Bashy Primes Us For New Album With "Being Poor Is Expensive"

Bashy Primes Us For New Album With "Being Poor Is Expensive"

July 05, 2024

As the day release day for his new album, Being Poor Is Expensive, approaches (July 12), Bashy shares the LP's title track.

Much like the rest of the album, "Being Poor Is Expensive" is a true West London affair; Bashy spits acrobatic rhymes about the cause and effect of the environment of his Brent and Harlesden upbringing over an exceptional beat courtesy of another PRGRSHN and Toddla T. The producer pairing channel Dennis Brown's classic "Let Me Down", a seminal reggae record that every Jamaican of a certain age will be familiar with.

Speaking on Brown's influence, Bashy shares: "Lover's Rock is my parents' music, always playing in my Dad's red BMW 3 series or as my mum cooked up some Ackee and Saltfish… Dennis Brown's music featured heavily in my childhood home, he has such a unique and special voice. As you hear the intro, it sounds distinctive, sweet and melodic, but then when the track drops, we hear the heaviness of the outside world and are transported to family house parties, weddings, christenings and funerals."

"Being Poor Is Expensive" is a sample of what we'll get next Friday when the full album drops. There's been a 15-year gap between this and Bashy's 2009 debut album, Catch Me If You Can, and this album captures the growth he's made in that time.

Take in "Being Poor Is Expensive" below.

Words: Dwayne Wilks