Stormzy (@Stormzy1), J Hus (@JHus), Kate Tempest (@KateTempest) & Loyle Carner (@LoyleCarner) Represent BritHop In Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist
Whoah! Doesn’t time fly. The UK scene is still buzzing off last year’s unexpected Mercury Prize winner, Skepta beating music legend, David Bowie to pick up the award, and now it’s time to do it again.
This morning the Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlisted albums were announced, which revealed that UK Hip-Hop and Grime have made further strides into the consciousness of the wider music industry, with four BritHop artist’s albums being nominated.
It should be no surprise to find out that Stormzy‘s chart-topping debut album, ‘Gang Signs And Prayer’, which is currently certified gold by the BPI, has been shortlisted. However, some may be pleasantly surprised by the shortlisting of Afrohop-pioneer J Hus‘ Top 5 debut album, ‘Common Sense’, which has just been certified silver by the BPI this week, with the equivalent of 60,000 units sold in the UK.
Next up is award-winning Poet/Author/Rapper, Kate Tempest who received her second nomination for her 2016 release, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’, produced by Dan Carey, which has received critical-acclaim from the wider music establishment. Although operating outside of the current sphere of what many would consider the UK Hip-Hop scene, Kate embodies the Hip-Hop essence in to whatever she does, and it is where her roots are.
Last but not least is the shortlistling of UK Hip-Hop rising star Loyle Carner‘s album, ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, which may not have achieved the commercially success of Stormzy of J Hus‘ albums, but is a good project that fuses Jazz elements with crisp Hip-Hop production, definitely worthy of recognition, and fits the ethos of the Mercury Prize, which has historically been about highlighting cutting-edge, creative albums.
This year’s awards ceremony is being held on September 14 at the Eventim Apollo in west London, where the winner will be announced, and all the shortlisted acts (who will be invited to attend, and perform) will receive a trophy in recognition of their work.
BritHopTV would like to wish all the artist nominated for this years awards the best of luck!
Full Hyundai Mercury Prize Shortlist 2017
Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love In The 4th Dimension
The XX – I See You