Banditsu is a 25 year old rapper from North West London. He tells us "I represent a movement called New Wave London. We are rappers who aren't afraid to embrace the alternative/different approaches to lyrics, or content for that matter." This much is clear from Banditsu's latest EP, The Miseducation of Itsu.
When asked what music means to him, the born & raised londoner says "music is of great importance to me. I think about it every second of the day. It's also therapeutic, and has gotten me through the darkest hours."
Banditsu and others like him represent a literal "new wave" of artists within the grime sphere, who are branching out and developing their sounds, while taking inspiration from elsewhere. The rapper says "I feel like I can inspire a generation of kids to create music how they want, and to not follow the crowd."- a noble cause, and something that drives his music.
Banditsu tells us that "The Miseducation of Itsu" came from his own acronym: