Peaky: from public school to underground
Hailing from Ladbroke Grove in West London Peaky made his way to the British Hip-Hop scene’s underbelly via prestigious fee-paying Charterhouse boarding school. Writing his first song at just eleven-years-old to Michael Jackson’s Thriller it wasn't until he was thirteen his current incarnation came into being. It was a scholarship to Charterhouse that introduced him to DJ/Producer and collaborator HAWF (Will Hofbauer) and his career risen ever since. The duo formed urban music collective FRWRDTHNKRS and under that moniker Peaky and HAWF released a ‘FRWRDthnkrs Advent’ project throughout December 2013 up until Christmas; a one-track-per-day flurry of experimental, sonically unusual Hip-Hop tracks. Definitely one of music's new rising talents Peaky’s (aka Pippo Khalwa) life path has created a strong theme of duality, something he says being educated at a school like Charterhouse helped with “it gave me a more balanced perspective on either end of the economic and social spectra”. A fact that bleeds through his lyrics and production style with tracks like ‘Rainbow’, ‘Stuck’ and A Clodhopper favourite: ‘Arigato’ - the leading single of his new EP reached 15,000 views on GRM Daily’s YouTube channel.
With cosigns from the likes of Pharoah Monch, Murs and Complex Magazine’s DoAndroidsDance Soundcloud page Peaky's career seems to be on the 'up' . Despite this, a flick through google will find a curated but unpretentious social media presence with his signature sparse hanging plaits curtained with caps and only occasionally free of even a bandanna. In an interview talking about Lean (the prescription cough syrup and codeine cocktail made popular by America hip hop) he speaks openly about about his previous addiction to codeine after getting hit by a bus, the accident left him hospitalised - occasionally his photos give a glimpse of what I imagine are the accidents lasting marks.
Peaky has also been on two independent tours in California, on which he has performed alongside the likes of Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs N Harmony), Reverie & Devin the Dude and collaborated with artists like Steez76d and Rics Rumble. Now with a new EP dubbed “Vacant” on the way as well as clothing in the works and two new videos closely following Arigato, Peaky, his cap-framed plaits and his duality are on the precipice of a breakthrough.