“Coping explores grief and mourning and the ways in which some young working-class black boys deal with the death of a friend,” he tells Dazed. Having grown up on North Peckham Estate, the same block as Damilola Taylor who died after being attacked when he was 10, death has been a staple feature of his youth. “I knew him and I’ve lost many other friends to youth violence since then. In the video there is a rejection of spirituality as soothing balm for grief in favour of a more immediate and tangible instinctive support system that exists amongst such affected young boys, a system founded on empathy, compassion and honesty.”
The poetry and video was written by Caleb Femi, directed by Netti Hurley, cinematography by Karol Jurga, styling by Nickque and Scored by myself.