A renaissance man in the truest form, MOBO-nominated rapper, spoken word poet and creative director Kojey Radical can seemingly turn his hand to any medium. 

Fortunately, fans can rest assured his debut album is on the way, and his Lex Amor-assisted single, “War Outside”, is the first taste of what’s to be expected from the East End native’s first long-play.

Kojey’s previous projects—2014’s Dear Daisy, 2016’s 23Winters, 2017’s In God’s Body and 2019’s Cashmere Tears—have all set the wordsmith up nicely for his debut outing and, boy, is he ready. “Previously, it’s been ‘I’m warming, I’m warming, I’m warming up,’” he says, “but I’m warm now—put me in the game.” 

Produced by Swindle and KZ, Kojey and Lex offer up fiery sung-rap flows and smooth vocal embellishments over the synth-heavy composition.

“War Outside” can be interpreted as a glance at the world and the many societal ills people have suffered over the past two years. The track’s visual accompaniment, directed by Dumas Haddad, is a striking piece—half of it shot in black and white—and it speaks to the message here beautifully.

Watch the video for “War Outside” above, and be sure to add the song—which also features on the new FIFA 22 soundtrack—to your playlists.