It’s safe to say contemporary artist, spoken word poet and musical enigma Kojey Radical has had a whirlwind of a year, continuing to go from strength to strength with every step. Starting the 2015 with a massive underground hit entitled BAMBU, Kojey came out the gate with an apparent voice and lasting effect on a new generation. Whether that was a result of his progressive and fearless lyricism or the hauntingly gripping and creative visual directed by Kojey Radical and Lewis Levi & Alex Molthabane of The Rest; Kojey’s presence was one to be considered. The honesty and artistic maturity of Kojey’s work earned him a personal invite to join the Mercury prize winning Young Fathers on their nationwide tour. Continuing the momentum, his celebrated visual for BAMBU made its television premier on Channel 4, followed by a standout live performance on season two of Four To The Floor.
Kojey is the creative director of the art collective and creative media agency PUSHCRAYONS which started in 2012 with long time collaborator Craig Most Popular Human. Young and full of ideas Kojey and Craig were simply tired of being told no, The collective began as way of providing young artists a hub to create with the focus being directed on the work instead of the individuals and has quickly risen through the ranks with their most recent collaborative event being held in conjunction with Apple. Kojey is also the artistic director of Contemporary Menswear brand Chelsea Bravo; learning from and working closely with her on the artistic presentation of the brand.
July 2015 saw Kojey’s headline show accompanied by Etta Bond and hosted by Noisey/Vice shattering records, with queues forming from 5pm to see the Radical perform. The show reached full capacity in under 20 minutes with a line stretching down the street the rest of the 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 The Fader.
Kojey’s second single of 2015 came in the form of OPEN HAND, A prevalent call to arms by speaking 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. The visuals for Open Hand premiered inside the prestigious TATE BRITAIN to unanimous praise and a panoramic queue, ultimately marking this project a piece of art. OPEN HAND was made the BBC Radio 6 music recommends song of the week by Mary Anne Hobbs who went on to say “Remember how you felt the very first time you heard Roots Manuva? You’re about get that kind of rush again” frequently championing the young artist and his endeavours. Kojey also performed his first ever freestyle on BBC Radio 1 with Toddla T and performed as a special guest during #WordsFirst with DJ Target for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Kojey’s live performances are often described as ones to be remember and a must see kind of experience. During “ARRIVAL” headlined by Vince Staples & hosted by DJ Semtex, Nation of Billions described Kojey’s performance as “being intoxicated by a rich wealth of intense lyrical knowledge. It consumes your senses and embraces your soul. It’s dark without encroaching on your spirit and it awakens your mind.” Kojey also went on to launch a new concept brand entitled Francis And The Artist, commissioning a young contemporary artist to make a physical piece of artwork, taken and then translated into a piece of clothing by a chosen curator. Francis And The Artist aims to break down and represent the basic constructs of the everyday garment, and highlight “The Artists” that help create the visual aesthetic of the product by working with universities and young freelancers.
Kojey was crowned as a One to Watch at 2015’s MOBO Awards as well being hailed by Paloma Faith, Maverick Sabre, GoldLink, Ghetts, and actress Zawe Ashton as a name to remember.
Kojey has no intentions of achieving success through conventional methods, he is art focused and driven by the need to make timeless pieces of art through his music.