Sonny Green –Grenade

Written by Matteo Sedazzari
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A few years ago, I had the pleasure of working with and interviewing Sonny Green, a smartly dressed wordsmith hailing from Southend, who is sharp with swagger, and a cheeky smile.

By the time he had left school Sonny Green was a seasoned MC from the UK, the Hip Hop and Rap scene, performing under the name as Grime MC. By the age of 15 he had recorded and put out 2 albums.

My first encounter with Sonny Green was on YouTube, a fresh-faced kid performing his self-penned poem, Spread It, with Southend Train Station in the background. He was raw, vibrant, lively, and engaging, a talented and natural performer with the knack to express his emotions, concerns and desires in a poetic manner. I just had to interview him for ZANI.

At the time, I compared Sonny Green to the Reggae Poet, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and the Bard of Salford, John Cooper Clarke, with the soul of Giles Scott Heron and the forefathers of Hip Hop, The Last Poets. Moreover, I still do.

During the time I was interviewing Sonny Green, I was also speaking to a few more up and coming artists. Therefore, I thought it would be fitting for ZANI to showcase these talented people. So, for about 3 years, ZANI did gigs every 3 to 4 months, ZANI’s Diogenes Club at The Spice of Life Pub Soho, London W1. Sonny Green appeared on the opening night. With no music, just him and the microphone, he performed with attitude and sincerity, using the tonality and speed of his voice to perfection. Rapidly punching out words, then pausing, followed by a whisper, then working himself into a poetic crescendo, then a sudden stop, silence. 100 percent Rhythm and Poetry… RAP.

Since my first meeting with Sonny Green, he has appeared in several feature films, (Still, Meadow Lane), was a recurring character in a soap opera, (River City), supported Fat Boy Slim, Pete Doherty, Secret Cinema, Asian Dub Foundation, Alabama 3, and a few more. Appeared at Festivals, such as Reading and Leeds, a campaigner against knife crime, stood for council in his home town of Southend in 2019, runs a spoken word night in Dalston, East London; Trouble Tongues, which, like all venues and events, is currently affected by the lockdown. Sonny Green is still recording, and recently became a father which, I bet, is his favourite role.

Last month saw the release of his latest single Grenade, which is an explosive tune, please excuse the pun. A riff style bouncing bassline opens the song, as Sonny’s triumphant voice comes in, like a declaration of war, it moves along with rhythm and purpose, then goes into an Eminem-esque chorus, which gives Grenade a true hip hop vibe. The attitude and style of Grenade is a mixture of Hip Hop and Punk, and Punk legend & Buzzcocks Steve Diggle, says of Sonny, ‘the next Johnny Rotten.’, I get that.

Grenade is a real yin and yan of music, and I mean that as a huge compliment, for it is angry yet soulful, states despair yet offers hope, classic dark yet light. Not only do I love Grenade, but I also love Sonny Green’s attire in the video, acting like a baby faced assassin in a smart waistcoat, loud tie, nice white shirt and smart dark trousers, a pool room hustler with a tad of Mod….


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