A rising star rapper has given a moving, viral video talk.
Huddersfield’s hip-hop musician Jack Flash was asked to showcase his skills in a London event for TEDx, a world-renowned website and YouTube channel that broadcasts talks on hundreds of different topics.
Jack, whose real name is Rob Bradley, took to the stage at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he rapped, talked about his musical development and the importance of finding one’s own voice.
His video has been watched over 1,500 times on YouTube and more via the Tedx website.
Thirty-year-old Rob from Salendine Nook discovered his writing and performing talent at seven-years-old.
He was a member of Huddersfield act Extra Curricular, has gone on to win major world rap competitions and is now carving a career for himself in London.
He launched into a razor-sharp rap before talking to an around 200 strong physical audience, then performed newer song Single Bed to highlight his progression.
“I’ve always had a bit of insecurity in coming from Huddersfield,” he said in the video.
“I had a fear of being ridiculed if I expressed my own feelings.
“I had to accept that I couldn’t be the most fierce rapper had to be something else.
“You’ve got to work with what you’ve got and be confident that you have a story that no one else has.”
TEDx talks are organised by independent groups and feature inspirational people from around the globe.
Rob spoke to the Examiner about how he came to give the talk.
“I did a gig in London and someone saw me who happened to know the organisers.
“I got an email from them asking me if I’d like to do it.
“I was really excited to be asked because it’s something I had on my bucket list to do.
“When you make music you’re always telling parts of a story but I felt that this was an opportunity to explain the ideas behind my music to people who follow me.
“But I also wanted to get the message across about believing in your own values and staying true to yourself.
“People show focus on what they find interesting and make their own, independent mark on the world.
“That’s all I could have ever done.”
Rob said the talk has opened up new doors since it went online.
“It’s helped me get more public speaking engagements and gigs”, he said.
“I do a lot in schools with kids now to boost their confidence and writing skills.
“I’m working on new recordings and hope to release an EP later this year.
“I’ve been in London a year now and it’s totally different to Huddersfield.
“I’m still getting used to it but there are more opportunities for me
“I’m working with some producers and other artists but mainly creating music on my own.”