A Coventry rapper is tackling racism in his latest musical offering.
Ashley Patel, known as Switch, wants to shine a spotlight on the issue following the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer.
He wants people to continue talking about racism and how it can be addressed.
“It feels like it’s all been forgotten about now and it’s onto the next news stories,” said Ashley, 31.
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Recent events get a mention – like the Black Lives Matter-inspired Diversity performance on Britain’s Got Talent that attracted more than 10,000 Ofcom complaints.
Ashley said he found the country’s reaction to the performance ‘frustrating’ in relation to what he said was a ‘crazy number’ of complaints.
The complaints were dismissed by Ofcom.
Who is Switch?
Ashley, from Wyken, achieved a national diploma in performance tech at college, before working abroad for a number of years as a DJ on boat parties.
He returned just before the pandemic hit, and has been working on his music.
No More isn’t his first single – he has also released Comeback Kid, Switch Loco and One Shot.
Born into a mixed race family, racism was something he encountered growing up.
“It was like I was not Indian enough and not white enough. You hear jokes – I am thick skinned but those comments were always there.”
Working abroad in Greece he said he felt able to ‘blend in’ – often passing for someone of Mediterranean heritage.
His lyrics don’t only reference contemporary events, he also likes to indulge his love for wordplay.
One of the lines in No More is ‘ready for war’ – but he explains this stands for Writing, Art and Rapping, a creative way of tackling issues such as racism.
You can listen to No More at the top of this page or follow Switch on his social media accounts anditsswitch