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Lowkey – Uncensored Truths

Lowkey is a London-based, hip-hop artist, poet, political activist, and one of the most requested guest’s from the London Real audience.

Born to an Iraqi mother and a British father, he began rapping at 12 years old and soon after, released mixtapes which gained critical acclaim for their politically charged lyrics and smooth flow.

He would go on to play Glastonbury, be featured on the BBC, and become well known for his political activism.

He then took a 4 year hiatus, completely removing himself from music, in order to focus on his education.

In 2016, Lowkey returned to the scene by dropping tracks addressing the European refugee crisis with the song titled ‘Ahmed’, followed with songs such as ‘Children of Diaspora’, ‘Death of Neoliberalism’, ‘Lords of War, ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’ after the the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in June 2017, that killed 71 people right across the street from his home in West London.

Lowkey also returned to the music scene by doing ‘200 bars’ on SBTV, alongside the most anticipated ‘Fire In The Booth Part 2′ on ‘Charlie Sloth’s BBC 1Xtra radio show’.

Chapters:
00:00 Trailer.
03:19 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:57 Brian’s introduction.
06:40 The value to society of sharing vulnerability and developing the art of listening.
08:39 Grenfell 2017 was a tragedy of regulatory bodies that were penetrated by captains of industry.
26:03 Why Lowkey wrote Ghosts of Grenfell song.
30:37 Why he was not in the Ghosts of Grenfell video.
32:20 His view on Royal Family visits to Grenfell Tower.
34:03 The political and economic effects of the 1970’s reinterpretation of neoliberalism.
37:24 Recognising the way power operates over human beings.
41:43 Rather than being a sycophant poet or a court poet, how he sees his role as a poet.
42:12 What the 17-year old Lowkey was like.
45:30 Why he chose the name Lowkey.
48:27 Growing up with mixed race parentage he is cognisant of England’s historic hybridity.
51:45 Early recognition of what reading could cultivate in him.
52:59 What growing up during the Gulf War taught him and made him question.
56:24 Early hip hop influences and why he no longer listens to it.
1:00:00 His mixtape period when his actions were a slave to his ego.
1:01:52 What motivates him to organise movements for change.
1:06:46 Dear Listener album was again an egoic move.
1:07:37 Why he is interested and active in Palestine visiting the open-air prison that is the Gaza Strip.
1:13:29 Detention at Ben Gurion Airport illustrated dismissive regard for influence of poetry or music.
1:17:17 Does he hate Israelis?
1:24:37 Causes of violence of the violated, which may be self-flagellation or narcissism.
1:26:53 The fatalistic determinism of the other-some of Israelis.
1:29:21 What was Brian’s interpretation of the health of Israeli society?
1:36:09 Donald Trump’s decision to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem is another imbecilic decision.
1:44:58 Why the British Police raided Lowkey’s home.
1:47:44 Mental health in males, where harming influences for men come from.
1:52:50 The experiences of his musical career in 2010-12 and touring with Immortal Technique.
1:57:37 What Lowkey learnt from Akala about time and what it is to be an activist.
2:03:30 Governments are watching all of us.
2:06:08 People’s need to display nationalism through national flags etc.
2:08:21 Why Lowkey left the music scene and turned off Facebook.
2:13:20 Attending SOAS.
2:18:01 What he loves about being a student and his advice to young people.
2:19:18 Why he thinks the goal of a PhD will be such a luxury and how he might use his new-found knowledge.
2:22:17 Experiences in Calais refugee camp led to his releasing Ahmed in 2016.
2:28:15 Fire in the Booth participation.
2:32:52 Lowkey’s big dream of something he would like to do in the future.
2:37:40 What religion means to Lowkey, questioning religious extremism is synonymous with terrorism assumption.
2:56:15 His frustration in trying to explain the whole world historical context in which terrorism is created.
3:02:50 Dan Pena is a victim of a society which is obnoxious in its ideality of wealth.
3:06:30 The process of thinking about meaning is as anguished as making music.
3:07:00 What keeps him awake at night.
3:07:16 What we would be surprised to learn about Lowkey.
3:07:48 What scares him.
3:08:26 What his friends might say is his super power.
3:08:49 Will he be a poet for the rest of his life?
3:09:04 When was the last time he changed his time?
3:10:03 Phone call to the 20-year old Lowkey.
3:11:07 Best advice he ever received.
3:11:43 Success secrets.
3:13;31 Brian’s summing up.
3:16:00 People’s need for conspiracy theories around events which they find hard to process.
3:21:24 Brian wraps up the interview.

Notes:
Lowkey on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/Lowkeytour/
Lowkey on Twitter
https://twitter.com/llowkeyofficial
Lowkey on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/kareemdennis/?hl=en
Lowkey on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowkey

Topics discussed:
Grenfell Tower fire
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenfell_Tower_fire
Celotex
https://www.celotex.co.uk/
City of Westminster
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Westminster
Westminster City Council
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_City_Council
Rockwool
http://www.rockwool.co.uk/
Ladbroke Grove
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladbroke_Grove
Frestonia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frestonia
Notting Hill Carnival
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notting_Hill_Carnival
Murder of Kelso Colchrane
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kelso_Cochrane
History of Antigua & Barbuda
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Antigua_and_Barbuda
Mangrove Nine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangrove_nine
Ghosts of Grenfell video
https://www.facebook.com/Lowkeytour/videos/10150820224974982/
Ghosts of Grenfell lyrics by Lowkey
https://genius.com/Lowkey-ghosts-of-grenfell-lyrics
Corporate Manslaughter in English Law
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_manslaughter_in_English_law
Neoliberalism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund
Keynesian Economics
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keynesian_economics
New Deal and President Roosevelt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Deal
Carillion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carillion
BAE Systems
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAE_Systems
The Waste Land by TS Elliot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waste_Land
Ahmed lyrics
https://genius.com/Lowkey-ahmed-lyrics
Gulf War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
The Putney Debates
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putney_Debates
Peterloo Massacre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre
Chartism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartism
Tolpuddle Martyrs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolpuddle_Martyrs
Suffrage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffrage
Azerbaijan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azerbaijan
Dear Listener album
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dear_Listener
Palestine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine
Gaza Strip
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip
State of Israel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel
West Bank
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank
Song for John Sinclair by John Lennon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZJLInCgem8
List of Israeli Assassinations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_assassinations
Returning of Haifa
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Returning-Haifa-Ghassan-Kanafani/dp/9963610919
History of Zionism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Zionism
Sassoon family
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sassoon_family
Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection (documentary)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forget_Baghdad:_Jews_and_Arabs_%E2%80%93_The_Iraqi_Connection
Narcissus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissus_(mythology)
The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival by Sir John Glubb (article)
https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-2F_iHS6BLtGJb2ad/TheFateofEmpiresbySirJohnGlubb_djvu.txt
North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership
2010 United Kingdom Student Protests
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_United_Kingdom_student_protests
On Children by Kahlil Gibran
http://www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html
Immortal Technique
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortal_Technique
Something for Nothing: The Art of Rap (documentary)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Something_from_Nothing:_The_Art_of_Rap
Dave Morrison and Helen Steele libel case
http://www.ethicalcorp.com/supply-chains/mclibel-reputation-damage-writ-large
SOAS, University of London
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOAS,_University_of_London
Ahmed
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNqum-_5RhY
Fire in the Booth
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhrYQrLBiTQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elFWRsYn1SU
Curse of Ham
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curse_of_Ham
Taiping Rebellion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiping_Rebellion
Constantine the Great and Christianity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constantine_the_Great_and_Christianity
Dying to Win by Robert Pape
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_to_Win
Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam by Mark Curtis
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Affairs-Britains-Collusion-Radical/dp/1846687640
Peter Oborne article in Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4546934/PETER-OBORNE-MI6-share-blame-jihadis.html
Floating Man
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floating_man
Klu Klax Klan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ku_Klux_Klan
The Strange Death of David Kelly by Norman Baker
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Death-David-Kelly/dp/1842752170

People mentioned in this episode:
Sajid Javid
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sajid_Javid
John Christie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Christie_(murderer)
Oswald Mosley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley
David Lammy
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lammy
Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_and_Chelsea_TMO
Jimmy Carter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter
James Callaghan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Callaghan
Philip Green
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Green
Dwight D Eisenhower
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_D._Eisenhower
Gilgamesh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilgamesh
Confucius
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confucius
Offa of Mercia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offa_of_Mercia
Ice Cube
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Cube
Ice-T
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice-T
Dr Dre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Dre
Nas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nas
Ali Vegas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Vegas
John Lennon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lennon
John Sinclair (poet)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sinclair_(poet)
Ghassan Kanafani
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghassan_Kanafani
Nebuchadnezzar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebuchadnezzar_II
Pinhas Lavon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinhas_Lavon
Ido Portal
https://londonreal.tv/e/ido-portal-just-move-documentary-full-movie/
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
John Glubb
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bagot_Glubb
Moazzam Begg
https://londonreal.tv/e/moazzam-begg/
Akala
https://londonreal.tv/e/akala-knowledge-is-power/
Anthony Anaxagorou
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Anaxagorou
Rachel Corrie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Corrie
Ahmed Ali
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Ali_(writer)
Rafeef Ziadah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafeef_Ziadah
Glenn Greenwald
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Greenwald
Tim Berners-Lee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee
Paul Robeson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Robeson
Ivan Van Sertima
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Van_Sertima
Walter Rodney
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Rodney
Enoch Powell
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enoch_Powell
Charlie Sloth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Sloth
William Tyndale
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyndale
Robert Pape
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pape
Donald Rumsfeld
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Rumsfeld
Martin Luther King Jr
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr.
Mark Gonzales
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Gonzales
Dan Pena
https://londonreal.tv/e/dan-pena-the-50-billion-dollar-man-full-movie/
Kevin Kelly
https://londonreal.tv/e/kevin-kelly-the-inevitable/
bell hooks
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_hooks
John Joseph
https://londonreal.tv/e/john-joseph/
David Kelly
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kelly_(weapons_expert)

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Lewis
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Every 15 mins my video closes saying episode protection??

Matthew
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I really like LowKey, although i feel he is working through some serious trust issues with life. But i love how open he is about his point of view because he can enrich us all with his knowledge of history. Most people don’t know anything about history. Terence Mckenna said learning your history is a must if you want to make your mark in this world which i’m sure LowKey will continue to do.

Ramskee925
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Ramskee925

I’ve heard the name Lowkey here and there and i somehow knew it was associated with hip-hop. Man this interview is top 5 of all LR interviews I’ve seen. Lowkey is super smart and caring for all humanity. I hope one day we can have more people like this in the world. Thanks Bryan and team LR.

Opinder Chaggar
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Love this guy, seen him twice and met him after the show very humble. Can’t wait to meet him again in June!

kisseka862
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kisseka862

What’s the name of the soundtrack used at the end of the clips please. It’s such a thought provoking score.

furyd128
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furyd128

Deep, Powerful, Thought Provoking and Engaging..
Excellent interview

RealTalk
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RealTalk

He said main export of USA is Hoolywood after arms? He forgot tech, oil, cars!

Jakob
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So after all that, this is what you cling to? Says allot.

Rantoman89549
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Rantoman89549

Porn

symesfrankie684
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symesfrankie684

he said the military industrial complex didnt he?

Michael
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I’m struggling with this video it’s constantly freezing. Are there audio / podcast versions available?

Rantoman89549
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Rantoman89549

Me2 need audio only plz Michael!!

reponwork714
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reponwork714

Lowkey is absolutely amazing

Stephen Ward
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I love London Real because it exposes me to people I wouldn’t normally consider listening to. I now make a point of listening to every interview, even when it’s with someone I think I’ll disagree with. Got to say that Lowkey is far and away one of the most impressive human beings I’ve heard speak to date. I really hope his message gets out far and wide, get this guy speaking in schools! These are messages that should be changing the world. This is one of a handful of interviews that I will be coming back to again and again.… Read more »

stattert
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stattert

great, great guest. so clear sighted. wish him all the best.

his knowledge and understanding of neo-liberalism and pwoer structures should make every ‘progresive’ Guardian ‘journalist’ totally ashamed

stattert
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stattert

great, great guest. so clear sighted. wish him all the best

Nahid
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this interviewer is a zionist.

abilicious
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abilicious

Great interview with an uber cool, inspiring guy. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation. Thanks!

Moazzam
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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brian just a week or so before this and I also had the pleasure of meeting ‘Lowkey’ a couple of weeks ago for the first time. What a thoughtful, deep, intelligent, reflective and humble man. Thank you, Brian and London Real for opening up new worlds, people and ideas in this way.

Saman Tabai
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Thank you for your kind words Moazzam! It was a pleasure to have you on our show and thank you for allowing us to have you on.

Cai
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Embarresed I didnt know this man before. Just the first rap line HIT me full power.

“SINCE I WAS A SMALL LITTLE BOY
I AM A PRODUCT OF THE SYSTEM
I WAS BORN TO DESTROY”

i am only 6:32 minutes in … where it looks to me like he’s fighting with tears …

I am 111% linked!

Fasal
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Brian you out did yourself this time. This man is a true genius and a inspiration! Glad to see him back

Maria
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Maria

We are glad you loved the episode! 🙂

Carl
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Is there only video? No audio on the podcast app.

Julian
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Audio drops on Sunday at 10am London time!

Rantoman89549
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Rantoman89549

Where?

Rantoman89549
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Rantoman89549

How do. I get YT???

Doug
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Lowkey is absolute class!! This interview is brilliant, so good! Thank you LondonReal!

Kamran
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Why can’t I watch this…

Jenny Mayola
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Jenny Mayola

Are you trying to watch on your mobile? Have you tried using a different browser? If you’re having further issues, please don’t hesitate to ask help from the live chat feature. 🙂

Rantoman89549
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Rantoman89549

Okey