UK rapper slowthai dropped his track Inglorious, ft Skepta, on Friday, May 17th, slamming yet another Brit-culture stamp on the global music industry.
The track racked up over 500,000 hits on YouTube over 24 hours and added yet another notch to Britain’s belt when it comes to tooling up the rest of the world on how to do music.
Inglorious isn’t about to change the game but thanks to Skepta’s flawless bars - as always - it should deservedly put slowthai on the map.
REVIEW: slowthai inglorious - ft Skepta
Twenty-four-year old slowthai has been on the scene for over four years yet none of his tracks will circulate across the globe as popularly as Inglorious.
But it’s not just because the title includes now global-superstar Skepta.
Of course, with Skepta’s pending new album, Ignorance is Bliss, slowthai’s collaboration is timed to perfection, while no-one else on the scene could have delivered the 50-second spit as cleanly as the grime king.
But this one is all about slowthai and from the seamless video production to hard-hitting bars, the song smashes a huge made in Britain stamp on the world thanks to clever Brit-pop-culture references and a refusal to sound anything but UK.
Rewinding time to Clockwork Orange
slowthai literally pinning back his eyes (1 minute 10) in homage to UK-classic A Clockwork Orange may be the most obvious Brit-culture reference but there are litters of intertextual references throughout, such as a nod to Trainspotting.
Everybody's favourite Pet Detective, Ace Ventura, gets a nod while the animal theme is typified in UK summer party scene fashion by a reference to slowthai feeling ‘horse’.
With police seizures of a certain drug rising by 30% over the past 12 months in the UK... yep, slowthai is of course referring to ketamine.
Brit culture and its current climate
The entire Inglorious track is curated as a diss to the current political and cultural disarray in the UK, with slowthai opening with “don’t know about the tax bracket”.
We still don’t understand whose mug he is T-bagging, though.
Skepta echoes slowthai's thoughts with: "I love the look on their faces when they look in the whip and it’s a back star, that’s for all of the jokes about the jam jar (Cockney rhyme and slang for car).”
You can even spot the "strong and stable slogan" sarcastically plastered across a curtain.
And in case anyone was still unsure about the message, there's the definition of inglorious in the final scene.
Overall, the song should bang in the UK this summer and it’s nothing less than a 8.8/10 thanks slowthai’s timely cultural references and Skepta’s powered-up bars heading into his new album.
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