mina rose's new track is inspired by smiley culture

Reminding you of the beauty of a multicultural society, watch the video for Lemons & Limes exclusively here.

by Frankie Dunn
04 September 2017, 2:05pm

There's something about Mina Rose. Clearly inspired by her melting pot upbringing -- she is a descendent of the Gypsy Queen Urania Boswell Lee (for real), and grew up on a soundtrack of house and ska in a notably diverse south London community -- the young musician is a champion of the wealth and beauty in culture clash. The result? Lemons & Limes, a seriously catchy, dub-laden and very British pop tune that just so happens to be Mina's debut single.

With a feature from her neighbour, 'Shishco Bob', the song reminds us to appreciate what's right in front of us, and was influenced by the reggae artist that Roots Manuva once called a "Britrap pioneer", Smiley Culture. Back in 1984, the comedic musician released the very well received Cockney Translation, on which he seamlessly switches between cockney and yardie slang – bridging the gap between cultures. Smiley's untimely death in 2011 was highly publicised, after, during a police search of his home, he died of a single stab wound to the heart that an inquest found to be self-inflicted but many suspected otherwise.

"Lemons and Limes is about feeling that we are moving away from the inclusion that Smiley Culture was talking about in tracks like Cockney Translation," Mina says. "I feel that there are forgotten people and creations that have come from the heart of London that people are now unaware of which can remind us of the beauty of a multicultural society." The tune also comments on how police attitudes towards young people of colour remains the same, over thirty years later.

On that all too real note, we'll leave you with an exclusive first look at the new video from a true talent, as well as an important question she shared on Instagram yesterday: "How many smiles could Smiley Culture culture, if Smiley Culture could culture smiles?"