“I should be dead or in prison, but I’m alive and enjoying my freedom,” raps Morrisson on the 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 the “realest white boy in rap,” which is a line he’s heard since the very start and one he now happily accepts. However, when it comes to white rappers pushing those hard, street bars, I’d be lying if I said I have never questioned the authenticity; it’s certainly not typical in UK rap. But to have a career last as long as Morrisson’s has, with no evidence of fraudulence, it speaks volumes.

The rapper’s first two projects, Currently Getting Currency (2008) and The Best Of Morrisson (2009), were hustler soundtracks of their time, with Morrisson’s hard-hitting pen capturing a legion of fans from similar spaces to road rap vets Giggs and PDC. 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 on a drugs charge 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. However now, with a focused team fully behind him, the sky is the limit.

We met with a suited-and-booted Morrisson at The Curtain, a new members’ club in East London’s Shoreditch, to find out what’s next on the cards.

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