Where: London, UK
When it comes to quality hip-hop, the UK's record is spotty at best, but that hasn't stopped 24-year-old Obaro Ejimiwe from getting into the game. A Gilles Peterson favorite, he sports a remarkably laid-back, almost sleepy flow and cites a number of disparate influences, from MF Doom and Fela Kuti to Squarepusher and Badly Drawn Boy. Last June, he released a free four-track EP, The Sound of Strangers, and followed it up with his debut full-length, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, earlier this month.
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