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British black producer and performance artist Dean Blunt (real name Roy Nnawuchi) created Hype Williams with Russian vocalist Inga Copeland (real name Alina Astrova) and they released Untitled (Carnivals, 2010), Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Gettin Reel (De Stijl, 2010), and One Nation (Hippos In Tanks, 2011), whereas Black Is Beautiful (Hyperdub, 2012) and The Attitude Era (Guardian, 2012) were simply credited to Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland. The duo indulges in meandering genre-hopping electronic music.

Blunt also released the solo albums The Narcissist II (Hippos In Tanks, 2012), with the angst-filled ballad The Narcissist, Stone Island (2013) and The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks, 2013), all of them rather sloppy, and then the better organized Black Metal (Rough Trade, 2014) with two lengthy pieces Forever and X, followed by the single 50 Cent (Rough Trade, 2014).

Then Blunt formed Babyfather with some DJs and released a concept about a pirate radio DJ, BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow (2016), an album of "protest music" that is a series of political raps/rants over old-fashioned downtempo dance-music; basically, one long pretentious tedious substandard Pop Group and Massive Attack act, and sometimes a parody of hip hop (Greezebloc). There are cute moments like the reggae singalong Meditation feat Arca and the Middle Eastern disco-music N.A.Z, and, best of all, a miniature electronic polka, Platinum Cookies, but hardly anything that any kid in a garage cannot compose. In more inspired hands the grave tone of Deep, Shook, Killuminati (with disorienting metallic and telephone sounds) and especially Motivation (its noisy soundscape) could trigger the birth of noir hip-hop music.

This was followed by the mini-album Platinum Tears (2016).

Hype Williams resurfaced with 10 / 10 (2016).

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