I don’t know if she deserved to win the Mercury Prize, but Speech Debelle is sure worth a few listens. (Or spins, as she shows on current single, “Spinnin’.”) British hip hop is always an acquired taste – the accent just doesn’t fit, does it? – but Speech, née Corynne Elliot, provides a light, jazzy touch to her beats, and her positive flow reminds me of another Speech, the one from conscious rappers Arrested Development. Now, does she have a song as great as “Tennessee” in her?
Speech Debelle: Spinnin’ (from KEXP)
from the CD Speech Therapy
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