Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
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Based on 20 reviews
2019 Ratings: #83 / 759
Year End Rank: #19
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2019 Ratings: #54
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The Guardian

Clever, bleak, funny, bracing, aware of a broad musical heritage but never in thrall to it: after you hear Nothing Great About Britain, it’s even more obvious why Slowthai stands out.

This album feels and sounds like an instant classic, and there’s a sense slowthai will soon be the name on everybody’s lips.
Loud and Quiet
Brutally honest and amusingly witty with his flow, aggressive and dynamic with his production work, and captivatingly appealing with his charm and charisma, all taken together it assembles a hugely impressive, compelling and socially important listen.
This compelling and provocative record is a haunting echo of a seemingly hopeless vignette of Britain today, where slowthai offers the slightest glimmer of optimism for a potentially brighter future. slowthai is the unexpected hero for the people we didn’t know we needed, but so many, justly deserve.
God Is in the TV
The most thought provoking debut of the year will have you flipping and reflipping until you know it all off by heart like a grim prospectus of the realities of life out there once we finally come out of the other side.
Northern Transmissions

slowthai finds himself as the poster boy for Brexit Britain and it’s a mantle that this street poet will no doubt relish.


The Bajan-British rapper’s debut tackles the UK’s pressing crises—a looming Brexit, class hostility, widening poverty—with great jokes and writerly candor.

Scrappy or not, ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ is a triumph of a debut, genre-straddling, quick-witted and, most importantly, very fun to listen to.
The Northampton rapper's unique debut album is authentic and honest in all its garish glory, an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.
The Line of Best Fit

It’s at times a brutal listen, but hidden between the hard knocks is the sound of a charismatic young artist who knows he’s making a debut album to remember.

The Observer

What connects is the dark charisma in Slowthai’s aggrieved squawk, a yelp of rage, fear and occasional self-loathing, crackling with the visceral betrayal of the left-behind.

The Needle Drop

On his debut album, slowthai proves himself to be an exciting new voice in the UK hip hop landscape.

Crack Magazine

His debut album, the knowingly-titled Nothing Great About Britain, succinctly captures the mental state of that fractured nation, and the fizzing energy of an exasperated youth.


Fresh and exhilarating, Nothing Great About Britain firmly establishes slowthai as one of U.K. rap's most relevant artists.

Spectrum Culture

Nothing Great About Britain is great at expressing a dizzying sort of (anti-)national pride, but the LP never quite puts its finger on new and newly inclusive ways of reimagining the nation.


A record that reveals the whirlwind of hype around Slowthai to be not much more than invisible garments on an arrogant emperor.

The bloke’s from Northampton - all question of authenticity should be answered by that one fact.

He has my every sympathy.
Final Edit: I gotta go 9/10 on this. This album is so great, and incredibly consistent. Even the bonus tracks are awesome! I am captivated by this guy- his rapping, his story, his lyrics. This album is catchy, it's aggressive, it's emotional, and it's just a really satisfying experience front to back. Top 10 album of the year for me, possibly my rap AOTY, and definitely making my top 100 albums of the decade list easy.

Really solid front to back. Slowthai is compelling as a lyricist and ... read more
slowthai has been having a pretty amazing year. getting a feature on a tyler the creator album, a feature on Ginger and touring with Brockhampton, and making a pretty good album here. it's safe to say he's one of the most interesting and notable new rappers this year. but how good is his debut album?

it's good. i enjoy it. it's not like, the best goddamn thing i've ever goddamn motherfucking heard, but it's definitely enjoyable.

the opener, Nothing Great About Britain sets the tone for the ... read more
I've listened to songs from other languages and I've had an easier time understanding those, than this album. Honestly I can 100% say with certainty that I am NOT the demographic for this. If anyone can hand me a decoder ring to help me understand what the hell Slowthai is talking about I'd greatly appreciate it.
This year 2019, the British rap has released some hit albums (Little Simz, DAVE ...) but English hip-hop is still less popular than American hip-hop. However, the personalities do not miss, the talent either. But if we exclude Skepta and Stormzy, it's hard to name five MCs that crowd the crowds like Lil Uzi Vert or Kodak Black. But with Slowthai, things may be changing ... His talent, his intelligence, his approach more punk than street and his soul allow him to destroy his competitors. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Nothing Great About Britain
  2. Doorman
  3. Dead Leaves
  4. Gorgeous
  5. Crack
  6. Grow Up (feat. Jaykae)
  7. Inglorious (feat. Skepta)
  8. Toaster
  9. Peace of Mind
  10. Missing
  11. Northampton's Child
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Added on: March 28, 2019