I am an emerging indie rapper from London, England. It was during a very difficult adolescence as I was suffering from severe depression that I discovered rap music. I was fascinated by the complex rhyme schemes and creative use of language. I could relate to many of the experiences that rappers talked about and gained understanding and empathy from their music. Other, more irrelevant songs were a means of escapism from my normal life.
I could not relate to my peers. I started writing lyrics and rapping along to my favourite songs. It was something I enjoyed as well as something that isolated me from my peers. No one else was interested in rap music to the same depth that I was.
I believe that rap music helped me get through the most difficult period of my life. I listened to rap throughout my education, my interest only getting less when I started working and ‘real adult life’ took over. Just at this time I was also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (an Autism Spectrum Disorder), which gave me a reason for all the terrible feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness I had experienced.
My interest in rap was put on hold whilst I built my legacy, The Curly Hair Project, a social enterprise that supports people on the autistic spectrum. Several years later however, I had an opportunity to create a theme song for The Curly Hair Project… which led me back to rap again.
Now here we are in 2019. I am just starting out on my musical venture and I am excited about the learning process and opportunities for personal growth.
Influences and style
I have been inspired by hip hop artists including 2Pac, T.I., Eminem, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, G Unit, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Dr Dre, Ja Rule and Fabolous as well as more recent artists, Kendrick Lamar and Machine Gun Kelly. I am also inspired by RnB artists including Usher, Aaliyah, R Kelly, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Ashanti, Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child.
I feel that I have my own style. My songs remain true to my personality and are about self-belief, hard work and perseverance, introversion, being ‘different’, loneliness and anxiety.