Some artists really don’t need an introduction. Jehst, one of the biggest and most influential artists in homegrown Hip Hop, is back with a bang after announcing his new album Billy Green is Dead and has decided to share with us it’s first single, 44th Floor.
Inspired by Gil Scott-Heron’s song of the same name, the ambitious Billy Green is Dead record follows fictional everyman character Billy Green on his solitary journey through an uncaring, individualistic world. Lead track 44th Floor – produced by Zygote of Strange U, aka The Maghreban – comes midway through the records’ narrative arc and finds protagonist Billy at breaking point; “feeling like my life’s a major fail, standing on the platform waiting for British Rail”.
We caught up with Jehst to press him for more information…
“I don’t want to say too much about the album at this point. I’d prefer to let the music speak for itself. But I will say that ’44th Floor’ is pretty much the lynchpin, the centre of gravity that the rest of the album revolves around. So it kind of makes sense to give people that track when they pre-order the album. Because it draws you into the wider narrative, not necessarily the musical direction but the concept – the story of this everyman Billy Green character.”
Billy Green is Dead is Jehst’s first album of original material in 6 years and will be released on 16th June through his YNR Productions imprint. Co-executively produced by Beat Butcha and featuring further production by Paul White and Jehst himself, alongside guest vocals from Eric Biddines, Strange U and mysterious R&B man, Ennio Lion, this really isn’t something you’re going to want to miss. Your can pre-order Billy Green Is Dead here