Jeshi's 'Universal Credit' Captures The Hastiness Of London Living

Jeshi's 'Universal Credit' Captures The Hastiness Of London Living

May 30, 2022

Planting his flag in 2022, East London rapper Jeshi shares his debut album Universal Credit. Across the 13 tracks, he gives listeners the opportunity to see life through his lens and whips up a flurry of emotions as we journey through the realities of living in the city.

"Protein" with Fredwave and Obongjayar, "Hit By A Train", "Sick", "Generation", "Another Cigarette" and "3210" were the first few tracks that we got to experience, delivering small pieces of the wider narrative revealed on the album. Universal Credit is as vulnerable as it is turbulent with the production borrowing from a range of genres, creating a fitting backdrop for Jeshi's reflections.

Speaking on the album and its title, he explains: "Universal Credit is me taking back two words that often mean embarrassment for people and trying to give a new life to that through my truth. This isn't about trying to be the cool guy or tell you about how perfect life is—this is about really diving to places I haven't been and giving a real, honest portrayal of it all and holding up the mirror to what I see around me; the good, bad, and ugly. If Universal Credit is what the government gives those of us going through a hard time, here’s my flip on that. This is Universal Credit—from me to you."

Words: Blessing Borode
Photography: Francis Plummer