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Nicola Varley (born 9 April 1987), known as Envy, is an English rapper / MC.

Aged 21, Envy has been writing songs for over 5 years. At first being compared to other female artists around, she carved out her own niche in the predominantly male British Grime Scene When she released her debut solo single Tongue Twister through StopStart Records.

Having graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Media, Envy now concentrates on her music career full time with the fruits of her labour bouncing onto the scene in the form of second single Friday Night

"Her music profile was raised through her involvement in numerous rap battles taking place in and around Manchester. Winning the acclaimed freestyle competition 'Battlescars' in March 2006 brought Envy both respect and publicity, and this led to an entry into the 'Scribblejam qualifiers' in association with the jump off with some of the best battlers in the UK, followed by an invite to open the MOBO awards 2006. Envy stormed a string of recent gigs in Germany, London and her hometown, supporting 50 Cent's G-Unit in November to promote Tongue Twister. She has also supported Kano as part of his 'Home Sweet Home' tour performing in front of thousands Early radio support has come from 1Xtra, XFM, Mary Anne Hobbs at Radio 1, and a session on The Breeze Block. The video for Tongue Twister is directed by top UK talent Mustapha Kseibati. With her charismatic hip-hop/grime flavour, she is set to breakthrough for the northern scene and set the pace for her London counterparts.".[1]

"Her lyrics, if you can hear them (you might need a vari-speed facility), are well smart, with the wry, pithy intelligence of the media-savvy: "I take it tit for tat/I'll take your tacit consent/To turn the Taliban to take over your town… You're lookin' to be loved but can't find a flippin' solution/I'm lost on location, laceratin' as I'm lacin'/Lookin' lovely/Better pray your label pay for elocution," she rapid-fires over the bubblicious grime rhythms, with their shades of Missy's Work It, of previous single Tongue Twister. We're not sure what she means or who the subject is of her ire here, but as ever she sounds fierce yet witty, her staccato delivery popping in time to the buzzing, fizzing synth beat. In fact, so rhythmic is her phrasing that it would sound good acappella, but it works both ways: remove her rhymes and you've got pristine future-perfect electro-pop."[2]

Solo Singles

Title Release Date
Tongue Twister 5 May 2008
Friday Night 24 November 2008


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