20 questions with Kobi Onyame

Kobi Onyame

The Glasgow-based rapper takes the test…

Where are you and what’s the weather like?

At home in Glasgow. It was summer earlier on, then winter & now it looks like it’s just meh. Oh wait! The sun just came out. I’ll be back…

What’s your favourite record in the charts?

I couldn’t tell you. I haven’t heard the charts in a very long time but my favourite record right now is “These Walls” by Kendrick Lamar.

What are your favourite films?

Coming to America is probably my favourite film… EVER!

What are your favourite books?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelo changed my life. My mum gave me a Bible when I was 14. I still have it & refer to it for my truth.

What are your favourite TV programmes?

Game of Thrones, The Wire, Entourage, Suits, Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, My Wife & Kids are a few favourites.

What was the first record you bought and where did you buy it from?

First album I ever bought was on cassette. It was Naughty By Nature’s 19 Naughty 3 album. I bought it in a market in Accra, Ghana.

What is your least favourite record that you have made, and why?

I like all my records! I wouldn’t listen to some of my older records now but I liked it at the time I put it out.

Do you believe in God?


What is the strangest story you have read about yourself?

Everything has been pretty on point so far.

Tell us a joke.

Katie Hopkins. The joke is in there somewhere.

Which football team do you support?

Black Stars of Ghana

Do you have any pets?


What’s the worst song lyric of all time?

Ha! Too many!

Who do you consider to be the most overrated musical act of all time?

Probably Vanilla Ice. Never forget Vanilla Ice.

What car do you drive?

I don’t have a car. I do drive though.

Who would you want to play you in the film of your life?

You remember the cartoon Captain Planet? Well, I’d get Kwame from Captain Planet to play me. My film will be animated.

Vinyl, CD, Download or stream?

Stream. I’m an avid Spotify user.

How will you vote in the next election?

Labour or the SNP.

When was the last time you cried?

My brother got married earlier this year. I shed a tear of joy and of sadness as my mother wasn’t alive to see. She would’ve been so happy to see him get married.

What’s the best cover version you have ever heard?

Maxwell’s “This Woman’s Work” is probably just as good or better than Kate Bush. She did the original right? [She did indeed – Ed].

What’s the strangest thing that has ever happened at one of your own gigs?

It was at a festival. A girl tried to reach over the barrier at the front and fell over the barrier flat on her arse. I stopped the show, laughed a bit & asked her if she was ok. She was, so we carried on.

Have you ever been starstruck?

When I met Kanye West.

What is your culinary speciality?

I make a mean Spag Bol!

The Royal Family: should they stay or should they go?

I really don’t pay much attention to the royals.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you like to be?

I’d probably be an Economist at the World Bank.

What were you like at school?

Stood out like a sore thumb! A bit geeky, a bit shy but one hell of a cool guy, ha.

What’s your poison?

I actually have no idea ha

If you could change one law, what would it be?

I’d sum everything into the one – love each other.

Which decade would you have most liked to have lived in?

The 90’s was the best for hip hop. I’m happy I was a teen in the 90’s.

Have you ever seen a ghost?


Kobi Onyame plays BBC Introducing at The Quay in Glasgow on Sunday June 7, alongside Honeyblood, JOnnie Common and United Fruit, amongst others. He Also plays the Solus Tent at Wickerman on July 25.

His new single ‘Imminence (Only Matter Of Time O)’ is released on July 5.

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