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Saidu

19-year-old Saidu, one of the youngest contestants of the third season of The Rap Game UK taking place in Manchester, came out on top of the competition. What he lacks in age, he makes up for in confidence, telling BBC Three: “In the first year alone I want to be so big that I’m a guest mentor on the next season of The Rap Game UK – why not?”

Growing up in a council estate in Bermondsey, South-East London, as one of five siblings, the desire to make it in the industry is for a cause bigger than himself – his family, the root of his determination.

Just a year prior he was a semi-finalist in Margs’ Pengame Rap Battle series on YouTube, with many of the comments suggesting that he should have indeed been in the final. Although he reflects on that time as a “good experience”, those clashes could be regarded as training sessions for the real test: The Rap Game UK.

Saidu