WHO AM I – KOJO FUNDS FT BUGZY MALONE | With the official video, the UK pair travel to the other side of the world and find themselves amongst the Japanese aesthetic.

Kojo Funds is back with a surprise drop for the summer. Bringing along Bugzy Malone for the ride, Kojo's switched up from his usual Afrowave/Afroswing lane to jump on a whipcrack UKG production, evoking So Solid Crew at their most energetic with the influence of Megaman making itself heard in his tongue-twisting delivery.

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Today, the London rapper unveils new single “Who Am I”, and seemingly takes a left turn at every possible junction. The initial curveball is the track itself—a mid-tempo and drum-laden effort, backed by a sharp UKG bounce, a surprise feature from Bugzy Malone further catches us off guard, with the pair showing their chemistry on-screen via a glossy visual shot out in Tokyo.

Since his rise in the last few years, Kojo Funds has been working hard on developing a sound that’s become one of the premier styles of UK Urban Music. As one of the premier architects of the sound that’s been labeled ‘afroswing’ along with the likes of his one-time rival J Hus, Kojo’s career has blossomed to see him go from minor talent to a premier star featuring and releasing many a hit single. However, with his career continuing to develop, Kojo appears to be wary of pigeonholing and has managed to defy any expectations that longtime fans or casual listeners might have for him with his newest single “Who Am I”.

Noisey: Hi Kojo, we’d just started to talk about your family. Growing up, did you ever feel conflicted about which of your cultures you had to ‘represent’ more?
Kojo Funds: Nah man, not at all. Custom House [an east London dockland district] is full of Africans and Caribbeans, and we all know where we’re from. We rep it at parties – you’ll know the African set from the style of dancing they might do when their tune comes on, but that’s it really. Nobody’s dissing the other or anything like that. No way.

Aleading figure on London’s vibrant Afro-swing scene alongside artists such as Not3s and J Hus, Kojo Funds mixes the diasporic sounds of grime, Afrobeats, and road rap together. This blend is evident from the start of his first headline show, as Funds walks on to Fear No One’s glistening trap beat. Dressed in all black, including a Kevlar vest, the only colour on his outfit comes from two gold chains hanging from his neck.

[Verse 1: Kojo Funds]
Smoke weed it’s red eye
You ain’t my ally
You don’t wanna get boxed up like Jedi
When I remember the days of the semi
Niggas cut through sho’, sky like [Beck-I?]
Get your papers, fuck the haters
We don’t par round here with investigators
Pigs and yats, yeah they’re all instigators
Got money on my mind, can’t wait till later (yea-yeah)
Crossing that line, it’s on me
I’ve been hitting the mic, my belly’s hungry
Younger’s hollering me, they wanted B’
Better jump on the train, that ways country (yeah)
Get P’s ya’ na
With the G’s ya’ na
You don’t wanna come and compete ya’ na
Got two in the barrel, that’s peak ya’ na’
And a thick bad B, in the sheets ya’ na

[Chorus: Kojo Funds]
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two

[Verse 2: Bugzy Malone]
Yo
Who am I? Who are you?
Fuck the security, what they gonna do?
Can’t chat to me about moves, I’ve done a few
No cats with me, I’m on job, I’ll make you move
Actually I don’t like the attitude
So I block and delete, find that funny
Run up on me
Think; “Oh man turned famous”, that I don’t keep it with me
Dem man are acting gangster, but you’re not gangster if you’ve been making pennies
These days dem man call me a crank
Cuz I’m making Jason Statham money
Man used to get about on the estate
With a poker, fully auto, or semi
I was on a pedal bike them days
Now I got three whips, everything blacked out fully

[Chorus: Kojo Funds]
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two

 

 

[Bridge: Kojo Funds]
Me nah go play this way
Me and them boy deh’, we ain’t the same
Me nuh’ care ’bout fame
Counting the money, me wan’ get paid
Me nah go play this way
Me and them boy deh’, we ain’t the same
Me nuh’ care ’bout fame
Counting the money, me wan’ get paid

[Chorus: Kojo Funds]
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two
Who am I? Who are you?
Blacked out whip in the night, that’s how we cruise
Big back ting in the back, that’s how we do
Don’t do one any, my nigga, just gimme two

 

 

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