I'm a pro, fuck a proxy On the topic of what the police need to do moving forward, however, Lingo says he isn’t here to offer the solutions. She said it was totally fine and that they’re still fighting the case now. [Pre-Chorus] Make Me Free We pray the cheque on the way Sending me all of your energy just incase I need to spirit bomb enemies Growing up with his Jamaican grandmother has definitely shaped the person he is and the music he makes today. [Chorus] That’s my blood, family tree #TheShowMustBePaused initiative was launched by US music industry executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang, and sought to get their peers to reflect on the ways they can “protect and empower the black communities that have made them disproportionately wealthy in ways that are measurable and transparent” – their call for a social media “blackout” quickly became a global trend. All because of what you look like But when you're by my side, I'm fine it's cool Black boy, black hood, black trainers The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. “My lyrics come from being a product of my environment,” he says. [Chorus: Che Lingo] We pray the cheque on the way As on that track, FTP’s brazen lyrics speak directly to the inability for niceties and politeness to successfully combat racism. Healing necessary Rising rapper Che Lingo has opened up about how a pride of where he came from and “police injustice” inspired his recent breakthrough single ‘My Block’. It feels reminiscent of 1960s choirs, such as the Freedom Singers, who combined the harmonies of the Baptist church with chants from the civil rights protests. Cole’s family continue to fight for justice. “I knew I had to go and walk with my people. Lyrics to 'Distance' by Che Lingo. Since he broke through in 2017, his sound has woven together genres like R&B, grime and west coast hip-hop, matched with easy flows and a lyrical dexterity that reveals new layers the more you listen. The song was a heartfelt reaction to … The video has been viewed more than 3m times and has inspired remakes from will.i.am and others. A lot of the time I was left to my own devices and to my own thoughts, so I’ve never found it hard to jump inside myself and be vulnerable.” He says that because there was “virtually no man in my life playing the role of a male parent, I had to make up what that looked like. Minneapolis native Dua Saleh gives a haunting and empowering take on police brutality in their sombre song Body Cast, released last week. The possibilities of defunding or abolishing police forces are leading a lot of conversations at the moment. There is a difference between raising and facilitating,” he shares, meaning that due to the lack of security his mother could give him, growing up in her care would not have been possible at the time. Cut the history but can’t divide our spirit Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police than their white counterparts. [Verse 1: Mick Jenkins] My sidekick but more time who's saving who? Album The Worst Generation. Cole’s family are still seeking justice for what happened, though the Black Lives Matter movement has renewed interest in Cole’s case. His music speaks about his lived experience and throughout our conversation he stresses that his music is not “intentionally political” but is “coming from a place of emotion”. When Beyoncé brought a phalanx of dancers dressed as Black Panthers to the Super Bowl it was an iconic moment: seeing artists as huge and somewhat far removed as Beyoncé nod to radical black history in a quintessentially American space is validating and affirming. (Unreleased), Perfect Wounds It was never Lingo’s intention for “My Block” to become the soundtrack for one of the biggest global social movements of this decade but, given the drive behind the protests, the song was fitting. “There are a lot of people in both the UK and US that we want justice for, including Julian and Sarah [Reed],” says Lingo. I sacrifice my life for you This game, this game ain't something you can mess with bro Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Black don’t mean illegal His songs explore themes such as colourism, self-doubt, social media, millennial romance and clout chasing – in not so many words, being two-faced – as on the track “Same Energy”, which was selected for the Top Boy soundtrack last year. We’re protesting because people are dying who shouldn’t be dying.”. Always on point Lingo was born in south London and had an initially turbulent upbringing that gives him a considered and reflective take on life. Never said that I was any victim Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Man, all I need is a pen © 2020 NME is a member of the media division of, Che Lingo had signed to 7Wallace – the record label of actor, musician and DJ Idris Elba. The Worst Generation Che Lingo. Feds literally broke my bredrins neck, then lied on one of their statements We pray the cheque on the way Pray I never repeat the loss Aye Since he broke through in 2017, his sound has woven together genres like R&B, grime and west coast hip-hop, matched with easy flows and a lyrical dexterity that reveals new layers the more you listen. Without fail, at every British Black Lives Matter protest Bashy’s Black Boys has been blasting from the speakers, with groups of black men and boys rapping along to the melodic and spirited tune. You already know why we came They don’t know me Way too gold too regal To mark the occasion, he dropped the hard-hitting tribute to his South West London neighbourhood. “The family got no compensation, no one was criminally charged, and I know people who have gone for prison for less.”. Rolling round my block, feeling hot It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Lyrics for this song have yet to be released. His previous frustrations in “Mad Angle” turn to admiration and eventually, complete devotion. Never check this pulse It was written about his friend, of the night to make it seem as if Julian was able to stand and communicate. Coz of what skin did, still glistening Seeing more than what they tend to see My sidekick but more time who's saving who? Che Lingo. He continued: “It’s like that for a lot of youths that come from estates, and ‘My Block’ personifies that. Julian Cole was left with life-changing injuries outside the former Elements nightclub in 2013. pic.twitter.com/LDrRYkCFJQ, — ITV News Anglia (@itvanglia) October 22, 2018, He added: “If you can be a young, black, semi-pro footballer, not even in London and still get your neck broken, be left paralysed by the police, then that’s devastating. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Rolling round my block, feeling hot Lyrics for this song have yet to be released. Never said my brudda didn’t push white, I Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The track was called “My Block”, its lyrics a powerful takedown of police brutality in the UK. Getting woke for you But when you're by my side, I'm fine it's cool Black don’t mean illegal The video sees Saleh walking through empty train tracks folding and rolling with their own words; images of burning buildings, speeding police cars and police with batons litter it, and add to the ominous and rebellious feel of the song. I ain't talking money if I call you broke It's funny what the mind can do You need to believe that about where you live, where you’re from and who you are.”. “If you combine those rebellious genres, you can see the links with the music that I make.” Speaking of rebellious, Lingo’s songs swing from soulful electro R&B on tracks like “Circles” to heavy bassy rap songs like “Zuko”; they’re not faithful to one particular style. But I'm on smoke for you No Sidekicks Lyrics: I sacrifice my life for you / My sidekick but more time who's saving who? Bro how can you call that justice From the go I got moxy [Chorus: Che Lingo] (Unreleased), Love Drugs “I wasn’t raised by my mum and dad because they were both involved in crime,” he states matter-of-factly. That probably curbed his natures Gimme that money right now Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The song is inspired by Julian Cole, a teenager paralysed in Bedford in 2013. Now Idris Elba has come knocking, there’s a lot of anticipation about what’s next for Lingo – namely, his album, Meet Che Lingo, the London rapper confronting police brutality, The British rap songs that speak to black pain, from Kano to Giggs, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. We pray the cheque on the way Three police officers have been sacked for lying about what happened following a scuffle outside a #Bedford club which left a man paralysed.