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Potter Payper Returns With ‘Blame Brexit’

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

10 Jan 2023

British rapper Potter Payper is back with a striking new single and video and first offering of 2023 ‘Blame Brexit’, out now via 0207 Def Jam.

‘Blame Brexit’ finds Potter back in his element, flexing his widely-lauded lyrical dexterity and stark accounts of street politics. Charged with evocative production, the single is a straight-talking reflection of the environment Potter was raised in. “I grew up on 110s and Avirex’s” elicits a warm sense of nostalgia, whilst “..I used to get my kicks from Barking Market, but every single time we made a pound we used to half it” powerfully articulates his story and that of his community – it’s this ability that has Potter armed with one of the most important voices of his generation. The Meeks and Frost-directed visual is a further display of Potter’s frank and honest storytelling. He raises the bar once again, delivering a sleek performance and providing a cinematic experience for his fans, packed with gritty and vivid scenes. 

The new offering lands in the wake of what has been a monumental last twelve months for Potter. Following the release of his critically acclaimed mixtape Thanks For Waiting, last year saw him reach entirely new heights. Standout track ‘Gangsteritus’ featured in Netflix’s hit series Top Boy earning Potter his first Top 40 single, putting the East-London rapper back in the spotlight. Shortly after came the ‘Gangsteritus’ remix featuring Nines, a moment which saw two of the most distinguished street rappers collaborate for the very first time.

That summer also saw the launch of Potter’s “Unlocked with…Potter Payper” residency in collaboration with BBC Sounds, interviewing an array of guests including Stormzy, Snoochie Shy and 0207 Def Jam Presidents, Alex and Alec Boateng. He collaborated with Ed Sheeran on the “2Step” remix, hosted an intimate evening with New York Times best selling author Robert Greene, and made his Glastonbury Festival debut – undoubtedly a year to remember.

Having put in years of work, Potter is no overnight success. His story thus far is one of highs, many lows and in recent years, redemption. Since his return, Potter has strived to be at the very top of his game, a further statement of his unique musical talent. Despite being away during the few defining years that UK Rap began pushing through to the mainstream, he is continuously hailed as one of the best lyricists in the country. With a hint of new music on the way, stay tuned for more from Potter in 2023.

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