Not3s | Fresh Focus

The guy behind that irresistible hit about a taxi firm. . .


This month’s Fresh Focus artist Not3s is the sole reason we’ve spent the summer singing about a taxi firm, yet somehow we’re still here riding the bus…


This fresh-faced 19 year-old sensation has been tipped to be the next big thing in the UK scene, but his mum could have told you that back when he was a kid, he’s been capable of rapping since the age of 3! While we were still learning our A B C’s he was spitting bars.

It was during a music class in primary school that his talent was first really recognised. His class were put into pairs and asked to perform an original song. He wrote his first ever song about children starving in Africa and he sang while his mate was on the drums, it touched hearts and he got upgraded to the school choir. All at the young age of 10!

Fast forward 9 years later and here he is with his first ever hit. . .


“Peng ting called Maddison, I tell her come and jump in my Addison Lee.”

If you haven’t been singing this all summer where have you been? Probably wondering what exactly is an Addison Lee, for all you non-Londoners, it’s a well-known taxi firm within the capital and with the recent news of the Uber ban it could now be the go-to pick of transport. Does this make Not3s the Nostradamus of the music world? We’d say so.

The lyrics really reach out to all of us, when you’ve got a free house so you just want a bit of company. You’re a nice guy so you call a taxi for your girl to come over. But then you remember. . . Uber has blocked you. . .  and you definitely can’t afford an Addison Lee. You don’t wanna spend the night on your own but also you need a bit of cash left so you can impress her with a takeaway later on. So you track down a promo code and save yourself a tenner. Sweet.

Addison Lee loved it so much they slid into his DM’s saying “This is FIRE” (with bare emojis) he was given his own unique discount code where his fans could get £10 off their next ride. He even went along to perform at their Christmas Do which featured acrobatic performers in hoops suspended from the ceiling. They know how to throw a party!

He describes his style as a mixture of everything, Afro, Bashment/Dancehall, Hip-Hop.


It’s more than just a pretty title. He came up with this cryptic name when he was 14. The ‘3’ represents the three kind of notes that he’s after, “Money Notes, Music notes and Take Note of Me”. Clever!

Get to know him a bit more in this chat with Vick Hope. . .


Catch him on his Take Not3s Tour

Wed 4th October – 02 Academy Islington, London

Sun 8th October – 02 ABC 2, Glasgow

Mon 9th October – The Bongo Club, Edinburgh



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