It’s the afternoon of Rejjie Snow’s headline show at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, and I’​m interrupting soundcheck. “We’re just making sure everything is super tight for tonight,” says Snow, before giving a much-needed food order to his smiley tour manager. I grab a Corona from the bar, and we head to the green room to catch up whilst we wait for his chips to arrive.

The last time I interviewed the Irish rapper was back in 2013: he had just topped the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart with his debut EP, Rejovich, and had been “exposed” as the mysterious rapper Captain Murphy. Everyone thought it was him, regardless, so he just ran with it and trolled (hard). Smart move: this rumour mill caused countless publications to pay attention to Rejjie’s true voice—one that would later see him selling out tours across the globe and catching the ears of Sir Elton John (Rej was signed to his management house, Rocket Music).

Now, at age 23, Rejjie Snow—born Alex Anyaegbunam—has a steady rap career that’s becoming firmer with every track he releases. 300 Entertainment—home to the likes of Migos, Young Thug, and Fetty Wap—saw something in young Rej when they signed him to a great deal” last year. He tells me, “I feel at home there. I still have creative freedom, and that’s important to me.” 2017 has already been a great one for rap offerings, and Rejjie Snow plans to add to that with the release of his debut album, Dear Annie. “I’m nervous about releasing it,” he says, “but I think I’m about ready now.”