"Don't call me Bonnie / in this case I'm much closer to Clyde."

Nolay
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Nolay ist ein UKGrime MC der ersten Stunde. 2004 wehrt sich ihre Crew Unorthadox – Nolay, Silva, Murray, G-Kid – noch gegen die gerade entstehende Kategorie – ” ‘cos grime means dirt, and we’re doin’ no dirt. We are lyricists. …  We call it Nu Shape.” – heute wird deren Single No Helps Or Handouts für den Grime legendär genannt.

 

“Nolay is a hard spitter!”

“Poet.”

“Overtalented.”

 

Well respected und anerkannt als Texterin, gilt Nolay gemeinhin als underground Artist, wobei immer wieder bemerkt wird, von Fans, Kritk und DJs, sie sei definitely ‘underrated’. Auch wenn viele sagen, sie sei eine_r der besten MC’s des UK Rap, erwartet eigentlich niemand ihren Erfolg im mainstream. Die Zeilen seien zu ‘hardcore’, nicht kompatibel mit dem Markt..

MC Nolay hat tatsächlich in neun Jahren keine Single in den Charts untergebracht. Dafür aber fünf mxtps, zwei EP’s und ein Album rausgegeben. Sie ist neben Wiley, Shystie, Lady Sovereign und Kano auf der Compilation Run The Road (2005) vertreten, dem für die erste Grimegeneration zentralen Promoprojekt, und ihre Freestyles fehlen in keinem relevanten online Music-Channel, wie grimedaily, soulculture, sbTV und co.

 

Wie an anderer Stelle bereits mehrfach erwähnt: Nolay hat mich zurück zu Rap gebracht. Etwas vergleichbares wie den Song Angels and Fly – eine Collaboration mit High Contrast auf deren Album High Society – hatte ich vorher einfach nicht gehört. Ich war krass beeindruckt – obwohl ich ehrlich gesagt erstmal kaum ein Wort verstand. Mit dem britischen Akzent waren meine Ohren da noch nicht so vertraut – ihr habe ich es unter anderen zu verdanken, dass das heute anders ist. Schließlich ahnte ich hinter ihrer Attitude Inhalte die mir gefallen würden und habe deshalb doppelt so oft hingehört. Dabei anfangs, wie so viele Englischzweitsprachler in der Musikrezeption, mehr meine eigenen Interpretationen als ihre Texte verstanden.

 

 

My pain is like a disability / keepin’ me cripple /

stopping me from doing things of capability /

a lot of front I’ll better all hide / my sensitivity /

‘cos snakes would play on my weakness /

and try to get the best of me /

this shit makes my heart turn hollow /

forget these fake snakes / no one left to follow me! /

[… ] /
All we wanna be / angels and fly /
but they rather mess with devils / get in trouble and die.”
 

Lange hatte ich die Bedeutung von angel auf die Selbstbezeichnung von rape-survivors bezogen und in Nolay eine Verbündete gesehen. Heute, wo ich gerade finally das letzte Wort der Hook von Angels and Fly geknackt habe, lese ich auf YTB den Kommentar:  “Sick Feminist !!!!!!” Was sie selbst mit den Zeilen sagen wollte, liegt wohl woanders, aber irgendwo in der Nähe davon…:  This is a message to all the girls / god create us – special /don’t sell yourself cheap/ play them / we must lead.”

 

No Helps No Hand Outs (with Unorthadox) (2004)

 

(on the Run The Road Vol. 2 sampler) Unorthodox Chick (2004)

 

Unorthodox Daughter (2004)

 

(features High Contrast) Angels And Fly (2004)

 

(features High Contrast) Angels And Fly (Club Mix 12”, 2004)

 

(features Virgo & N.A.S.T.Y. Crew) Nasty Time (2004)

 

The New Chapter mixtape (2008)

1.Sidewinder

2.No help no handouts / Unorthodox / Kick you out

3.SK Vibemakers Intro

4.Its on

5.Snide MCS

6.Nolay speaks – Where?

7.Bars of truth

8.Play the game

9.Flatten em (Freestyle)

10.Flygirl (Freestyle)

11.Swagger

12.Nolay speaks – Swagger

13.A touch (Freestyle)

14.Dead her (Freestyle)

15.Beside me (Freestyle)

16.I get money (Freestyle)

17.Like it raw (Freestyle)

18.Over under (Freestyle)

19.Word on the streets (Freestyle)

20.Full effect

21.Nolay speaks – The aggressive spitter

22.Deeper (Freestyle)

23.Real talk (Freestyle)

24.Nolay speaks – NO comparisons

25.Killed a man

26.SK Vibemakers outro

 

Big Trouble In Little London mixtape (2010)

[dowmload: skvibemakers.co.uk/Nolaybtill/index.htm ]:

1. Nolay speaks: Big Trouble In Little London

2. Killa Sound (with DJ Zinc)

3. End Credits

4. Nolay speaks: The Same Old Nolay

5. Starry Eyed

6. 3 Words

7. Christine

8. Nolay speaks: Top Spitter

9. Iconic Freestyle

10. F64

11. Nolay speaks: Underrated

12. Couldn’t Care Less

13. Stress Filled Days (featuring Asher D)

14. Keep Rhyming (featuring Street Politiks & Wretch 32)

15. Black Boys (featuring Bashy)

16. Jail Tales (BBC3)

17. Nolay speaks: Place In The Game

18. Going In

19. Teary Eyed

20. Nolay speaks: Broken Home

 

No Comparisons (2008):

1. No Comparisons

2. Know Yourself Out Here

3. Swagger

4. Bars of Truth

5. Things Could Get Ugly

6. Let Me Fix ‘Em Freestyle

7. Full Effect

8. Playing the Field

9. No.Lay Said So

10. The Latest

11. Premeditated Ft. Badness

12. My Way

13. What a Pity

14. Here for Life ft. Bashy

15. Circles

16. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

17. Swagger (remix) ft. Ghetto

18. The Eclipse (Outro)

 

I Am Legend (may 2011)

[download: hoodtapes.co.uk/nolay-i-am-legend-hosted-by-dj-limelight/]:

1. I Am Legend

2. 4321 (Do It) (Snippet)

3. Big Time (Double Vision Episode 4 Freestyle)

4. Spartan (Freestyle)

5.Game Done (Game Over Freestyle)

6. Monsta (Monsta Man Freestyle)

7.Drugs (Snippet)

8.No Lay’s Revenge (Roman’s Revenge Freestyle)

9. Touch A Button

10. Satisfaction (Freestyle)

11.A Fool (Snippet)

12. Rain On ‘Em

13. I’m So 90′s (Snippet)

14. Over Now (English Frank SBTV Warm Up Session Freestyle)

15. Our Life (feat. J Redeye) (Snippet)

16. Streets On Fire

17. The Game (Your The Man Freestyle)

18. Ride Or Die

19. Already Know

20. Life’s A Bitch (Tools Of The Trade Freestyle)

 

I Am Future mixtape (september 2011)

[download: hoodtapes.co.uk/no-lay-i-am-future-hosted-by-dj-limelight/ ]:

1. Like My Style

2. Bad From Day

3. Drugs (remix, clip)

4. Here I Am (Freestyle)

5. Real Woman (Freestyle)

6. It’s A Lie

7. He Said She Said…

8. Someone Like You (Freestyle)

9. Hate Me (Freestyle)

10. Clockface (clip)

11. Superstar (Freestyle)

12. Quick Spit (Freestyle)

13. Bonus LOTM_No Show Niki

 

He Said She Said I Am Bad EP (2011):

1. Clockface

2. Drugs

3. It’s A Lie

4. 4321 – Do It

5. He Said She Said I am Bad

6. Drugs Remix (featuring Ms Dynamite, English Frank, Logic & Scrufizzer)

 

Drop Me Out EP (november 2011)

[download: thegrimereport.blogspot.de/2011/11/free-download-no-lay-drop-me-out-ep.html]:

1. Baddest Girl

2. Is It So Hard featuring Joe Black

3. Gangster

4. Do You Hate Me

5. Run Him Out

6. Superbad (produced by soun’wave)

 

Rebellion [Free EP] (2012):

1. Blowing Out Ya Home (Produced by Rich Kids Canada)

2. Oh Yeah (Produced by Lil Shadow)

3. Isabella Gotti Got It! (Produced by Romo)

4. Goodbye (Produced by Romo)

5. Make It (Produced by RV Joat)

6. Drugs (Drum & Bass Remix, Produced by North Base)

7. Behind Bars Link Up TV – Unfinished Sympathy (Bonus)

8. Born To Die Freestyle (Bonus)

9.Untouchable Freestyle (Bonus)

10.Video Games Freestyle (Bonus)

11.Stop Lying Freestyle (Bonus)

12.Soldier On Freestyle (Bonus)

No Helps No Handouts [Unorthodox] (2004):

youtube.com/watch?v=4JqHXlGTCuM

 

Unorthodox Daughter (12”, 2004):

 

 

(features Female Allstars) Grab That Mic (2006):

youtube.com/watch?v=j8USt5SGA20

 

(Dubplate Drama) What I Say I Am (2007):

youtube.com/watch?v=Gy7i_T54zsc

 

Gangster Remix (2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=GFpOhkver8k&feature=related

 

I Am Legend (2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=NszmMVZnvR8

 

(features Marger & Srufizzer) Goonz (2011):

tudou.com/programs/view/uNk6XmhPckg

 

(features Shystie & Ghetts) Takeover (Sket Theme) (2011):

thegrimereport.blogspot.de/2011/10/shystie-feat-ghetts-nolay-takeover-sket.html

 

Drugs [AKAChannel, Net Video] (2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=asHFtf_lz4s

 

(features English Frank, Dot Rotten & various artists) Southside Connection (2012):

black-budget.com/uk-music-video-english-frank-ft-various-artists-southside-connection

 

Off With Your Head [NetVId, october 2012]:

grmdaily.com/video/no-lay–off-with-your-head-net-video–grm-daily/1134

 

Below Zero (october 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=dVV2cBUY_1c&feature=plcp

 

Anarchy (December 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=KS2FuloS61w

 

(featuring Ghetts) The Jungle (Jan 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=TZ2Z8MNaoJU

 

You Need Me (Jul 2013):

youtube.com/watch?v=mZHIj7BsffE

 

Netflix & Pills (Jan 2016):

 

 

 

 

freestyles & live:

 

@ Charlie Sloth’s BBC 1Xtra Fire In The Booth (March 2012):

youtube.com/watch?v=OvkI-uYBsSg

 

@ UK Rap TV, Freestyle (october 2012):

http://www.spifftv.com/video.php?id=7036

 

sb.TV Warm Up Session [S3 E27] (august 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1yMXRk9tMA&feature=plcp

 

LinkUpTV Unfinished Sympathy freestyle (february 2012):

http://www.femcees.net/2012/02/no-lay-unfinished-symphony-fresstyle.html

 

SME Fire Barz (february 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMKyJ-WuRtk

 

streetstarzTV Spotlight freestyle (february 2012):

http://www.grimeforum.com/forum/showthread.php?109265-Nolay-SPOTLIGHT

 

streetcornerzTV freestyle (february 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEUHiPw9wpY

 

Grimedaily [Daly Duppy) EP 16 freestyle (february 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kE1Ilzv_x68

 

1TakeTV Drugs (acoustic) (january 2012):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ2Jj8Kk8Qc

 

Soundophiles Natural Ability #1 acoustic (november 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fboztchYwYg&feature=related

 

Grime Daily #Black Friday: Joe Black & No Lay in the studio, writing and recording their feature song

Is It So Hard (november 2011): youtube.com/watch?v=DSsN58wig8g

 

OUAG TV [OnceUponAGrime] (november 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=juTQnL2W_3g

 

KidsOfGrime: No Lay live@ Don’t Call Me Urban (july 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne–sm5GNdQ

 

(featuring Kozzie & Merky) streetwiseTV freestyle (june 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6gbwJ2YQ80&feature=related

 

streetwiseTV freestyle (june 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEpTiGjcH_U

 

LordOfTheMics #3 Hype Sessions NoLay OG Nicki Diss (june 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=MzXCMUvgyfo

 

Spartan Freestyle (april 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4fetf3uPW4

 

Monsta Freestyle (april 2011):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9HNJ7Gjz2k&feature=related

 

grimedaily/FemceeUK ‘She’s Back’ (february 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=Imnf60AW_nA

 

Epic Bars [DJGoneTV] (march 2010):

 

LB.TV We Call Em Bitters [Freestyle] (2005 / march 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ySm2-JGvWI&feature=related

 

LB.TV Extortion [Freestyle] (2005 / february 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShCt0FmHSDQ&feature=relmfu

 

sb.TV F64 (february 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2cGa8AZpGs

 

DJGoneTV freestyle (february 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPiaD0Jjqz0&feature=related

 

BBCthree Jail Tale (february 2010):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfrIpEEy-gc

 

TimWestwoodTV freestyle (may 2009):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEkAzNibVEw&feature=related

 

TimWestwoodTV Ladies Night Freestyle 1xtra with – Ny, NoLay, Lady Chann, Lady Leshurr, Lioness, Princess Nyah & Alex Mills (april 2009):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_sjlmNH4J4&feature=related

 

on stage at the RISE, London’s *anti-racism* festival (july 2008):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCAGMJq3W0M&feature=related

 

DubplateDrama freestyle (october 2007):

youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=Wh_s-y8B-Tk

 

DubplateDrama II behind the scenes (featuring Ghetto) (october 2007):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5Gi8QVmufs

 

Dubplate Drama (featuring Cameo & Lightning) (september 2007):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRA69Z4FM-U&feature=related

 

Dubplate Drama Road Idol [film scene] (october 2007):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0A707ewjJI&feature=related

 

Tim&BerryTV – What a Pitty live (august 2007):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cvvTqGZTvU&feature=related

 

Firin’ Squad Unsigned podcast #8 (march 2007):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5KuWgG31F8&feature=related

 

No.Lay interview – November 2006 (re-edited in 2010):

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/nolay?before=1294755363

 

the grimiest behind the scenes #3 (august 2006):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wetxETgTExE&feature=related

 

Bound 2 Blow cypha session Unorthodox (2004):

youtube.com/watch?v=7-qG5gFH5mo

 

FIPMagazine ‘Unorthodox Music’ interview and freestyle (2004):

 

 

4thdegreeTV/Bang 106.3 fm [high quality 20min studio interview by Mr Silk; No Lay  talks about her history, current projects, life and her opinions on the UK music scene] (may 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=e2twP_v8A-w&feature=related

 

Shystie and No Lay interviewed on their contribution to ‘Sket’ @ the premier of the film (october 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=iSR2XHJy3uU&feature=related

 

OnceUponAGrimeTV after show Chat on Sket and current and upcoming projects, and her aka Isabella Gotti; pt.1 (november 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=zdkM6ZqgMuI&feature=related

 

OnceUponAGrimeTV after show Chat on haters and clashes pt.2 (november 2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=7Oe0es1cEZ8&feature=related

 

Live @ Official Mixtape Award Nomination Party (27.01.2011):

youtube.com/watch?v=KRdEQm6Iaeg&feature=related

 

J-TV Official Mixtape Award Nomination Party [short interview and bits of the lost ‘Bars Of Truth’ video](february 2011):

youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=ivgJ1WaFt5Y

 

MTV WrapUp [written interview] (march 25, 2010 by Sarah Young):

mtv.co.uk/music/urban/200925-no-lay-the-interview

 

No.Lay interview – November 2006 (re-edited in 2010):

tumblr.com/tagged/nolay?before=1294755363

 

Harm City TV  interview Unorthodox|Nolay (2005/2006):

youtube.com/watch?v=bp0I-5v353E&feature=related