Bashy Unveils Brand New Single “Being Poor Is Expensive”

Harvey Marwood

By Harvey Marwood

Harvey Marwood

4 Jul 2024

Hailing from North-West London, highly acclaimed rapper Bashy has unveiled his brand new single “Being Poor Is Expensive”, part of his sophomore studio album entitled the same out on July 11th.

The third track taken from his forthcoming album, “Being Poor Is Expensive” is inspired by Jamaican sound systems and incorporates the “distinctive distorted basslines that surrounded Bashy growing up”. Alongside visuals released alongside the joint, the track and cinematics serve as an ‘album teaser’.

Coming 15 years after the release of his first record Catch Me If You Can (2009), “Being Poor is Expensive” is “an era-defining album that combines a rich cultural and musical heritage, reality and history into a bold, uncompromising record, a musically rich Black British origin story from one of the country’s most skilled and respected rappers”.

Bashy said – “Lover’s Rock is my parents’ music, always playing in my Dad’s Red BMW 3 series or as my mum cooked up some Ackee and Saltfish… Dennis Brown’s music featured heavily in my childhood home, he has such a unique and special voice. As you hear the intro, it sounds distinctive, sweet and melodic but then when the track drops we hear the heaviness of the outside world and are transported to family house parties, weddings, christening and funerals.”

He added – “Growing up, I was inspired by rappers like Nas, Jay-Z, and much later Kendrick Lamar, as well groups from De La Soul to DipSet, all of whom sampled the old soul or R&B records of their childhoods. This track is my interpretation of that, with samples that give it a distinctly British feel. Having no hook is deliberate, to give the feeling of having to constantly keep it moving in the ends with no respite.”

Watch the visuals for “Being Poor Is Expensive” above :