In is his first interview in almost a decade, President T doesn't seem phased by the right-now-hype that is knocking grime's door—the scene may well be in rude health today, but his focus is firmly set on strengthening phase two of his career. The North London emcee rose to prominence via Meridian Crew in 2003 and, armed with a melodic, off-kilter and eccentric style and flow, he helped make the outfit one of the most interesting entities in the scene at that time. As a fan, you couldn't wait to hear his bizarre ad-libs on Rinse FM and Axe FM—and it was that lyrical panache that set him apart from the rest. Traipsing across London for pirate radio during his formative years, President T, who last released a project in 2007, with Back Inna Ma Face, has put in enough work on-air for his legend to last a lifetime.
However, after a short stint in prison, the self-proclaimed "stranger" returns to reclaim his spot as one of the scene's top-tier microphone riders. As President T gears up for the release of his debut album, Stranger Returns, Complex hopped on the phone with him to discuss everything from old crew members, namely BBK's Jme and Skepta, to the decline in vets lighting up the airwaves. This is one stranger that you need to know.