Rapper Jeshi is on the money with his raw and relatable album Universal Credit.
‘The inspiration behind the record was, essentially, me sitting at home, very broke, and thinking a lot about the idea of being on universal credit, and the conception that people have of people on benefits,’ he told Guilty Pleasures.
‘Through my life, it’s something that’s been shunned and looked down on.
‘People don’t take the time to understand people’s situations, they’re quick to bash them.
‘It’s weird but the pandemic changed all that. Suddenly, everyone’s on benefits and it was looked at completely different.’
The east Londoner added the LP – a deluxe version of which is out now – really struck a chord in the cost of living crisis.
‘When I started making the album, the name of it wasn’t even a thing. Maybe it’s a bit of fate, or whatever,’ he pondered.
‘The timing was good, I think, to have something in the world that was directly illuminating that situation.’
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