It’s been more and more appealing to hear emcees from the UK lately. We've all had a bit of time with Dizzee Rascal in the past, but now there’s plenty more layers and layers of emcees that are reaching our shores. It's as if the states had completely written Britain off feeling that they couldn't get their niche right. Voices like Skepta and King Krule’s group Sub Luna City now provide an echoed sentiment of city life outside of the United States, showcasing just how much we all share the same moon. With emcees like Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, some of the A$AP MOB, and even Retchy P continuing to uniquely explore the 90’s boom-bap style about as much as they possibly can, the reflection of it in today’s rap is still making particular leeps and bounds almost as a genre within itself these days. I’ve heard the incessant call for something new but even Kanye West’s avante guarde ear reaches back to the 90’s and etches it into his recent distortive music. And if those gritty instrumentals and recurring loops can provide a renewed spark of poetic character then why bother it?
Though it’s the 90’s all over again within certain pools of Hip Hop, South Londoner, Loyle Carner, doesn’t possess the same fear of honesty that you might hear from many rappers who are reawakening it within the states. The skinny freckled-faced emcee finds away to use Hip Hop as a healing mechanism for himself and that feeling is something that feels like it’s been hiding in our music for a long while.
It creeps up during the sentimental entry track “BFG” where he shows sorrow over the loss of his pops dramatically repeating, “ Everybody says I’m fucking sad. Of course I’m fucking sad, I miss my fucking dad,” toward the end of the track. And on “The Money” where he assumes the roll of his father with worries about providing for his family. A firey collaborative track, also linked on soundcloud, with fellow London emcee, Rejjie Snow, also finds him admitting a lost love for women after a breakup. It’s like he’s growing up on wax.
Listening to many up and coming emcee’s theres tons of raps that refer to masculinity and mysogny, but there’s rarely an intriguing outlook on anyone’s life which creates a stale cycle even entering the sub-genre of bending 90’s rap. What’s refreshing about Loyle, even within this current sub-genre is his completely humble honesty.