10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“There’s no such thing as the peak to me,” Not3s told Dummy in March 2018. “I hate that concept…I just want to keep elevating.” Such ambition explains the Londoner’s productivity: Just eight months after the vibrant Take Not3s helped place him in the mainstream, thanks to its UK Top 20 single “My Lover,” he’s delivered this follow-up. He once again toggles between rapping and singing as the music blends hip-hop, Afrobeats, R&B, and dancehall into fiercely melodic forms. This time though, his agile rhymes reveal a man digesting the good and bad of pop success. “Just Fine” is a joyful victory lap, and “Sit Back Down” offers a withering dismissal of haters and hangers-on, while “Got” offsets triumph with sharp awareness that the more you gain, the more you have to lose.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“There’s no such thing as the peak to me,” Not3s told Dummy in March 2018. “I hate that concept…I just want to keep elevating.” Such ambition explains the Londoner’s productivity: Just eight months after the vibrant Take Not3s helped place him in the mainstream, thanks to its UK Top 20 single “My Lover,” he’s delivered this follow-up. He once again toggles between rapping and singing as the music blends hip-hop, Afrobeats, R&B, and dancehall into fiercely melodic forms. This time though, his agile rhymes reveal a man digesting the good and bad of pop success. “Just Fine” is a joyful victory lap, and “Sit Back Down” offers a withering dismissal of haters and hangers-on, while “Got” offsets triumph with sharp awareness that the more you gain, the more you have to lose.

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About Not3s

Eschewing an academic career in favor of music, Hackney, East London born and bred rapper Not3s put all his time and effort into developing his career, rising from online obscurity to being signed by a major label in a relatively short time. Drawing inspiration not only from his local underground grime scene but also his Nigerian heritage, Not3s helped push the sound of Afro-bashment to a new level with the release of the track "Addison Lee" in early 2017. Racking up a huge amount of online views, the track was picked up by Relentless Records (home to Professor Green and Nadia Rose), which issued the release as Not3s' debut single a few months later. Two follow-up tracks, "Notice" and "Aladdin," appeared soon after. ~ Rich Wilson

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