Fekky could be called a newcomer in the game, having only started out around two years ago. A newcomer he may be, but he is one a lot of people are talking about, and I’m not the only one who is excited to see his moves this year. He has toured the country doing a vast amount of shows with no manager or booking agent – impressive! I heard talk of an upcoming collaboration with Fekky and a very big artist, so The Wrap Up had to talk to him and get the lowdown on this, along with a deeper look into Fekky himself.
The Wrap Up: Can you tell The Wrap Up readers where you started and where you are now?
Fekky: I started about two and a half years ago; I was having a little fun with it with a couple of friends. I did a track and after that I did a video, then I took a little break and came back with ‘Ring Ring Trap’. When I dropped that it went crazy on the streets; it did about 100,000 views in a couple of days. After doing my ‘Fire In The Booth’ people knew I meant business. Since then, I’ve done a lot of shows which is my strong point; I think I’ve done the most out of everyone in the rap scene. Every weekend I’m everywhere; Birmingham, Wales, Manchester, Liverpool. I did the Wiley and Skepta tour aswell which was crazy.
TWU: G FrSH told you not to rap when you turned to him for advice. Do you feel like you’ve proved him wrong from what you’ve achieved already?
Fekky: I wouldn’t say I proved him wrong… when he said it, he was genuinely honest. What I’ve learnt in the game is that everyone has their own journey. I couldn’t give advice to a next man because everyone is different. G FrSH was coming from where he was coming from. He meant the music game is not easy; you can’t easily catch a buzz, it’s expensive and it’s a gamble. He was saying if I want to do it I have to be prepared, because it’s going to be hard.
TWU: You’ve got a couple of adlibs that you’re well known for. How did they came around?
Fekky: [Laughs] I’ve got ‘Bu Bu Bang!’ I was recording ‘Shine On’ and the engineer stopped the track and we were talking, I was just standing there and it came out randomly. When I said it the whole room started laughing, so I was like ‘that’s alright’ and kept it.
TWU: UK rap is doing really well at the moment, especially in South London where you’re from. How do you think it could progress further?
Fekky: A lot of artists need to start thinking of their careers as business models and how they’re going to make a living out of what they’re doing. When you become an artist you gain fans so it’s hard to think ‘Oh, I’m going to work in Tescos now,’ because you don’t want your fans to see you working there. When money is in a scene, people grow and it will become better. I think my strong point is that you can play most of my songs in a club. A lot of the songs that are played in clubs are by Drake and Rick Ross… we don’t really get played in clubs; it’s a market that we’ve not really tapped into.
TWU: You previously said you’d release a mixtape called ‘My Name Is Fekky You Div’. What’s happening with it?
Fekky: The mixtape is almost finished, [laughs] but I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the title. I think it was just a thing in the moment! I’m in the studio this week working on the mixtape and it’s almost done, it will be coming out soon.
TWU: You’ve previously said people need to work together more in the UK scene for it to benefit. Who else in the UK would you collaborate with?
Fekky: I believe in ‘moments’ – I don’t like forcing things. A lot of the stuff I’ve done is natural. If I worked with someone it wouldn’t be what people would expect from me. I’d like to work with The Streets.
TWU: You’ve got an exciting track dropping soon with Dizzee Rascal. How did this come around and what was it like working with him?
Fekky: I made a track and I hollered at him on Twitter; we weren’t even following each other. At first he wasn’t quite sure… he was going through what he was going through. I managed to get the track to him somehow. I was sitting down with my family and I looked at my email and he’d sent me the verse. We linked up and chilled; he’s cool and he’s got a passion for the music. It’s good to be around people that have done it and I’m always asking him questions and trying to learn from him. The track is dropping real soon and you’re going to love it. I feel like it’s going to be a moment! It’s crazy, it’s got energy.