“Everything that I’ve experienced and gone through, it just came naturally and that’s when I just chose to follow my heart and I think people enjoy the humility in my lyrics and my songs when I’m writing something.”
A rapper with a social conscience who writes conscious lyrics.
Kam-Bu in conversation with Colin Grant
‘Black on Black’ – a phrase used by journalists for so-called crimes that black people perpetrate on each other – is lazy and wrong says Kam-Bu, a rapper admired for his lyrics and social engagement. He talks to Colin Grant about reappropriating ‘Black on Black’ as a term of affection and ode to his grandfather.
Raised in a Rasta household to Jamaican parents the rapper, Kam-Bu, grew up in Brixton before his family moved to south west London. His Caribbean household boomed with Reggae, Soul music and Jazz. His own musical talent began to flourish at youth clubs where, as a teenager, he was inspired by Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu. He especially draws inspiration from the king of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti.
With tracks like ‘Are You On’ and ‘Burst’, Kam-Bu’s lyricism has begun to attract a growing number of fans and critical success. The single ‘Black on Black’ sees him exploring his own heritage and challenging the negative connotations often attached to young black men and women in Britain. It’s a very personal song which Kam-Bu describes as a tribute to the neglected Windrush generation.