London, Britain (UK)
Steve ‘Rap6′ Biography
Steve Anyiwo (aka Rapsody the 6ft3 or Rap6 for short), began his entertainment career as an MC from the London based hip-hop group Paragon. He and his partner have had some success with the rap group, which was founded in the early 90′s, releasing a critically acclaimed album called The ‘Long Road’ in 2004. With the accompanying national radio, TV & live performances, Rap6 was well respected in the hip-hop scene in the UK.
The energy and personality of Rap6 transferred easily onto radio, and as a result he made many guest appearances on stations including BBC Radio1, BBC 1Xtra, and Kiss FM.
Hosting events was another way for Rap6 to interact with his core audience. The first event Rap6 hosted was in 1996 alongside the artist Jonzi-D in the infamous Wag Club. To date Rap6 has hosted numerous live events in the UK, ranging from community festivals to national tours in stadiums and large arenas. These include The Streets 10 Round Tour (2005) and the launch of Associated Newspapers live music event Metro Live (2011). He has also been featured on numerous TV channels either presenting, being interviewed, or performing. These include BBC, Channel4, ITV, MTV, and various cable/satellite channels, in countries all over the world.
In 2004 Rap6 became the host of the now internationally acclaimed hip-hop battle event The Jump Off, and as a result people around the world became more familiar with the big man. Receiving national coverage by MTV, BBC, Channel4, and requested to be associated with The Princess Trusts Urban Music Festival, amongst other major events, The Jump Off has become the ‘go to’ brand for anybody interested in tapping into the UK urban market.
In 2006 Rap6 was approached to appear in a cinema feature film entitled Life N Lyrics. It was at one of the live Jump Off events where the Life & Lyrics team spotted Rap6, who had never acted before, and asked him to audition for the film. Rap6 flipped what could have been a daunting experience into his next calling card. Rap6 was hired to perform the speaking role of DJ in the film, and had a recurrent role throughout including some narration. The film starring Ashley Walters was nationally released to cinemas in 2006.
In 2010 Rap6 was approached to be involved in the film Street Dance 3D. The film had already been shot, but the directors felt the club battle scenes could do with a bigger personality. As a result Rap6 was hired to do voiceover work on this project, and the film was released in cinemas nationally and internationally during the summer of 2010.
In 2011 Rap6 was approached to perform in the second installment of the Street Dance franchise, Street Dance 2, and this time around he was asked to appear in the speaking role of MC. The film was released in cinemas nationally and internationally Spring 2012.
In January 2012 The JumpOff event returned to the UK and Rap6 returned to hosting duties alongside BBC Radio 1′s Charlie Sloth, and Choice FM’s Manny Norte.
In 2012 Rap6 was approached to appear in a new BigTalk Productions / E4 drama entitled Youngers. Broadcast in March 2013, Rap6 played the role of DJ Nitro Fyre. In addition to his work in the media, Rap6 also supports young people as a youth worker, in conjunction with organisations such as Surrey County Council, Catch 22, StreetVibes Youth, and many more.
Credited as Steve ‘Rap6’ Anyiwo.