Published on December 24th, 2017 | by Tariq Peters

AWATE SPEAKS THE REALNESS IN “THE GHETTO” VISUALS [@AWATEMUSIC]

North London rapper Awate takes us through a reflection of inequality, injustice and everyday racism with the release of his latest track “The Ghetto”.

Produced by DJ Turkish of Dcypha, Awate uses his witty, brooding lyrics to evoke the minds of those that feel trapped in the system and reflects on his own place in society. The opening speech from Fred Hampton strengthens the underlying message of the track.

Speaking on the concept of  “The Ghetto”, Awate explains “It’s one of the first songs I made for my debut album, Happiness, and was written quite soon after my first arrest of four that kind of shape the mood of the album. Really and truly, it’s a poetic, bluesy look at the beauty and inequality of the place I grew up in and the places just like it around the world. Mainly, it’s about perseverance and existence.”

“The sound that my producer Turkish and I have crafted is a really dope, shiny and old sound based around funk and psychedelia. My lyrics fit into that as an instrument depending on the song.”

We had a chance to learn a little more about Awate, his journey, musical influences and what we can expect from his upcoming album:

“I was really fortunate that I grew up in a time when there was a lot of funding for arts projects. Because of that, I went to workshops and studios all over London to learn about DJ’ing, production, songwriting and the music business. From 2006, I just went to every gig or open mic to get my name out and battle people outside. At that time until 2011, if you were in London, I was going to find you and you were going to hear me rap – whether you were Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ghostface Killah or J. Cole.”

“From the album, you can expect a wholehearted contribution to the genre of rap and the culture of hip-hop and black music. After that, it might be time to have a bit of fun! I’ve got a head full of ideas I can’t wait to execute.”

Pre-order for the Happiness LP is available now, as are tickets to Awate’s album launch on Thursday 22nd February, promoted by Live Nation, at Camden’s iconic Roundhouse.

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