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Whats the play? with Anthony 'Play' Douglas

WHAT'S THE PLAY: Mr. Play with the London Lions

LAST WEEKEND saw a massive sports event at the O2 arena in Greenwich, organised by Matchroom Multi Sport in association with the British Basketball League. This event saw some of UK's finest basketball teams compete for a big cash prize of £25,000 and a Champions Cup - they even had some different rules which made it even more exciting.

It was the running clock of 12 minutes, a 5 point mark and a double bubble buzzer which added to the excitement and made it an intense pace and an amazing experience to watch. The home team, London Lions, won the competition and this years UK BBall's bragging rights.

In addition to attending the highly anticipated sporting event, I also caught up with my old friend and UK artist Stush.

Q: Who is Stush?

Stush: I'm a dancehall-influenced rapper that came out with UKG classic 'Dollar Sign'. Since then, I've had a top ten track under my belt with the Groove Armada collaboration 'Get Down', 'F UR X' with rapper Sway, and in recent times 'Flame' (alongside LA producer, Falcons) which is featured on HBO's black comedy 'Insecure'.

Q: When did realise you wanted to do music?

Stush: I wanted to do music from a young age. At seven years old, I began to learn how to play the piano and read music but the real passion came out when I used to mimic reggae and dancehall artists such as Buju Banton and Beenie Man. When I was about 15 I heard Tanya Stephens and at this point I knew it was possible for a female to do what the male artists were doing.

Q: What do you like most about what you do?

Stush: Hands down I’d have to say my favourite part is being on stage performing. I love connecting with the audience, exchanging energies, and feeling free.


PICTURED: Stush

Q: What would you tell your younger self?

Stush: That I was 100% right, but when I saw things for what they were early on, I didn't get out of the way and got crushed. This time I’d say get to younger me: Gout of the way; you know what is best for you.

Q: Tell us about Ah Me Dat

Stush: My new track produced by Outzida, is a straight banger! It's grimey, with a crazy baseline and catchy hook that gets the crowd participating. Ah Me Dat is about me doing what I want. I've played the game everyone else's way, and done what they've asked of me. Now it's my time.

Q: What next for Stush?

Stush: Next up is an EP, which will be dropping shortly.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next three to five years?

Stush: Hopefully healthy, happy and in my mansion in Malibu! But in all honesty, my younger self has taught me to keep my cards close to my chest.

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