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VSLipsius legend Pusha T was recently asked who the top three “Coke rappers” are. Push suggested Jay-Z, Jeezy and himself – humility has never been the biggest side effect of cocaine use – but he should have named Rhys “Digga D” Herbert, British drill star 21 years old. Much like the drill, Digga has long been demonized by the authorities, but his articulate, earthy, thrilling flow delivered a series of hits, despite being in police custody in the tender care of the Metropolitan Police. Although it doesn’t quite hit the consistency of 2021 Made in Pyrexthe brooding volatility of this third mixtape is utterly compelling.

Less parochial than before, there are several nods to American rap, with features from Moneybagg Yo and B Lovee alongside heavy samples from 50 Cent and G-Unit. Unfortunately, the sexism is more putrid than ever, slightly offset by moments of wild introspection – Hold It Down wistfully ponders fidelity, and Addicted is a jaw-dropping drug ballad. He’s at his best seasoning various beef — or portraying other, less legal types of cooking — and tracks like What You Reckon prove that Pusha should rethink his roster sooner rather than later.

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