Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cats and Bags”? ”
One evening I was smoking in Amsterdam having just come back from Ghana and ‘Cats and Bags’ just popped into my brain…. it’s a simple hook but catchy! I wrote 1 verse that night, but in Amsterdam at the time, I didn’t have the provisions to professionally record anything so this unfinished song initially ended up as just 1 verse, home recorded in terrible quality and sent to a few friends. It got dope feedback but nothing more really came of it. Not until i returned back to Ghana where i had all these contacts and crazy opportunities to professionally record and progress my music! I finished the writing on a new Ghanaian inspired vibe and the finished, studio recorded ‘Cats and Bags’ came to be!”
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My inspiration was initially from smoking some dank Gorilla Glue in Amsterdam followed by some sweet Ghanaian bush weed in Accra!” “i’d say initially nothing in particular but after the writing became static….Ghana, completely reformed the song for me.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
I ended up on the set of a Ghanaian artists’ music video after the organisers came into the hostel where a friend of mine was staying looking for actors….i decided to go along to see whassup and meet some people…here i met one guy, Koby Cue….he works at a studio and invited me to come down….i’d recorded a few new songs in the previous weeks elsewhere but the night before i was due to fly back to the UK i remembered i had this song, ‘Cats and Bags’ that had been just sat there for months….i took Koby Cue up on his favour and went to record. While the finished song was being mixed, the boss of the studio overheard it and fucked with it. So much that he wanted to shoot a music video over a couple of days but i was visiting England the next morning! so he said…fuck it…lets do it right now, and we just shot the music video then and there in the studio! was dope.
How was the recording and writing process?
I started writing this track a while back in Amsterdam but never finished. It kinda just lay dormant for a while….when i reached Ghana i had new energy to inject into my writing and into this song in particular, you can especially hear the Ghanaian influence through the 2nd verse.
How your upbringing has influenced your music?
All of my experiences, positive and negative, have contributed to me becoming who i am today, and whatever happens tomorrow will contribute to who i am at the end of tomorrow! that’s my brain that’s writing these bars, the same brain thats lived my life, so of course everything and anything that’s happened so far shapes me and therefore impacts on my music at the time. And my character shows through, i put a lot of my character down to my mum, she gave me a lot of freedom growing up and showed me what it means to be a good person.
What role does Ghana play in your writing?
Adey fuck with Ghana oo, learning pidgin has opened up a whole new world of rhyme possibilities, and the more pg i learn the more i can play around with it! in most of my songs there are at least one or two bits of pidgin. In ‘Cats and Bags’ there are even a few words in Twi, a local Ghanaian language.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I’m holding plenty tracks at the moment that i need to lay down in the studio, collectively they may coagulate to become a lil project!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Not at the moment, but i have a new fiyah track, ‘Still Kubii’, dropping soon. It’s grimey and it’s raw.
Any plans to hit the road?
Nah just the bong (for now!)
What else is happening next in Kubii’s world?
Apart from music, out in Ghana we’re trying to progress the local skateboarding scene! promotion, awareness and fundraising to hopefully build the first official skatepark and open the first official skate shop in Accra! check out @skateghang/@skatenationgh on IG and the other ghana skateboarding related pages to follow the scene!