Iraqi-British Hip Hop Artist Lowkey Immortalizes the Victims of the Grenfell Tower

Published August 9th, 2017 - 07:17 GMT
From the video. (YouTube / VoiceOver)
From the video. (YouTube / VoiceOver)

No one can forget the horrible tragedy that scarred West London on June 14th this year. With at least 80 lives lost (and counting), and over 70 injuries, the victims of the Grenfell Tower live on in the memories of those who loved them and the collective outpouring of support from Londoners and non-Londoners alike. UK Hip Hop artist Lowkey gave them his own little boost of immortality through his goose-bump-dispensing new record.

Listen and watch below.

Lowkey (feat. Mai Khalil): ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’

The track is served with a classic hip-hop tempo but every sound is somehow new. From the very beginning, the angles of the footage yank at your attention, working with Lowkey’s assertive, even confrontational, tone. But Lowkey himself is not presented in this visual. Rather, his words are being rapped by London locals, the voices of a community singing for Grenfell. This is an anomaly for Lowkey, who is (funnily, considering the name) very present on-screen in past work.

Mai Khalil’s voice serves as a consolation on the chorus, but also a reminder that there is still much to do for these victims and their families.

Lambasting those who responded with indifference to the tragedy, she sings:

“Did they die, or us? Did they die, for us?”

Lowkey has recently returned from a four year hip-hop hiatus he took to pursue his education. He will launching a UK Tour in September; it seems likely that there is a new album on the way.

Written by Yazeed Makhlouf

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