Pa Salieu is the 22-year-old artist whose latest single Frontline has been blowing up on Twitter. Effortlessly blending African melodies with the raw sound of UK rap, many have commented on the track’s resemblance of early J hus – a debate that the Afroswing pioneer settled on Twitter earlier today. Telling his 369.5k followers: “I messaged Pa Salieu & told him not to watch what ppl are saying, to keep pushing & to be a Militérian. He replied “bro, I was born a Militérian.”.……My brother.”
Turning to music after his close friend was killed, the emerging rapper believes that music is his calling. So far he only has a spattering of singles and freestyles under his belt: the viral single Dem A Lie and two Next Up freestyles. However, with Toddla T, Annie Mac and Tiffany Calver all co-signing the musician on their respective radio shows we’re expecting big things for Pa Salieu in 2020.
Look out for his next mixtape out this summer. For now, check out the visuals below before getting the 100% down-low on Pa Salieu.
10%: Where were you born, where were you raised and where are you now based?
I was born in Slough but moved to Coventry when I was young and I’ve been here ever since.
20%: At what point did you realise you’d be able to do what you love for a living?
I’ve always been into music, but I started taking it seriously when my friend A.P was killed. My friend Ricky took me to a studio run by a guy called Jam. He would give me free studio time and help me make my music. There I met my manager and things have just started to move on quick.
30%: What’s a piece of advice that changed your life?
Hard to say, but maybe to “know myself and forget about anybody else”. It’s important in the sense that, like Frontline for example, I’ve been getting mad comparisons and hella jokes on me with people saying I look and sound like Hus. But I do me, I know what I’m on, and I’m just staying focused on me.
40%: What kind of emotions and experiences influence your work?
My music is a reflection of my environment and my culture like many people out there. Life’s been hard at times, so it will reflect that side of me. Same time you know, my black culture is vibrant and fun, so my music will also reflect that too.
50%: What can you tell us about your next project?
I’m working on a mixtape project which I’m looking to drop like early summer. I’m just trying to make the best waviest mixtape I can do, been a long time coming but it’s soon ready. I’ll probably release a couple more singles before I drop the mixtape it’s just about what as I’m sitting on a lot music.
60%: Break down your typical day at work…
For me a typical day is like studio. I love the studio, like it’s where I’m home. If I’m not there then. I’ll crawl out my bed at like 11am I don’t really have a routine as such, I’ll just chill with some friends and hang out.
70%: What can artists do to help save the world?
I don’t know … can anyone save the planet? Like it’s all messed up. You see the news and it’s always negative, and it’s pure mad people in power. But my way of saving the planet is to try and inspire people. Like there’s a lot of mad things happening, so if I can somehow inspire people to [be] positive, that’s my help to the planet.
80%: Love, Like, Hate?
Love studio, like money, hate liars.
90%: Biggest pet peeve?
When people tell you they gonna come at a time and turn up late.
100%: No.1 holiday destination?