Kojey Radical, the rapper behind the colossal single Water featuring Mahalia, talks to Cortex in this exclusive backstage interview at Bestival: ‘the most colourful show on earth’.

“I kept having this vision of getting to the gates of heaven... and seeing my boy that I lost at the start of this year.”

One of the UK's most talented prospects in the underground hip hop scene, the 25-year-old covers a plethora of subjects: from his two new single releases '97' and 'Pure' to his own definition of creativity.

Since spring-boarding his career with acclaimed single Open Hand in 2015, Kojey has proved himself a fresh up-and-coming talent with a track record of consistently strong releases.

“A lot of the time I’m listening to people that ain’t even thinking about their first EP let alone their first album.”  

Speaking of his upcoming tour, key influences and future goals & ambitions - Cortex gets behind the success of this rising creative force.   

Kojey talks with no restraint. Check out the inspiring interview above.

Filmed & edited by JAMIE MCMANAMON
Interviewed by BENJI REEVES
Photographs by PETER O'SULLIVAN