A black and white photo of 'Bemz'.

Crowned as BBC Introducing’s inaugural ‘Scottish Act of the Year’ in 2022, Bemz - aka Jubemi Iyiku - is only getting started.

Born in Nigeria, Bemz moved to south London when he was just four, and it was here that he found his voice. From freestyle rapping with his brother and studying sound production at Ayrshire College, to releasing his SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award-nominated 2020 debut album ‘Saint of Lost Causes’, Bemz’ lyrical journey is tangible proof that rap’s cultural reach stretches far beyond London and the English borders. 

Championed by the likes of Radio 1’s Gemma Bradley and DJ Target, Bemz has received Pick of the Week by BBC 1Xtra, with his single ‘26’ receiving Track of the Week. Delivering a raw, emotionally charged view of life, but never falling into the clichéd trappings that often come with that territory, Bemz’ sound stands out for being strikingly honest and unrestrained.