Knucks surprised his fans earlier this month with a trailer for a short film he is directing called KNUCKLES, an emotional biopic about growing up in the musical industry. The film would serve as a visual accompaniment to his latest album, Alpha Place, which has been critically acclaimed. It is with great joy that the gents of North London get a chance to see the first part of the film he has created for the masses, a film that combines footage of the talented North London talent in the present with a reenactment of his childhood. In roughly nine minutes, peers such as Stormzy, Loyle Carner, and Youngs Teflon, who have gathered to give the rising star their flowers, appear in the video.
Knucks, who was interviewed by Billboard at one point in the clip, spoke about the way he approaches the process of making music as well as how he’s been producing music since he was a child:
“All the time, I hear a tune and it feels like I have heard it before, like I have heard it a hundred times before. When I listened to this again, I remembered that I had sampled this song when I was 14 years old (laughs). I think that’s what makes sampling so beautiful, and that’s what attracts me to it. The fact that you bring music into the world that certain people haven’t ever listened to, a whole other group of people and demographic.”
Initially released in May of this year, Alpha Place boasted 13 songs and a number of features from artists such as Venna, SL, M1llionz, Ragz Originale, and Shaé Universe. In the first week after its release, the album peaked at No. 3 on the U.K. Official Albums chart, a position it held until the following week. Recently, the Knucks was able to release a limited edition of Alpha Place that contained two additional songs, including the Twengface-assisted “Lucious,” a feature the rapper developed with Carns Hill and Dayo Moshood that was inspired by the defunct series “Empire.”