slowthai unveils new single & video with Skepta dubbed 'Inglorious', beside debut album
Yesterday, slowthai dropped his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain, along with an unheard single with Skepta and visuals for the new record.
Fairly fitting as the previous week saw Skepta too, drop new music and a ramped up promo stance on his latest album, Ignorance Is Bliss, dropping May 31st.
The two rappers, who have worked together before, through concerts and the Skepta’s last sneaker release, now team up once again, but for young slowthai’s project. Like much of what the Northampton vocalist has been outputting these days, this record is heavily based on the British systems and government at the moment - as it gives a clear definition of what inglorious means at the end of the track. slowthai does seems quite vocal on this subject and it seems he is pushing a narrative of the “shameful” stance that England have put themselves in, aside, much of the government’s overlooking of certain communities.
The video is excellent, just like all slowthai videos. For a guy from a place as unhappening as Northampton (actual fact, I’m from there), he truly has some how formed this raw, genuine, and unique talent within himself to not only spit well, but also think above what many others perceive - his videos are always different; his lyrics contains thoughts uncommon in his age group; his music sounds like nothing else created today; and his whole nature is like no other that has come before him, especially from North.
Throughout the visuals we witness slowthai being forced to watch propaganda; violently baptised in front of the people he despises; and generally isolated from his freedom by his controllers, who here represent the like of Teresa May, Boris Johnson and them. As Skepta blesses the screen, the mood lightens, and the pair roll around on a tank. Though, still holding meaning behind his work, this assistance from Skepta may be the turning point in slowthai feeling oppressed; now together, they seek to fight back. The two rappers certainly do proclaim their proud English nature, but with their own morals. They lead an army sporting red hoodies; this is the revolt. A nice note here is Skepta holding a wooden baseball bat throughout - potentially paying homage Donny Donowitz/Eli Roth in Inglorious Bastards. As British flags flail about amongst strong colourways of red, compelling shots hit and hold our attention as both MCs hang out car windows; slowthai delivers familiar, comical facial expressions; and the revolt chases those in power - this directed by Crowns & Owls.
We are also aiming to complete a first ever album write up here on the platform, for slowthai’s debut, Nothing Great About Britain. After a couple more listens, this should be dropping late next week….hopefully ㅋ.