For the past couple of years, Young Adz and Dirtbike LB, otherwise known as the rap outfit D-Block Europe, have been at the forefront of a sound they describe as “UK rap wave”, blending heavily Auto-Tuned melodies with unfiltered street tales and explicit, sexual lyrics with high shock value.

Whatever label you choose to give DBE’s music, their rise to superstardom was inevitable: their name—if you didn’t know—originates from an early connection with D-Block Records co-founder and hip-hop icon Jadakiss, who originally wanted a 15-year-old Young Adz to feature on a song, but then later offered him a record deal instead. DBE are now (successfully) independent, but remain as the European arm of the global rap faction that is D-Block. 

The duo from Lewisham have had five singles spend nine weeks or more in the UK singles chart, while their last mixtape, Home Alone, peaked at No. 6 and still remains in the albums chart five months after its original release. In the space of two hours, they sold-out two shows at Alexandra Palace, which holds over 10,000 people, as part of their PTSD tour which is in celebration of their sophomore album of the same name. The highly-anticipated tour will see them visit 14 different cities, occupying venues that can hold thousands, as well as the two shows at Ally Pally. As far as UK rap tours go, D-Block Europe’s one for PTSD is one of the biggest we’ve seen thus far. 

With collaborations with the likes of Lil Baby, Offset and Rich The Kid under their belt, Young Adz and Dirtbike LB’s presence is being felt far beyond the UK’s shores. Their relentless work ethic and genuine connection with their fans underpins their success, and their creativity will continue to drive their global ascent forward. Not ones to do many interviews, we were lucky enough to catch D-Block Europe at a recording studio in West London to discuss their come-up, charting, setting trends, PTSD and more.