New On The Block: MXOM

Mxom is an up and coming rap, grime artist ready to take the world by storm with his latest single ‘Wezzy’ proving to be right at the cutting edge of the UK hip hop scene.

‘Wezzy’ dropped earlier this year and has already been making waves online alongside his previous releases, ‘BXNG’ and ‘FXMOUS’.

What makes MXOM so different is the way he effortlessly exudes layers of topical and edgy material all the while staying true to his South London roots

Memorable for his relatable and relevant lyrics fused with an edgy production makes him so thrilling to watch.

We can already tell from listening to ‘Wezzy’, MXOM is down to make some serious moves in the coming years.

Growing up in the streets of Croydon, Ugo Nelson, better known as MXOM, had to overcome adversity facing run-ins with the law and heading down a not so helpful path.

Following a brief stint in Silicon Valley, he started his own successful tech company capitalising on his expertise in coding eventually but still felt unfulfilled.

It was that moment that inspired him return back to his hometown with fresh eyes, deciding to pursue entertainment and following his creative heart.

Never one to run from a challenge, he began fusing a trap style beat with the grittiness of the UK to ring in a fresh perspective to the scene.

We sat down with MXOM to delve more into what his sound is all about and what we can expect from the new single, check it out below.

Hi Ugo, how’s it all going?

Hey! All going good you know? Blessed and can’t complain. Besides, even if I did who would listen? Haha 

Tell us a bit about how you first got into music?

I’d say I was more or less born into music. My dad is a big music lover and always had different CDs spinning in the house. I guess I started rapping at a young age but only really took it seriously just before the pandemic. It’s amazing how much of a release music can be when you’re going through breakups and madness like that

What can listeners expect from your new single ‘Wezzy’?

Wezzy’s something different. I build on the sound I had with ‘Bxng’, and really play with it. To me, it’s the hardest I’ve gone on a release. Just old school barring. At the same time’s it’s hella catchy. 

What was the inspiration behind the tune?

The word ‘Wezzy’ means when you’re in that place where you’ve had a few drinks and you’re feeling yourself. I think I wrote it after one of those kinda nights out. You know the ones I mean. “The nights I most remember are the nights I don’t remember”, kinda nights. 

Describe your sound in three words.

Bombastic. Wavy. Dope.

Who are the top three artists you’re listening to write now?

Kung-fu Kenny just made a return so he’s definitely one, Bugzy Malone all day long and probably Vampire Weekend. ‘This Life’ hits different every time I hear it. I’d probably add Pink Pantheress and Haim to that list. Haim are crazy.

Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up and why?

Every night after school I’d come home and listen to 92.3 Deja Vu FM the whole night. That was what really solidified my love for grime and UK rap. Kano, Wiley, N.A.R.S.T.I.E crew, all before they blew up when they were still just doing what they loved and it was still a hobby. It’s mad inspiring seeing how far they’ve come. I remember going to my boy’s house when the first Lord of the Mics came out and the Dizzee Rascal and Asher D clash on Choice FM. Even all the years before spent listening to Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Victor Uwaifo, Fela, Elvis Presley, The Temptations, Run DMC. I owe a lot of my love for music to my dad and that little hi-fi we had in the house. 

Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with and why?

Just one? You can’t do that to me man. If I had to pick one it would probably have to be Kanye West. One of the greatest musicians of our generation. A true genius. And to have gotten where he is in such a relatively short amount of time. I feel like there’s a lot I could learn from a guy like that.  

Any exciting future plans you can reveal?

I dropped a new track earlier this month, ‘Celebrxtion’, so I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the people showing it love. It’s always a rush getting messages from people telling me what my music does for them and how it helps them through certain chapters in their lives, you guys are why I do this. Honestly though, 2022 is gonna be a massive year for MXOM. There are some stuff in the works I can’t really be talking about right now, but it’s gonna be big. I’m excited. 

Finally, what’s your biggest piece of advice for those young artists wanting to venture into the rap/grime scene?

Take your time and find your sound. Find your voice. Nobody ever got anywhere by doing what everyone else does.

Go raise the roof with y’all very own copy of MXOM’s new single ‘Wezzy’ right HERE.

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