IN THE 60’s Joni Mitchell gave voice to a new branch of folk music that was more about her own feelings than other people’s activities. That confessional transformation is now being applied to hip hop by young London ‘rappers’ like Jamie T, Speech Debelle and now Ghostpoet, who’s debut Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam is styled more by Ian Dury meets talking blues than street corner rap (although it takes a few songs to find its way). The path paved by Mike Skinner’s (The Streets) tales of nightlife derring do is becoming well travelled, and welcomely widened.

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