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Curtisy on the Jobstown spots that influenced his new album What Was The Question

Curtisy on the Jobstown spots that influenced his new album What Was The Question

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Ahead of the Dublin rapper’s debut album out Friday, Curtisy shares a new music video for ‘Landmine!’ and shares the places in his hometown of Jobstown that has influenced his life and music.

Premiere: Curtisy – Landmine!

Watch the video shot and directed by Honey JD in and around Jobstown and Tallaght where Curtisy grew up…

Curtisy on the spots in Jobstown that raised him.

Jobstown House 

The local pub, a who’s who of Jobstown pint suppers. I often walked past it as a kid and thought to myself ‘I wanna sit down and drink a couple of things in there when I’m older.’ I always knew I’d want to sit down when I grew up.

Me and the gang only started showing face inside the last few years and we took a liking to the spot but I made a balls of it. They caught Tallaght rapper Curtisy sneaking cans in the smoking area. Who knew they had a camera out there? Sorry John if you’re reading this, I’m better now. I’d love to squash the beef, over a nice can in the smoking area.

Jobstown Applegreen Garage 

I worked in the Applegreen in the heart of Jobstown for the guts of two years, I don’t even know where to start. I’ve seen enough characters to write a thousand stories, children trying to purchase petrol, the most horrible munches. I sometimes miss it. I was definitely kept busy in my own way, but I wasn’t paid to people watch or write raps. I got stung with a couple nicknames over the years (‘Birds Nest’, ‘Garage Boy’, ‘The Rapper’) but it’s love between me and the garage. Top 3 Subways out here!

Corner shop

I don’t even know what to name this spot because it’s had so many makeovers but it’s the corner shop in my estate, previously and most famously known as AJ’s. 45% of my childhood memories are of spending all sorts of money I shouldn’t have been spending on anything shiny or sweet in here. The spot only opens for about 4 months, once a year, with a new name but they’ve been there for cotton mouth Curtisy when he most needed them and that’s what matters. Grape Snapple on top.

The Shed

My room, my home, where the magic goes to get stoned. If these walls could talk they’d tell you to open a window. I’ve seen my friends grow up around me in here, I’ve seen relationships begin, grow and shrivel in this room. Almost all of my album and my discography is recorded in this room, the comfort I feel here can’t be replicated. My friends are good enough to bring their equipment here and let me do my thing in my personal smoke friendly studio. My dog Frodo also lives out here we’re 50/50 on the rent.

Decos corner

Had to put people on with this one.

One night me and the undesirables strayed from the usuals spots and were sitting, sipping, acting unruly at a nice tucked off spot in Jobstown we weren’t too familiar with. We liked this spot, think we hit the jackpot ‘this is the new spot boys, never even liked the stretch’ 

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Not too long later a car pulls up, Jobstown celeb Deco hops out and is as confused as us to see anyone else here. He politely informs us this is Decos corner and this spot isn’t big enough for both of us. I often wonder what could have been if the corner wasn’t already claimed. Sometimes we pop the head in and see what’s happening but you have to respect the lay of the land.

Curtisy: Photo by Orla Neiland.

Curtisy’s debut album What Was The Question is out on Friday May 3rd and you can buy it on vinyl via Bandcamp.

Curtisy’s launch shows:

Sunday May 5th – Workman’s Cellar with Essiray and Ahmed, With Love (before our Indie Sleaze club night)

Tuesday May 7th – The Record Room – Limerick
Sunday May 12th – Lips2Ears present: Curtisy, London with UK artists Nori & Cyclonz
Friday May 24th – Sour Fruits, An Spailpín Fánach Cork with Decarteret, Citrus Fresh, JarJarjr.

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