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Jelani Blackman keeps things moving on “Swerve”

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February 27, 2020

In his trademark baritone flow, London rapper Jelani Blackman offers up a soundtrack to those on the grind 24/7. "I just eat, work, and then I swerve" he spits over a heavy beat, spelling out how he plans to spend his cash on lobster and jewels. The track, Blackman's first since 2019 EP Average Joe, comes accompanied by a video in which he digs through the dirt in a bid to secure the bag. Watch him bask in the glow of his winnings above.

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Speaking to The FADER via email, Blackman explained the meaning behind the track: "When I say ‘eat’ I mean I get what I need, but I put in work for it and then swerve out," he says. "Nothing long. No bad energy, no spending time going over what’s happened. I just eat, work, and then I swerve."

Blackman's next live show is at London’s Moth Club on April 3.

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Jelani Blackman keeps things moving on “Swerve”