First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in



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)


Listen to Jamie T Now


Latest Jamie T News

Jamie T to play intimate album launch gig in London next month

Jamie T to play intimate album launch gig in London next month

Release of 'Carry On The Grudge' will be capped with performance in Kingston on October 2

Jamie T shares 'Zombie' B-side '40/40 ICU' – listen

His third album 'Carry On The Grudge' is released on September 29

  • Sep 8, 2014

Jamie T showcases old and new material at surprise Reading show

The south London troubadour packed out the Festival Republic Stage on the first night of the festival

  • Aug 22, 2014

More Jamie T News


More Jamie T Reviews

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (09/11/09)

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (09/11/09)

Yeasayer, Jamie T, Lil Wayne, The Antlers

  • Nov 9, 2009

Live Review: Jamie T

The new tunes are great, but it’s the gags that make this show – in a converted loo – so memorable. Ginglik, London, Wednesday September 9

  • Sep 16, 2009

Album review: Jamie T - 'Kings And Queens'

The Wimbledon troubadour tries a bigger sound, with largely successful results

  • Sep 8, 2009

More Jamie T Reviews

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

Most Read News
Popular This Week
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today