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  • Writer's pictureHarriett Dolphin

KOJAQUE UNMASKS THE SOUL OF IRISH RAP WITHIN "PHANTOM OF THE AFTERS"


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Irish rap sensation Kojaque is back with an incredible new album, "PHANTOM OF THE AFTERS," released on his very own Soft Boy Records.

This project is a sonic masterpiece that features the latest single, 'WOOF' (featuring Biig Piig), and brand new track, 'WHAT IF?' (featuring Charlotte Dos Santos), and more from this Irish innovator. As he takes the album on the road with his UK and European headline tour, 'A NIGHT AT THE OPERA,' it's clear that Kojaque is poised to leave an indelible mark on the world of music.


"PHANTOM OF THE AFTERS" marks a new era in Kojaque's career, showcasing one of this generation's most unique talents, as he combines songs that are both cocksure and contemplative, brutally honest yet refreshingly myth-making. In a uniquely audio-visual style, the album weaves together the journey of its central character, Jackie Dandelion, from Dublin to London, with more profound questions about immigrant identity, homesickness, cultural stereotypes, and the reconciliation of self.


What sets this album apart is its willingness to be vulnerable, even grotesque at times. This spirit is captured in the iconic artwork, which subverts the bigoted depictions of Irish caricatures in 19th and 20th-century Punch Magazine cartoons, revealing a Phantom of the Opera who removes not only the distorted masks but also his own.

Kojaque's creative output has consistently remained uncompromising, even as the rest of the world began to acknowledge Irish art. His debut album, "Town's Dead," examined topics ranging from gentrification, masculinity, and mental health to a complex love triangle unfolding on New Year's Eve, all held together by his multi-hyphenate approach.


With landmark projects like these, Kojaque has reshaped the rap landscape and Irish culture. "PHANTOM OF THE AFTERS" continues this journey, leaving us with a sense that he's just getting started.


This Irish innovator is a force to be reckoned with, and his music is a testament to the power of artistry, storytelling, and a unique perspective in the world of music.



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