xl’s new gen has released a dark and beautiful film starring kojey radical and aj tracey
New Generation is a visual testament to the trials and tribulations facing young black Britain.
Photography Ejiro Dafe
Shot around west London at the start of last year (Grenfell Tower disconcertingly sits on the skyline) by directorial duo The Rest, NEW GEN’s new short film, New Generation comments on the black British experience and its influence and portrayal in music. With narration by Kojey Radical inspired by the NEW GEN album (out now) and appearances by artists affiliated with the XL Records sub-label like AJ Tracey, Jevon, Hacko and Dotty, the moving portrayal was premiered at the TATE Modern last Friday night.
“Working on the NEW GEN film was a cathartic experience,” Kojey told us over email today. “There was such a true sense of open and honest expression on set that made me feel like I was truly part of something special. New Generation is a visual testament to the trials and tribulations facing a young black Britain with a microscope on the details of emotion. I am proud to be a part of something so raw and unapologetic.”