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Fast Five: Ikes



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

Yeah I grew up playing football; that was really my first love. I guess I just lost interest and focus growing up in Hackney, staying out late getting involved with the wrong crowd etc.

How would you describe your music?

I think it’s on the lines of “musical rap music” I try to drag influences from other genres to add a more complex hiphop sound.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve just been promoting my current single “They Know” which is more a bridge between rap and afrobeats. It features well known producer artist Maleek Berry and has done really well in the African market. I have a Nigerian background so I’ve always wanted to explore sounds in that sector. Right now and for the next few months the focus is “Outside|In”, a 7 track project that’ll take my audience on a journey and hopefully introduce or reintroduce me to the masses.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

It would probably be Nas, he’s my biggest rap inspiration and the reason why I wanted to take up this art to begin with. A collaboration with him would be a definitive moment for me, an opportunity to showcase my content and put me in the bracket of credibility.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” would be my choice; takes me on so many timeless journeys. What he achieved with Quincy Jones was just so amazing, really set the bar for project cohesiveness. One I’ll always aim for.