Discussing music, fame & favourite must have clothing pieces.
“It’s just how I imagined it would be, and it’s beautiful to see!”
One of the grime artists who is pushing the sound and genre, Bonkaz is the emcee from South London with a knack for making good music and pushing the boundaries for the new generations of grime emcees. Fearless and unmoved about controversy, Bonkaz’s resilience is inspiring, and following the release of his Fame and Forgiveness album at the top of 2019, we caught up the rapper to talk about music, fame, and fashion. Read what happened below:
You’ve been in the music scene for a while now – how would you say it differs from when you came out in 2015?
I see 2015 as the beginning of what’s happening now. The scene is flourishing, it’s just a magnified version of 2015 really, which is exactly how it should be. When I dropped We Run The Block that was the hardest & most controversial song to hit the playlist on mainstream radio, since then so many more hard songs with similar lyrics have reached the playlist too. It’s just how I imagined it would be, and it’s beautiful to see!
Fame & Forgiveness. What inspired the title of the album?
I made an EP in 2015 called Forgive Me When I’m Famous. It was about not having much time for anything because I was working on the music & just hoping that everyone I couldn’t make time for would forgive me once they see the results. Naturally, Fame & Forgiveness is just the next part of that journey.
And what’s a personal favourite track on the album?
My personal favourite has to be ‘When You’re Here’ featuring J Warner. We made it over four years ago about my son, who was born shortly after we recorded it. Four years later, J Warner’s son was born days before the song came out.
Do you have a piece of clothing you could never get rid off?
I always seem to have a classic blue denim jacket. That’s an essential.
Will you be touring the album? How does it feel to see people vibing and enjoying your music when you’re out?
I will definitely be touring the album. I’m supporting Example on tour early 2020, and I’ll be announcing my own tour shortly after!