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UK Hip Hop Pioneer Ty Immortalized In Community Mural

A mural for fallen UK Hip Hop pioneer Ty has been unveiled in his hometown of Brixton.

Born and bred in Brixton, South London, Ben Chijioke, better known as Ty, needed hospital treatment in April due to suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. On May 7, after receiving care in the ICU, the 47-year-old emcee sadly died. He leaves behind his mother and his sister, Maria.

Throughout his career, Ty always gave back to the community, spreading positivity through his love for Hip Hop. In 1995, he co-founded the Hip Hop and poetry workshop, Ghetto Gramma. As a result of the positive impact of the workshop, Hip Hop started to appear in educational studies.


The mural, unveiled at Brixton Street Gym, honors Ty, not only for his music but for his community spirit. It’s a fitting location as Brixton Street Gym stands as a pillar of the community, bringing love and unity.

A video, shot by Ernest Simons, appeared online showing the murals creator, artist Carleen Desozer, working on Ty’s wall. Most noteworthy, the mural, done mostly in the color green, represents growth. It includes the slogan, “I come from Brixton baby.”

In addition, carrying on Ty’s push on education, people can donate books at Brixton Street Gym, that will help inspire and nourish others.

Furthermore, fellow emcee and personal friend of Ty, Blak Twang, gave his opinions on the mural. Describing the mural as a work of art inspired by a work of art, Blak Twang, above all, hopes it can keep Ty’s name flying high. He said; “Ty was a true son of Brixton, he really, really was proud of where he came from. Always doing a lot of activities in the community, always in the community. This is just so appropriate for him to immortalized on a building Brixton Street Gym.”


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