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Ray BLK: Access Denied review – an unabashedly mainstream debut
The south Londoner aims to be “the black Madonna” on this taut set of wise words and killer hooks with a distinct sense of place

Kitty Empire

03, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Ray BLK: ‘A song is like writing in my diary. It’s cathartic’
Ahead of her hotly anticipated first album, the singer talks of growing up in south London, the influence of classic R&B – and her eye-opening X Factor audition

Kadish Morris

22, Aug, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Ray BLK accuses rapper Ambush Buzzworl of sexual assault
Singer said he grabbed her breast and that she was advised to stay quiet to protect his career

Laura Snapes

21, Jun, 2020 @12:58 PM

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Pop, punk and protest songs: the hottest music on the horizon in 2019
With the uproarious Idles hitting the road, Kamasi Washington play a mind-expanding UK show, and new albums from the Specials, Weezer and AJ Tracey, here are the sounds the new year will be shaking to

Alexis Petridis

01, Jan, 2019 @3:00 PM

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Ray BLK: Empress review – a sweet, street debut

Kitty Empire

28, Oct, 2018 @6:59 AM

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Ray BLK review – fresh and fiercely local
BBC Sound of 2017 winner Ray BLK is the full joyous package – complete with Stormzy on backing vocals

Kitty Empire

05, Mar, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Ray BLK review – shimmering, self-assured R&B theatrics
The winner of the BBC Sound of 2017 poll deftly mixes aspirational songwriting with inspirational heroic

Caroline Sullivan

28, Feb, 2017 @11:59 AM

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Why I love… singer Ray BLK
Her voice is the sound of my youth, my city and my heart

Bim Adewunmi

11, Feb, 2017 @6:00 AM

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‘The music industry is brutal’: Rag’n’Bone Man and RAY BLK on being 2017’s most hotly tipped
They’re both facing the pressure of massive expectation – so what can the winner of the BBC Sound of … and the Brits Critics’ Choice learn from each other

Alexis Petridis

02, Feb, 2017 @4:06 PM

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Why pop’s future is black and British
Ray BLK’s triumph in the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll underlines the dominance of UK R&B

Kitty Empire

08, Jan, 2017 @8:00 AM

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Ray BLK's BBC Music Sound of 2017 win recognises diversity of British pop
At last, one of the new artist awards goes to someone who isn’t another safe, milquetoast offering

Tim Jonze

06, Jan, 2017 @1:06 PM

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Ray BLK named winner of BBC Music Sound of 2017
Following in the footsteps of Adele and Ellie Goulding, the London singer and rapper tops the annual list of artists to watch this year

Harriet Gibsone

06, Jan, 2017 @10:55 AM

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