Fancy a nice cup of tea? DJ2Kind introduces us to Jamie Broad, a Leonard Cohen loving Liverpool rapper.
Attention to detail, quality over quantity and a total respect for the art form that we call hip-hop. Welcome to the world of Liverpool rapper Jamie Broad.
It has been seven years (yes SEVEN years) since Jamie Broad released his first mixtape/album The Caped Crusader and from those early recordings you got a taste of what to expect from this intelligent and humble wordsmith.
His next project , A Nice Cup of Tea, further displayed Jamie’s ability to captivate listeners with his story telling flows and Knock a Door Dash was a firm favourite when he was performing live – the audiences would be literally laughing on cue as Jamie took a lyrical trip down memory lane mentioning everything from Manhunt to Top of The Pops and Colomendy to Tamagotchi’s.
However, it was the re-make of Knock a Door that really catapulted Jamie into the wider audience when he recorded Scousers on Wembley Way, a track which has thus far clocked almost a quarter of a million views on YouTube.
His following projects (40 Project Vol 1 & 2) and his latest album Swear Words continued to provide listeners and fans with what they had come to expect from Jamie Broad with the added bonus of Jamie linking up with producers from around to world to provide his music with more personality and authenticity than before..
Respected by his peers from Grime artists to Boom Bap M.C.s, Jamie Broad is an MC who works tirelessly on his craft and goes about his business like a seasoned professional. Let’s hope that we have another seven years of quality music to look forward to.
Q&A: Jamie Broad
PS: Who are you? What do you do?
JB: Jamie Broad. I’m an MC/Rapper
PS: How would you describe your music in three words?
JB: Lyrical, different, thoughtful.
PS: What was your last non-music related tweet/Insta Post?
JB: Normally if it’s not my music it’s me sharing other people’s music. If not that something related to football or Everton.
PS: What do people admire about you?
JB: I’m not sure to be honest, if one I’d maybe say it’s that I’m not afraid to just be me. I keep it real as I say in one lyric – “cos I’m really me, you see it when you look at me/ that’s why I write songs about cups of tea“. Not many rappers would name an album after their favourite beverage if it was a cuppa.
PS: If you had to eat take out from one place for the next seven years – where would it be?
JB: Any Indian restaurant.
PS: Who is your hero?
JB: I try to take inspiration from everywhere and I don’t like having heroes cos no-one is perfect. But lyrically I’d say Leonard Cohen.
PS: What was the first record/cd that bought with your own money?
JB: The Real Slim Shady by Eminem, I think. It is close because it might have been Eiffel 65 – “I’m blue da ba di da ba die”. I really hope it was Eminem!
PS: What annoys people about you?
JB: I’m not very good with technology and I’m boss at FIFA!
PS: The last person you spoke to on the phone?
JB: My wife Beki.
PS: What is the best live show you have ever performed at?
JB: So tough that, I’ve had some amazing opportunities. I’d say performing in a township in South Africa – the energy was crazy.
PS: Best TV Show Ever?
PS: What is your favourite sound or noise?
JB: Hard to find sometimes but peace and quiet – I like getting out to the countryside.
PS: If you had to listen to only three recording artists for the next 10 years it would be?
JB: Leonard Cohen, Tupac and Nas.
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