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 south London troubadour packed out the Festival Republic Stage on the first night of the festival
The singer-songwriter will appear on the Festival Republic Stage at 7.30pm
- Aug 22, 2014
The returning singer-songwriter will now play 13 UK dates this autumn
- Aug 18, 2014
Yeasayer, Jamie T, Lil Wayne, The Antlers
- Nov 9, 2009
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
The Wimbledon troubadour tries a bigger sound, with largely successful results
- Sep 8, 2009