Riz Ahmed's latest album, The Long Goodbye, explores the aftermath of a break-up but it isn't your everyday collection of melancholic songs.
“The record is a breakup album – but with your country,” Dazed quoted Riz saying. “So many of us feel like we’re being dumped by the place we call home, a home that we built. This album takes you on the journey of this breakup; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate.”
Riz is popularly known for his roles in Venom, Girls, Star Wars: Rogue One and Four Lions among others. But, the British-Asian artist has been releasing rap music since the mid-2000's. His latest album is accompanied by a short film that bridges Riz’s worlds as an actor and as a musician.
Following The Long Goodbye’s release, Riz revealed his inspirations behind making the album to the outlet. Among the six including his parents, Yasiin Bey, Hassan Hajjaj and UK garage, Riz also included a story by Saadat Hasan Manto and a poem by Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Toba Tek Singh, a short story by Saadat Hasan Manto