Merkules doesn't look like a typical rapper, which makes sense since he's been defying conventions for almost half a decade now. The tattooed Surrey native survived a vicious machete attack in his teen years that left him with extensive scars on his face (listen to 2015's "Scars" for the whole story), and his outlook on a life he almost lost is detailed across the five full-length albums he's released in as many years. Along the way he's amassed a loyal and sizable fanbase thanks to his undying commitment, which includes spending hours after each show doing free meet and greets with them, or literally offering them the hat off his head when he's ran out of merch. His latest offering Trust Your Gut is one of his best yet; if you're a Merkules newbie and don't know where to start we believe the hard-hitting title track and "Way Down" to be standout cuts. This year also saw a remix of Ed Sheerhan's "Shape of You" that Merk did go viral (11M views and counting!) showing that despite his sometimes gruff exterior, this big man with a big heart also knows how to have a little fun sometimes too. Merkules isn't slowing down, and has already announced his next album, COLE, dropping March 18, 2018.