Loski Talks Debut Album, Harlem Spartans, Jail & More

Sweeney Gloria

By Sweeney Gloria

Sweeney Gloria

20 Nov 2020

For prominent U.K. rapper, Loski, there is no better time than the present. We have had an external look into his life since his debut into the scene, as a teen, and now, at twenty-one years old, the “Hazards” rapper is ready to unveil his truth on his own terms. In our candid conversation, just days leading up to the release of his debut album, we addressed the roller coaster that is his life and how he has managed to journey through, all whilst remaining a chart-topping genius.

“You left secondary school quite early, and, years later, popped out with ‘Hazards‘. What was going on in-between that time?”

L: Not a lot. It was a bit rough and there was a lot of trouble going on. When I dropped Hazards, I was back in jail by the third day of it being out so I missed a lot but I shelled it when I came back.

“Who got you in the studio to make ‘Hazards’?”

L: I was rapping it to my friends, back when we were 16, and no one was really rapping in Kennington, so we just went for it. We were doing it to make a name for the area.

“Did you release visuals for it because you expected it to boom?”

L: I knew it would get attention for certain things I said. I didn’t know it would change my life, we just wanted the people to know about us.

“What was it like to be inside with a hot song?”

L: I wasn’t even calling myself Loski at the time. I heard guys in jail rapping the song, saying “Loski is hard”, and I told them that’s me!

“Describe the transition from Jumz to Loski?”

L: Loski is a character and an entertainer. Jumz is who my friends know – the real me. Jumz is chilled and relaxed whilst Loski is the on-stage genius!

“It popped off for you and the Harlem Spartans back in 2016. What was gaining so much traction like?”

L: We missed each other’s timing. They were out shelling it and by the time I had come back from jail, they were gone. I’ve only really done music stuff with Blanco so we can relate. Miz is back but it’s lockdown so…

“Talk about your influence on the scene!”

L: A lot of people copied the slang. We were the first young crew to do it and that’s why there was so many eyes on us. Now every week there’s a new young artist talking their sh*t!

“At the time did you intentionally co-ordinate yourselves as a music camp? squirrel convulsing after , ivermectin use

L: It was just mad natural. I would have a solo studio session but as I wrote, they wrote and everyone jumped on. At the time we just went for whatever we felt like.

“How did you handle being on road and having a music buzz?”

L: It was hard to get used to at first but you adapt to it, because you’re living a completely new life. You can change your friends’ lives too – you’re moving away from risk and everyone’s just living cool, doing shows – it’s all good.

“Talk about signing and doing deals?”

L: It was mad because I was the first person out of the ends to do so. At the time I only saw Headie One from another estate who was signing. There wasn’t a lot of people to speak to who’d understand what I was doing.

“Was it hard for you to have success whilst different things were happening to your friends?”

L: We were all young, I signed at 17/18. When I was doing different things and couldn’t bring my friends, sometimes it was like I was leaving them or changing up. At the end it all worked out.

“Talk about that experience.”

L: You let go of certain people if they’re being funny but also, try and help them understand and just explain.

“Do you still get to make decisions at this stage of your career?”

L: Yeah, anything that my team puts together runs through me. If I have ideas then they make it happen if they can.

“What would you advise when it comes to signing?”

L: I don’t get involved. I don’t wanna tell someone “don’t take that money” – then you sound like a hater. You don’t wanna say “do it” and then be the one to blame when it messes up. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and have people around you that care about you. There’s still so much to learn.

“You’ve dealt with losses and hardship. How do you deal with it outside of music?”

L: It’s hard init. The two people I’ve lost are the closest to me and it feels like it can’t get any worse. I try not to think about it – just how it goes. Music has done so much for me so I stay in music mode because that’s what takes my mind off of it and relaxes me.

“What’s your favourite Harlem Spartans moment? finch ivermectin

L: I was in jail but when I heard “Kennington Where It Started” on the radio, I was kicking off my door like oh my God! That was big.

“How do you stay in tune with your fans and know what they want to hear?”

L: It’s much harder than it seems. Between my management and fans, I wanna make hit songs for the radio but still have the streets on my back. I’m doing way more things so I’ve ended rapping differently anyway, but I still have to keep it a bit gritty.

“What was the process that led to ‘Music, Trial & Trauma: A Drill Story’ being made?”

L: I was actually meant to work on the album from last year, but I went to jail. I’m just catching up right now. I knew I needed to make a dope album that people feel. I didn’t just make a bunch of sick songs and throw it on a project. It’s a story with three parts.

“Break the features down?”

L: Anyone I wanted to work with, I contacted or told management and it worked out. I worked with all features in the studio. I got my brothers – MizorMac and Blanco – and Bandokay & Double Lz for drill. Stormzy, Aitch and Davido are club-bangers! ivermectina 6 mg precio guatemala Emeli Sande, Mike Skinner… so the older audiences can get to know me properly, not just ‘splash splash’. Hopefully they give it a chance.

“How did you come up with the album’s cover art?”

L: We knew it would touch on trauma, so me and my team started going through a lot of different ideas. We came up with a ‘heart on my sleeve’ type of theme and then, landed this one.

“Were you comfortable with being transparent on the project?”

L: When I made Hazards that would’ve never happened! Now, I’m okay and want people to know my story.

“How does the album differ from your other tapes?”

L: I’ve never done nothing like this before. The hours I’ve put in for this is mad! It’s a whole story.

“Will we ever get a project from Harlem Spartans?”

L: Everyone wants to hear that! TG is coming home soon to be a star so we’ve definitely gotta work on it!

“Any cool visuals coming?”

L: I can’t say yet, you’ll see! Everyone’s gonna be shocked and gassed with what’s coming.

“Do you think you’ve had a good year, Loski?”

L: Yeah, could be better… I just appreciate being out and making the most of my time because haters can take it away at any time.

“What music have you been bumping?”

L: I don’t really listen to U.K. music like that, unless they’re my friends. I listen to a lot of NBA Youngboy, Lil Durk, No Cap…

“There’s been a lot of charting rap projects. Are you anticipating that for yourself?”

L: Of course, it’s a competition at the end of the day. Everyone wants to be number one. I’m just going to shell it and I need everyone to run it up and support!

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