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So, how was your 2021?
It certainly had its ups and downs, but I’m coming out having achieved a canny few of the personal goals I set myself back in 2020. And that’s all you can ask for really. Basically, if you’d of told 2020 me where I am today I’d be buzzing.
What was your best moment?
Doing the YouTube stuff proper and smashing that 1 million views milestone for the RIDE channel is something that sticks out. But also, just finally moving out and getting my own place. I’m sure my Man would probably include that in her best moments too!
And your worst moment?
There has been a canny few tough moments this year like, rough patches, but none of them compare to deciding to buy an electric car. It only had 80 miles range man! I’m all for saving the planet but howay… I’m back driving an old petrol banger now and it’s mint!
Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
My top listened to artist on Spotify was a local producer/rapper duo that go by the name of TheBeigeWrld. They like to keep things pretty lowkey but they’re always working away in the background, helping out younger artists at their studio and generally being sound blokes. So, if you like a nice bit of wavy trap meets melodic rap then get yourself on it.
Your favourite song of the year?
“Eastside (Mumzy II)” by Joe James. Good little tune about how much he loves his mam with some proper hard hitting lyrics.
Recommended album?
It’s a mixtape but Potter Payper’s “Thanks For Waiting” is a belter.
Favourite TV show of the year?
The Small Axe anthology by Steve McQueen, I think they came out the back end of 2020 but still. Literally a must see series of mini-films that give an insight into British history we don’t get taught at school.
Your favourite film?
Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic. Proper good watch even if you’re not a fan of her music.
Best book you read?
The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence. Essential reading.
Best podcast?
The In Your Neighbourhood Podcast with Reali-T and 40. They will literally talk about everything and anything, well, Reali-T will at least. No topics are too hot for this smiley fella.
Favourite venue of the year?
Tyne Bank Brewery is a proper cool little venue. Plus, it’s a brewery… what more could you ask for?
What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Simba Shore @ Jungle. Superstar in the making.
Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2022?
Keep an eye on the NE4 boys, bags of raw talent there. JRM as well, he can rap and sing with a Geordie accent whilst still making it sound extra smooth. That’s a skill. He’s going to do big things I reckon.

Any predictions for next year?
Netflix will commission me to do a mini documentary series on UK rap history. Or the BBC, or ITV. I’m really not fussed who. I’m trying this manifestation thing, let’s see how it works out.

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