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THE RISING LONDON RAPPER’S HEARTFELT LYRICS HAVE EARNED HIM A VERY DIFFERENT UNDERGROUND FOLLOWING.
Looking at the current state of rap, you don’t need us to point out that the past few years have seen a major shift in attitude. Articles on the genre’s new sensitivity (usually anchored with a Drake or Kendrick Lamar reference) are as common as Tupac conspiracy theories. Maybe we are seeing a bling backlash: we live in uncertain times, emotions are closer to the surface, awareness seems to be worth more than the celebrity lifestyle pushed by Yeezy and his cliques. So if there was a time to connect with the tunes of rising South London rapper Ben Coyle-larner (aka Loyle Carner), it’s now. Since first appearing on a track by Irish rapper Rejjie Snow in 2013, he began building a following in the UK through his critically acclaimed EP, A Little Late, and a spot on last year’s prestigious BBC Sound of 2016 list. This month sees the 21-year-old introduce himself to the rest of the world, dropping his debut album, Yesterday’s Gone. Continued p37.