In this weeks ‘5 Questions With’, we linked up with Keedo, a fast-rising MC and producer who has had made his mark on the UK hip-hop and grime scene over the last decade. Having worked with some of Grime’s greats like Akala, Wiley and JME, he has honed his skills to a whole new level, all of which are on show in his latest track “Respeck Me”.
Growing up, who were your biggest creative influences? What music was playing around the house as a kid?
There’s so many but if I had to name a few I’d say Jay-Z & Kanye West. The way Jay-Z effortlessly puts his words together and paints pictures is incredible and always inspired me to tell my own story in a similar way. Kanye was different, he’s a mastermind in my eyes. His production has always been soulful which always touched me as I had a deep connection with soul music. He was also one of the first rappers to live his honest truths I feel and made us feel like it’s ok not to portray a tough guy image.
What element of creating music do you find more challenging producing or writing lyrics? Which do you spend more time doing?
I’d definitely say producing. I can be quite impatient at times and producing takes a lot of patience as you’re relying on the response of a machine as opposed to just ideas in the brain. When it comes to lyrics, I can put them together in my head and just go lol.
Your latest single ‘Respeck Me’ is a mad tune that shows your crazy ability to glide over a beat. How did this track come about and does it give us a taste of what’s to come? Do you feel like you have found your sound?
Thank you!!! Respeck Me came about just after the first lockdown and I wanted to record something that represented how I felt at that particular time. I hadn’t released music for some time so it was me demanding my respect in a sense.
You have worked with some greats like JME, Akala & Miss Dynamite but what is your favourite memory in music so far and why?
Honestly, I’ve been blessed with quite a few great moments in my career. However, I’d have to say being 16 and going to my first real studio session with DavinChe & my brother Perempay. This showed me there’s so much that goes into being an artist and I took every bit of guidance and advice from that session and apply it all now.
I gotta grab your desert island disks, so if you had to choose 3 albums and one book to get you through the rest of your life, what are you picking?
Ooh this one always gets me haha! Ok, I need to take ‘The Blueprint’ by Jay-Z, Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ & ‘Can’t Stop A Man’ by Beres Hammond. Between these Three think I’ll be alright.
In terms of books I’d need some motivation so I’d take ‘Hustle Harder Hustle Smarter’ by 50 Cent. It’s a great read and has so many gems in it.