Hailing from Bow in East London they were surrounded by grime luminaries such as Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Ghetts, Dizzee Rascal and Wiley – who’d regularly frequented the same circles, youth clubs and record shops.

Rascals - made up of members Shizz, Tempz, Merkz and Kay Willz - have created a huge buzz this year.

Tracks ‘Ape Shit’ and ‘What’s Going Down’ won strong tastemaker support from the likes of Mistajam (1Xtra), Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe and Fearne Cotton (Radio 1) plus fellow artists Wiley, Professor Green and Tinchy Stryder.

With their ‘The Launch Vol 2’ mixtape currently causing a big stir online and their selection for the MTV Brand New for 2013 shortlist, these mischievous rascals are set for a massive 2013.

Music-News.com grabbed an exclusive interview with Rascals to find out more.

Nominated for MTV Brand New for 2013 the overall winner will be announced on 1st February. Cast your vote now at brandnew.mtv.co.uk