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'A funny accent draws bare attention': how regional rappers stormed the charts

One year ago   |   By The Guardian

London used to rule UK rap - but now the biggest hits are from outside the M25. Manchester's Aitch, Coventry's Jay1 and Leicester's Trillary Banks explain why If someone comes to visit London, it's only ever a matter of minutes before they mention the price of two things: houses and alcoholic beverages. Even if they're a successful rapper with sell-out tours and Top 20 hits under their belt, they will still be horrified. “Look at the house prices - it's way cheaper in Cov,” notes Coventry's Jay1. “London is expensive, man.” He gestures at his passionfruit daiquiri. “It probably cost £10...
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