FIF: Sampha Sisay
He's got "f**k it!" Friday in the bag this week.
HI EVERYONE, so it’s Friday today which means NOT ONLY is it the end of the week (can I get an Amen) but it’s also time for F**k It Friday – a weekly feature by MTV Breaks where we say a big “f**k yeah” to all the heroic people of the world who have just said “f**k it!” (probably) in order to chase their dreams.
Because it’s easy enough to have ideas, but another thing entirely to persevere despite everything that might be holding you back.
So who’s up next in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll… it’s SAMPHA SISAY!
Sampha started off as Grime producer Kid Nova and was first discovered by an artist called Kwes on Myspace in 2007. He went on to have two EPs released, and that’s when he got an email saying that Drake wanted to use his beat. It was a big moment, and Drake still supports Sampha to this day.
Now 28 years old, Sampha has gone from producing to singing, and worked with some of the biggest names in music. He’s featured on songs by Beyoncé, Kanye West, Pharrell, Jessie Ware and Solange, and he’s known for his soulful, emotionally rich style.
But why is Sampha our FIF man of the hour?
Sampha has had to learn a lot about confidence while working with other artists. He was really nervous about expressing his views through his music, and about revealing the deepest darkest parts of himself.
BUT this has all changed. Sampha described how working with Solange on the political A Seat At The Table album taught him to be unafraid of assessing issues of race in his work. He said that because of her he started “assessing (himself) in that context. Being a little more brave in terms of creating a dialogue and not necessarily feeling like what you are saying is perfect. To actually start speaking about it.”
“It’s about being heard, and being that little bit more honest with myself and other people, letting more people in, and feeling like I’m not alone,” he said in an interview for Beats 1 Radio. “And also being confident in my own vision and the way I feel.”
In other words, he said “f**k it!” (probably) and chose to be unashamedly himself in his work, brushing off other peoples’ expectations, and exploring difficult issues that he felt he needed to.
That’s why Sampha is our FIF King this week. Bow down.
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!