About Hardy Caprio
Croydon rapper Hardy Caprio (born Hardy Tayyib-Bah) gained early recognition for his work when he was nominated for the Get Rated award at its inaugural ceremony (its aim is to celebrate new talent). Caprio grew up in Croydon, South London, as did grime star Stormzy, but he went to school in Bromley, a more well-off area of South London. His dual existence showed him that the drama he experienced in Croydon could be avoided. He began putting out his own music, which resulted in the EPs Hardy Season and The Hollywood EP.
His vital moment came with 2017 single "Unsigned," landing at #45 on the U.K. charts and garning tens of milions of streams online. Pushing into 2018 with a run of singles, the rapper found notable success with March's "Rapper" (charting at #34) and July's "Best Life," the latter peaking at #26 with its summery afroswing influences. With his name firmly established in the U.K. scene, Tayyib-Bah moved from strength to strength in 2019. Kicking off the year with "Unsigned" (charting at #70) the rapper soon found his biggest hit to date with the DigDat-assisted "Guten Tag": quickly becoming a staple on U.K. playlists, the back-to-back braggadocio landed at #18 on the U.K. singles chart. A further collection of singles - including reflective piano-ballad "9 Months" and a series of collaborations with artists from SL to T Mulla - saw the rapper through to mid-2020, ahead of the release of his debut mixtape. Titled With My Eyes Closed, the tape featured key tracks like "Guten Tag" and "Best Life," alongside collaborations with One Acen, Wretch 32, and Maleek Berry. ~ Bekki Bemrose & David Crone
HOMETOWNCroydon, London, England
BORN23 May 1996