A TEENAGE rapper’s new single has been lorded by critics ahead of its release.

Tommy Butler, known as Tommy B, released his latest single Shut Your Mouth to wide acclaim.

The song has been played on BBC 1Xtra and Kiss FM ahead of its release on Friday November 30.

Tommy, who attended Plume Academy in Maldon, and lives in Maldon also, was amazed by the reception.

He said: “I am really buzzing with how well the release has been received so far.

"I have been writing since I was nine years old so it feels amazing to know that the hard work is paying off.

“Growing up I was always locked in to the different grime shows on stations like Kiss and 1Xtra, so for my own single to be supported on there holds a lot of sentimental value for me.

“To be totally honest none of this feels real to me yet. I am mind-blown by where my musical career is taking me.”