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16 June 2019

Inglorious (ft. Skepta)

by Andrew MacGregor

slowthai: “Inglorious (ft. Skepta)” - 3 mins 09s

Slowthai is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. The Northampton-born rapper doesn't mince his words when it comes to the state of this country (his debut album is called ‘Nothing Great About Britain'), so one shouldn't be surprised at the invective found in his new single, ‘Inglorious'.

Both the track and accompanying promo are steeped in anti-establishment sentiment, with barbs against the 1% ("Rich boy, got accounts off-shore") and nods to class warfare ("See, you judge me on my appearance, face value and that/Don't know about the tax bracket").

It's just as charged on screen, too. Directing trio Crowns & Owls wear their cinematic influences on their sleeves, particularly Alex DeLarge's torture at the hands of the authorities in ‘A Clockwork Orange'. This chimes well with Slowthai's own big screen sensibility, with the track namechecking both Trainspotting and Ace Ventura.

Pop culture references aside, the whole package is a spiky commentary on today's increasingly fraught landscape. So long as the UK is in political turmoil, you can rest assured Slowthai is armed and lyrically dangerous.

Director: Crowns & Owls
Producer: Andy Picton
Cinematographer: David Wright
Post Production: Hannah Whitehill @ Big Buoy Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Jonny Tully @ Big Buoy Ⓟ Ⓦ

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