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So I've gone down a rabbit hole on Spotify after listening to the new Slowthai album and really liking it.
This song Doorman absolutely rules, reminds me of the more raw punk-ish songs Beastie Boys did long ago.
What other stuff is out there that's of a similar sound? Reading an article about slowthai, I'm intrigued by the difference in topics - society, politics, the economy, etc. and how it contrasts with most of the US hip hop I know of with a similar sound that sticks to the guns / drugs / oppressive attitudes towards women formula.
What else is good from the UK?
The second song reminds me of the Seaford Mods
Very different feel, but this is my fav UK chap
And this album in just an incredible listen. The whole album is a conversation btw an anarchist on trial, and his reporter friend. Really moving stuff.
The year is 2013
Time we got this right
We've tried all other avenues
This is the one solution left
And those at home
Welcome to Mud Island
Where clouds don't clear
And no one comes for asylum
Where you can't grow food without a horticulture license
And licenses are only granted to corporate giants
Not the Jolly Green
They're monsters of oil and iron
Who shape government policy
And own soil and sky
And they also own the rights
To the writer's pens
So no news can find a vent
Without prior consent
And that consent doesn't come
When the news is anti-government
Or about the fear that always hangs in the distance
Or the fact that every other cousin's languishing in prison
Or the lack of a living wage
That wages war on actually living
The buses are silent
We all face forward
Like the drones in 1984
Afraid to talk in case we're breaking laws
We didn't even know existed
The terror agents on the corners
Who can leave you broken wristed
With interrogation methods
Never less than vicious
And detention without charge
Is the quintessence of Englishness
The quintessence of Englishness
- Phone call just gave me goose bumpsProjectile
- nice i like concept piecesdeathboy
- wish it had a little more complexity in the music though. more like this https://www.youtube.…deathboy
- or the full album that is part of.. a lil more music to it all but i guess that may not fit the styledeathboy
- ^ yeah that would be nice actually. A bit like Dub PistolsProjectile
Loving the SlowThai album Thanks for that. Like a cross between JamieT, the Streets and Eminem.
Don't mind a bit of Little Simz.
I can't believe nobody has mentioned the utterly authentic voices of the North East, Duble G & Wayne Lewis:
- never heard geordie hip hop before. An accent fit for purpose. Proper northern lyrics too hahaIanbolton
- I think my favourite thing about this is the fact that Wayne Lewis has gone so real with his name. No 'Dr This' or 'Grandmaster That'. Wayne. Lewis.Wolfboy
- Haha. Yeah. Keeping it real on the streets of Gateshead!Ianbolton
- hahah I love it!robthelad
- this video shows how I see all hip hopdrgs
- ^ crude and misogynistic?Ianbolton
- Jesus that was pure shite. Much better UK hip hop around. Rodney P, Roots Manuva...mort_
- Little simz, for sure... worlds apartmort_
- is this a parody?Krassy
- I hope it's a parody, fucking awful lol.fadein11
- God awful.noRGB
- lanbolton gets itimbecile
- I was born on a shit council estate in Scunthorpe mateIanbolton
Thanks for the continued suggestions!
Not getting as much love for the new album but that old skool style is still working for old me.
off topic as not really hip hop but too good not to share
- uh oh, I can already feel the rage boiling in our Irish cousins that this was posted in the UK Hip Hop threadNairn
- earworm materialBluejam
- Blindboy will go spare. As a way of making it up to him, listen to his podcast. It'gas. Yurt.Morning_star
- Nothern Ireland is UK.
I have no idea where in Ireland they're fromProjectile
- Not Northern Ireland ;)Nairn
- Indeed. Blindboys grandfather was active in the IRA. Suffice to say, he's not a fan of British colonialism.Morning_star
- I went down a bit of an Irish Twitter rabbit hole the other week and was a bit taken aback by the blatant furious hatred for 'Brits' that still exists.Nairn
- I guess I naively assumed it'd've settled into a Scots-like bemused dislike for the English, but no. Some cunts over there absolutely hate us, hahaha.Nairn
- It's odd for me, as a Scotto-Northerner - I've always had a dislike of Westminster and monied Southerners, so guess I've never seen myself as one of 'dem Brits'Nairn