Think The Tiny Book And you’ll probably play him on stage, playing hits like Pass Out or Stars.
But the London-based charming rapper, singer and entrepreneur — real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu — is also in architecture and design, and has a “really cool” property portfolio.
“I’m very proud of that, but it’s not something you really talk about in your raps,” the 32-year-old star said.
Now, as the host of the exciting new Channel 4 series, Extraordinary Extensions, is a passion they can share with their fans.
Why did you want to engage with fabulous extensions?
“Growing up in a very working-class family, we were able to move the property up the socio-economic ladder. I moved out of the council estate environment and at age 12, my parents bought our first property Plumstead Fast forward a couple of years, and they’ve got a handful more. I grew up watching my mum doing lots of extensions.
“At the beginning of the epidemic, the music industry was hit really hard. Obviously, there were no shows. I was in the studio at home, scratching my head. I got this phone call, ‘We’re doing this property show, and we love you to do it.’ Don’t know … ‘But I’m now at an age where I want to connect with other parts of my life.
“I have been doing music since I was 16. I have accomplished a lot. But I feel like this is a new challenge. Every time you make records, you are at the mercy of people. When I buy or sell property, I have no mercy.
What do you like most when it comes to home design?
“I don’t understand why some people live in those cul-de-sacs and every home is the same. All the houses are beautiful, but I always wanted something unique.
“Whatever you are Google ‘Tiny and homes’, you see I have giraffes in my house – not real giraffes! I’ve got mad glass skylights in the middle of the house – on the first floor, you can look down, and you can see what everyone else is doing on the ground floor. I’m going crazy with it. ”
What is your dream extension?
“One day, I want to build a house in the countryside, that’s all cement. As you can see, it looks like a castle. And then in the back, you can’t see it. I want to have a glass pavement. Walk into this huge sports hall, and I see it as an extension.
Why do you find property so interesting?
“I’d love to see what level of creativity people have when it comes to their properties, because there are about 100 different ways to turn your home and change it and create more space. I’m really into that; I see it YouTube I watch all the shows on TV now. So, to have my own, I’m excited to see what people think of it.
“I know this new generation is finding it difficult to buy property. It’s really a nightmare. It’s something that needs to be fixed, because it’s not okay – everyone should have the right to own their own home and everybody should have the right to be creative with it.”
What can help young people go up the property ladder?
“I know there’s always encouragement. I’m not Boris Johnson – I don’t have all the answers. Speaking of very humble beginnings, the amount of peace and pride I felt when I got my first property … I could go out to the garden, and I could sit there. Everyone deserves that feeling. ”
The extraordinary expansions begin on Channel 4 on Wednesday, October 20th.