Nothing Great About Britain
- Product Dimensions : 31.9 x 31.5 x 0.41 cm; 326.02 Grams
- Manufacturer : CAROLINE
- Item Model Number : MTHDVE001
- Original Release Date : 2019
- Label : CAROLINE
- ASIN : B07Q47ZKYQ
- Number of discs : 1
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The debut album from slowthai, the 24 year-old UK MC is finally available on vinyl in a limited pressing. Nothing Great About Britain has received nearly universal press acclaim (Mercury Prize Nomination, Pitchfork BNM, 5 stars Guardian, 4 Stars NME/The Wire/etc). Undoubtedly one of the breakout hip hop debuts of the year. slowthai heads up his own sold out headline tour in September before touring the USA again opening for chart-topping rap group/boyband Brockhampton.
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Nothing Great has the line "I ain't Dizzy, I'm just a boy in a corner" but it is an urgent Dizzy Rascal who slowthai sounds most like rather than the current South London grimers. Skepta appears on Inglorious and Mura Masa features on the track Doorman that has received a lot of airplay on 6Music recently. Similar to Sleaford Mods, he gets political too where slowthai's anger is directed at the EDL. Kate Middleton, The Queen and EastEnders Phil Mitchell also get name checked and he conjures an image similar to a Cold War Steve collage with his wordplay.
It is no surprise that this has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize even though slowthai is (shock horror) Northampton's Child rather than from South London.
Slowthai uses his debut album to reinvigorate the dying genre of British drill and grime rap. The Northampton rapper lashes out at an abusive power system forming strong relationships with the modern youth, while his intelligent and biting witticisms gain him favour with more open minded adults. All this combined with catchy and well produced beats to promote rave and dance encouraging tunes.
The self titled track opens the album with a scathing inducement against the royal family while the closer, Northamptons Child humanises this self proclaimed thug. Other standouts include Dead Leaves and collaborations with Jaykae on Grow Up and Skepta on Inglorious that allow Slowthai to lead a new wave of this genre, that may just save it.