slowthai Dives Into Societal Ills On “i know nothing”

slowthai shares his latest single, “i know nothing.”

BYAron A.
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slowthai's remained one of the most exciting artists from the UK. His versatility turned him into an ideal collaborator in music, from efforts alongside electronic groups like Disclosure to linking up with artists like James Blake and joining forces with a slew of rappers from A$AP Rocky to Denzel Curry.

This week, he debuted a new song as part of the latest Beats By Dre campaign. "i know nothing" is a gritty, muddy banger that finds slowthai's rambunctious delivery highlighted with heavy, rock-infused production. On the UK artist's latest record, he goes head-first into detailing many of the ills of society and the blame that's placed on the backs on the younger generation. "I know nothing, I just keep getting older," he repeats in a spoken word delivery over glitchy production.

"'I Know Nothing’ is a fight back against those people who are so quick to put the blame on the younger generation. In a world full of misinformation and judgement it only reveals the true intentions of how miserable people’s lives must be as they are so quick to jump on the bandwagon and applaud or point out people’s failures or vulnerabilities," he says of the song.

"Instead we should be lifting people up when we see them fall," he continued. "Social media can and should be used as a tool for connection and good but instead it serves to gloat and punch down. It fails to show the harsh reality we live in, which can lead to isolation and depression. Let’s lift each other up."

Quotable Lyrics
We rely on a system that's failed us
We're in prison waiting for a day off
Social media distorts our perception of reality
Because everyone seems happy but in fact they're miserable

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.