Clash 111: Lil Pump
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True grit. We all need it sometimes - a streak of fortitude to impel us through otherwise challenging situations. But there are those for whom such positive application is an inherent trait, whose journey to success is a marathon, not a race. In Clash 111, the first of this year’s four special 15th anniversary editions, we present a quartet of unfaltering cover stars whose intuitive and dynamic achievements are attributed directly to their commitment to the cause.

The first of this issue’s persistent heavyweights is Lil Pump, the audacious 18-year-old rap phenomenon whose rags-to-riches story is one of unquestionable dedication.

From the projects of South Florida to a mansion on Miami Beach, Lil Pump arrived as an aspirational high school dropout who exploded from the DIY ranks of Soundcloud to become one of the most talked-about and most streamed artists in the world. His music translates an enthusiasm for sex, drugs and violence with unparalleled directness: material that is energetic, idiosyncratic and obsessed with lifestyle choices that are as divisive as they are revered. However, with fame, money and notoriety coming so quickly, he’s not about to switch up a winning formula for success just because it upsets a few people.

“I ain’t gotta do shit,” he resiliently tells Clash. “I ain’t gotta wake up and listen to nobody. I do whatever the fuck I want!”

Also featured in this issue is Ezra Collective, Loyle Carner, Little Simz, Sigrid, Col3trane, Joji, David Crosby, Soak, and much more. Other covers to follow.

Clash 111 is available to buy online now ahead of its release next week - get the magazine HERE.

Clash 111 with LIL PUMP
Interview: Robbie Russell
Photography: Daria Kobayashi Ritch
Fashion: Lisa Madonna
Creative Direction: Rob Meyers

 

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