- Words Colette Fountain
With new single “No Pressure”, NSJ reflects on resilience and his journey so far as he talks about his musical firsts.
Re-defining the London music scene, south London-based NSJ Mali has already taken the underground scene by storm. Despite being only 20, his music is defined by its lyrical maturity, drawing on his experiences with London life and the ambitions of young people. This lyrical talent goes one step further across his Instagram and TikTok accounts with his rap freestyles.
It’s this intricate wordplay and fast-paced rap that has made NSJ Mali such a stand out among the highly talented rap scene, marking him as a trailblazer who continues to push the boundaries of music. Born in Kennington to Jamaican-Nigerian heritage, NSJ Mali raps in “Origins” that he was ‘made in the Hill’, moving between Streatham Hill and Brixton.
This south London sound can be heard across his musical catalogue, including in his new single “No Pressure”. Using dramatic bass and percussion to accompany his fast rap flow, NSJ Mali manages to produce a track that defines him as a new voice in the genre with huge potential. The collaboration with Mugzz shows the best of their talents, adding range to the song and producing a music video which shows that music is at its core fun.
The standout lyric from “No Pressure” captures NSJ’s outlook on his career as he raps: ‘I’ve always been known as a go-getter’. It’s this ambition that stands out as he describes his musical firsts.
First song you ever made?
One of the first songs I ever made was called ‘Reality’ in late 2019, which I ended using as my debut single back in 2020.
First time you fell in love with music?
First CD or record you owned?
First time you realized you wanted to be an artist?
First gig you went to?
First time you faced an obstacle in your career?
First instrument you owned?
First time you felt like giving up?
First time you felt starstruck?
First time you ticked off a bucket list goal?