- 29 May 19
Hotly tipped rapper delivers state of the nation address.
Coming as a surprise to absolutely no one, Slowthai's new record is imbued with menacing beats, fast-paced lyrics and a real cultural significance. The signature aberrant style we have come to expect from the Northampton native is evident throughout all 17 tracks. The abrupt, unorthodox rhythms give each track an edge, further accentuated by thought-provoking subject matter.
The title track of Nothing Great About Britain sets the tone, a simultaneous mockery and celebration of what it is to be British. From a 'bottle of Bucky in Buckingham Palace' to 'waving a black cab, munchin' a fag', the album itemises everything that makes the rapper British, while also incorporating more personal, stripped back tracks.
The climax comes in the form of 'Northampton's Child', simultaneously a reflection on Slowthai's council estate upbringing and an ode to his mother. Featuring collaborations with Jaykae, Skepta and of course Mura Masa, Nothing Great About Britain also exhibits punk influences, making you want to dive head-first into the nearest mosh pit.
Overall, the album exposes the sleazy underbelly of England, while celebrating the nicotine, alcohol and people that make it great. Something of a deranged genius, Slowthai's social commentary is utterly essential.