Welcome back to The Plug, your only definitive guide to the best music out of our scene, every single week. Last week we brought you unlikely collaborations from Little Simz, Stormzy and Kano, as well as Avelino, MoStack and Haile. This week is just as on point, with 7 of the sickest tunes you need to hear from our homegrown talent this week, from a diverse range of artists. Check out the picks from our guy Griff below and peep the full playlist at the bottom.
Remember to check out The Plug  (featuring Little Simz, Shakka & more) here, The Plug  (featuring Bonkaz, Prez T & more) here and The Plug  (featuring Chip, Ed Sheeran & more) here.
J Hus – Friendly
Kicking off this week’s picks is East London rapper J Hus, who is putting recent unfortunate events behind him and releasing more sick music. He dropped a loosie onto his SoundCloud to announce the release of his debut single “Lean & Bop” (which is out now BTW) and it’s very dope. “Friendly” is a cheeky track, which sees Hus experimenting with his delivery again. This experiment pays off.
Mark Asari – Good One (ft. Giggs)
Mark Asari released a real “Good One” this week, a smooth-as-caramel R&B track. He sings to all the ladies that can hold it down over some pounding drums and tinkering keys. In the song’s final third, Giggs clocks in for a sick verse, to keep the mandem invested too.
Rival – Alright (ft. Blay)
Rival has been slyly releasing some real quality music in recent months, with a usually mellow and down-tempo tone. The vibe certainly isn’t the same on his new track “Alright”, which features booming 808’s and a machine-like synth. This one is heavy artillery.
Diztortion – UFO Riddim
After his Rated Award win a couple of weeks back, Diztortion has now decided to release a new beat, titled “UFO Riddim”. That isn’t all however, as the beat is being leased out to any aspiring MC’s; just tweet us your 30-second video of you rapping on it, with the hashtag #GRMDiztorted to be in with a chance to win studio time with Diztortion himself. Download “UFO Riddim” here.
Cadet – This Strict Freestyle
After the recent events at DSTRKT club in West London, Cadet felt inspired to tell another engaging story based on what happened. Going in over Skepta’s “Nasty” instrumental, Cadet spits that lyrical realness, all the while maintaining a killer flow.
proton – show you (featuring Tokyo)
South London artist proton has released a new rap track, which is heavily inspired by the cloudy R&B wave from the US right now, such as artists like PARTYNEXTDOOR. Don’t get it twisted though, proton makes the track totally individual with his melodic bars.
Skepta – Top Boy
Although this was premiered on his recent Tim Westwood-hosted mixtape, Skepta has finally released the full and finished version of his new track “Top Boy”. Over some icy synths and a bouncy vocal sample, Skeppy shouts out the 4121 and documents his recent trips to America. He’ll be releasing a documentary of the same name over on Noisey soon.
The Plug #38 full playlist:
Curators: Alex Griffin & Saquib B