Hailing from south London and originally from Nigeria Sneakbo is an urban artist attracting a lot of attention. His music fuses Afro-Caribbean elements with hip-hop to create his distinct and original sound where he flits between tales of street life and feel-good party tracks. With that comes the praise of rapper Drake, who continuously cites Sneakbo as his favourite UK artist.
EF caught up with him to ask a few questions about the single and his influences.
How are you today?
I’m fine thank you.
So where does this Q&A find you?
I’m currently in my PR’s office right now. We’ve had a full day of interview’s to promote my upcoming single Sing For Tomorrow.
Tell us about your single ‘Sing For Tomorrow?
It’s out on the 11th June and features L.Marshall. It’s available to pre-order now and basically I’m just talking about what I’ve been through, some of what my friends have been through and my mate who died in a car crash.
You are also working on your debut album. Can you tell us about the ideas behind it?
Basically, it’s going to be a mix between Sing For Tomorrow style and The Wave kinda dancey vibe. There will be something for everyone.
You are working with Parker & James. What can you tell us about the experience?
They’re the ones that made The Wave. When I’m in the studio with them we pull together and interact properly. I enjoy their presence. So when we get music done, I just enjoy it, it’s a good vibe and we enjoy making music together.
How did you first get into music?
At first I was just watching my friends do it, and then from there, one day I just went into the studio, recorded a song and I didn’t think it was really very good but when I let it out on YouTube and it got a lot of views and then from there I just kept going and got all that response.
What is important to you when you’re writing?
Experience. Like talking about stuff I’ve been through and also just being in a quiet place. When I’m on my own that’s when I write more.
What artists inspire you?
Michael Jackson, Tupac… Giggs was the first UK rapper that actually I know from the hood to get somewhere, that just pushed me more thinking that if he could do it, then we all could do it.
You are part of a new wave of urban artists. What is different about your music?
I’ll say, like, the music I was coming with has a Caribbean, dancey feel to it and not a lot of UK artists do that.
When can we see you next live?
I’m headlining at XOYO, London on the 6th July and also I’m at Wireless Festival on the 7th July.
‘Sing For Tomorrow’ featuring L.Marshall will be the next release off this album and is due out on 11th June.