“I should be dead or in prison, but I’m alive and enjoying my freedom,” raps Morrisson on his new track “Bad Boys”, and it’s true: he’s been through it. The East End rhymer and West Ham football fan is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover—sure, he’s white with a combover, but he’s lived the life of most disenfranchised youth in London’s four corners. For close to a decade, Morrisson has been hailed as road rap veteran and “the realest white boy” in rap. And when it comes to white rappers kicking those hard, street rhymes, there’s always that lingering thought: “But he’s white, though. What does he really know?” But to have a career last this long—with no evidence of fraudulence—speaks volumes.

The first two Morrisson tapes to hit the roads, 2008’s Currently Getting Currency and 2009’s The Best Of Morrisson, were hustler soundtracks in the late noughties; his hard-hitting pen captured as many fans as Giggs or PDC at the time, and the only other notable white rapper to make such an impact underground, by that point, was Skinnyman—a whole generation prior. Before making his comeback in 2017 after serving time behind bars, and more recently signing a deal with Sony imprint Since ‘93, rapping was something Morrisson did for fun; making quick street money was his main aim. But now, with a focused team fully behind him, the sky is the limit.

Complex caught up with a suited-and-booted Morrisson at The Curtain, a members’ club in London’s Shoreditch, to find out what’s next on the cards.

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