Kojey Radical music

Kojey Radical

Creative with a capital C, Kojey is a political poet, musician and visual artist whose sound touches on the grime, trap and alt-R&B of his London home. Expect big things from his next release.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 1 Feb 2016
  • min read
Who? Kojey Radical.

What? Potent spoken word.

From where? East London.

What’s the story? Creative with a capital C, Kojey is a poet, musician and visual artist whose multi-disciplinary vision touches a clutch of envelope-pushing projects.

As a musician, he’s drawn toward highly politicised spoken word that references past masters Kate Tempest and Roots Manuva.

Rhymes are multi-purpose, carrying rhythm and reason, while his production values signpost the grime, alt-R&B and trap that permeates his hometown.

While not plying his musical trade, Kojey is creative director of PushCrayons, where he co-creates luxurious videos informed by contemporary dance and performance art.

He's also art director of menswear brand Chelsea Bravo.

But if his intentions sound lofty or high brow, one listen to recent tracks Blind Eye or Open Hand will prove Kojey's grounded urban education and authentic left-wing motivations.

He first arrived back in June 2014, when his debut EP marked him as a name to look out for.

These days Kojey is credited widely for his subversive storytelling, earning him the amorous attention of Vice, GQ Magazine, MOBOs, Clash Magazine, The Fader, OKAYAFRICA and Notion Magazine.

Now he’s graced BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Hot for 2016 list, things are really starting to steam up, with last week's debut headline show at Oslo, Hackney, a sold-out success.

His next release, the 23 Winters EP, is expected soon.

Sounds like? London in 2016.

Predicted to? Make serious waves with his first release of the year, 23 Winters.

Must hear? Open Hand.