Words: Dylan Murphy
Ahead of his debut album, Kojaque pays tribute to his late father and reflects on how far he’s come on an emotive new record. Proceeds from the song will go towards supporting Pieta House.
Today, Dublin rapper Kojaque has shared the new video for ‘No Hands’.
The emotive new cut follows the release of the video for ‘Coming Up‘ and comes after a bumper year for the Soft Boy Records co-founder despite difficult conditions.
Back in 2020, Kojaque debuted ‘Shmelly’ on COLORs and more recently the official video for the track was selected to screen as part of the Playback x VMDIFF programme at Dublin International Film Festival.
Speaking on the new track Kojaque says:
“It’s about growing up. I wrote it on my 21st birthday so it’s a couple years old. I think I was just reminiscing on my childhood, trying to recount old memories. There seems to be a pretty universal feeling when you’re young and that’s wanting to make your parents proud. At least that’s what I remember, searching for approval, wanting that reassurance, the track for me say’s ‘look at me now, look how far I’ve come, imagine what else could happen’.”
“My childhood wasn’t exactly like everyone else’s, at times I really felt like an alien but it was happy, it’s all I knew. We lost my dad to suicide when I was a child. Although the song is about that loss of potential in my dad’s death, I’ve learned to see the potential in my own life. It’s something I’ve very much come to terms with, for me it’s a very hopeful song.”
‘No Hands’ continues his rich vein of form ahead of his much-anticipated debut album.
Watch the video for ‘No Hands’ below:
Proceeds from ‘No Hands’ will go towards supporting Pieta House.