Loyle Carner comes to town

By Anton Constantinou

UK hip hop fans will have a chance to see Loyle Carner this month, as the South London rapper embarks on a nationwide tour, starting in Birmingham. Carner is one of Britain’s hottest hip hop prospects.

His laid back flow and articulate delivery make for easy listening, while his jazzy beats call to mind the works Tribe or J Dilla.  What makes him really likeable is his tender nature. Described by NME as “sensitive and eloquent”, his heartfelt songs reveal a strong sense of family and belonging.

On Florence– a track not dissimilar in theme to 2pac’s Letter 2 My Unborn Child– Carter reaches out to the unborn sister he always wanted.  While on  BFG (meaning Big Friendly Giant) he painfully recollects the death of his father: ““Everybody says I’m fuckin’ sad/ Of course I’m fuckin’ sad, I miss my fuckin’ dad”.

For a 21 year old, Carner’s achieved alot in a short space of time.  His first official gig in 2012 saw him support the great MF Doom at the Button Factory in Dublin. Then in September 2014, he dropped his first ep, A Little Late– which includes the breezy summer jam, Seashells.  That same year, Carner teamed with New York giant Joey Bada$$, sharing a stage with him on the UK leg of his European tour .

Last year alone, Carner played at Glastonbury and also appeared on Huw Steven’s BBC radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series. He also collaborated with Kate Tempest: an award winning poet and spoken word artist best known for her work, Brand New Ancients.

Carter’s rapping ability is closely tied to his theatrical background . At 13, he secured a small role in the 2008 movie, 10,000 BC, as Young Hunter. Thereafter he went  on to earn at Drama scholariship at Brit School, before eventually taking up a Drama Degree at the Drama Centre. Bottom line, he’s a arty soul with roots that run deeper than rap.

Carter’s pit stops this month include Liverpool, Brighton, Nottingham and Bristol. He’ll be re-appearing later in March at The Roundhouse as part of an exciting Gil Scott Heron Project lined up.  He’s also confirmed for Camp Bestival this July. For further details of his tour click HERE Alternatively, you can follow him on Twitter.

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