Manchester Rapper Mastermind signs to Columbia Records

A label bidding war was sparked for the 24 year old Somali MC who hails from Rusholme after amassing millions of streams since April.

By Steven Pankhurst | September 12th '19

Share this story Off the bat Mastermind has teamed up with Nafe Smallz and Chip to release the hotly anticipated 'Wave Time 2' the follow up to his break out single ‘Wave Time’ which premiered on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1Xtra show as his “Jam Hot”. Mastermind says he's quit music so many times and had so much back and forth, but thinks he's now found what he was looking for in his sound. "‘Wavy Pain’, that’s my genre” he explains. Raised in Rusholme, one of eight children born to his dad, originally from Somaliland, and his mum, a Mancunian of Welsh and Yemini heritage, times weren’t always easy with so many mouths to feed. “Mum always made sure we were good, but it was a struggle and it’s made me. If I had a restart in life, I’d still choose the bottom. Then you know what’s good, it makes you appreciate things.” Mastermind has been releasing music independently since 2015 racking up a total of 6.6M views on YouTube and over the summer, he performed at Parklife as well as Puma’s kit launch for Manchester City. With a growing fanbase in Canada thanks to his 2016 collaboration ‘Hungry’ with Toronto rapper Robin Banks, Mastermind is looking forward to spreading his sound further internationally. “I might be coming from a point of pain but we’ve gotta have fun with it. Expect a lot of fun!”