MC Coco

  • MC Coco
  • 2015-10-29

Sheffield grime MC Coco followed up debut single “Target Practice” with a second tune produced by Toddla T: “Big Bou Yah”. A blend of dub and reggae roots, it’s out now on his label Girls Music. The veteran MC appeared at Notting Hill Carnival on the Toddla T Sound System alongside Sean Paul, Julio Bashmore and Lady Leshurr, he also made his debut on the white isle when he played Ibiza Rocks! We caught up with Coco to find out more about his career so far.

Hip hop was the first genre of music that I played repeatedly.

Tell us bit about yourself - what were you doing before you started making music?
I’ve been making music for a long time now. Since my very early teens I’ve been involved in music.

What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
Hip hop was the first genre of music that I played repeatedly. Various 50 cents tracks that I continually played over and over.

How do you set about writing tunes? Is there a common starting point for all your work?
If there is a concept I write to it, and fortunately I don’t find that too difficult. If there is no concept I use punchlines and play on words to create what im looking for.

What was it like working with Toddla T on “Target Practice” and “Big Bou Yah”? What did you learn from him?
It was a pleasure as always to work with T. He’s a friend and a G. He taught me to remain humble.

Tell us about “Big Bou Yah”. What’s the tune about?
Toddla sent me over the beat. The hook spoke for itself. Had a really good time creating the track with T. I think we did well yeah?

And how did you approach the concept for the video?
I just wanted to create an organic video to showcase my hometime Sheffield and all my mates.

I just wanted to create an organic video to showcase my hometime Sheffield and all my mates.

Complex UK named you as one of “15 Grime MC’s Outside Of London That You Need To Know Today”. How important is that accolade?
Its important to me that a site that Complex which is read by a lot of people have recognised me. Still grinning at the article.

What is the grime scene like in Sheffield compared to London?
It’s hungrier in Sheffield, nowt is on a plate. Rather than begging for acceptance we are kicking down the doors instead!

If your music was a person, how would you describe their personality and where would they live?
Excellant and inside you!

Do you have any pre-set rituals?
Walk around, go to the toilet, get rid of the nerves and keep going over my lyrics.

What are your top three “must haves” while you’re on tour?
Music, iPhone and charger.

What have you been listening to this year? Can you give us a top three records of 2015 so far?
Listening to loads of solid music at the moment. Not up for top three’s, they are forever changing!

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
Early 2012. Always believe in yourself.

Finally, what’s coming up at the end of 2015 and into 2016?
Keep making great music and trying to get noticed. Keep busy!

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