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Things are clicking for East London artist Kojey Radical of late. The 25-year-old has been somewhat of an underground sensation since striding on to the scene in 2015. So far, in Kojey’s mind, mainstream success and widespread recognition have been secondary to his commitment to high-quality and deeply personal artistry. Now however, his undeniable talents can no longer go unnoticed. Kojey Radical music is still uniquely Kojey Radical music but in 2018 … more people are catching on.
Listen to the high-octane, live set closer 97 to catch the wave Kojey is on:
Born and raised in Hackney by Ghanaian parents, the first thing to note about Kojey Radical is his versatility. The poet, rapper, singer, model, and visual artist also has a first class honours degree from the London College of Fashion. He honed his lyrical skills and mastered the art of attention-grabbing cadence from a young age, performing at spoken word poetry events. The wordsmith felt he could bring something different to the UK hip-hop scene and after a few well-received releases he unveiled his gripping EP 23 Winters in 2016.
This record is an exploration of generational separation – a tough topic to tackle, but Kojey pulled it off; raising interesting talking points, making people think and gaining passionate “day one” fans in the process. The following year Radical released the 13-track In Gods Body, this time the theme of God as a woman and the struggles Kojey shares with her is explored. An international tour came off the back of this and Kojey began turning more heads in his home nation performing standout shows at Village Underground, Afropunk Festival, The Great Escape among many others.
In 2018 the spotlight has been even brighter on Kojey Radical and he’s thriving. He has added to his already impressive selection of features, recent collaborations with fellow rising star Mahalia have allowed him to get his foot in the door of the pop realm. He also teamed up with long-time hero and legend of the game Ghetts – singing on the closing track of his new album.
Kojey has begun to round up 2018 with the biggest headline show of his career. The sold-out gig at London’s KOKO was a huge moment for Radical, one that he’ll never forget and was incredibly grateful for. He had little time to reflect on it though, as he immediately joined pop sensation Anne-Marie as a support act on her UK tour two days after. A whirlwind finish to the year has set the young, talented and hungry artist up for an exciting 2019.
The below short film is the music video for Kojey’s biggest hit to date Water feat. Mahalia. It also contains a good chunk of another standout track If Only.
The film opens with a poem that is also present throughout his 2017 record In Gods Body. These visuals should give you an idea of the level of thought and creativity Kojey approaches a project with:
Look Like is about as hard-hitting and thought-provoking as it gets when it comes to a rap track. Favourite lyric “hit the word count but do the words count?” … felt that.
The latest single with Swindle Coming Home is an upbeat and triumphant anthem, give it a spin:
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