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Loki

Loki

Scottish rapper and hip hop recording artist
Loki
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Intro Scottish rapper and hip hop recording artist
A.K.A. Darren McGarvey
Is Rapper Artist
From Scotland
Type Arts Music
Gender male
Birth 1984
Age 37 years
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Biography

Darren McGarvey, who goes by the stage name Loki, is a Scottish rapper, hip hop recording artist, and social commentator. He was an activist during the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. He is from a political and performance family: his aunt is the former MSP Rosie McGarvey Kane.

Career

McGarvey was brought up in Pollok on the south side of Glasgow. Between 2004 and 2006, he wrote and presented eight programmes about the causes of anti-social behaviour and social deprivation for BBC Radio Scotland. McGarvey worked with youth organisation Volition, teaching young people to rap. In 2012 he led a workshop as part of a PowerRap competition for schools, encouraging young people to explore important issues through music and language.

McGarvey studied journalism at Glasgow Clyde College. In 2009, he was part of the Poverty Truth Commission hosted in Glasgow. In 2015 he had six months as rapper-in-residence with the Violence Reduction Unit.

In April 2016 McGarvey appeared in a documentary The Divide discussing his alcoholism and its impact on his life.

In October 2017 he claimed a lack of support for working class or deprived communities from Creative Scotland, the main body that funds Scotland's arts companies and artists. He also admitted he had not tried to apply for Creative Scotland funds.

Loki's Poverty Safari won the 2018 Orwell Prize for books, with the judges saying it "was 'exactly the book' that Orwell would have wanted to win".

Works

Discography

  • Government Issue Music Protest (GIMP) (2014), a science-fiction concept album with significant contributions from singer-songwriter Becci Wallace which enjoyed some critical acclaim. The album describes a dystopian vision of Scotland in the year 2034.
  • Trigger Warning (2017), a concept album through which he attempts to explore various issues, expressed as a story.
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/26/not-every-day-like-trainspotting-orwell-prizewinner-darren-mcgarvey-loki-poverty-safari
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/interviews/like-a-boss-scottish-hip-hop-prodigy-loki-returns
http://www.mtviggy.com/articles/scotland-rap-scottish-hip-hop-report-hector-bizerk-stanley-odd/
http://www.m-magazine.co.uk/news/interview-loki/
http://www.timeout.com/glasgow/blog/the-top-five-scottish-hip-hop-acts-who-arent-young-fathers
https://glasgowguardian.co.uk/2018/09/29/new-books-on-the-block-poverty-safari-by-darren-mcgarvey
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12483278.RADIO_REVIEW/
http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/shmu-loki-the-ill-collective-jazza
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/interviews/tuts-loki
http://news.stv.tv/west-central/198723-rapper-loki-teaches-lourdes-secondary-kids-to-express-themselves-in-song/
http://www.scotsman.com/what-s-on/music/scottish-rapper-loki-vote-no-get-this-1-3583861
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/7936493.stm
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/02/scottish-rapper-loki-domestic-violence-glasgow-police
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15589205.Rapper_claims_Creative_Scotland_has_a_problem_with_the_working_class/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jun/25/poverty-safari-orwell-books-prize-scottish-rapper-loki
https://www.luath.co.uk/productsp/poverty-safari-c8w3t
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