The UK hip-hop artist Octavian has released a new single produced by Jae5.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
London’s latest ascendant rapper Octavian has released a new track ‘Famous’ with Gunna and SAINt JHN. The predictable yet loveable psyche-trap track is everything you need from a tune produced by Jae5 – afrobeats, glimmering chimes, and understated melody. In a press release Octavian explained “The concept of ‘Fame’ should be connected to the celebration of one’s achievements; unfortunately, nowadays it is the glamorisation of unthought-about entertainment.”
The French born British rapper has an interesting perspective on his new found fame. Just a few years ago he was homeless. After getting ousted by his mother, he dropped out of high school before finishing. He spent the next several years homeless or couch-surfing. He was later denied public housing for not being considered a British citizen. He described it all in almost ambivalent terms to the Guardian: “That’s just how life works,” he shrugs. “There’s bare things that come with being poor. I didn’t have the money to be English, but I was English, I was raised here, I went to school here … then you have someone telling you you’re not English enough? I hated those authorities. When you’re young, it’s cool. I didn’t have no money, but I still managed to eat, to live … it wasn’t the worst thing in the world. Once you’re there, that is your life. You can only look up, because down there’s nothing left.”
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