“I should be dead or in prison, but I’m alive and enjoying my freedom,” raps Morrisson on “Bad Boys”, and it’s true: he’s been through it. The East London rapper—who’s also an avid supporter of West Ham football club—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 within the city’s four corners. For over a decade, Morrisson has been hailed as the “realest white boy in UK rap,” a line he’s heard since the start and one he happily accepts—because, why not?

When it comes to white rappers pushing those hard street rhymes, however, I’d be lying if I said I’ve never questioned the validity of said rhymes; it’s certainly not a norm in UK rap. But to have a career last as long as Morrisson’s has, with no evidence of fraudulence, speaks volumes. His first two projects, 2008’s Currently Getting Currency and 2009’s The Best Of Morrisson, were certified hustler soundtracks upon their release, with his hard-hitting pen capturing a legion of fans from similar corners to road rap vets PDC and Giggs. The only other notable white rapper to have this kind of hold on the scene—by that point—was Skinnyman, a whole generation prior. 

Before making his comeback in 2017—after serving time behind bars on a drugs charge and more recently signing a deal with Sony’s Since ‘93 imprint—rapping was something that Morrisson did for fun; making quick street money was his main aim. But now, with a focused team fully behind him, the possibilities are limitless. We met up with a suited-and-booted Morrisson at The Curtain, a new members’ club in East London’s Shoreditch, to discuss his trajectory in music and find out what’s next on the cards.