From open mic nights to being signed by Idris Elba, Che’s most recent success sees him covers Radio GaGa for Roger Taylor.
South London based rapper gained momentum up the mountain of the music industry after the success of his 2018 EP ,Charisma in which he explores themes of vulnerability, fragile masculinity and the impact of misrepresentation, using his talent to explore the fluid nature of black culture. The seven song story incorporates elements of jazz, hip-hop and 90s soul.
Same energy, featured in this EP, was also used on Netflix’s Top Boy. The use of the song in the crime series, written by Ronan Bennet, lead Che to be discovered and signed by Idris Elba’s record label 7wallace..
Before this well deserved recognition ,his skills were enriched by experiences at youth clubs. These spaces allowed him to expand his understanding of music and the freedom to create without the fear of being scrutinised or navigated to a dead end. His appreciation for eclectic sounds allowed him to cultivate his own distinctive voice with the reassuring edge that echoes others before, making Che’s music a distinctive blend of familiar favourites as well as his own voice.
This is most boldly felt in his single My block which explores injustice toward black people.Lingo describes it as being “about making what you have work for you and being proud of where you’re from, even when you think that might work against you for where you want to be. It’s about walking through adversity with faith and believing you are deserved.”
Although this platform is hosted to support rising musicians and review talent it is also important to publish the failings of our so called justice system. This song was orignialy written for Che’s friend Julian Cole, a sports science student and semi-professional footballer who was left paralysed and brain damaged after being arrested outside a nightclub in Bedford in 2013.Instead of being rushed to hospital Cole was taken to a police station. Officers only relaised he was unresponsive whilst in the back of the van losing crucial time before an ambulance was called.
It was only fitting then that the song became an unintentional anthem for Black Lives matters protests in 2020. These movements, this re-education, this support for black lives and black identity is still very much necessary.
Despite making up just 3% of the British population black people make up 8% of those killed in police custody. The most recent was Chris Kaba who was shot by a yet to be named specialist firearms officer. Kaba ,who was expecting a daughter, was a rapper in drill group 67.It is important that talent is recognised and raised regardless of race, age, gender or class and that violence toward one another is ended.
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Che’s most recent success saw him covering Radio Gaga for Roger Taylor in Abbey Road studios. Challenged with the task of recreating one of the most iconic queen songs in just a day most musicians may be petrubed by the pressure but che flourished. Taking inspiration from the pain of losing his Grandma Monica he sang about how he guided her through his youth.
Che’s intellect, experiences of love and loss make for really powerful wordplay giving radio Gaga a new type of magic for the younger generation to befriend in their teenage nights.
Lingo said he was in awe of Taylor, who had written the original Radio Gaga.Taylor seemed to share the same admiration for Lingo, describing him as a fascinating artist who is deeply committed.
With all this and his song Eyes on the prize featuring in Fifa 2022 his instagram bio will no longer need to tell people how to pronounce his name (It’s Shay) for he will just be known.