Meet Mace The Great, born in Wales and proudly representing Cardiff, particularly Splott. Inspired by the likes of 50 Cent, Kano, Skepta, Stormzy, Dave and J Hus, Mace The Great’s musical journey began with the mind-blowing experiences of watching Lord of the Mics on YouTube as a kid. He started rapping in school and at the local youth centre, and the rest is history.
Over the past decade-plus, Mace The Great has been steadily climbing the ranks in the music scene, showcasing his talent at various notable events worldwide. Highlights include appearances at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, New Skool Rules Festival in Rotterdam, Pitch Conference in Glasgow and the prestigious SXSW Festival in Texas, USA, where he proudly represented Wales as one of the first Welsh MOBO artists.
Mace isn’t just leaving his mark on stage; he’s garnered nominations for the Welsh Music Prize, twice, and made a splash in the BBC Wales documentary, “Black Music Wales.” These accomplishments emphasise the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of black artists in Wales, paving a path for the generations to come.
One of the standout moments in Mace’s career was supporting Dizzee Rascal at the Cardiff Utilita Arena. From growing up listening to Dizzee Rascal’s iconic album ‘Boy In The Corner’ to sharing the stage with him in his hometown, the experience was “surreal”, symbolising the support Mace The Great has gained from his city.
Looking back at the grind of building a music career in a smaller city like Cardiff, Mace The Great sees the local music scene levelling up. With more studios, local gigs and workshops, the scene has shifted since he first started out. Mace’s take is clear – the key is for those at the forefront to continue to work as hard as they are, making the journey easier for the upcoming Welsh talent. It’s the secret recipe for keeping Cardiff’s music scene vibrant and thriving with success.
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