Sunday March 29, 2020

The big ask

Irish rapper Nealo spent years as a punk musician, then an emigré, then a law student before realising he wanted to explore life’s complexities through hip hop. ‘It’s the asking of the questions that leads to good art,’ he tells Tony Clayton-Lea

15th December, 2019
Nealo. Picture: Zoe Holman

If Irish hip hop is having a moment, then Dubliner Neal Keating is on the way to having a minute. Alongside his music, it is impossible to ignore his backstory. As the Dubliner himself says, “I’ve been through a lot of mad stuff in my life so far. From touring around Europe and the US in a punk band, to emigrating to Vancouver, coming back to Blanchardstown in the middle of the recession, to going...

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