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Grime stars rap on track that pays tribute to three Camden men who died this year

Award-winners Skepta and Chip join rising talent Ambush

07 September, 2018 — By William McLennan

The video, viewed more than 4 million times, was shot on the Bourne Estate

LEADING British musicians have featured on a track that pays tribute to three young men from Camden who have died within the past year.

Mercury Prize-winner Skepta and Mobo Award-winner Chip appear on the latest release by rising star Ambush.

Abmush, who grew up in Camden, pays homage to Nuno Cardoso, Lewis Blackman and Kwasi Anim-Boadu on a remix of his track “Jumpy”.

Mr Cardoso, a law student who grew up on the Peckwater estate in Kentish Town, died after falling ill in the back of a police fan in Oxford in November. The death of the 25-year-old, who was known as “Neenz”, is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Lewis Blackman, who also grew up on the Peckwater estate, was stabbed to death in Kensington in February. Three teenagers are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey next week accused of murdering the 19-year-old, known as “Dotz”.

Mr Anim-Boadu was stabbed to death while at a house party in Islington in April. The 20-year-old, who lived with his family in Camden Town, was known as “Lavish”.

Shrines to Mr Blackman and Mr Cardoso remain in place at the Peckwater Estate.

The music video, shot on the Bourne Estate off Grays Inn Road, has been viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube.

At one point in the track, described by UK “urban entertainment” website GRM Daily as “one of the smashes of the summer”, Ambush repeats the line: “Took Neenz and Lavish and Dotz and the whole hood miss them”.

Ambush has been steadily growing in status over the past 18 months. In July he performed to a crowd of thousands at Wireless Festival in Finsbury Park.

It was announced this week that he will join US stars Pusha T and Chance the Rapper at BBC Radio 1 Xtra Live at the O2 later this month.

Ambush’s songs regularly include reference to life in Camden, featuring locations like Camden Town and Queen’s Crescent.

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