Carhartt WIP has reportedly teamed up with Nike for a pair premium Air Force 1 Lows which are set to hit retailers just in time for the winter months. According to sneaker source @Py_Rates, two Carhartt x Nike Air Force 1 Low colorways are set to release in sizes for the whole fam sometime in October.
Nike and Carhartt have not yet unveiled what’s to come, but two mockups based on the color codes give us a good idea what to expect. On one hand, we have an “Ale Brown/Sail/Ale Brown” rendition which sports a predominately “ale brown” upper accompanied by a sail midsole and Nike swoosh. It is rumored that this pair will retai for $135.
Additionally, there’s a camouflage “Camo Green/Gum Light Brown/Total Orange” colorway. As now, it’s unclear what the price point on this camo version will be.
Take a look at the mockups in the tweet embedded below, and stay tuned for new details as they become available.
Mac Miller has ficially returned to the fold. The young talent recently revealed that his upcoming album Swimming was set to drop on August 3rd, having set the tone with singles “Self Care” and “What’s The Use?” Now, with the album within arm’s length, it would appear that Mac is looking to extend the hype throughout the winter months. Today, Mac took to Instagram to announce the Swimming Tour, which is set to kick f at the end October with a show in San Francisco.
To make the news even more welcome, Mac will be joined by the likes J.I.D. and Thundercat for the duration. While Canadian fans may feel a little short-changed, it remains a lengthy enough run to satisfy many Mac’s North American listeners. Hopefully the break between August and October will give fans ample time to commit his new lyrics to memory.
Peep the full list dates below.
10/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic 10/30 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic 10/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre 11/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre 11/3 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 11/5 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore 11/8 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center 11/9 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater 11/10 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy 11/16 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena 11/17 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater 11/19 – Washington, DC @ The Theatre at MGM National Harbor 11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia 11/21 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena 11/23 – New York, NY @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden 11/24 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center 11/25 – Toronto, ON @ REBEL 11/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre 11/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom 12/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory 12/2 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee 12/3 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom 12/8 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House & Event Center 12/9 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater 12/10 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
Fans the classic Bill & Ted series were excited when news broke that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter were returning for a threequel. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure helped skyrocket Reeves to fame in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Reeves recently spoke with Yahoo Entertainment though, a revealed that the third movie in the franchise is facing some troubles with production.
According to Reeves, there are still many challenges that the production team must overcome to make Bill & Ted 3 a reality. “I don’t know if it’s a reality,” Reeves stated. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges.” It doesn’t seem like the lack enthusiasm is coming from Reeves’ side things, as the actor is known to be a hard worker. “I really love the characters, and I think we have a good story to tell,” he continued. “Part it is show business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively.” He also commented on reprising the role Ted “Theodore” Logan. “It’ll be interesting to see what that’s like,” he said. “There’d be a lot about him that would be the same, I’m sure; his kind optimistic naïveté in the face the darkness will still be there. He has a child now, so I’m sure he’s matured.”
Dreamville’s roster is shaping up to be one hip-hop’s most promising. With a lineup that includes J. Cole, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz and Bas, it’s difficult to imagine anything other than greatness.
New York rapper Bas has already enjoyed the success previous albums Last Winter and Too High To Riot, though many fans feel like his definitive project has yet to come. Now, as he readies his upcoming third studio album, Bas has taken it upon himself to preview a new single, employing one the age-old hype inducing techniques; showcase a song in which your label boss absolutely spazzes. Never fails, really.
Over the weekend, Bas held it down at the Woo Hah! festival at Beekse Bergen in The Netherlands, where Dreamville founder J. Cole enjoyed a headlining spot. Perhaps Bas simply felt compelled by camaraderie, but he opted to premiere a new Cole-assisted banger, set to appear on his forthcoming untitled album. Though the quality is merely passable, it’s clear that Cole has achieved full-fledged beast mode, bringing forth a composed, yet spastic double-time flow over a soulful instrumental. Clearly 2018 has been a good year for Cole, who continues to deliver some his strongest material thus far.
And Bas ain’t no slouch either. Peep the future banger below.
It seems like DC Comics’ heroes do much better on their own. Man Steel was a refreshing twist on Superman lore that painted the hero as an alien who evokes fear among the people Earth. Then, Wonder Woman was an action-packed thrill ride that brought Princess Diana to the forefront. It’s when DC starts placing their heroes in the same movies that things get crazy. While I enjoyed Batman V Superman, critics seem to disagree. Justice League was a box-fice failure and Suicide Squad was all over the place. Sticking to their method focusing on one hero at a time (a hint they should have taken from Marvel), DC is set to drop Aquaman this Winter.
Jason Momoa looks epic as the titular hero, and a new movie poster has revealed that the king the ocean has allies. Surrounded by sharks, fishes, and other sea life, Aquaman stares bravely at his audience on the new poster. Director James Wan (Furious 7, The Conjuring, Insidious, Saw) has a gripping vision for Aquaman that looks like it will be epic. Aside from releasing the ficial movie poster, Wan shared a photo from the film itself. The photo features Aquaman, or another Atlantean, wielding a trident while claiming dominion over the seas. The Aquaman trailer will debut at Comic-Con in San Diego this week, and the film hits theaters on December 21.
The NFL’s deadline for teams to sign franchise tagged players to long term deals has come and gone, and for the second straight season the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to reach an agreement with star running back Le’Veon Bell.
As a result, Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari, says this upcoming season will likely be his last in a Steelers uniform. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bakari added, “it became clear the Steelers wanted to pay the position, not the player.”
Last year when the Steelers used the tag on Bell he sat out the entire fseason including training camp and the preseason games before he returned to the team. Despite his lack preseason work Bell still rushed 1,291 yards (third in the NFL) on 321 carries with nine TDs, in addition to 85 receptions (2nd most on Steelers) for 655 yards and two scores.
This time around, Schefter believes it’s possible the 26-year old Pro Bowler sits out the first half the season. According to SiriusXM’s Ross Tucker, Schefter said the following in regards to Bell’s contract dispute: “I think it’s possible Le’Veon Bell sits out the first half the year if he doesn’t get a long-term deal done. The goal at that point would be to hit 2019 free agency healthy, not rack up another 400 touches.”
That said, Bell released the following statement just moments after the deadline, saying that 2018 will be his best season yet.
ESPN reports the Steelers “made two sizable contract fers — one last summer and one this winter — beginning at around $13.3 million per year on average,” but Bell turned both them down, saying he wouldn’t take a contract worth less than $14.5 million annually. The one-year tender for the 2018 season will pay him $14.544 million.
Black Eyed Peas have shared a provocative new visual for “Get It.” Directed by Ben Mor, the video shines a spotlight on issues plaguing American communities, including police brutality and immigration reform.
Along with the visual, BEP have unveiled the European dates for The Masters Of The Sun Tour, which kicks off on October 27 in London. It marks the first time will.i.am, apl.de.ap and Taboo have toured together as a unit in eight years.
“Get It” follows the previously released visual for “Street Livin’” and “RING THE ALARM pt.1, pt.2, pt.3.”
Check out the “Get It” video above and the tour dates below.
October 27th – London, UK – London Eventim Apollo
October 29th – Birmingham, UK – 02 Academy
November 1st – Manchester, UK – 02 Apollo
November 2nd – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
November 3rd – Milton Keynes, UK – Arena MK
November 9th – Hamburg, Germany – Sporthalle
November 10th – Munich, Germany – Zenith
November 12th – Paris, France – Zenith
November 13th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
November 16th – Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle
November 17th – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
November 18th – Dusseldorf, Germany – World Club Dome Winter Edition
It’s safe to say that everyone on the planet has seen Avengers: Infinity War by now. When the final Avengers movie hits theaters next year, fans will get to see how their favorite heroes will defeat the Mad Titan. Thanos was able to get his hands on all the Infinity Stones with ease, and he erased half life in the universe with a snap his fingers. Several the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most beloved characters were turned to ash in an instant, including Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, Winter Soldier, and Spider-Man.
Fans know that many, if not all, the heroes will return somehow. The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming, entitled Far From Home, has begun production and a Black Panther 2 is being built at this moment. In an interview with Fandom last year, Sony boss Amy Pascal and Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige spoke about Spider-Man Homecoming, and briefly touched on the sequel. Keep in mind that this interview was done before Homecoming was released, and the importance one statement has only just become relevant now. In the interview, Pascal claims that Far From Home starts right after Avengers 4 ends. “What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in Civil War and then has this Homecoming] movie, and then will be in the Avengers movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story,” stated Pascal.
Since Peter Parker dies in space, and Far From Home is shooting in London, it’s safe to assume that Spider-Man will find his way back to Earth. Hopefully, he brings the infamous black symbiote suit back with him.
Ant-Man and The Wasp dropped yesterday, and the box-fice is already being shaken up by Marvel’s 20th film. The sequel is better than the original, with a fun story and heartfelt scenes. After the epicness Avengers: Infinity War, it was refreshing to sit down and enjoy a film where the villain isn’t trying to destroy all life. In fact, the villain in Ant-Man and The Wasp is only battling to save her own life. Marvel has always been spotty with their sequels (Iron Man 2, Thor: Dark World, and Avengers: Age Ultron are perfect examples), but sometimes they pull f follow-up movie gold (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians the Galaxy 2). For a full review Ant-Man and The Wasp, head here.
As expected, Ant-Man and The Wasp is killing the box-fice. The film was projected to rake in $80 million opening weekend and it looks like the estimations were right. As reported by Variety, the sequel pulled in $33.8 million Friday, which includes $11.5 million in Thursday previews. That does not include today’s ticket sales, but at this rate, Ant-Man and The Wasp will break $80 million this weekend, and could even surpass $90 million. The first Ant-Man opened with $57 million, so it’s safe to say Marvel is very pleased with how this film has turned out for them.
There are so many unanswered questions floating around the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. After the galaxy-changing events Avengers: Infinity War, fans the Marvel films were left scratching their heads. When Thanos used the Infinity Stones to snap away half all life in the galaxy, many the Avengers died. That included Black Panther, Winter Soldier, Groot, Star-Lord, Drax, Doctor Strange, Falcon, and Spider-Man. We already know their deaths will somehow be reversed since Marvel is currently filming a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, and planning both a Guardians the Galaxy 3 and Black Panther 2. Nobody knows just how the heroes will be saved though, and that is the question on everyone’s mind.
While several fan theories populate the internet on what may happen in Avengers 4, Tom Holland (who plays Spider-Man) is busy filming Spider-Man Far From Home. Since the wall-crawler died on a distant planet in Infinity War, the title makes sense. It is possible that the film will focus on Peter Parker’s journey back home (hopefully he acquires the black symbiote suit in the process), but that is just speculation. The movie is currently filming in London, and a random bystander witnessed the film being shot and uploaded some pics to Twitter. The pictures are not very revealing any plot points, but one pic does show Tom Holland on set as Peter Parker. How the Avenger ends up in London is a mystery which will be revealed when Far From Home hits theaters next July.
Tiffany Haddish continues to rise in Hollywood as one the most talented actresses and hilarious comedians. She’s been working at the speed light building her career, and it seems like Haddish is popping up everywhere. She is in Uncle Drew, co-stars with Kevin Hart in Night School (which drops later this year), and she’s currently performing voice acting for The Secret Life Pets 2 and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. According to IMDB, she is also working on three other films. At this pace, Haddish will soon eclipse Dwayne Johnson with the number movies that she is releasing. Maybe.
Haddish is also an author, and she released The Last Black Unicorn last Winter. The book reveals many things about Haddish’s past, including the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands William Stewart, her ex-husband. According to TMZ Stewart is filing a lawsuit against his ex-wife, and he claims that the abuse never took place. Haddish is making this defamation lawsuit hard for Stewart though, or maybe he’s making it hard for himself. According to legal docs secured by TMZ, Haddish claims that Stewart never asked her to “clarify, correct or retract” the statements in the book that he feels are false. That step is necessary for the legal process filing a defamation lawsuit. Although that may just be a minor road bump in the overall case, it will certainly keep Stewart entangled in paperwork a little while longer.
The follow-up to 2016 Scottish Album the Year winner Varmints.
Anna Meredith has announced a new album called Anno. Out August 17 on Moshi Moshi, the LP sees original compositions by Meredith woven into pieces from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Meredith, a former composer for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, recorded the album with the Scottish Ensemble violin orchestra. According to the press release, the album features “experimental, utterly fresh partner pieces to sit alongside Vivaldi’s original compositions.”
Anno began life as a live project. It was first performed at Spitalfields Music Summer Festival in June 2016 as an immersive show that saw the musicians move around the stage, with a visual accompaniment from artist Eleanor Meredith.
Listen to ‘Low Light’ below and pre-order Anno from Moshi Moshi today. The project will also be available in an exclusive binaural recording.
01. ‘Solstice Light In’ – Anna Meredith 02. ‘Dawn’ – Antonio Vivaldi 03. ‘Birds’ – Anna Meredith 04. ‘Meadow’ – Antonio Vivaldi 05. ‘Stoop’ – Anna Meredith
06. ‘Heat’ – Antonio Vivaldi 07. ‘Haze’ – Anna Meredith 08. ‘Thunder’ – Antonio Vivaldi
09. ‘Bloom’ – Anna Meredith 10. ‘Slumber’ – Antonio Vivaldi 11. ‘Stillness’ – Anna Meredith 12. ‘Chase Antonio’ – Vivaldi
13. ‘Low Light’ – Anna Meredith 14. ‘Ice Antonio’ – Vivaldi 15. ‘Embers’ – Antonio Vivaldi 16. ‘Solstice’ – Light Out Anna Meredith
As part Reebok’s new Fall/Winter 2018 Always Classic campaign, they’ve teamed up with several individuals whose daring self-expression and bold creative energy set them apart from the crowd. With that in mind, the FW18 campaign kicks f with the launch the new Classic Leather Nylon SP fronted by notable tattoo artist Miryam Lumpini.
The latest Classic Leather SP represents the next generation the Classic sneaker, featuring a modern silhouette with a retro look and feel. The kicks features a DMX foam bottom and a mix modern and vintage constructions which create an easy-to-wear silhouette that makes a statement with any look while expressing a unique and timeless style that is “Always Classic.”
“Miryam Lumpini brings her thoughtful eye for detail and unparalleled creative imagination to life with Reebok Classic to reimagine an icon style: the Classic Leather Nylon SP.”
“As an artist, Miryam lives and breathes her craft, pushing herself to create works that are more than standard tattoos. Her authentic passion, thoughtful eye for detail and unparalleled creative imagination makes her the perfect partner for Reebok Classic.”
The Reebok Classic Leather Nylon SP collection is now available Reebok.com for $80.
As the FCC rolls back net neutrality in the U.S., a total 35 States are actively fighting the decision.
And that doesn’t even count dozens member Congress and mayors from major U.S. cities. But does any that matter to mega-ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T?
Just last week, the ACLU noted that ISPs are unlikely to take advantage the FCC’s new laws right away. And part the reason is that they’re betting that people will eventually forget about the issue, especially if they don’t experience a noticeable change in their broadband service.
Plausible theory, though it’s unclear how companies like Comcast will negotiate against net neutrality laws in states like Washington and Oregon. More powerfully, both California and New York are expected to pass net neutrality laws in a matter months, making it extremely difficult — if not impossible — for neutrality-unfriendly tactics like throttling, fast lanes, and site blocking to happen nationwide.
+ A List Every Senator That Voted Against Net Neutrality — And How Much They’ve Taken from ISPs
Meanwhile, both Los Angeles and San Francisco have serious initiatives to implement municipal broadband networks in their cities. San Francisco is further along, with a public-private partnership already in development, while Los Angeles is seriously considering the idea.
Beyond that, a total 23 attorneys general are actively suing the FCC to protect net neutrality. Those lawsuits are now being consolidated into a single action, and it’s unclear if ISPs can comfortably move forward with plans like paid prioritization while the legal actions are pending.
Then, there’s the lengthy list U.S. mayors who have vowed to fight the rollback.
In addition to an exhaustive list actions by U.S. state legislatures, the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI) has also compiled a huge list defiant mayors.
Mayor Bill de Blasio — New York, NY
Mayor Steve Adler — Austin, TX
Mayor Ted Wheeler — Portland, OR
Mayor Ron Nirenberg — San Antonio, TX
Mayor Sly James — Kansas City, MO
Mayor Mark Farrell — San Francisco, CA
Mayor Catherine E. Pugh — Baltimore, MD
County Board Supervisors Chair Zach Friend — Santa Cruz County, CA
Mayor Barney Seney — Putnam, CT
Mayor Paul Soglin — Madison, WI
Mayor Sam Liccardo — San Jose, CA
Mayor Jacob Frey — Minneapolis, MN
Mayor Ethan Strimling — Portland, ME
Mayor Don Boeder — Gaylord, MN
Mayor Tom Feldkamp — Bow Mar, CO
Mayor Pauline Cutter — San Leandro, CA
Mayor Lucy Vinis — Eugene, OR
Mayor Lisa Swain — Fair Lawn, NJ
Mayor Laura Keegan — Edgewater, CO
Mayor Michael Tubbs — Stockton, CA
Mayor Steve Schewel — Durham, NC
Mayor Ras Baraka — Newark, NJ
Mayor Steve Fulop — Jersey City, NJ
Mayor Andrew Ginther — Columbus, OH
Mayor Kim McMillan — Clarksville, TN
Mayor David Terrazas — Santa Cruz, CA
Mayor Frank Ortis — Pembroke Pines, FL
Mayor Lowell Hurst — Watsonville, CA
Mayor Shari Cantor — West Hartford, CT
Mayor Rick Davis — City Tonawanda, NY
Mayor Sal Panto Jr — Easton, PA
Mayor Alex Morse — Holyoke, MA
Mayor Michelle Distler — Shawnee, KS
Mayor G. David Gillock — North Ridgeville, OH
Mayor Michael M Vargas — Perris, CA
Mayor Lyda Krewson — Saint Louis, MO
Mayor Bob Scott — Sioux City, IA
Mayor David Martin — Stamford, CT
Mayor Walt Maddox — Tuscaloosa, AL
Mayor Paul Heroux — Attleboro, MA
Mayor Jean (John) Mordo — Los Altos, CA
Mayor Debra S. Lewis — Ashland, WI
Mayor Heidi Harmon — San Luis Obispo, CA
Mayor Miro Weinberger — Burlington, VT
Mayor Zachary Vruwink — Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Mayor Kim Driscoll — Salem, MA
Mayor Trish Herrera Spence — Alamada, CA
Mayor Marc McGovern — Cambridge, MA
Mayor David M. DelVecchio — Lambertville, NJ
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp — Plainfield, NJ
Mayor Patrick Wojahn — College Park, MD
Mayor Francis M. Womack III — North Brunswick, NJ
Mayor Tom Butt — Richmond, CA
Mayor Dominic Persampiere — Oviedo, FL
Mayor Dan Horrigan — Akron, OH
Mayor Charles Lamb — Edmond, OK
Mayor Catherine Blakespear — Encinitas, CA
Mayor Peter d’Errico — Leverett, MA
Mayor Heilman — West Hollywood, CA
Mayor Lydia E. Lavelle — Carrboro, NC
Mayor Lovely Warren — Rochester, NY
Mayor Robert D. Parisi — West Orange, NJ
Mayor Michael P. Summers — Lakewood, OH
Mayor Debbie Brinkman — Littleton, CO
Mayor James Brainard — Carmel, IN
Mayor Svante Myrick — Ithaca, NY
Mayor Pam Hemminger — Chapel Hill NC
Mayor Jake Spano — St. Louis Park, MN
Mayor Ken Kreutzer — Brighton, CO
Mayor Suzette Cavadas — Union, NJ
Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez — Moreno Valley, CA
Mayor Gail Johnson — Oswego, IL
Mayor Pete Buttigieg — South Bend, IN
Mayor Robert Donchez — Bethlehem, PA
Mayor Chris Koos — Normal, IL
Mayor Bob Kelly — Great Falls, MT
Mayor David H. Bieter — Boise, ID
Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla — Hoboken, NJ
Mayor Tim Mahoney — Fargo, ND
Mayor Rich Tran — Milpitas, CA
Mayor Randy Rhoads — Lee’s Summit, MO
Mayor Michael J. Venezia — Bloomfield, NJ
Mayor Denny Doyle — Beaverton, OR
Mayor Emmett V. Jordan — Greenbelt, MD
Mayor Nikuyah Walker — Charlottesville, VA
Mayor Deirdre Waterman — Pontiac, MI
Mayor Karen Weston — Dover, NH
Mayor Milissa Holland — Palm Coast, FL
Mayor Levar Stoney — Richmond, VA
Mayor David J. Narkewicz — Northampton, MA
Mayor Chuck Bennett — Salem, OR
Mayor Nora Slawik — Maplewood, MN
Mayor David O. Earling — Edmonds, WA
Mayor Arlene R. Schwartz — Margate, Florida
Mayor Tim Keller — Albuquerque, NM
Mayor Liz Lempert — Princeton, NJ
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu — Bristol, CT
Mayor Mark Meadows — East Lansing, MI
Mayor Randall L. Woodfin — Birmingham, AL
Mayor Mike Vandersteen — Sheboygan, WI
William A. Kawecki — Morgantown, WV
Mayor Brenda Gunter — San Angelo, TX
Mayor Robert Garcia — Long Beach, CA
Mayor Ted Winterer — Santa Monica, CA
Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan — Braintree, MA
Mayor Shelley Brophy — Nacogdoches, TX
Mayor Paula Zelenko — Burton, MI
Mayor Bobby Kilgore — Monroe, NC
Mayor Tim Willson — Brooklyn Center, MN
Back in Washington D.C., the Senate has successfully passed a resolution to overturn the FCC’s rollback.
But efforts to do the same in the House could be moot, especially given that the June 11th deadline has passed. Still, pro-neutrality defenders are hoping to force a vote, if only to complicate re-election efforts for pro-neutrality representatives.
FACT Rated is our series digging into the sounds and stories the most vital breaking artists around right now. This week Will Pritchard speaks to Kojey Radical, a London MC finding experimental new ways to blend hip-hop and poetry.
London’s Kojey Radical is the type MC who turns the clichéd adage that rap is a form poetry on its head. He seamlessly couches references to classical mythology within street slang diatribes, like a literary critic but with way more rhythm. He also understands the value writing songs with accessible hooks, because he sees art, ultimately, as a platform for communication – not posturing.
Like many rappers, Kojey refers to himself first and foremost as a storyteller, and he employs a multidisciplinary approach. “It’s very normal for me to understand the practice as moving from illustration to maybe writing, or from writing into poetry and then poetry into music,” he says, in the same deep, gravel-throated voice he lends to his tracks.
In 2014, he released his debut project, DEAR DAISY, which blended spoken word poetry and hip-hop with field recordings, electronic experiments and radio-rap and trap flourishes. It’s a sound that’s carried throughout his music and reflects the political tone his lyrics. Kojey raps about the gentrification and resultant displacement reshaping the east London neighborhood he grew up in and the pressures faced by young (especially black) men growing up in the city and beyond. His videos juxtapose the tower blocks and underpasses his neighborhood with deeply symbolic imagery: performing in blackface; wrestling chains from his wrists against an all-white backdrop; or reciting lines surrounded by people in Afruturist attire. More recently, his 23WINTERS and IN GODS BODY projects have examined his relationship with his Ghanaian father (whose voice he samples) and his own, ten politicized identity as a young black man respectively.
“The generation that’s taught you has not lived through your experiences,” he says. “As a generation, we go through everything, simultaneously, and are given no answers. You have to decide what you think about religion, what you think about love, what you think about politics, everything under the sun,” he snaps his fingers, “like that. Everyone’s shouting their opinions into the air and no one’s listening, so it just breeds this confusion that stays static and is never really articulated.” Kojey views his role as an artist within this context: not just to express the way he feels, but to listen to others and channel their feelings and concerns through his stories too.
And since touring the world – independently, as with everything else he’s done to date – Kojey has realized the wider potential his storytelling. “A lot people outside England, they’re still a bit confused that there’s ends in London, or Britain,” he says. “To them it’s still pretty much just old buildings and crumpets.” He recalls playing shows in Johannesburg and Accra where people picked out his lyrics, explaining how they identify with the experiences he’s recounting. “Music does that,” he says. “It allows these experiences to be shared.”
This year, Kojey is intent on sharing more music with the world. He’s currently riding on the overwhelmingly positive reception to ‘If Only’, a pounding indictment the music industry’s machinations, as well as a collaboration with UK garage legend MJ Cole. He’s been in the studio with Shy FX, and in May will release a first-time collaboration with fast-rising soul singer Mahalia. “I have so much music in so many different styles,” he says, “and I just want to give it to people without any the faff.” It’s arguably this unrelenting, independent creative drive that sets Kojey so far apart from his peers – particularly those with more industry-defined ambitions.
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