Every generation needs its poets and here's the 23 musical scribes who define 2010.
Meanwhile, you can vote for the best lyricists ever here.
Words: Emily Mackay, Matt Wilkinson, Barry Nicolson, Mark Beaumont, Laura Snapes, Dan Martin, Sam Wolfson, Martin Robinson, Jaimie Hodgson
The enigmatic 34-year-old rap upstart has many-a breath baited for the prophetic contents of his long-awaited debut album
Why is Jay Electronica in this list? Because ‘Exhibit C’ is the most accomplished piece of ‘conscious rap’ this millennium – perhaps ever.
The reason why Jay’s been heralded as such a saviour is because he delivers thought-provoking, mind-expanding lyricism with as much swagger and bravado as the squillion-selling ‘gangsta’ figures of the hip-hop mainstream. He never feels preachy or pseudo-intellectual, instead dissecting everything from hip-hop’s internal fracas to the human race’s eternal search for spiritual enlightenment.
If his debut long-player can harness as much brimstone as we’ve heard from him thus far, the world won’t fail to sit up and listen. JH
Key lyric: “They call me Jay Electronica/Fuck that, call me Jay ElecHannukah/Jay ElecYarmulke/Jay ElecRamadaan Muhammad Asalaamica RasoulAllah Supana Watallah through your monitor/My uzi still weighs a ton/Check the barometer”
(‘Exhibit C’, 2010 single)
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Erykah Badu are also set for ’Act II: Patents Of Nobility (The Turn)’
Rapper and Tory party donor have been rowing very publicly over Twitter
- Jun 25, 2012