With his blend of road rap authenticity, grime energy and rock star stage shows, it feels like Fekky sits right on the cusp of what’s relevant right now. Everything he touches turns to gold, or at least gets 10,000 fans packed into a festival tent chanting along – which in this day and age is the next best thing. Yet some fail to recognise the South Londoner’s impact, which just adds fuel to the fire.
While he works on ensuring that his forthcoming debut album, El Clasico, lives up to its title, Fekky decided that it was necessary to take some time out to feed the streets. Boarding a flight to Paris and getting holed up the studio, he’d return with Brandy & Coke, a free mixtape that many would happily declare their debut LP. Boasting banger after banger, the tape is more than enough to keep the people bumping Fekky’s music, and its matching visuals which tend to surface every few weeks demonstrate his skill, work ethic and authenticity.
Fekky took some time out to catch up with us about Brandy & Coke, the perception of authenticity and his ultimate goal….
How was the reception to your ‘Brandy & Coke’ mixtape?
It was perfect. Exactly what I wanted it to be. I hadn’t put out a project in about two years so it done better than I expected. My album El Clasico is on the way, and Brandy & Coke was something that I put together quite quickly – the album I’ve been working on a year. So I thought, lets give it to them before Christmas, but it done much better than I expected which was good.
For the last two years I’ve been on the road a lot, I’ve done so much shows. It’s so hard to get the balance of stopping to record, and being tired, and the family, and being on the road for weeks on end. So when it got to that point I just thought you know what, I’m stopping everything and I just want to record. So I just went to Paris and recorded Brandy & Coke. That’s what we came back with.