Act­iv­ist, act­or, poet and emcee Sonny Green [Asi­an Dub Foundation/ADF Sound­sys­tem, Chase & Status etc]  released alt rap banger “Your Mum”, pro­duced by Muad’d­ib [Mel­lissa Belle, Bashy, Speech Debelle etc]  for Valentine’s day 2020.

At its heart and des­pite the title, “Your Mum” is a love song whose ten­der­ness and earn­est­ness don’t lie that far from the sur­face.

True to form, Sonny con­tin­ues to pro­voke while wear­ing his heart on his sleeve on this one. And of course, embed­ded in the track is the con­tra­dic­tion between the lyr­ics and Sonny’s very vocal sub­stance user and recov­ery advocacy, as well as being drug and alco­hol free for the past 18 months. As Sonny says, “Sobri­ety was a rad­ic­al action for me”.

Sonny has been an act­ive and voci­fer­ous social cam­paign­er for much of his career, work­ing with dis­ad­vant­aged mem­bers of his com­munity in his homet­own of Southend On Sea and recently team­ing up with and sup­port­ing Josh Cole, award-win­ning film­maker and founder of act­iv­ist group RIze Up whose mis­sion is to engage and encour­age the young and dis­pos­sessed to join the elect­or­al register, use their voices and vote, ahead of last year’s gen­er­al elec­tion. Sonny is also the founder and dir­ect­or of Trouble Tongues CIC — “a com­munity interest com­pany that works with groups of young people teach­ing them how to write and deliv­er per­form­ance poetry, builds their com­mu­nic­a­tion skills, con­fid­ence and resi­li­ence to exploit­a­tion”.

As with most of his videos, “Your Mum” was shot in Southend. The track has a real altern­at­ive, lo-fi vibe — a kind of fusion of 90s acous­tic grunge and Afro­man — with a sick­en­ingly catchy, sin­galong hook and unmis­tak­able UK twang and grimy flows on the verses. Radio friendly yet pro­voc­at­ive and poten­tially con­tro­ver­sial, “Your Mum” is set to be the bed­room anti-anthem of 2020.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.