With K Koke‘s buzz single on Roc Nation the Wale featuring “Roc 4 Life” out now, “Turn Back” featuring Maverick Sabre on the way and his first full album I’m Not Perfect set to drop soon, the North West London rapper met esteemed music video director Emil Nava to discuss his life up to this point.
In the 18 minute documentary below, he gives Emil (“Price Tag“, “Our House Is Dadless”) a guided tour of the notorious Stonebridge estate in Harlesden, introducing him to his mother, marking out the spot where his brother was shot and taking him to another site where the attempted murder he was wrongly held for went down. All the while he talks about his craft and his origins, commenting on the trial that left his career in limbo, the mixtapes which made him and that incredible Fire in the Booth session that won him unthinkable fame. Clips from his rapid come-up (including those original locally-shot videos) are combined with interviews past and present, as we enter Koke’s world, and even his own home. We meet the friends and fellow rappers that spearheaded the Free K Koke campaign, and bump into the man who shot Koke’s early videos.
It’s clear that part of the rapper’s appeal lies with his authentic, gritty style and that he’ll always remain loyal to his roots, despite signing to a major US label. As he himself says, “the majority of my music is real life”. Whilst this is only the beginning for K Koke, he isn’t going to suddenly forget where he came from.
Watch the video documentary for yourself below, and check out K Koke’s most recent track here.