Although Lord Apex has been simmering away for a few years now, for whatever reason he’s still criminally overlooked. One possible explanation for this might be that he doesn’t really fit into any one category particularly neatly. However, we predict that playing the long game, sticking to his guns like he has, will ultimately be the key to the rapper’s long-term success. As (sub-)genre boundaries become increasingly meaningless and more artists are celebrated rather than reviled for their ability to hop between and merge different sounds, Lord Apex is perfectly positioned to rise to the top. If you need any convincing, just dip into his recent Supply & Demand project with New York producer V Don to get an idea of the East Coast/West London meeting point that he has made his kingdom. —James Keith