Che Lingo And Kojey Radical Unite For 'Self-Prescribed Therapy Session' On "Dark Days"

Che Lingo And Kojey Radical Unite For 'Self-Prescribed Therapy Session' On "Dark Days"

September 30, 2020

All the way back in April, South London's Che Lingo made the very welcome announcement that, having signed to Idris Elba's 7Wallace imprint, he'd soon be releasing his new album The Worst Generation (due October 23). A flurry of singles soon followed, including "My Block" and the Ghetts-assisted "Black Ones", and now we have the album's third single, "Dark Days".

Like "Black Ones" and "My Block", "Dark Days" sees Che open up about the heart-breaking realities of the Black experience and this time he's brought along Kojey Radical for his perspective.

Last year it was Margiela / Baby, this year it's therapy, Kojey says as he bursts into the track. It's a dynamic and energetic performance from both rappers, but their fast-talking bars are set in stark contrast against the melancholic flutes and Che's soulful hook. In fact, the entire song is shot through with a world-weary pain that speaks to the continued horrors that haven't let up at all this year.

Speaking about the track, Che said: "This song is a self-prescribed therapy session. Growing up and getting into dating and experiencing things as a young Black male, I realised I had nothing to go on relationship-wise because my household wasn't nuclear. In turn, I think amongst all the good times I probably ended up projecting a lot of my issues and bad traits onto the women I'd dated without realising it at the time because, like most of us, I was winging it for the most part. When they were fiercest supporters of me as a person and an artist. This is an acknowledgment of how much that lack of communication in relationships can affect growth and accountability. It's a sensitive but necessary conversation about the unfairly common pain that our women are left with from our experiences. I couldn't think of anyone better than Kojey to help me convey that message."

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Words: James Keith
Photography: Ian Upton