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- 23/11/2021Find ticketsO2 Academy Islington - London Vic Santoro and Friends Nov 23 19:00Tuesday 19:00O2 Academy Islington - LondonVic Santoro and Friends
Inspirational rapper making up for lost time
“You learn the best lessons when the worst happens,” raps Vic Santoro in his 2021 single, Cigar Talk. “Yea I did it my way, I hustled, I grinded then I stepped up too” fires back Anariii in the next verse. Learning from the past and stepping to the future are what Santoro is all about – bursting onto the UK urban scene in 2019 after spending 11 years in prison.
Born in Cameroon, raised in South London and jailed at 17, Santoro spent his time inside learning to become a better man – now an established rapper, actor, motivational speaker and social activist.
“Coming from the environments we’re coming from you have these expectations of yourself, for how you see yourself in the world,” Santoro told Notion, reflecting on his confessional lyrics. “So the biggest lesson there, for me, was about ultimately being the best version of myself.”
Completing a whole trilogy of mixtapes in a single year, Santoro released Pain: Glory Days, Pt.1, Progression: Glory Days, Pt.2 and Lifestyle: Glory Days, Pt.3 over six months in 2021. Exploring themes of growth, faith and redemption, the Glory Days EP series draws inspiration from Santoro’s own youth as well as big influences like Jay Z and Nipsey Hussle.
Launching Lifestyle in Crep Select, Lewisham (a store he was banned from even entering as a teenager), Santoro used his new profile to kickstart a campaign to help feed disadvantaged kids – completing a tour of South London Morley’s chicken shops to hand out personalised boxes.
Always keen to get back in front of a crowd, Santoro announced a major headline live show for 2021 to round out his landmark year – performing at the O2 Academy Islington in November.
“I’m a live performer,” says Santoro. “I can go into a venue where no one’s heard a song of mine and I’m confident I can go on stage and rock the mic and bring the energy.”
Vic Santoro has announced a one-off November 2021 UK tour date.
Vic Santoro is playing a headline show at O2 Academy Islington on Tuesday 23 November 2021.
Tickets for Vic Santoro's O2 Academy Islington show are on sale now.