UK underground music DVDs that were in circulation at the time, as well as the pirate radio stations on air showcasing UK underground music. After years of local shows at youth clubs and MC freestyles on YouTube, Nov soon found his way onto radio stations such as Flex FM, Rinse FM and Reprezent which allowed him the platform to reach a wider audience and develop his fan base. At the age of 17, Novelist went on his first tour outside of the UK and was also nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Act of Grime category; it was then that his status as a serious contender was solidified!
"Novelist" was now firmly on the radar and earmarked as an emerging artist to look out for when chosen to be on the BBC’s Sounds Of 2015 list. Still aged just 17, Novelist was invited to feature on a track with Chase and Status and together they gave us the famous track Bigger Man Sound. At 18, Novelist featured on veteran Grime artist Skepta’s award-winning Konichiwa album.
His first Australia / New Zealand Tour at age 18 was a roaring success and his second by age 20 saw the exponential growth of his fan base.
In more recent times, Nov has focused more on developing himself as a standalone artist.