It's a new message from the East London wordsmith...

Hak Baker has a way with words.

When you catch him live you immediately understand - he's a talker, someone able to put his finger on emotions you can scarcely describe.

It's there in his music, too. In turns beautiful and ugly, his laddish charm is matched by a unique sense of poignancy, a rare bittersweet mixture.

New single 'Lad' epitomises this, opening with some pastoral acoustic guitar but offset by Hak Baker's flow - in a previous life, he was actually a grime producer.

A song about being alive and being free, 'Lad' is the sound of Hak Baker looking back, before the 9-5 grind took control.

Speaking on the track Hak said: "'Lad' for me is just like a time portal. The song as a whole let’s me see myself and boys doing what we did best; being alive, whatever it took. No money or money, bird’s no birds. Mum no mum. But what goes up must come down."

Tune in now.

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