"I always want to be as honest as I can about everything," says Billy Crabtree, AKA the soulful rapper-songwriter (or in his words, "singer that raps"), RESPONS. "Music is my way of venting,and being real." It's this vulnerable approach that makes him a captivating rising star, combining the old-school sensitivities of artists like Loyle Carner or Maverick Sabre, with a future-facing commitment to speaking his mind. His boom-bap stylings have already turned heads at BBC 1Xtra, Complex, Wonderland, Clash, and Colors among others, with his new EP tipped to do big things in early 2021. Whether it's mental health, empowerment, or introspective musings on family life, RESPONS is straight-talking and not afraid to commit his truth to record.