Watch > Episode > Lowkey - Uncensored Truths

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’.


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:summing up.


"Of the People, By the People, For the People"


Subscribe free Or Login to watch the full episode.

We’re always publishing free content, stay up to date.

We take your privacy seriously. We will never sell your information.