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
Wimbledon-born 24-year-old social satirist, currently the inner-city troubadour of choice
Urban storytelling: makes you think of Boris Johnson getting all ‘owtwaged’ over a grime track about knives, dunnit? No more: Jamie T hoses fresh life and colour into everyday scenes of metropolitan desolation – the drugs, the binges, the fights, the overdoses – thanks to possessing the tongue of an Olympic gold medallist in High-Speed Cunnilingus.
Jamie’s juxtaposition of semi-cockney post-war dialect with the scatterbeat patterns of modern rap give him a unique sense of urban heritage unavailable to most grime gang-bangers from the Brixton estates. Ultra-modern, yet timeless. That’s Jamie down to a T. MB
Key lyric: “Bottle of wine and an old 45/Rifle in the corner that her grandfather left her when he died/Said ‘no surprise, I’ve had to use it quite a few times’”
(‘Emily’s Heart’, 2010 single)
The show will include performances of 'unreleased songs which no one has heard before'
Singer takes on Meghan Trainor's 2014 single in session for Radio 1
- Apr 7, 2015
'I'm thinking about it all the time,' he said of the follow-up to 2014's 'Carry On The Grudge'
- Feb 20, 2015
Jamie Treays follows 2014's album with a gritty EP that evokes his earlier ramshackle spirit
- Mar 30, 2015
After five years away, the Wimbledon singer is sucked into London's murky underworld on his enthralling third album
- Sep 28, 2014
Yeasayer, Jamie T, Lil Wayne, The Antlers
- Nov 9, 2009