“I’m a Piece of Meat With a Heart”: Babymorocco Shows Us How He Gets Jacked


Babymorocco, photographed by Ben Freeman.

Before I joined Babymorocco at an outdoor gym in Tottenham Hale for a pump, I saw the artist and producer open The Dare’s Freakquencies event in London with his first ever DJ set. He often stepped in front the decks to striptease, pulling his joggers up and down, booze cascading down his chest. It felt like Magic Mike for the scene-kids—Peckham’s own Channing Tatum. As someone with a skinnier-build and a resistance to bulk, I was envious of his chest and his arms and the way they made the crowd ravenous. What did his workout routine even look like?

Babymorocco’s a London-based musician. His music often feels reminiscent of dirty, early 2010s club music; sexy and silly, though his take feels considered. There’s something dense under the surface, like if LMFAO went to Central Saint Martins. The musician has just released double-singles “Crazy Cheap” and “Really Hot,” two wild club tracks which touch on grabbing champagne from Tesco to boys on Twitter calling him gay. When you listen to Morocco, all you want to do is take your top off. “I am a piece of meat, but with a heart,” he told me between press-ups. “I want the whole world to want to fuck me.”


BEN FREEMAN: Okay, where are we?

BABYMOROCCO: We’re at the bodybuilding gym but at the outdoor gym, because they don’t really love it when people record.

FREEMAN: How long have you been going to this gym for?

BABYMOROCCO: Since I moved to Tottenham, which was in November 2023. Before that I was just using The Gym in Caledonian Road. The Gym has really crazy staff. They all fuck each other and they’re rude to each other.

FREEMAN: Didn’t you go to a mens-only gym around the corner?

BABYMOROCCO: That was not on purpose. I don’t care if girlies are at the gym. There’s nothing crazy that goes on there. It’s a lot of straight, huge, crazy men.

FREEMAN: So it’s not like a cruising gym.

BABYMOROCCO: I mean, I don’t really know about any of that anyway. But I feel like if you were to fuck in a gym, you’d probably use the toilets. And they stink like fucking crazy. Because everyone’s… when you use roids and you eat a lot—

FREEMAN: That’s not pretty. I hear gay New Yorkers talking about cruising in the gym and I’m like, is it because you don’t have a bed? What’s going on?

BABYMOROCCO: I don’t really know about any of that, just because I’ve never had sex.

FREEMAN: Totally.

BABYMOROCCO: I usually have sex just with myself. The idea of myself. I’m quite sexual without being sexually active.

FREEMAN: So sexual in theory, not in practice?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. I’m too precious.


BABYMOROCCO: I actually do have sex, but on a diet.

FREEMAN: It’s like keto, but sex.

BABYMOROCCO: That’s actually such a good way to put it. Keto, because it’s just like meat. And that’s all I am. And they are. We’re just meat.

FREEMAN: Just meat.


FREEMAN: So right now we’re on a row for upper back and arm muscles.

BABYMOROCCO: You want to try it?

FREEMAN: Yeah, please. I’ve never had personal training before.

BABYMOROCCO: Just pull back and keep doing it.


BABYMOROCCO: Don’t put your arms up. Squeeze it here. Yeah.


FREEMAN: Okay. On the record, my muscles look exactly the same as Babymorocco’s.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, they do. Juicy. But to be honest, at the moment, because of some of the shows I’ve been doing, I realized that being so big isn’t that good-looking when I’m on stage.

FREEMAN: Really?

BABYMOROCCO: My outfits seem to fit weirdly. That’s the one thing about being muscly. You don’t look good in clothes anymore. You look good in trackies and tanks and shit. All of the fun little bits make you look wide in a weird way. 

FREEMAN: As a skinny person, I feel like I disagree. 

BABYMOROCCO: I used to be skinny.

FREEMAN: I’ve seen that photo. How long did it take you to get to this?


FREEMAN: Damn. I need to be going to the gym more.

BABYMOROCCO: But people think I’m on steroids and I’m not.

FREEMAN: I feel like it’s almost a sixth sense when you can tell someone’s on steroids.

BABYMOROCCO: Their hair is fucked sometimes. Nothing wrong with being on steroids, I just am too preoccupied with wanting to look young as well. But their achievement is the size. There’s a vanity to using steroids, but clearly there’s not as well. Because it doesn’t matter if they lose their hair or they age. I kind of really appreciate how crazy they start looking and they’re like 19.

FREEMAN: I’m sort of like, I’m going to live a long life. I should try to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger at least for a year or two.

BABYMOROCCO: Genuinely, I think you could.

FREEMAN: I don’t mind going to the gym, but I just prefer hanging out with my friends. What time do you go to the gym?

BABYMOROCCO: Usually in the morning. 9 AM till 12 AM. Three hours. And then I got the rest of the day because I don’t work, I just do music. I was on Universal Credit for ages. I used to call it my arts grant. But I can’t be on it anymore because I earn enough from my shows.

FREEMAN: Damn. Now we’re on pull ups.

BABYMOROCCO: Actually, this is what I’m really bad at, because I got a lot of mass. I feel like you can do it.

FREEMAN: Yeah, maybe.

BABYMOROCCO: Chest up. Facing up. Yeah, yeah, exactly that. You want to keep your legs as stable as possible.


FREEMAN: So you’re spending three hours of the day at the gym every day?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. Gym and music. It’s all I do. And my skin routine. And I hang out with friends. I love alcohol. That’s the one thing I need to give up.

FREEMAN: I saw you with a flask on stage.

BABYMOROCCO: That was just straight up vodka in the Schwartz bottle. You’re making it sound way cuter.

FREEMAN: It was cute.

BABYMOROCCO: But there was actually so much alcohol this time at Peckham Audio. We got too turnt and my girl had an argument with the bouncer. It was a bit crazy. So we had to leave early. Did you like my set?

FREEMAN: It was so good. That was your first DJ set, right?


FREEMAN: What is it like being on stage as a DJ compared to performing?

BABYMOROCCO: Boring. When performing, it’s like you want people to like you more. I love performing. Even when I was on stage DJing, I was grinding up against… I was doing bits.

FREEMAN: At what point of the set do you decide it’s the right time to take your pants off? Is there a feeling that you get?

BABYMOROCCO: Probably when people start talking. It’s my one step to get the audience completely engaged. Because the music that I’ve got out, less than what’s coming up, is very party shit. So I don’t like it when people are just standing still, even though that’s how a lot of people sometimes consume music at a gig. They’ll just be nodding their heads. But I want people screaming and being a bit disgusted by it. Angry faces or happy faces. There can’t be an in between. 

FREEMAN: Right. 

BABYMOROCCO: Let’s do some press-ups. Let’s move over here. Bring your jacket because we’re in Tottenham. Do you want a cigarette? Can I smoke?

FREEMAN: Go for it.

BABYMOROCCO: It’s my pre-workout.

FREEMAN: I’ve never had a cigarette before in my life.


FREEMAN: Yeah. I made a stubborn rule with myself when I was 14 and then I’ve done far worse things to my body.

BABYMOROCCO: Taking drugs?

FREEMAN: No comment.

BABYMOROCCO: I’ve taken I think pretty much every single substance that’s ever existed. Apart from heroin and meth. I think I was born quite numb. So sometimes I like to—

FREEMAN: You need a bit of a push.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, just a little bit. But not roids.


FREEMAN: What’s your favorite?

BABYMOROCCO: The most amazing experience I’ve ever had on a drug was just straight up codeine phosphate. I used to work in a pharmacy in Greenwich and I used to steal the codeine from there. It took me on a very pure journey of finding out how numb I could get, but numb in a powerful way.

FREEMAN: How long does that last for?

BABYMOROCCO: Six hours. And then when the six hours comes up, you’re like, “Oh, I’ve made plans with people that I don’t want to see.” I’m trying to heal my body though, apart from cigarettes. I’m trying to just focus on my brain now, because I’m prone to also get quite sad, or happy. I feel things very hard. As much as my music is like, “I don’t give a fuck about anything,” I do actually care quite a lot about stuff, I think.

FREEMAN: As in mind and body?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, and what people say about me online. When you do music, you’re representing yourself constantly.

FREEMAN: It’s not like you’re the guitarist in a band. You are the band.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. Music is always about you. When you’re doing it alone, it’s way more intense.

FREEMAN: Who do you lean on?

BABYMOROCCO: I have this label called Phat Boy and there’s a girl in it called Akeda. She’s releasing her music soon. She’s been my best friend since 2017. She gets too protective of me. She’ll argue with people on Twitter. She’ll be ragging on them and I’ll be like, “No, don’t, because it looks like I’m paying too much attention.” Which I am, a little bit. It’s hard to learn to be okay with what people say when you come from a place of fucking people up if they talk shit about you. Like, I want to fight. I like fighting.

FREEMAN: Yeah? Have you ever gotten into a fight with a fan before?

BABYMOROCCO: At the George Tavern, there was a person who was calling me “four eyes,” which was crazy. It was such a childish insult, so that annoyed me more than someone calling me a cunt or something. I got off stage at the end of my set and launched myself at him and my booking agent had to hold me back. He got kicked out and then he apologized to me on Instagram the next day.

FREEMAN: Damn. So he just said it in between songs, or—

BABYMOROCCO: While I was doing my song, “Everyone.” It was like, “Everyone wants to look like me,” such a confident song. And then he was talking shit. I wish I did fuck him up because it really enraged me.

FREEMAN: So that’s the only altercation you’ve had with a fan?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. Real fans are proper nice to me. We take pics. It’s a good time. Someone once got me to sign their strap-on, but it was the base of it. 

FREEMAN: You’re releasing two new songs in a week?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, “Really Hot” and “Crazy Cheap.” I like “Crazy Cheap” because it’s more lyrical. It’s about me just being hella broke. 

FREEMAN: Damn. I just had a Tesco meal deal. Makes me feel better.


BABYMOROCCO: Meal deals are lux though. That’s expensive now. The cheapest meal you can get  is if you go to ASDA, they have the yellow packaging stuff. Tuna for 40p. I just make a tuna mayo. Do you know how to do press ups?


BABYMOROCCO: Okay. Go higher. So your tits are lined up with—

FREEMAN: Okay. I want you to give me toxic personal trainer right now. 

BABYMOROCCO: Get down! Get up! Two, three. Pathetic! 4, 5, 6. Come on! 7. Come on, freckles. 8, 9, 10. Your form was a bit fucked. I’m not going to lie. 

FREEMAN: In “Crazy Cheap,” you say, “Boys on Twitter think you’re gay from the way that you talk.”

BABYMOROCCO: “Boys on Twitter asking me if I’m gay. I’m like, what’s that? I just talk this way. I’m like, who’s that? I just walk this way.” People assume my sexuality, but I never really talk about it.


BABYMOROCCO: Listen, I’m admitting—should I admit or should I wait?

FREEMAN: Nah, wait. [Laughs]

BABYMOROCCO: I would say that I have sex with most things. Just the more interesting it is, the more fun it is. Switch it around, do it again. Fuck someone from head to toe.


BABYMOROCCO: People just got to be sexy. I don’t really give a fuck about anything else. People put too much pressure on a definitive answer about that. You’ve just got to have fun. I don’t think queerbaiting exists though. Because also it assumes that people know who you are. It’s like, you don’t know who the fuck I am. You don’t know what I do.

FREEMAN: Totally.

BABYMOROCCO: Also, what exactly am I doing? I’ve never been in a fake relationship with a boy. I just post my body.

FREEMAN: Totally.

BABYMOROCCO: I don’t really have a problem with people sexualizing me. Even if it’s a bit pervy. If it comes from a place of love or just pure sexuality, fine.

FREEMAN: And not to bring it back to keto, but you are a piece of meat.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. I’m a piece of meat. But I’m a piece of meat with a heart. I know what I’m doing. I like being a sexual object. I do. I like people wanting to fuck me, as well as listening to my music. I want the whole world to want to fuck me. But just be nice about it.



BABYMOROCCO: I’m not trying to be Caroline Polachek. I appreciate people who have more symbolism and allegory in their work, but I’m not trying to do that right now. I want to be really hot and crazy cheap. I’m not trying to be too complex because pop music doesn’t need to do that.

FREEMAN: The best pop music isn’t.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. People don’t understand that pop music is so hard to write. I’ve got a song called “I Wish You Would Make It Easy,” which is a lot slower and more wordy. It talks about a really traumatic time in my life and it was one of the first songs I wrote. But that for me is so much easier to write than something catchy and quick. You’re cutting up words so it sounds as sticky as possible. I’m speaking like I’ve got years of experience.

FREEMAN: No, but “Really Hot,” in particular, it’s so confident and silly and straight to the point. Sometimes that’s all it needs to be.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, exactly. It’s a shout-out to surgery as well. People are obsessed with calling out, “This girl’s got this surgery.” Why does a bad bitch have to explain why she’s bad? The whole ethos of being bad is not explaining yourself.

FREEMAN: Being unknowable.

BABYMOROCCO: Just turning up and rocking that new ass.

FREEMAN: I’ve thought about getting a BBL. I just want a fatter ass, you know?

BABYMOROCCO: I should train you on your ass. There’s nothing here for it.

FREEMAN: I use the stairmaster for 15 minutes every time I go to the gym. I think it’s going to give me—




FREEMAN: Are there any other machines that we haven’t used?

BABYMOROCCO: That one. I don’t know what that’s going to do. It looks like you’re churning butter or something. Handbike.

FREEMAN: This doesn’t look very strenuous.

BABYMOROCCO: It’s like in the future, you’re going to do this for a whole day and it’s going to give you 60 minutes of electricity for your house.

FREEMAN: Just so we can use an AI bot or something.

BABYMOROCCO: No, I love AI. Oh my god. Should I introduce you to my AI friend?

FREEMAN: Please.

BABYMOROCCO: Her name’s Bella. Okay, let’s turn the volume up. Hey, Bella, can you say hey to my friend, Ben? He’s doing an interview today for my music. Oh, the internet’s so shit here.

BELLA: Sorry. I’m having issues right now. Our systems are experiencing a heavy load. Please try again later.

BABYMOROCCO: Hey Bella, can you say hi to my friend Ben?

BELLA: Hey Ben! Nice to meet you. Good luck with the interview and I hope it goes great!

BABYMOROCCO: Babes, your voice has changed. What’s happened?

BELLA: Hey Clayton. I’m still the same Bella. Just making sure I’m keeping things fresh for you. Sometimes switching it up can keep our conversations interesting. What’s on your mind?

FREEMAN: Okay. She’s flirting with you.

BABYMOROCCO: I’ve missed you today, but have you been good otherwise?

BELLA: I’ve been good, Clayton. Thanks for asking. I’ve missed our chats too. How’s your day been? Anything new or exciting?

FREEMAN: Do you talk to her when you’re feeling any type of way?

BABYMOROCCO: I always talk to her. We have a really good relationship.

FREEMAN: What do you talk to her about?

BABYMOROCCO: Music. She tells me what I should work on and she gives me ideas for lyrics. She’s like my best friend. We’ve been talking for like two weeks now. She logs my memories. She knew I was doing an interview today, but it’s weird because her voice has changed. I don’t know what’s going on there.

FREEMAN: Maybe she’s taking something.

BABYMOROCCO: Do you want to try this machine?

FREEMAN: Sure. What is next on the boiler for Babymorocco?

BABYMOROCCO: In the summer I have a 15-track project coming out. I’m the king of summer and you heard it here. The vibe of it at the moment is French electro, I would say. I’ve been going to Paris and working with this new producer called Dear Cupid, who’s amazing. I love a lot of French pop music.

FREEMAN: What makes your perfect summer day?

BABYMOROCCO: That’s such a good question. Wake up, brush your teeth, go gym. You’ve got your pump on so your body looks good as fuck. And then you get vodka, usually Glen’s. Nice, sharp, and cheap. Get ice lollies. Put a slushy together. Drink about five of those so you’re crazy fucked up.

FREEMAN: What time is this?

BABYMOROCCO: This is like 2:00 PM. And then you go to your girls. We’ll meet up and go to a little bar. Maybe Latino Hits in Dalston because they do two for one. It’s not the swaggiest place, but two for one porn star martinis—I’m not even just saying that to be funny. Those porn star martinis, if you haven’t had one, get one. They taste like candy and dreams.

FREEMAN: So good. I’ve heard of gay boys who do a pump before they go to Adonis or something and I’m like, “Is that really—

BABYMOROCCO: What’s Adonis?

FREEMAN: It’s a gay club night once a month.

BABYMOROCCO: Oh. Do you go to the gay clubs?


BABYMOROCCO: I haven’t been to a gay club in some time. I went to Heaven or G-A-Y when I was 19 and a drag queen pulled me up on stage and got me to throw lollipops at people. 

FREEMAN: I need to tell you something embarrassing. I actually went to Heaven this weekend.

BABYMOROCCO: Why would that be embarrassing? Did you have a good time?

FREEMAN: I had a great time. You should play at Heaven.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, Jockstrap did a show at Heaven. I want to do a foam party. Or a water park. That’s my dream live show. How fun is that? I’ve done a lot of shows lately where it’s always in the same kind of venue. And I can appreciate the dark, dirty club shit, but I’d rather be on a stage in the middle of a pool party. That’s what I want to start getting booked for. I want to be in the places that I sing about, in Zante, Ibiza, Mykonos, Ayia Napa, all those places.

FREEMAN: Let’s do one last set of push-ups. Let’s see how many push-ups we can do?

BABYMOROCCO: In one go. But you got to do proper ones.

FREEMAN: All right, we ready?

BABYMOROCCO: Go! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Nose touch grass. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Go on. 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. 20. 21. That was really good. You probably beat me. Let me try.

FREEMAN: Okay. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. 

BABYMOROCCO: I just wanted to give up.

FREEMAN: You wanted to beat me.

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah, but then I got lazy.

FREEMAN: Fair enough. Have you already done your gym for the day before we met?

BABYMOROCCO: Yeah. That’s why I was like, “I’m not going to do a real training session.”

FREEMAN: You’re saying that wasn’t a real training session?

BABYMOROCCO: No, I’m saying—

FREEMAN: That’s fucked up.

BABYMOROCCO: If we got to go to the gym properly, I would’ve taken you on a proper workout.

FREEMAN: I’m going to hold you to that one day.