(LONDON, U.K., FRIDAY 12 MARCH 2021) As the biggest-selling U.K. breakthrough of 2020 with his debut LP Dissimulation and scoring seven Top 10 singles including collaborations with Rick Ross, Trippie Redd and Tion Wayne, alongside hits with Craig David and Anne-Marie, KSI – Olajide ‘JJ’ Olatunji today releases new single “Patience” featuring multi-award-winning YUNGBLUD and American rapper Polo G. The new single is available on all streaming platforms via BMG. Listen to “Patience” featuring YUNGBLUD & Polo G [HERE].
“With the energy of YUNGBLUD and the style of Polo G, I bring to you another banger for people to enjoy”, says KSI. “The song is called Patience and it’s very fitting for everything we are going through right now and what we’ve all been experiencing collectively during this lockdown. I’m so incredibly proud to have YUNGBLUD and Polo G on this record with me. I knew that I wanted to collaborate with YUNGBLUD when I watched him perform for the first time at last year’s NME Awards. Together with Polo G, we’ve created an absolute smash and cannot wait until we’re able to perform it live together on stage, it’s going to be special,” he adds.
YUNGBLUD says: “KSI is an artist who came into music from a non-traditional route. Something I relate to a lot! He had something to say when no one would listen, and he ended up speaking and connecting to millions of people and they spoke back. That ideology is exactly what YUNGBLUD is about. Of course, we were going to work together in some shape or form. He has become a really close friend of mine and my favourite thing in the world is to make music with my friends. Having Polo on it is an absolute honour, he’s a true fucking punk, his individuality shines and I am a massive fan. This song is about needing time to process what is going on around you, about needing a second to just exist and be. You don’t have to know what’s next, just try and be present every day. I think this is a message we can all relate to right now.”
With Polo G’s dulcet tones, KSI lends his flawless vocals to YUNGBLUD’s epic production. Signalling a spiritual rebirth, the official video that accompanies the track, coming soon is timely and “with a little bit of patience”, promises to see us through the darkest of times. MTV UK were given unprecedented access to the music video shoot and you can watch their exclusive behind the scenes shoot on their YouTube channel from Saturday 13 March at 2pm [HERE].
To coincide with the release of his latest single, KSI is VIPER Magazine’s latest cover star. You can read the full interview in their Spring 2021 Style issue from 3pm [HERE]. Previous cover stars include 6LACK, Saint Jhn, 21 Savage, Mr Eazi, Kali Uchis and Pa Salieu.
KSI also today announces that his highly anticipated sold-out U.K. tour is to be rescheduled to October 2021. The tour will now kick off on 1 October 2021 in Glasgow with 14 dates scheduled throughout the U.K. including Newcastle, Hull, Birmingham and Bournemouth with a new final show in Dublin, Ireland on 17 October. Additional dates in new cities have also been added to the schedule including Brighton, Oxford and Liverpool. See below for the current full schedule.
Rescheduled & New* 2021 U.K. & Ireland Tour Dates
01 October 2021 Glasgow, U.K. The Garage
02 October 2021 Newcastle, U.K. Riverside
03 October 2021 Hull, U.K. Asylum
05 October 2021 Birmingham, U.K. O2 Institute
06 October 2021 Bournemouth, U.K. Old Fire Station
07 October 2021 Bristol, U.K. SWX 08 October 2021 Brighton, U.K. Concorde 2*
10 October 2021 Norwich, U.K. Waterfront
11 October 2021 Cambridge, U.K. Junction
12 October 2021 Manchester, U.K. Academy 2
13 October 2021 London, U.K. O2 Kentish Town Forum 15 October 2021 Oxford, U.K. O2 Academy* 16 October 2021 Liverpool, U.K. Hangar 34* 17 October 2021 Dublin, Ireland Academy 1*
Hitting number two in the UK album chart and with over a billion streams, in Dissimulation KSI creates space for both his public persona and the personal: big hit features with the likes of Rick Ross and Lil Baby (Down Like That) and AJ Tracey (Tides) sit alongside more intimate, honest tracks. No stranger to defying expectations, Dissimulationreceived critical acclaim. Clash labelled it “an excellent body of work”; “he’s absolutely smashed it” proclaimed Metro.
It’s no surprise that KSI has been seen on the cover of The Sunday Times Magazine and Music Week; The Observer Magazine and Notion. Other labels and artists want a piece of the KSI pie too: just look to the success of his features on S1mba’s Loose and Nathan Dawe’s Lighter.
With his second album almost completed, a 2021 tour which sold out in seconds, the launch of his own label and a single with Craig David (Really Love) and Anne-Marie (Don’t Play), KSI is proving that music is very much his domain.
KSI brings with him the unrelenting work ethic and infectious energy which YouTube instilled in him. Despite his debut’s success, he’s certain Dissimulation just scratched the surface: the next record, he’s clear, will showcase his artistry’s further progression again. Given FAULT Magazine described KSI as “one of 2019’s biggest success stories – “an emergent hip-hop star” said The i – all eyes will be on his follow up. KSI’s task – writes The Observer – is “not just to make “YouTube rap” but the real thing”. Their verdict? “Mission accomplished.”
KSI is currently working on his follow up studio album, set for release later this year via BMG UK / RBC Records.
Born in Yorkshire, England, YUNGBLUD (aka Dominic Harrison) is a multi-instrumentalist who first picked up a guitar at age two and began writing his own songs at age 10. The 23-year-old artist is known for voicing what he feels are major concerns for his generation, using his music to unite and empower the youth of today. Following the release of his self-titled EP and his full-length 2018 debut, “21st Century Liability”, YUNGBLUD released the “underrated youth” EP in 2019, which debuted in the top 10 on the UK Official Albums chart. YUNGBLUD was crowned MTV Push: Ones to Watch winner at the beginning of 2020, when he was also shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2020 poll. YUNGBLUD went on to win ‘Best Music Video’ at the NME Awards 2020, ‘Best Push’ artist at the 2020 MTV EMAs and the Attitude Magazine ‘Gamechanger’ award. In Autumn 2020, YUNGBLUD launched ‘The YUNGBLUD Podcast’ on BBC Sounds, which sees him meet young music fans who are approaching turning points in their lives, to discuss topics and issues affecting young people today such as gender, sexuality, identity, money worries, friendships, style or mental health. Over the years, YUNGBLUD has performed to sold-out crowds in over 20 countries and played some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Austin City Limits, Life Is Beautiful, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds Festivals and Vans Warped Tour. YUNGBLUD released full-length album “weird!” on December 4th 2020, which debuted at no.1 on the UK Official Album Chart after racking up a massive 39,000 chart sales in the first week. Described as a coming-of-age album, “weird!” features tracks “god save me, but don’t drown me out”, “weird!”, “strawberry lipstick” and “cotton candy”. YUNGBLUD now has over 9million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 1.4billion global streams.