The Skinny On... Bemz

Jubemi Iyiku, the Glasgow-based Ayrshire rapper who performs under the moniker Bemz, takes on our Q&A this month ahead of his headline show at SWG3's Poetry Club

Feature by Jubemi Iyiku | 09 Sep 2021
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What’s your favourite place to visit?
Right now I enjoy Queen’s Park. I take my daughter there a lot and it just feels special now. We both love it. 

What’s your favourite colour? 
Green, the colour of the flag of my motherland. 

Who was your hero growing up? 
My older brothers. They always had the best things and I inspired to be like them. 

Whose work inspires you now? 
Dave and Ghetts, simply because of how they put their emotions on a beat and make it work so well. 

What’s your favourite meal to cook at home? 
Cooking? What’s that? If I had to say though, I make the meanest spag bol this side of the world. 

What three people would you invite to a dinner party? 
This is a tough one. I’d invite Drake, Ange Postecoglou, and Tallah just so she can bring some sprinkle cake and custard. 

Apart from your upcoming EP, M4, which other releases are you most looking forward to coming out this year? 
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J Hus.

What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen?
Sharknado. So bad but soooooooo good.

How have you stayed inspired during the multiple lockdowns and various restrictions that have been in place for the past 18 months?
My main inspiration has been my daughter. Seeing her smile and all that has been the light in this dark time for me. 

What book(s) would you read if you got the ping alert to your phone and found out you had to self-isolate for the next ten days?
So this is my reality right now and I am reading Happy Sexy Millionaire [by Steven Bartlett]. Mainly just to work on my perspective in life.

Who’s the worst?
People are the worst.

When did you last cry?
Is it crying if you’re in a shower? Asking for a friend x

What are you most scared of?
Not accomplishing what I’ve set out to in my life, because this means I failed. 

When did you last vomit?
This, I can’t really remember, but my guess would be that it was because of one too many pints.

Tell us a secret? 
Then it wouldn’t be a secret lol, but here’s one. Me and heights don’t mix.

Which celebrity could you take in a fight?
Neil Francis Lennon, silly man.

If you could be reincarnated as an animal which animal would it be and why?
A honey badger. Hard and mental wee things with no care of what anyone thinks of them.

Since the return of live music this year, you've played a handful of shows. What's been your favourite moment so far?
Playing the Edinburgh Fringe. That was special and I will always remember it. 

Bemz plays The Poetry Club, SWG3, Glasgow, 23 Sep; his new EP, M4, is set for release on 24 Sep
Follow Bemz on Instagram and Twitter at @bigbemz1