Poet, Wordsmith and rapper, Joshua Luke Smith releases new single ‘Hidden’ with a simple but beautifully shot video by Manoel Bolutife Akure. Known for his mantras to ‘speak into the chaos’ and ‘writing poems for the people’, Smith does exactly that on this brand new, hard-hitting track. Smith says of the track, “’Hidden’ was written in one sitting, the reflective monologue expresses as a stream of consciousness exploring ego, humility and the pursuit of redemption.”
Smith has a particular talent with tackling suffering and hardship yet leaving the listener with optimistic hope. Ever the lyricist with words that pack a punch, Hidden says; “Don’t ever try and fit in / You’ll never have a home outside the body you live in / Look with a blind man’s vision / You’ll see what they’re all missing / There a difference between not dying, surviving / And actually living.”
Joshua Luke Smith is a poet for the people. He uses words to create spaces of hope and freedom, creating from the mandate to ‘Speak Into The Chaos’. Joshua has a unique perspective on the world from both education and experience. Joshua Luke Smith was born in London and raised in an impoverished area of northern Pakistan where his parents were building a hospital. He started writing poetry from a young age to try to make sense of the world around him, and from this moment he got a taste of the power of words, song, reflection and observation. He ultimately settled in Bath, UK where he graduated from Bath Spa University studying Philosophy.
Having been raised around the timeless songs of Cat Stevens, Tracy Chapman and Paul Simon (amongst others) and later becoming a student of poetry and Hip Hop, Joshua seeks tell honest stories and speak authentic truth in the music he makes. He’s been lauded in Complex and featured on BBC 1Xtra and has a TED Talk (watch here) in which he weaves a story of social anxiety, self-analysis, obsession and redemption. He is currently writing his first book.