BiG HEATH is not only comfortable with being different, he embraces it. A rapper hailing not from an inner city, but rather the quiet suburbia of Cambridge, his rhymes veer from the well-trodden ground of the ‘road’.
Raised for much of his teenage years by his nan, the 23-year old first started rapping at the age of 10 when he realised it helped him overcome his stutter - minimalizing one of the two reasons he got bullied at school (the other being his weight). Shortly after his 21st birthday he moved to Liverpool and got a job at a Pizza restaurant, Nightcrawler (where he performed so many impromptu PAs they named a pizza after him).
Jump forward to 2017 and BiG HEATH got his first break as an artist when he was booked for notable support slots with Nas and Freddie Gibbs. It was his live performance at Nas’ show in Liverpool that caught the attention of DJ Semtex, and by early 2018 BiG HEATH’s self-released single ‘SWiTCH SiDES’ was on heavy rotation at BBC 1Xtra. Plaudits from the likes of Rag n Bone Man and Tinie Tempah followed, with critics earmarking him as the “next one up” who is showcasing a different side to the UK Rap scene.
Keeping up the momentum this year, BiG HEATH recently opened the main stage at Wireless - when he was brought out by Semtex - and will be performing on the Radio 1Xtra stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. Having inked a deal with Polydor Records and hunkered down in the studio with Show N Prove (J Hus, Stefflon Don, Giggs), Ishi (Usher, Ne-Yo, Wretch 32), Abaz (Tory Lanez, T-Pain, Gucci Maine), he is set to release his debut EP in September. The first cut to be released from the EP, is a new version of ‘SWiTCH SiDES’, featuring the Mancunian Emcee, Geko.
The artist known to many as BiG HEATH, (but more importantly known to his Nan as Christopher), and who cites Ricky Gervais and Notorious B.I.G. as his heroes, has a message: “Why be anyone else when you can be yourself”.