Speech Debelle: Mercury Prize Winner 2009

23 Sep

I’ve been meaning to write this post for about 2 weeks now, but I’ll be honest.  When I saw who won the Barclaycard Mercury

This Was Me

This Was Me

Prize, I was completely floored.

If I was a betting man, I’d have lost money on Speech Debelle’s win.  In fact, oddsmakers (people will bet on anything) had Florence + The Machine as the favorite (so did I, personally).  But unlike our 43rd president, I don’t jump to conclusions.  Instead, I decided to study the selction in a truly fair and balanced manner.  I sat down, and listened to Debelle’s whole album.

What I discovered were the tunes were reminiscent of Floetry’s gritty brit street rap, while at the same time evoking the lyrical complexity of Lauryn Hill.  In short-while I would’ve enjoyed seeing Florence + the Machine take home some evocative Yuppie hardware-I respect and applaud the harder decision the panel made.  Mining the depths of this backlog of music to get us In the Knowthat’s what we live for here at YDP.  For that, I salute you.

But I won’t let it happen again.

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One Response to “Speech Debelle: Mercury Prize Winner 2009”

  1. lulujack September 23, 2009 at 12:35 PM #

    you can see a great interview with Speech here – http://www.thisisjack.tv

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