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EP: Nolay –¬†#GrimeGutsAndGlory

Influenced by Big L, Styles P, Big Pun, Nas, and Biggie, the British Hip-Hop Artist Storms America With Her Kid D-Produced EP

06.10.2016

Critical Praise for Nolay:

“The personal aspect of her narrative reveals a complex experience and uniquely female identity that stands apart from her counterparts” –¬†HighSnobiety

“Equipped with raw, razor-sharp rhymes and a fierce, no-bars attitude over trap-tinged grime beats, Nolay is for sure a force to be reckoned with. Positing herself as the heir-apparent to Godfathers of Grime, Wiley and Dizzee Rascal, “Pressure” sees the artist taking the classic 8-bar format to a whole new level” –¬†Paper Mag

Nolay¬†is widely renowned as one of the most beloved emcees within the British scene, capable of delivering vicious slaughtering wordplay at the drop of a hat to devastating effect.”¬†The Source

“In a musical landscape awash with records about ballin’ and bling, it’s vital that voices like Nolay’s are offering an alternative to the narrative, not just for entertainment, but, more crucially, education.” –¬†i-D

The EP:

Largely influenced by iconic New York hip-hop artists including Big L, Big Pun, Nas, Styles P, andNotorious B.I.G., British hip-hop artist¬†Nolay invades American shores with #GrimeGutsAndGlory, her first stateside release. The six-track EP¬†was produced in-full by Kid D, whose whirring electronic production¬†creates a world-conquering background for Nolay’s Cockney-rhyming slang.¬†‚ÄúCreatively, me and Kid D get on like a house on fire,‚ÄĚ said Nolay to¬†Paper Mag.¬†Though there are not many female rappers in the UK hip-hop scene, Nolay is unfazed:¬†“We are in a male-dominated scene, so when it comes to the ratio of male spitters in comparison to the ratio of female spitters there aren’t a lot. But they dominate in numbers and that’s it. You can’t dominate me, [unless we’re talking just numbers]. I’m going to shine anytime I touch a mic and it’s down to every female that wants to spit to make sure they do the same.”

Highsnobiety premiered the Anime-inspired video for Nolay’s¬†“Gotta Love It,” which¬†REVOLT¬†called¬†a “hardened Grime track with bars that bite as hard as any stateside MC could deliver.” In late May,¬†Paper Mag¬†premiered EP-highlight¬†“Pressure,” which finds Nolay weaving impressive wordplay over a hybrid Grime/Trap beat, her accent creating unexpected assonance throughout.¬†Having began her career during the first Grime boom in 2004 as a member of the group¬†Unorthodox¬†and soon making a name for herself with solo hits such as “Unorthodox Daughter,” Nolay is a pioneer of the Grime genre. She currently stars in the UK television series¬†Top Boy¬†(Drake¬†is a fan), cementing her status as a quadruple threat: she writes, raps, sings AND acts. With #GrimeGutsAndGlory, Nolay defends her crown as London’s original bad girl while continuing to break down borders in the United States.

Stream #GrimeGutsAndGlory on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/58P0kf7NkYZ1LawaXbYaw5

Stream on Tidal: http://listen.tidal.com/album/61247154

Buy #GrimeGutsAndGlory on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/album/grime-guts-glory-ep/id1116962187?ls=1&app=itunes

Please contact Michelle or Rory if interested in talking with Nolay.

Nolay Background:

British artist Nolay proves longevity is attainable for an independent artist.¬†Rapper/Songwriter NoLay burst onto the scene as part of the group Unorthodox in 2004¬†with big records like ‚ÄúNo Help Or Handouts‚ÄĚ, which allowed fans to become acquainted¬†with her preference for raw lyrics, innovative rhyme schemes, and gritty swag that would¬†undoubtedly leave an impression on the grime & UK rap scene forever.¬†Nolay fused her edgy innovative style and sexy essence together to cement her niche¬†and pay homage to artists who influenced her most such as Big L, Big Pun, Nas, Styles¬†P and The Notorious B.I.G.


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#GrimeGutsAndGlory on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/58P0kf7NkYZ1LawaXbYaw5

#GrimeGutsAndGlory: https://itunes.apple.com/album/grime-guts-glory-ep/id1116962187?ls=1&app=itunes

“Pressure”:¬†https://soundcloud.com/officialnolay/nolay-pressure-prod-kid-dexplicit

“Gotta Love It”:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMLF61ZeD0A

“Netflix & Pills”:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfvE6P6bfDk

“Unorthodox Daughter”:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3Pp3V0N0hk

“No Help No Handouts”:¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvplk8rPDso