Hand-held cameras, struggle video honeys, and close-up shots of the "man dem" on the block—2003 was the launch year of popular (and controversial) TV music station Channel U, which quickly became the unofficial home of low-budget music videos, hood stars, and aspiring TV presenting talent. With MTV Base taking great care of the major label cats a few clicks down, Channel U's soft spot for the unsigned underdog allowed those artists to take that next step from pirate radio favourite to household name.
Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk, N-Dubz and presenters Ace & Vis all got their big break from appearing on Channel U. But, in equal measure, the cult channel also hosted some of the most cringe-worthy characters and struggle-rap songs that, to this day, still get mentioned in online discussions. With the channel now operating under the name Channel AKA, with a more sleeker feel to the brand, Complex trawled through the vault to pick out fifteen of its most memorable (and ratchet) visuals of all time.