One of the UK’s fastest rising rappers and true Ram takes us to the East Midlands and tells us why there’s No Place Like Derby.
If there’s one person qualified to take you on a guided tour of his city, it’s Eyez, AKA Isaac Branford. The grime MC is not only born and bred in Derby but is becoming its cultural embodiment. As a lifelong supporter of Derby County Football Club, he presents the club’s online video content, and in 2016 he captained his hometown to victory in the first series of Red Bull Grime-A-Side. Alongside Lox and Dubzy, the crew defeated Birmingham and Manchester before seeing off Kamakaze’s Leciester in the final. Musically, Eyez is gaining serious attention: He’s ticked off festivals like Glastonbury, and toured Australia and New Zealand; he counts the godfather of grime, Wiley, as a fan; and he’s working with some of the most respected producers in the scene, such as Zdot.