SLOWTHAI GETS A TOP 10 WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM
‘NOTHING GREAT ABOUT BRITAIN’
SLOWTHAI GETS A TOP 10 WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘NOTHING GREAT ABOUT BRITAIN’
Slowthai released his highly anticipated debut album Nothing Great About Britain last week and it has gone straight in at number nine on the album charts. He had two collabs on the album which were with Jaykae and Skepta. Slowthai’s track with Skepta “Inglorious” charted this week at number 50 but should climb its way down over the next couple of weeks.
The Bajan-British rapper’s debut tackles the UK’s pressing crises—a looming Brexit, class hostility, widening poverty—with great jokes and writerly candor.
The release of slowthai’s debut album, originally planned to coincide with Britain’s exit from the European Union, did not go exactly to plan. A familiar story: lazy management, a PR disaster, and industry pushback prompted a rethink of the release schedule. And since Brexit was delayed, slowthai let the album breathe, too.
The 24-year-old rapper born Tyron Frampton used the extra couple months wisely, proving politically savvy in interviews and putting his money where his mouth is: On his recent tour of small-town Britain, tickets sold for 99p, or about $1.30. In his canny press campaign, the Bajan-British rapper positioned himself as the “Brexit Bandit,” a social renegade lampooning the political calamity and its role as a weapon of mass distraction. Britain has a healthcare crisis, a housing crisis, and a giant stake in the climate crisis to be getting on with, but the constitutional crisis dominates feeds. With Nothing Great About Britain, slowthai springboards from the Brexit charade to riffs on nationalism and poverty, redistributing wealth across the attention economy.
Stormzy slides down to number 4 this week with his latest track “Vossi Bop”. Dave is at number 11 with “Location” which features Burna Boy and “Keisha and Becky” from Russ and Tion Wayne is at number 14. Hardy Caprio and DigDat have made it to number 20 with “Guten Tag” and “Fashion Week” just slips from the top 20 at number 23. Watch the visuals to “Guten Tag” here.