When did you start making music?
I started making music properly myself about five years ago. And I'd say taking it serious… the past three years I’ve been really trying to do my ting.
What was it that made you first realize that music was the path you wanted to take?
Just being around it, I guess. You know, things like going to church and hearing music all the time just gets you into music, and before you know it, you're trying to make your own raps and whatnot. And yeah, that's how it started, really.
So was church your first meeting with music?
Yeah that I can remember, going to church with my mum, young, and just listening to the choir. That was my first insight of music, like seeing it myself.
Your tracks have been described as “East London street tales”, how did growing up in Newham influence your music?
Yeah definitely, growing up in Newham, you see a lot of things, you hear a lot of stories, you go through a lot of things. And that will obviously inspire you to tell a story because you see it, it’s in front of you, you see it every day, so it’s a part of you really.
What kind of thing?
Like from young, you hear, I don't know, people you sat in class with, they die. That's probably the craziest thing that happens. So, you can kind of guess what other types of things go on. But it’s crazy sometimes, the type of things that happen and it’s a small place so you kind of know everyone. When things happen to people you somehow know them, you might not be close with them, but you know them, so still it affects you in a way.
Do you channel that into your music?
I try not to talk too much about the violent stuff I see. I just try to inspire people and just tell maybe a softer side of what’s going on, cos it’s a bit crazy, some of the things. You can't really put that into raps exactly how it happens, so I guess I word it differently. Certain people word it in different ways, but I just do it in a subtle way.
Yeah, I love how your music has such a positive vibe. I feel like that really comes across in your new single “Trappy”. It has such great, vibrant energy and everyone in the video seems to be genuinely enjoying it. The ending when everyone's laughing and dancing is so uplifting – was it fun to film?
Definitely, the video was definitely a fun shoot. I mean there were dancers, there were cabs, there were a lot of things going on that day, so yeah it was definitely fun to shoot. The people involved were lovely, the camera crew, everything was great that day. Yeah, video-wise it was just vibes. To be honest, even creating the song was just vibes as well man. Like I said, I don't really need to explain what’s going on in Newham in a gruesome way, so I was just vibing and putting words together and trying to make it sound nice for people to listen to.