Breaking through into the scene in the late 90s, during a time when the MC circuit was notoriously locked down, Eksman is largely regarded as the king of the new breed MCs and remains a huge inspiration for the next generation of budding mic-munchers… As proved by his Best MC accolade at BBC Radio 1Xtra, Best International MC at the National German Drum & Bass Awards and consecutive Best Lyrical MC scored at the Raveology Drum & Bass Awards.
Like most MCs, Eksman’s roots can be traced directly to legendary pirate radio stations: Weekend Rush, Pulse and Kool. He’d have been a DJ if it wasn’t for his older brothers hogging the decks (one of them being famed jungle producer Remarc)
Undeterred, he picked up the mic instead. With broad inspirations that range from Ninjaman to Stevie Hyper D (RIP), Eksman spent his computer science degree penning rhymes and practicing his now-trademark tight-fire flow. With a lyrical range that flexes from political observations to three-way hotel romps, his delivery is one of the most distinctive available. No sing-alongs. No unnecessary ego hypes… Applying the grime ethos and attitude to D&B, Eksman is all about powerful lyrical vibes that everyone in the crowd can relate to and is often acknowledged as one of the first MCs to apply genuine, conscious raps to the double-time style.
While he’s no stranger to the studio – with previous releases on Zinc’s influential Bingo imprint – Eksman’s happiest when he’s on stage live, direct and 100 per cent D&B. A card carrying jungle soldier, he’s proudly ignored other genres in order to hone his drum & bass style and will happily explain how he’s constantly on a mission to elevate the scene’s respect for MCs as highly skilled performers and businessmen.
Meanwhile as a promoter, his Overload brand goes from strength to strength, bringing the madness to every town, city or hamlet that will have him. Nurturing the exciting talents of hot prospects such as Harry Bizzle, Skeptik and Grimeminister, Eksman’s near-twenty year scene experience has helped establish a solid platform that’s respected by ravers the world over.
With regular appearances worldwide, and a hugely popular Independence Day mixtape series with DJ Majistrate, Eksman’s position as king of the new breed MC remains fully intact… And won’t shift for a long, long time to come.