Young T and Bugsey met aged 15, having been aware of each other’s DIY recordings on separate sides of the city.
When they eventually linked up, first as part of a collective before zeroing in on their chemistry as a duo, they quickly found themselves to be on a similar level, musically and otherwise
“Our sound is the both of our cultures and backgrounds without any kinda boundaries or restrictions”, say the pair, who collide murky, bass-heavy beats with sounds from their childhoods: ad libs borrowed from their respective Nigerian and Jamaican parents’ record collections, grime flows inspired by school days rapping over instrumentals nabbed from YouTube, and hooks paying homage to lazy sofa sessions in front of MTV Base. “50 Cent, Snoop, Pharrell – that era was it for us,” laughs Young T. “Hot summer days, you’d still be inside watching MTV Base, the whole day.”
Since then, breakout singles ‘Glistenin’, ‘No Mickey Mouse Ting’ and underground smash ‘4x4’ have further helped establish them as on a mission. In 2017 Young T & Bugsey signed a record deal with Black Butter Records.