Upcoming London rapper Knucks has shared the video for ‘Leon The Professional’, the second track from his anticipated EP ‘Alpha Place’. You can watch it first on Rolling Stone UK.
As the title suggests, the track is directly inspired by the events of Luc Besson’s 1994 action-thriller, which told the story of the titular hitman (Jean Reno) who is forced to take in 12-year-old Mathilde (Natalie Portman) after her family is murdered.
According to an official release, the track’s aesthetic combines the film’s striking storyline with inspiration from ‘Illmatic’, Nas’ iconic 1994 debut album.
The visuals, which can be viewed below, continue in a similarly gritty vein to the track’s initial inspirations.
“Driven by Leon’s sense of isolation, having no contact with his biological parents and having no friends, the single opens up the story of the three-part film from Knuck’s highly anticipated EP ‘Alpha Place’ set in the estate where Knucks grew up and telling stories inspired by his childhood and London Youth Culture,” an official release states.
Knucks, who hails from Kilburn, North London, has previously been backed by the likes of Kenny Beats, Stormzy, Wretch 32 and Novelist. He is also gearing up to support Slowthai on his forthcoming UK tour, which kicks off later this month.
His last release was ‘Alpha House/’Hide & Seek’, which arrived last month.