Paper Cash, a 227-year-old South Londoner, thinks he has lived longer than his age suggests. Although growing up in the UK, he was originally born in the Park Lane area of Kingston, Jamaica, and his musical journey began logically – right at the home of reggae and dancehall music.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News via Zoom, Cash said he grew up at the party. Memories of some of his early musical instruments include lying in bed at night and listening to music play from a distance, but too small to be present. It wasn’t long before he went out for that dance on his own though: according to his own guess, he attended a party for the first time where he was 3 to 4 years old.
That is, in part, why he seems to have survived so long: he had confidence, and from an early age he traveled the world, surrounded himself with older people. These experiences have also been documented by one of the elders who took her to dance in the role of the 2020 track “Trench Baby”.
Like many people, Cash said his favorite older brother inspired him to go to music – he told BuzzFeed News that he was “the kid who was always with him in the studio or at home.” Finally, his brother offers him the opportunity to put a verse on a song.
Her brother is not her only musical inspiration. What inspired him was his ability to entertain and educate at the same time. With it he tries to throw away the gems – even a few. “Being able to put stories together বিশেষ especially from real-life experiences একটি is one of my favorite things about making music,” he said.
But his life was not all fun and play, and he had to face the most difficult experience that anyone could possibly have at the worst. Spending most of his young life in the UK – and creating a buzz around his music called Cashstick – the Home Office deported him to Jamaica in 2014.
Speaking of deportation, Cash admits that it gave him life experience. “It humiliated me,” he told BuzzFeed News. This has made me much more cautious and militant. It made me much more vulnerable. “
“It was a crazy experience, but I know – I needed it – to move on with my life.”
He returned to the UK five years later and changed the name of his stage from CashStastic to Cash Only.
“The change from cachestastic to cache was really a change,” he said. “I started the game as Cash. My real name is Cashif, so Cash comes when you remove ‘ief’.”
There was another element of change, though – one of growth, and the realization that he was no longer associated with the name Kastastik.
Cash said he felt much more in tune with the experience of returning to Jamaica and having time to better understand himself, and with that, when he returned to the UK, he wanted to be as true to himself as possible.
Cash’s latest project – Mixtape with appropriate titles The return of immigrants, Coming out in August – working for five years. Because of his nature as a self-confessed perfectionist, Cash has been recording and tweaking music for this project while in Jamaica.
When inquiring about the version of the project made in Jamaica এবং and how it changed আমাদের our discussion moved to Afro-Swing, and how it shared its origins with Dancehall, and then to the introduction of drills as an influential term in the UK.
This new word reminded Cash that he needed to find a balance between the melodic music he had to create in Jamaica, and this serious, more raw voice he knew his music would sit next to.
Now with new music on the horizon, we talked about its recording process. This is quite unusual: Cash prefers to be in the studio with the producer because the bit is being made. But even when that’s not possible, he prefers to stay in the studio after hearing a bit for the first time. He doesn’t write – at least not in the general sense of sitting down and holding a pen on paper. Instead, he does everything in his head based on the heartfelt response to what he hears.
Cash said, “It could be a melody that came, it could be a pattern of flow, it could be a few things that came to me.” “But the first time I hear a song, I have to take it down.”
He then fills in the blanks from there with the song – and he likes to do all this in the dark. It’s for focus. When she’s recording, she doesn’t want to be distracted by anything.
In addition to music, a lot of cash is coming. There’s a documentary in the work, he’s launching a clothing line called “The Proud Immigrant” and much more. But despite his bookings and busy schedule, he’s still focused on music – and that’s what he wants other people to focus on.
“Anyone who has ever been my main fan and is aware of what I’ve given … you really won’t get a second chance,” Cash said. “But I think I got a second chance.”
With it comes a pity and longing for those who still support him – and, in that case, the music itself speaks.
Cash’s single “Return of the Man” has now been released.