In an era where conformity finds itself at odds with the desire for innovation, Bas emerges as a trailblazer who defies labels and embraces the spirit of experimentation within Hip-Hop. With an aura of humility and a genuine connection to his audience, Bas paves the way for a new generation of musicians who value authenticity and relatability over artifice.
By being the first ever signee to luminary and close friend J. Cole’s label Dreamville, the Hip-Hop virtuoso stands as a beacon of introspection and musical exploration. Fuelled by innovation and authenticity, Bas’s artistic vision has moulded seamlessly with all the other Dreamville members as he routinely navigates through uncharted waters of sound to reinvent himself and challenge his sonics every time. With a masterful command over his craft and a heart as genuine as his melodies, Bas has carved a niche that exists beyond the conventional confines of genres.
Within our interview, we unearthed the inspirations that fuel his creative fire, the stories that have woven the tapestry of his career, and the aspirations that continue to drive him forward. We leaned into the new sonics of his next album and his recent summer-soaked single ‘Passport Bros’. Stepping into his world, we are invited to witness the interplay of vulnerability and strength, of experimentation and mastery, all converging to create a musical legacy that resonates far beyond the bounds of time. We delved into the heart and mind of a musician who has not only mastered his craft but has also become a harbinger of change in the ever-evolving landscape of music.
Words Shenead Poroosotum
Producer / Creative Director Derrick Odafi
Photographer Guled Hassan
Visual Director Tim Nathan
Director Of Photography Daniel Kelly