Big Zuu has always been about bettering himself and helping to better others. The MC, real name Zuhair Hussain, was at university training to work with disadvantaged kids when his rap career began to blow up on the back of a string of incendiary self-released singles.
“I told myself, if I’m dropping out to pursue this, I need to bring that same goal with me into my music. I want to motivate people, give them a positive message, to help them chose a route in life that’s gonna empower them,” says the Londoner. All of which helps explain his latest EP, We Will Walk: a five-song surge of grime energy, eclectic beats and needlepoint-precise rhymes designed to supercharge the self-belief of those who listen. “It’s basically youth work on a bigger scale,” laughs the 23-year-old, already one of the best-loved forces in the UK urban underground. His story, this release makes clear, is just beginning.