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Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain [Method, 2019]
Discographically, a puzzle. Impressed enough by this 24-year-old Anglo-Bajan's rapper's down-and-dirty local color to buy the 11-track UK CD, I soon learned there was a six-track second disc I could locate only via Spotify. It begins with the pick hit "Drug Deale": "Crack dealer, phone passed around like Ambika/Shotgun shells turn your face pizza/Never shot guns just a drug dealer, hah?/Just a drug dealer, got one song it say drug dealer/Nothing to say but drug dealer." Turn that song inside out and it's why I enjoy as well as admire this guy screechy flow and all. While proud enough of his accomplishments, he's also candid not boastful about a mean not brutal past he's glad to be done with. Having described many street scenes of financially strapped everyday life, Slowthai is proud to stretch out on his sofa with a cup of tea. Not only that, he loves his mother in convincing detail. As he puts it: "Real men cry and thugs go home." A-