- 06 Jul 22
The South London hip-hop artist has released this new expressive single after a two-year hiatus.
UK hip-hop artist Loyle Carner has returned to the scene after two years with new single 'Hate' - accompanied by a rage-fuelled, self-directed music video.
The video features an irate Carter driving while rapping. Extreme road-rage and foaming anger develop into a more anxious acrimonious mixture. Compelling, dynamic lyrics drive this video - staying at the forefront for its entirety. Towards the end of the video we see Carner begin to bleed and further become consumed by his fears and fury.
The video ends with what should be a peaceful scene, the car driving down an empty road - but as you look further, you see the versions of Carner have multiplied so far he no longer has control over the car, which could mirror his life if you examine the metaphor closely enough. This potent track needed exactly this style of music video - extremely simple but perfectly effective.
Carner's last drop was in late 2020 with single 'Yesterday'. Prior to this, the rapper released his sophomore studio album Not Waving, But Drowning in April 2019.
"Not Waving, But Drowning boasts a range of strong guest appearances – including Tom Misch, Rebel Kleff and Kiko Bun – though none of them overpower Carner, who crafts a compelling coming-of-age narrative over the course of the record," Hot Press' Ellie MacClean wrote in her review at the time.
The musician discussed the meaning behind his latest track, saying the track is "one of the few songs made from a hateful place. I was angry at the world, frightened and overwhelmed. It’s unfiltered. Really just a stream of consciousness that builds to an understanding that hate is rooted in fear."
He continued: "It reminds me of times the red mist takes over, and how alone you feel when the rest mist passes. Arrogant and self-righteous but at the same time vulnerable and somber. I listen to this one in my car, at night. Especially after an argument when you need to get space and take a breath."
It's no surprise that Carter used this track to speak out about his struggles growing up mixed race with lyrics: "Yeah, I fear the colour of my skin, I fear the colour of my kin, I still feel the colour that's within."
The hip-hop artist recently played Forbidden Fruit in June 2022, but at the moment he hasn't announced any further Irish gigs. Fingers crossed we might see more of him on Irish stages across 2022.
Check out the video for 'Hate' below.