New music artist, George the Poet, explains his motivations and plans for the future, while up for nomination for MTV's Brand New for 2015. Rough cut - no reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION New music act George the Poet is not your average pop star. He is a Cambridge University graduate, and has a mission to help the young with his 'wordsmithery'. His future looks promising after being nominated for Critics' Choice at the Brit Awards and coming fifth in the BBC Sound of 2015 competition. Speaking at the MTV Brand New for 2015 launch event, for which he is also nominated, George the Poet - real name George Mpanga - expressed his joy about how his career is going. George the Poet studied politics, psychology and sociology at King's College, Cambridge. He started rapping at 14-years old, but admitted he was 'rubbish' at the time. He has since refined his style to what can be heard in his single '1, 2, 1, 2' - a song giving guidance and encouragement. Mpanga grew up on an estate in north-west London, where he claims gangsters were rife, although he admits that wasn't "a form of masculinity" he wanted to buy into. George the Poet is due to tour the UK in February. The MTV Brand New competition winner is announced on January 30th.