A POPULAR rapper and producer from Bolton has won Outstanding Act at the Youth Music Awards 2021.

Corey Brown, better known as Superlative, didn't even know he had been entered in the awards at first.

It was his friend Sam at Reform Radio that put him forward for it, in recognition of his previous work.

Commenting on the news, he said: "I had no idea at first, so it was really surreal.

"I thought that I would have a week to prepare a speech, but it wasn't long until I was headlining with my sister."

Superlative has frequently collaborated with his sister Karis Jade, and the pair closed the awards ceremony together with a high intensity performance.

The first ever music project Superlative worked on was called GMMAZ in 2009, which was supported by Youth Music funding.

One of his biggest projects he worked on was with well known Manchester producer Mr Scruff.

This was done through Reform Radio’s SoundCamp, Col:Lab Theory programme, which was also funded by Youth Music funding, as well as the Arts Council England.

Part of the criteria for entering in the awards is that anyone taking part must have been in a Youth Music funded project since January 2015.

On his experience, he said: "These projects make everything so much more of a blessing to me because its like a full journey.

"Everything has been amazing, but it's all down to the help of my team SPR.

"I feel like a lot of high energy has gone into this, and we are going to get somewhere."

He has been heavily featured on BBC Introducing Manchester, alongside radio plays on BBC 1Xtra.

Superlative and his sister are currently on tour across the country with his group 'The Mouse Outfit', alongside fellow Manchester rapper 'OneDa'.

Since taking part in Reform Radio's original Soundcamp programme back in 2018, Superlative's career has continued to excel, cementing his reputation as one of the best up and coming young rappers in the UK.

Superlative is hoping to get some more funding from Arts Council England for a three part EP, as well as new releases with his group.