Strange Boy is a 1000-year-old poet channeling through the body of a young man from Limerick. With hard hitting, thought-provoking lyrics, his unique mastery of flow renders him one of the most important Irish rappers of our time. Strange Boy combines hip hop and Irish traditional music, the old and new cultural influences dominant in this country, with a sophistication that would have you swearing this genre always existed. Since his signing with the Berlin-based record label WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD in 2019, Strange Boy has been working with his producer and fellow Irishman Enda Gallery on his debut album HOLY / UNHOLY, which will be released June 25th.
Anyone on the Irish music scene would have heard of Strange Boy (fka Jonen Dekay). After a powerful performance at Make a Move festival in his home city of Limerick, he began working with Rusangano Family and Deviant/Naive Ted on his debut mixtape: ‘Passionate Example’. Since then, he has worked with PX Music and a string of artists such as Hazey Haze, Citrus Fresh, Naive Ted, Mankyy and was featured on delush’s single ‘It’s Alright’ (Soundtrack of new BBC series “Normal People”). Singled out by Blindboy of the Rubberbandits as having the “best song to ever come out of Limerick” and named a “national treasure” by District Magazine, Strange Boy is an artist for the new generation in Ireland, featured on Ireland Music Week 2020 and about to tour the USA with ‘Ireland In Music’ and fellow Irish acts such as Tolü Makay, Enda Gallery and the Hothouse Flowers in 2022.
‘Prayers’ by Strange Boy is OUT NOW Friday 21st May 2021 on all digital platforms via Welcome to The New World.