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Tinie Tempah has reached a comfortably established status in the British urban scene now, which means he’s in a position to bring through the next generation. Rapper/singer Yxng Bane is signed to his label, Disturbing London, and managed by another artist on the roster, G FrSH. He grew up in East London, and takes his name from Bane, the villain from the Batman films. He first attracted attention earlier this year with his dancehall-style remix of Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You, which got millions of views and eventually became an official release. More recently, the 19-year-old has featured on tracks by Yungen and Taya (the former reaching the UK top 10), and released his solo single, Rihanna. His style is categorised as afro-fusion, as it mixes westernised hip-hop sounds with afrobeats and dancehall, taking inspiration from throughout the African diaspora.