Another marquee Irish and international release from last week, was Town’s Dead, the official full-length debut album from Dublin rapper Kojaque.
To mark the release, the Cabra man put out a live performance video of ‘No Hands’, a song about growing up without a father. The performance features a string quartet and was directed by Albert Hooi.
“‘No Hands’ is about growing up. I wrote it on my 21st birthday so it’s a couple years old. I think I was just reminiscing on my childhood, trying to recount old memories. There seems to be a pretty universal feeling when you’re young and that’s wanting to make your parents proud. At least that’s what I remember, searching for approval, wanting that reassurance, the track for me say’s ‘look at me now, look how far I’ve come, imagine what else could happen’. My childhood wasn’t exactly like everyone else’s, at times I really felt like an alien but it was happy, it’s all I knew. We lost my dad to suicide when I was a child. Although the song is about that loss of potential in my dad’s death, I’ve learned to see the potential in my own life. It’s something I’ve very much come to terms with, for me it’s a very hopeful song.”