I recently came across a fresh Hip Hop artist by the name of Skilf. This dude is Brighton/London based and has been holding the mic for well over six years, spitting lyrics over Garage, Drum and Bass, Funk, and more recently traditional Hip Hop.
What really stands out for me about Skilf is that he is constantly evolving and challenging himself. A look at his back catalogue reveals a real depth of different beats and musical ideas, as well as honest lyrics that you can relate with and really get into. He has a real ear for catching the right moment when to throw his vocals over the beat, something which can't really be taught.
He has an extensive gig schedule over the coming Summer months so make sure you check his myspace for more information, and while your there check out the wicked video for "Slow Me Down", which you can also download below.