21-year-old Southend Grime and spoken word artist, Sonny Green releases his Debut EP tomorrow, with the assertion within the EP’s title, 'Grime is Punk', sure to split opinion.
With a moral and social conscience at the centre of his work, Sonny is a musical poet, overflowing with energy and bursting with a passion to provoke thought. A welcome diversion from the commercial, and often negative, narrative of many modern day rap and hip hop artists, stepping beyond the common self-consuming love and sex lyrical subject matter.
Sonny Green addresses a wide spectrum of issues such as social behaviour, media manipulation, domestic violence, global agendas and street culture.
For a better idea of what the EP has in store watch the video for lead track 'Bars' below. Sonny Green explains "The track is about my bars being undeniable and that I'm here and free to do and say what I like and nothing or no ones going to stop me".
At the age of 14, Sonny began experimenting with music in his local Connexions youth center on the Cluny Square estate, Southend. After 140 TV filmed him freestyling, he was encouraged to make a 14-track mixtape, exploring the social issues that had become prevalent in his lyrics. 'When Words Fail Music Speaks' sold 10,000 copies and secured Sonny a weekly residence at renowned Dalston venue Passing Clouds.
Then aged just 17, he ditched his A-Levels and pitched up his tent outside St Paul's Cathedral, to stand in solidarity with the Occupy movement, ensuring that the voice of his generation was not ignored.
A few months later, Sonny became the first-ever rapper to perform at The House of Commons, sharing the stage with Fatboy Slim as part of a concert organised in association with Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Charity.
After supporting Asian Dub Foundation at a gig at Broadwater Farm, he was quickly recruited to join them live, to date he has played over 50 venues across Europe and has consistently delivered confident live performances opening for a variety of performers including Pete Doherty.
'Grime is Punk' is released 13th May 2016 via Hostage Music.