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22-year-old Nicola Varley, a.k.a. Envy, is a talented MC who produces sharp, dark, intelligent grime. Her rhymes are reminiscent of Missy and give Lady Sov and Kid Sister a run for their money. Raised on the Manchester freestyle MC battle scene, she developed a lightning fast, fiery flow and soon found support from BBC Introducing in Manchester and Huw Stephens on Radio 1. Her debut album, Set Yourself on Fire, is out now.

Envy at BBC Music

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  • 1. Normal*
  • 2. Sometimes I Think Deep
  • 3. On the Horizon
  • 4. Friday Night*
  • 5. Set Yourself on Fire*
  • 6. Cocktails in Selfridges
  • 7. Nadine

* featured in online extended highlights

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BBC Introducing Stage

Sunday 23rd May

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BBC Radio Manchester Introducing

BBC Radio Manchester Introducing
on BBC Radio Manchester

Latest Album

Envy - Set Yourself on Fire

Affecting, empowering fare from a young rapper sparking with ambition.

More Envy album reviews at bbc.co.uk/music


  • BBC Music page on Envy
  • Last.fm entry on Envy
  • Musicbrainz page on Envy

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