We really first started paying proper attention to Forktungz when we heard 2014’s “corned beef smoothie”. Featuring deliciously smooth production from youtaro, it’s a creeper of a track that sticks to the brain with it’s lazy piano chords, dull drum thumps, and intricate spoken-word flows. Following this came Christmas present “bob_cratchit“, and the recently dropped “drive-thru“, with each release increasing in quality, slowly defining Forktungz’ unique sound in the UK Hip Hop scene.
Forktungz comprise of emcees Cobez and Pea Whitey (who moonlights as producer Lemzly Dale of label Sector 7 Sounds). We decided to reach out to the Bristol boys to see what the future holds for their project.
1.Tell us a bit about Forktungz – What ends are you from? Who are the members, where did you grow up/ where are you based now?
Sector 7. Still here, holding down the fort. There’s a few of us but It’s pretty much just us two that record. The position is always open if any of our mates decide they wanna spit a hot suttin, even just a 2 bar.. it’s a pretty basic initiation.
2. How old are you + any other interesting personal information –
Pea Whitey – We’re both 23. I’ve got an older brother, he’s got a younger brother. Last time I measured myself I was 5’9″, give or take. I have a habit of disappearing at night. Could go more personal but feel like I’ve already said too much.
Cobez – My ancestor was Thomas O-Beckett, thats my go-to interesting fact. Madness I know.
4. Tell us about the name – where is Forktungz from?
C – It comes from an incident that happened on a school trip to Longleat Safari Park, I’ll let Lemz explain it.
P – I’d rather not.
5. Are there any crews/collectives you’ve worked with in the past and/or work with now?
P – Just Penthouse so far. There’s a bunch of people we’d like to work with eventually, when the time’s right.
C – For those that don’t know (probably everyone) Penthouse is me, Lemz, Arch and Zeen. We got about an albums worth of material that will probably never see the light of day.
6. Give us a basic outline of your journey through music so far – when/how did Forktungz come into being, and what has happened up to this point?
Started in 06/07 for fun, used to freestyle and battle all the time. I remember saying to each other years back that we gotta record at least one track before we both get bored or give up. Took us a while to finally do it, which in hindsight is probably a good thing.
7. Are there any particular MCs/artists from back in the day that particularly inspired you to start spitting?
P – Mainly MCs from early JumpOff days, Scribble Jam, Mind Games etc. Think I wrote my first set of bars after hearing Rhyme Asylum. Actually managed to hold onto them til last year when i found them clearing out my room… flung em in a bonfire swift. No regrets whatsoever.
C – All the freestyle and battle-rap stuff definitely. The first Hip-Hop music I owned was the album ‘Simpsons Sing the Blues’, I bought from the WHSmith at Paddington. Bart had a couple rap tunes on there, which I mesmerised. Found out that Jazzy Jeff and MJ had writing credits on there which is cool.
8. What are Forktungz’ plans for the next year and further? Are there any upcoming projects you want me to shoutout?
Maintain some sort of work rate. Maybe put together a mixtape.
9. If you could work with any UK MC or producer right now that you haven’t already, who would it be?
P – Springa and Prophet.
C – Reginald Omas Mamode, hes a producer and singer – pure fire emojis
10. UK Hip Hop seems to be going through a very healthy patch at the minute – are there any artists nationwide that you’re particularly feeling at the minute?
C – Jesse James, Lee Scott, Strangelove and Gen Uchiha are all killing it. Springa isn’t nationwide but one day he should be.
P – Everyone he mentioned plus Hawk House… and the brother Yung Zeen obviously.
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