Interview: S1 Breaks Down Each Observe On ‘Break up Character’

West London rapper S1’s Break up Character is greater than only a debut undertaking. The 11 tracks on the tape are the top results of a protracted and bumpy street. Within the couple of years constructing as much as his current success, he overcame homelessness and points with the police—and music was the important thing. He sought refuge within the studio. Within the short-term, it was a roof over his head and within the long-term, it was his ticket to a greater life. 

Thematically, the set unites the 2 sides of the S1 coin. On the one hand, there’s the cruddy, tough-talking drill he made his title on and on the opposite, the lighter, melodic rap sounds of his newer output. To bolster that, he introduced in Skengdo and Lil MDot on the drill aspect and Peter Xan and YvDaghost for the rap tracks. The manufacturing, which runs the complete gamut of each sounds, comes from a few of the most licensed names in each rap and drill, together with Chuck, Gibbo, Lock, Chris Wealthy Beats, Pluto, and the mastermind behind Backroad Gee’s Mukta Vs. Mukta, Finn Wigan.

Right here, S1 breaks down each monitor on Break up Character, explaining extra concerning the themes and the way they play into every monitor. Take it in beneath and cop or stream the complete album on iTunes or Spotify.

“How I Really feel”

Boy… ‘How I Really feel’ is a sensitive one for me. Considered one of my favorite tracks I’ve ever made, it’s private for actual. Like, I needed to inform the streets, the folks, the business how I actually really feel. In the course of the interval of constructing it, I used to be going by way of some stuff with folks round me. I felt betrayed and a bit offended, you realize? So I needed to let the folks know. I didn’t write ‘How I Really feel’, I freestyled the entire thing. It’s actual ache, actual points, actual life. You’ll be able to’t write these issues down. Nicely, I can’t anyway. I heard the beat and immediately knew what to speak about.”


“I initially made two variations of ‘Sweeper’: each with totally different hooks, and I used to be caught between the 2. I didn’t know which one to go along with, however I’m pleased with the choice I went with in the long run. This monitor is unquestionably the monitor to get the vibe going; the hook is catchy, and the vibe general is simply chill. And I discuss a few of the actual shit I went by way of once I was on the roads. I do know folks the place I come from have gone by way of and are going by way of quite a bit. I’m attempting to be a task mannequin to the younger ones arising. I’m attempting to inform them the roads are mad, the roads are loopy. You get good and dangerous outcomes from the roads, however extra dangerous than good, and I’m simply attempting to indicate people that irrespective of the place you come from, you can also make it and you may be something you need to be.”

“No Method” f/ Skengdo

“This can be a banger I made a short while again. I truly made it in Holland. Me and Skeng had been out in Amsterdam and we had been with Sosa Millz, a Netherlands producer who’s simply loopy with it! We had been chilling, catching a vibe, and Sosa performed this beat and I simply bear in mind spazzing out, then Skeng spat that hook and I knew we had one thing dope. All of it simply fitted effectively and we bounced proper.”

“No Video games”

“I’m not even gonna lie: I used to be pale once I made ‘No Video games’ [laughs]. I simply bear in mind listening to the beat and buzzing the hook. I saved enjoying round then, out of nowhere, I began catching the vibe neat, freestyling loopy, then I simply jumped within the sales space and wrapped it up. The subject behind this monitor is like, I ain’t right here for no enjoyable, no bullshit, no video games, you realize? I’m right here for the bag and to construct an empire that may’t be destroyed. I’m attempting to go to the very high, however by all means, I’ll do what I’ve acquired to do to remain protected. I discuss my youngen, my lil homie YS1, I’m speaking to the roads and I’m speaking to folks’s souls.”

“She Say”

“There’s loads of capping ass ladies out right here and I like all of them [laughs]. They’re our queens however, generally, they are often evil [laughs]. Particularly once you’re within the line of labor I’m in, a few of these ladies solely rock with you since you’ve acquired clout otherwise you’re ‘somebody’, you realize what I imply? So it’s like, I’m doubting what shawty’s saying, you are feeling me? ‘She Say’ is a slapper, although! 100%. An actual social gathering banger.”

“Rockstar Diva” f/ Peter Xan

“Me and Xan went loopy on this one! Chucks pulled up the beat, then me and Xan simply went again to again, straight off the dome—I didn’t write nothing down. Then Chucks performed about with my voice and it turned what it’s now. I believed I’d attempt one thing totally different with this sound.”


“‘Demon’ was a last-minute addition, however the suitable one. Because of my followers closely requesting ‘the previous S’, the drill S1, to return, I believed it was solely proper to get within the sales space and totally spazz out. Actually like a demon! I had some shit to say, so I let it go. The beat was excellent; massive up Likkledotz on that. I spoke my issues on this monitor, acquired some stuff off my chest, however the primary goal was to ensure my followers know and by no means forgot I’m the King of Drill and at all times shall be! I ain’t left drill, I’m simply getting into different lanes that I do know I can grasp. I’m gonna be again to the drill full-time quickly, however for now, I’ve acquired the wave to grasp.”

“Impress” f/ Lil MDot

“I made this track a very long time in the past. Almost two years now! Me and Lil MDot have been peoples for a minute now, and round two years in the past we linked up at a studio in South London. I remembered I’d finished a freestyle to the beat at dwelling, however I felt like I needed to present Lil M. I believed we’d bounce off one another effectively, we’d be an excellent combine, and I used to be greater than proper. He heard it, I spat a bit one thing and that’s once we each determined to lock it in.”

“Actual Ache”

“‘Actual Ache’ is one other private monitor for me. I put loads of ache and emotion into this track and, dor me, that is one in every of my finest. I simply really feel like you may actually hear my ache, you may really feel the wrestle I went by way of—you may hear it, and that was my purpose. Everybody I’ve performed the monitor to has actually mentioned the identical factor. It’s one in every of them tracks that make you deep life and actually suppose shit by way of, however on the similar time it lifts these going by way of the identical shit as me.”

“Beat It Up” f/ YvDaghost

“Once I heard the beat for ‘Beat It Up’, I knew what I wished to do; I knew how one can work my magic, however I knew I wanted to drag somebody in on the monitor and I had one particular person in thoughts, and that was YV. The man’s a magician! I fucks together with his work the good distance, so it was solely proper. ‘Beat It Up’ is one for them cocky people; them ‘vagina slayers’ [laughs]. Nah, I’m enjoying, but it surely’s one for the mandem and the women. It’s a vibe women can dance to and the mandem can get lit to. It’s an enormous temper!”

“Fairly Little Factor”

“I made ‘PLT’ in Tweeko’s studio in New Cross—it was a mad evening! [Laughs] I had the hook on my thoughts for time, however I simply wanted to seek out the suitable beat. I got here throughout this beat on YouTube and I mentioned, ‘Yeah, I gotta purchase this beat! I want this beat!” I acquired within the sales space, poured a drink and simply acquired with it, spat the hook, got here out, thought concerning the verse, went again in and freestyled the remainder of the track and, shlee, we acquired a banger for the gyal dem!”

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