The Last Kobayashi is the project of Düsseldorf based left-field rapper Stefan Petcov. His music is inspired by artists as Joey Bada$$, Mos Def and MF Doom. He announced the release of the debut mixtape Burning Down Babylon which will be out later this year. It tells the story of his battle with depression and a generation’s pursuit of a higher purpose.

Petcov adds: “This mixtape was born in the depths of my personal hell. To say I poured my soul into it would be an understatement. I sacrificed the life I had, many, many relationships, and an oppressive belief system to create something that would forever make me proud. Hopefully it will help other people who feel like they are not enough to know that they are wrong, and that they are not alone.”

We already shared “A Horse Called Morty“; “Is It Me  Or Is It You?” is a new excerpt. It is a comment on British politics and culture, past and present. References to the windrush scandal are forced to hold hands with images of drunken bankers attempting to buy their way into warehouse parties in the wee hours. In the hook, our protagonist barks into space a rhetorical indictment of the Western world. As the needs of the few are catered for, the innocent pay for the comforts of the rich with their lives. More questions than answers remain: whose fault is all this, and who will bring about a change?

He says: “With this song, I wanted to bring a child’s eye to serious issues. Complexity is used as a veil by people who are afraid of seeing the truth. The trick lies in letting your intuition guide you. That is why understanding who you are is the highest order of the land whether in the playpen or the House of Commons.”