This coffee, his parents already in the 70's, and a onsdagsförmiddag in march rises Erik Lundin on the classic pastry shop in Vällingby centre, west of Stockholm. He pulls down the hood, greets, smiles and picks rapidly until the cell phone out of his pocket. There is a picture to show; the one that adorns the album cover, which is clearly after a sleepless night.
There is a picture of him as sixteen, he exudes youthful attitude and obryddhet: short-haired, pierced in one ear and with a svartvitrandig shirt. The mark looks to be Tommy Hilfiger, but in fact it is the fake. It is the teenager on the picture to gaze at while listening to ”Zebrapojken,” says Erik Lundin.
" It's perfect, clear as a bell.”I'd rather that life is supposed to be striped than to get stuck in the spaces, where one gets off. The joy shall be full, the sorrow shall be to the fullest. But grief is harder to attack, it must also get the time”, says Erik Lundin. Photo: Magnus Hallgren
someone other than the innocent boy in the passport photo, which appeared on the cover of ”Suedi” (2015), the debut-EP:n established Erik Lundin as one of the most significant voices in the Swedish rapvärlden. He was lauded as a ordkonstnär and became with its flowing, imaginative rhyme a correspondent reporting on the mellanförskap in a divided country.
"Cheers to the stories perpetuated, haffla"' plastered he in the song "Haffla" (slang for partying). For him, there was much to celebrate: awards at the Swedish Grammis and P3 guld, sold-out gigs, praise reviews, the follow-up ep ”Welcome home”, and the mission as a supporting act, Håkan Hellströms arenaturné.
they were All waiting on the debut album of Erik Lundin planned for. But in parallel, came to life. And death. In a short time passed several people in his proximity away, as a result of diseases, murder and suicide. The voice, which almost always is sharp, slowed down when he talks about the losses and the memories of those who no longer exist. It is therapeutic to tell, says Erik Lundin.
Among the dead are several members of the family. My sister, the guy went away, left her and a three-year son. Several childhood friends have been murdered. Others have had bad luck with diseases, " says Erik Lundin.
As I sat at my grandfather's deathbed, I received a dödsbesked about a guy I grew up with. Another friend was shot at the same time. I had met him a few days earlier here in Vällingby. He survived, but was paralyzed.Erik lundin's Swedish duality around the attention, and the divisions that emerged after the success and struggle, struck with the full force of and grief for those who passed away. Photo: Magnus Hallgren
a short while. Excusing that he needs to be cryptic about certain events, there are things that are not going to tell you.
– There are very many who have been affected. If I try to mention all I would surely forget someone.
The first song that Erik Lundin wrote for the new album was ”Now they ask”, a story about how the public – and year journalists – following the success started to take an interest in what he knows, tried to persuade him to pick apart the elements of who he is. He hesitates if there are answers, the demons of the past live on.
”I have gone through blood, sweat and murder/it never ends bleed, the chests will never be satisfied/ hugged the parents that I never met”, raps, Erik Lundin on the song, while he gives expression for the impact he has seen of the endorsed policy: ”frankly, ask the Department what the hell do you know if ortenliv/fakk it, sister, let us move to the place where.”Erik Lundin. Photo: Magnus Hallgren
His duality on the attention, and the divisions that emerged after the success and struggle, struck with the full force of and grief for those who passed away, " says Erik Lundin. Life was full of contrasts. He remembers the day when he went directly from the funeral for her sister's guy to get up on stage with Håkan Hellström.
" It was terrible to see my sister and nephew that day, but the only thing that was possible was to try to put the emotions aside and get up on stage. I have thought a lot about how I did it.
the Joy shall be full, the sorrow shall be to the fullest. But grief is harder to attack, it must also obtain the time.
" I don't know. It was just to run, as with everything else. During the show I told the audience what I went through and got all of that in the song ”Haffla” time, the hands from side to side for my sister's guy, Fredrik.
”the Child's grief is striped”, coined by writer and journalist Karin Thunberg, an expression which has since is often used to describe children's dual feelings after a trauma. Children can switch quickly between joy and sorrow. At places it is formed, therefore, zebragrupper, support groups for children and young people who have lost close relatives. Where shall they be given the space to feel exactly what they want.
On the one of all the funerals he had to attend got Erik Lundin hear about groups, and that the children which is sometimes called zebrabarn. It went hand in hand with what he knew. About grief but also about the environments and contexts in which he been through to get to the position he has today. The title of the new album was given: ”Zebrapojken”.
" I'd rather that life is supposed to be striped than to get stuck in the spaces, where one gets off. The joy shall be full, the sorrow shall be to the fullest. But grief is harder to attack, it must also have the time, " says Erik Lundin.Erik Lundin. Photo: Magnus Hallgren
– one Hundred percent. The losses are putting a strain not in the same way anymore. But at the same time, if it becomes too much of the stuff that happens, then you can't handle everything. It works not if the death will be a shock every time.
" Maybe. It is probably no matter, albeit unconsciously. The human psyche needs to a certain degree to suppress the sadness, or feelings. I should, perhaps, have been really depressed, but I have not been. I think sometimes if I really have drilled into the feelings as much as I should.
the Grief was to portray Erik Lundin as a person marked by grief would be wrong. The stories on the ”Zebrapojken” takes the listener on a winding journey through the life he wants to celebrate. If he was a correspondent for the others from the resort in the ”Suedi” is the language this time is more autobiographical. There is a whiff of fairy tales, damned in moments of ”hell” in the capital, but also sketches of the lives that contain frictionless celebration.the Drivers going not: Erik Lundin want to achieve success, earn money, and that the recipients geeky analyze his words, arrive at their own interpretations. Photo: Magnus Hallgren
is the ”Skyline”, more than any other song shows that Erik Lundin feel more free and alive than in the past. It is found also on the "We could have died a hundred times"' if the risks that always existed, it as been able to take dead even on him, but where he instead managed to find ways against their target and breaking with the destructive context.
Erik Lundin, like his colleagues Silvana Imam and Cherrie, completed last year, suddenly all cooperation with the collective Trans94, a spin-off to the previous management company RMH. Silvana Imam – Erik Lundin few days after our interview to a guest during a gig in Stockholm – recently spoke briefly about it in a DN interview, and mentioned when the need for freedom. Lundin says that there is something to say about the actual breakup, just that it's ”easy” to go on.
I often get e-mails from students and faculty, which tells us that they analysed my texts in school, or from people reunited with family members after having heard my songs.
who has never had a permanent employment, on its own, ”but the work/labor/on-site AB, Mansa Banda, believe me, the national lampoon know it,” raps, he ”We could have died a hundred times”. It is a picture of the new Erik Lundin, who also may give the directive.
It is so fucking fat that control everything yourself is a privilege. I've always had creative control, but now I get to take on more roles.
the Drivers going not: Erik Lundin want to achieve success, earn money, and that the recipients geeky analyze his words, arrive at their own interpretations. Already four years ago, he talked about the goal to be like the west african grioter, trained oral storyteller.
" I get enough praise to say it. I often get e-mails from students and faculty, which tells us that they analysed my texts in school, or from people reunited with family members after having heard my songs. It is amazing.
He looks out through the window.
" Despite all that has happened, it is not bad for me in any way. I am dying for the opportunity to write lyrics and songs, and to be able to drop them when I want to. Now it is just running.
Review: Erik Lundin – ”Suedi”