“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 London 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 a road rap legend, “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. Currently Getting Currency and The Best Of Morrisson—Morrisson’s early tapes—were hustler soundtracks in 2009; his hard-hitting content captured as many fans as Giggs or PDC at the time, and the only other notable white rapper to make such an impact underground was Skinnyman—a whole generation prior.

Before making his comeback in 2017 after serving time behind bars, and more recently signing with Since ‘93/Sony, rapping was something Morrisson did for fun; making money on the roads was his main aim. But now with a focused team fully behind him, the sky is the limit. Complex caught up with Morrisson to find out what’s next.