Milton Keynes' rising, rap prodigy speaks on his latest single 'Rock With Me', the inspiration for his debut, 'Letter To Boris' and why it was important for him to perform Drill on national TV for The Voice.
You’ve just released your second single ‘Rock With Me’, what were the main inspirations for the track and how has the response been?
What inspired me to make 'Rock With Me' was good vibes and people having a song to vibe to. The response I've gotten from the track has been crazy. My viral video with my dad hearing the song on radio for the first time reached millions, which I'm very grateful for.
How was the process of working on the single and who did you work with in creating it?
The process on making the track was very simple. I got a beat on YouTube and wrote to it and recorded it in a studio, but then had to re-record and restructure the song multiple times, lol.
You also released the visual on the same day, what were your initial inspirations and how was shooting that video?
Shooting the video was different to me as it was a high budget video, which showed me the broadness of video production and it was a really good experience for me.
"... 'Letter to Boris' was crazy too, I felt like things needed to be spoken on ..."
How was the response to your official debut single ‘Letter to Boris’ and how important was it for you to use your platform to speak on the issues mentioned?
The response to 'Letter to Boris' was crazy too, I felt like things needed to be spoken on which were hidden, therefore, I did so on the song.
How important was it for you to create a visual that brought people into the world that you speak about in the track?
It was important to me because the UK aren't innocent and the world needs to see it the that way I do.
I feel grateful that progress is being made and I can visually see the progression from 'Grindin' to 'Rock With Me'.
"... even if those who envy Drill didn't like the performance, I know the people in the Drill scene did."
When did you first start rapping and who are some of your biggest influences, lyrically?
I started rapping around the age of eight and lyrically, Dave. I think he's a lyrical genius.
How did the experience of being a contestant on The Voice Kids help to build a foundation for you?
Being on The Voice definitely helped me with stage presence and with confidence.
"I wouldn't really say an artist inspired me into making music, it was really the people I was around. Cousins and brothers."
How important was it to bring Drill to national TV, especially when it’s been under attack by the press over the past couple of years?
I felt like it was important for the culture and someone had to eventually do it, even if those who envy Drill didn't like the performance, I know the people in the Drill scene did.
Being from Bedfordshire, are there any local artists you would recommend?
Being in Milton Keynes, there are a lot of hard rappers right now big up Slitz and Lil PD.
Which artists first inspired you to get into music and who is inspiring you today?
I wouldn't really say an artist inspired me into making music, it was really the people I was around. Cousins and Brothers. Right now, I like not to be influenced too much as it could reflect on how my music sounds.
If you had to recommend five artists to your listeners, who would you choose?
What’s coming up for 2021?
New musicccc! Maybe, maybe not I have an EP coming soon.