“Hints of Odd Future and its offspring…Kojaque is not your average rapper.” – i-D
“Dublin’s hip-hop community are making waves right now…an intimate introduction to the world this bold artist inhabits.” – Clash
“Social realist rhymes set to silky hip-hop.” – NME
Dublin hip hop stars on the rise Kojaque and Luka Palm have today dropped their new collaborative project, Green Diesel on Kojaque’s independent imprint Soft Boy Records via Dew Process.
LISTEN TO GREEN DIESEL HERE
Describing how the pair’s ‘Green Diesel’ project came about, Kojaque says, “We started out wanting to make a short project, four tracks or something, but the more we worked together the more the tunes piled up, until we had like 11 tracks together. We kept working on them and finessing them and chose the ones that flowed together the best. The project is all energy, we pushed each other to make it and to get it to a place we’re both really happy with. I think you can see a lot of passion in the project and some bangin’ f*ckin’ tunes.” The mixtape sees production from New Machine (‘Phoenix’), the Soft Boy label’s peers – Kean Kavanagh (‘Date Night,’ ‘Airbnb’ + more), Matt Finnegan (‘Spit Dat Out’) and a special feature from Scottish MC ‘CHLOBOCOP’ on ‘Chew Toy’.
The new record follows on from the release of the killer single ‘Airbnb,’and its hilarious and quirky video, directed by Kojaque himself.
2019 has already been a remarkable one for Kojaque, whose Deli Daydreams project continues to take him far beyond the city of Dublin that inspired it. A conceptual tape based around a week in the life of a Deli worker, the project became the first of its kind to be nominated for the prestigious Choice Music Prize in Ireland (following an outcry from critics and fans alike at its initial eligibility).
Along the way, Kojaque has built an impassioned global audience (all totally DIY): from a rack of sold-out headline shows and worldwide festivals (SXSW, Glastonbury, Longitude, The Great Escape), to being invited to support Slowthai on his upcoming European tour, and Lana Del Rey for her show in Dublin’s 30,000-cap Malahide Castle.
Kojaque was also recently selected for YouTube Music’s ‘Foundry Programme’ alongside the likes of Omar Apollo and Flohio (previously shortlisted artists include Rosalia, Dua Lipa and Dave) as he continues work on his next solo album this year.
Meanwhile, Luka Palm, a fellow member of Soft Boy, is a Swedish-born rapper from Stockholm who grew up in Dublin, and has been a staple of Ireland’s underground hip-hop scene since the release of his track ‘Pink Lady’ in 2015.
Currently a member of Kojaque’s live show and a close collaborator on previous tracks ‘Politiksis’ and ‘Date Night’ , it was a natural process for the duo to collaborate and create a record together..