Thursday, September 10, 2009

UK's Mercury Prize won by Speech Debelle

The Mercury Prize is an award given to the year's best album from the UK or Ireland. Generally, the award is given to an indie or alternative band, and it can be a great way to "get the word out" about a particular artist. This year, there were a lot of great nominees, such as the Friendly Fires and Bat for Lashes, and even Kasabian who dont ususally have a lot of artistic heft (but damn, I can't get the song "Fire" out of my head). On September 8th, the UK gave the prize to Speech Debelle for her album Speech Therapy. Speech is a British, and generally fits into the Rap/Hip-Hop genre. Her stuff is pretty good- here is a sample:

--> She is a talented rapper, and I love rap tracks with jazz backing music and/or samples. Congrats!

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