Arriving back in London from Paris a day before the terror attacks gripped the French capital, Complex spoke with Fekky in a particular sombre and reflective mood. Falling back onto music as a form of therapy reveals its power to move and inspire in a way that spoken words can't quite achieve. With this in mind, it was particularly poignant to find the south London rapper armed with a well-thought-out list of tracks that impacted him most growing up. Every selection is a clear piece of the puzzle that makes the man today, and stems of his many inspirations clearly traceable within his sound, as he gears up to release his debut album early next year.
Where are you at with your debut album, El Clasico? We've been expecting it.
El Clasico will definitely be out early next year. I should have some surprises before the end of the year anyway. The delay was just where I've been on the road so much, but it's all gonna make sense in a couple of weeks.
There's been a bit of a shit-storm this year over rappers being tagged as grime MCs, and vice versa. Quite often, this happens with you—so what's your view on it?
Everyone knows the music I do, and in the UK, some of the music we do is kinda similar; with the grime and trap sounds, it influences each other. I was responsible for one of the biggest grime tunes last year with "Still Sittin' Here". Nobody owns anything to tell me what I can or can't do. Grime or UK hip-hop—it's all the same lifestyle. We all came up the same.
You're closely affiliated with a couple of crews without actually being a fully-fledged member. What's influenced your decision to be a standalone rapper in the game?
Sometimes I feel the crew thing can be too many people in the mix, and also, a lot of these guys have known each other for about ten years. I didn't come into the game when I was 16, I came in with a completely different mentality.
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