The truth about black boys, 29.9.08

ASHLEY THOMAS, aka 23-year-old Bashy, has had a phenomenal year which saw his anthem Black Boys became the soundtrack to a generation of young people at the perfect time.

With various remixes and several high profile performances under his belt, Bashy has been propelled into the mainstream. His theme song to the box office smash Adulthood entered the national singles chart earlier this year, a great achievement for any Grime artist.

However it has not always been plain sailing for the north-west Londoner. It was rumoured that Ofcom tried to ban Black Boys after complaints of racism, while he recently missed out on a nomination
for the BET Best UK Hip Hop award.

We spoke to the talented MOBO nominated rapper about nominations, Ofcom and driving the number 114 bus! How are you feeling about your MOBO nomination for best video?