Looking Back

Album: Not Waving, But Drowning (2019)


  • Loyle Carner's father is of Guyanese descent and his mother is of Scottish heritage. This song finds the rapper investigating his mixed-race background.

    Being black and white
    I grabbed it with both hands
    I'm thinking that my great-grandfather could have owned my other one
    I'm lost
    Wondering my cost

    After Carner's parents separated. he had minimal contact with his father for many years, but during the recording of Not Waving, But Drowning, he talking to him more. The MC told The Observer that their conversations has made him realize, "Actually, yeah, I do have a black history and I need to talk about it.'"


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