TUNE GOD KNOWS - Kettle On (feat. Denise Chaila & MuRli) (prod. The Line)
Competing on the world stage is nothing new for Zimbabwean-Irish hip hop MC, God Knows.
He’s showcased at SXSW, made music with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) at People Festival in Berlin and won the Choice Music Prize (Ireland’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize) with his Rusangano Family bandmates.
Yet, his brand of arresting, conscious hip-hop is still branded by many as “Irish hip-hop”. But with major international media like The New York Times, Vice and The Guardian all taking note, “Irish hip-hop”, is creating a groundswell and God Knows is at the helm.
On Friday 28th February, God Knows releases ‘Who’s Asking? EP’ - a four-track EP that will see the title track, produced by FHS founder SertOne, first up for release.
A remix of Who’s Asking features some of the most exciting MCs working in Ireland at the moment - all of whom just happen to hail from the west coast. Who’s Asking Remix features Denise Chaila, Hazey Haze, Citrus Fresh, Gavin DaVinci and Strange Boy Nature. In addition, the EP includes Kettle On (prod. by The Line) and VHS 3:16 (prod. by Naive Ted).
Using his music to break down cultural, racial and geographical barriers is nothing new to God Knows, but this project sees him push those boundaries even further.
He says: “Who’s Asking? is a direct answer to the questions I’m asked all the time about Irish rap. (GK - can you expand on this slightly please? What kind of questions do you get asked about ‘Irish Rap’?) I believe in my county; I believe in my country. Irish music has always punched above its weight on the world’s stage and put its own stamp on popular music - why should rap and hip-hop be any different?
“This EP is just the first volume and it’s being released on my brother SertOne’s label, Fly High Society. He has always been supportive and we share the same beliefs. Look out for more work by us.”