As the UK’s grime and dancehall-infused sound gets more and more worldwide exposure, there’s one young rapper making big waves on the scene along with the likes of J Hus, Kojo Funds and MoStack. London artist Not3s is just 20, but the GRM Daily regular has already racked up over 100 Million views on YouTube. Add that to his two top 20 chart singles with hits ‘My Lover’ and ‘Fine Line’ (featuring fellow rising star Mabel) and you’ve got a recipe for huge success. An amazing accolade for an underground artist who’s been releasing music for only two years.
Continuing into his second year as an ellesse ambassador, Not3s gave us exclusive inside access to become part of his team on the ‘Take Not3s’ tour. As we recorded his every move, from live performances to shooting hoops between sets, the Not3s x ellesse documentary was born, giving dedicated fans a rare, behind-the-scenes look into the life of the rising star.
With two minutes on the clock, we caught up with Not3s post-performance before he “jumped in his Addison Lee” to reflect on the tour and discuss his next moves…
So Not3s, you’ve got two minutes! How was the tour and what’s been your favourite city to perform in?
C’mon, that’s a silly question…
You can’t pick London! That’s too easy.
Ahhhh! Erm… that’s a hard question. Probably Leeds. The place was very compact, so we were all crammed in like a tin of sardines. So when I was singing and everyone was singing back, it made the atmosphere in the room crazy. Manchester and Birmingham were great too. But yeah, c’mon, London was special. It was amazing. Michael Dapaah came out and the crowd were so surprised – even I was surprised because I didn’t know he was coming! Also, big up my man who rapped to me outside a restaurant in Manchester when we were filming for the documentary – that takes guts!
If anything, what would you change for the next tour?
I’m gonna make things bigger and better. More props, more stuff to play around with. I’d like to do a London gig on my birthday too, that would be lit. I need flying carpets for Aladdin, an Addison Lee on stage – mad props! We just have to top it. I’d like a basketball court for next tour too, where fans can come and spectate, maybe play a couple songs there and watch me play ball.
Have you got a stunt double lined up for your magic carpet?!
[Laughs] I’m ready, I’m fully on it! You just need to make sure that the strings are secure and that it can move around, ‘cause listen, with performing you’ve gotta make sure you aren’t doing the exact same thing. I’ve gotta work the stage at some point. Or it can bring me in to Aladdin and then stop at the drop – “and we just rollin’…”.
And what about your Addison Lee?
I reckon we should have drivers in the front, but not driving… maybe like reading newspapers printed with ‘Take Not3s’, Not3s Tour and some other slogans or lyrics. Every little detail, regardless of whether all people can see it immediately or not, is important. One person will see it, and that one person will think ‘Rahhh, that’s sick’, and that’s what it’s about, people appreciating those little things. The fact that I even want small stuff like that incorporated shows you how much attention to detail and doing things right really means to me. Oh my days, it’s gonna be nuts!