Magazine article New Internationalist

A Little Deeper

Magazine article New Internationalist

A Little Deeper

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Something interesting is happening in the world of British hiphop, and much of it has to do with one 21-year old Londoner. Better known to the prize juries and rap fans alike as Ms Dynamite, Niomi McLean-Daley has been turning the genre on its head. And not just for the music. One big reason that she has been noticed is for her unequivocal stance on gun-crime and the macho posturing that permeates much rap. In the wake of two particularly brutal drive-by killings in Birmingham, England, more interest - and hope - is concentrated on her than before.

Let's hope that the youngster can sustain the pressure, because this debut album has unusual depth. The music is beautifully positioned, hiphop with a slight reggae lilt (well, its producers include the Fugees' Salaam Demi and Jamaican legends Tony and Dave Kelly) and Ms Dynamite's voice can reach the same tingling timbre as Nina Simone on songs like `Natural High'. …

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