EP Stream: Nolay – #GrimeGutsAndGlory [Audio]

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Nolay

By Jack Barnes

Largely influenced by iconic New York hip-hop artists including Big L, Big Pun, Nas, Styles P, andNotorious B.I.G., British hip-hop artist Nolay invades American shores with #GrimeGutsAndGlory, her first stateside release. The six-track EP was produced in-full by Kid D, whose whirring electronic production creates a world-conquering background for Nolay’s Cockney-rhyming slang. “Creatively, me and Kid D get on like a house on fire,” said Nolay to Paper Mag. Though there are not many female rappers in the UK hip-hop scene, Nolay is unfazed: “We are in a male-dominated scene, so when it comes to the ratio of male spitters in comparison to the ratio of female spitters there aren’t a lot. But they dominate in numbers and that’s it. You can’t dominate me, [unless we’re talking just numbers]. I’m going to shine anytime I touch a mic and it’s down to every female that wants to spit to make sure they do the same.” Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Highsnobiety premiered the Anime-inspired video for Nolay’s “Gotta Love It,” which REVOLT called a “hardened Grime track with bars that bite as hard as any stateside MC could deliver.” In late May, Paper Mag premiered EP-highlight “Pressure,” which finds Nolay weaving impressive wordplay over a hybrid Grime/Trap beat, her accent creating unexpected assonance throughout. Having began her career during the first Grime boom in 2004 as a member of the group Unorthodox and soon making a name for herself with solo hits such as “Unorthodox Daughter,” Nolay is a pioneer of the Grime genre. She currently stars in the UK television series Top Boy (Drake is a fan), cementing her status as a quadruple threat: she writes, raps, sings AND acts. With #GrimeGutsAndGlory, Nolay defends her crown as London’s original bad girl while continuing to break down borders in the United States.

The Background:
British artist Nolay proves longevity is attainable for an independent artist. Rapper/Songwriter NoLay burst onto the scene as part of the group Unorthodox in 2004 with big records like “No Help Or Handouts”, which allowed fans to become acquainted with her preference for raw lyrics, innovative rhyme schemes, and gritty swag that would undoubtedly leave an impression on the grime & UK rap scene forever. Nolay fused her edgy innovative style and sexy essence together to cement her niche and pay homage to artists who influenced her most such as Big L, Big Pun, Nas, Styles P and The Notorious B.I.G.
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