In making a new England football anthem, Krept and Konan will be setting out to explore what Englishness actually means in 2021.
It’s never been a simple question for those of non-white British heritage, but it’s a question they need to tackle if they are going to create an authentic track to celebrate the national football team.
We follow Krept and Konan as they get to know the England Squad, meeting players including Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings and West Ham’s Declan Rice. They seek advice from fellow artists too including chart-topping Manchester rapper Aitch and West London rapper (and Bafta-nominated TV chef) Big Zuu. And they meet England manager Gareth Southgate to ask him which ingredients he’d like to see make it into the final song.
With exclusive behind-the-scenes access, BBC Three will follow the duo in the run up to what promises to be a huge shared national moment: England at the Euros.
Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, says: “This film explores the idea of cultural and national identity through music and sport - all of which is at the heart of what’s important to our audience. Krept and Konan have been fundamental to the success of The Rap Game and we’re really excited for BBC Three viewers to get an exclusive preview into the making of the track, as well as exclusive access to football talent at the top of their game.”
Executive Producer and acme films Creative Director Jaimie D’Cruz says: “We’ve come a long way from the lad culture of 96 and now live in a nation where our young ballers and rappers represent the very best of us. Krept and Konan are what national pride look like and sound like in 2021."
Krept and Konan: We Are England will be available to stream on BBC iPlayer from next month.