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Every so often a new artist comes along that immediately grabs your attention. The last time that happened to me was when I first heard Sleaford Mods. Until now that is; slowthai has come along with his infection and urgent political-punk-infested hip-hop rantings. This is his debut album and, although this CD version is only 32 minutes long and, strangely does not include some of the great tracks that are included in the streaming version such as the brilliant T N Biscuits and Drug Dealer, there are still enough belters on here to make it a great, gritty and raw debut album.
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.
The vinyl features two pieces of pull out artwork aswell as a lyric sheet, more than enough for a vinyl collector to be satisfied with the value for money.
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.