London Poet Kojey Radical Reflects On Status And Stigma On “Open Hand”


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A prevalent call to arms by contemporary artist & spoken word poet, Kojey Radical. “Open Hand” speaks vividly on today’s social climate provoking feelings similar to The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, over crisp rising 808’s coupled with crushing African toms and confident brazen lyricism. Enlisting the skills of London’s New Machine to craft the enigmatic trap infused production highlighting his versatility following the celebrated collaboration with Wretch 32, Kano & Chip. The artwork is a direct creative collaboration between Kojey and contemporary artist Sam Adefe reflecting the depth and tone of the record with it’s over adornment of gold & sketched embellishment.

Open Hand fearlessly details ideas of social separation through class and race. Kojey offers a perspective inspired by unity and togetherness, opposing the closed fist approach of aggression acting as a direct juxtaposition to his tone and presence in the instrumentation

“ Heard notions of positivity discarded like pieces

of puzzles. Muzzled echoes of greatness in fear

society may not feel the same elations.

We no longer need to close our fists for the revolution “

Kojey’s lyrics pierce with a rallying charm, constantly rising in confidence.

Open Hand chooses not to shy away, shedding all politically correctness  with lines that imply the colour black has become a taboo or that our separation in class was orchestrated to divide us.

Open Hand continues to show Kojey’s importance as an artist and voice for a new generation.

“I’ve been getting this king status attached to my name a lot recently, It’s something I’ve struggled to accept because I feel as if i’m on the ground with the people. Quite frankly, people are afraid. Speaking your mind instantly attaches a stigma to your intent, because of that the initial point get’s lost while you battle to be perceived in a certain way. I do not care how people perceive me, not even a little bit. I will always speak my truth when I feel it needs to be heard. We’re in a very delicate time where even the word black is treated with a level of sensitivity because of how we’ve been conditioned to think. The revolution is not in the closed fist it’s in the open hand because an open hand represents acceptance. Something we all need to learn to embrace.” – Kojey Radical.

Kojey’s fearless, honest and artistically mature content earned him a personal invite to join the Mercury prize winning Young Fathers on a nation wide tour; receiving rave reviews night after night.  Continuing the momentum his celebrated visual BAMBU made it’s television premier on Channel 4 followed by a standout performance on season two of Four To The Floor. Last month Kojey’s headline show hosted by Noisey and Vice at Old Blue Last shattered records, with queues forming from 5pm to see the Radical perform. The show reached full capacity in just under 20 minutes with a line stretching down the street the whole night. This cult like support has earned him the recognition of Complex Magazine, who claim Kojey “…will change the way we view British music forever” and comparisons to Kendrick Lemar by Fader Magazine As well as earning him the attention of Paloma Faith, Maverick Sabre, GoldLink, Tinie Tempah and actress Zawe Ashton. 

Press shots by Rosie Matheson

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