For the first 11 years of my life, like most young boys, I always dreamt about being a professional footballer, and for the next 13 years, and counting, I’ve daydreamed regularly about being a rapper. For me, and for most people, these dreams will always be just that – dreams. But, for Matt Robinson these dreams are his reality – running box to box for Dagenham & Redbridge through the day, then shutting down grime shows as his rap alter-ego Kamakaze during the night.
After seeing Kam at World Headquarters Newcastle back in July, I was eager to chat with the Leicester native to find out how he balances these two very demanding ‘dream’ occupations. I didn’t catch him at the show, but I did catch him a few months later after Dagenham & Redbridge played Gateshead (I’m the cameraman for Gateshead FC).
Despite losing on the day, Matt took the time to talk to me pitch side, giving me an insight into what it’s like to be a professional footballer and successful grime emcee…
Words and Interview by Johnathan Ramsay