JP: Not to overhype it, but something tells me this will be the first UK rap album to get nominated for a Grammy next year. I’m not a gambling man, but I might just put a bet on it.

James: The defining characteristic of this album is the way Dave’s storytelling has changed since Psychodrama. Where that first album kept features to a minimum and the narrative on his own inner workings, WAAITT broadens its scope to examine and dissect the shared experiences of Black Britons and the African diaspora, and look at all the decades of societal neglect and divisions that filter down into the streets. He finds connections that we all know are there, but we hadn’t quite realised, but most impressively of all—as on “Heart Attack”—he frames them on a personal level, humanising it all and stopping us from trying to put any distance between us and the problem. This is Dave at his most mature yet. At just 23 years old, he has grown immeasurably and this is him using that wisdom to step back and ask: how did we get here? How did we become so divided, across class lines, racial lines, geographical, economic, political lines? Every possible barrier has been put up between us all and it’s been happening under our noses for years. Dave doesn’t claim to have all the answers, but he does at least try to offer a deeper understanding of the problem in the hopes that we can maybe, at the very least, gain some perspective.

Yemi: I spoke to one of my boys about this album and he compared Dave to new NBA champion Giannis Antetokounmpo. He said, like Giannis, Dave has figured the game out. He’s clocked it and it’s plain to see. Following up Psychodrama with something even remotely close in quality was always going to be tough, but he did it. Dave has this uncanny ability to keep you engrossed in the music from beginning to end via his choice of production and the clarity of his storytelling. He’s like a Poet Laureate but with street edge. With every track he makes you feel something and that’s the hallmark of an exceptional artist growing in real time. We’re All Alone In This Together is one of the best albums to come from these shores this year, and it has me very excited to see what Dave has got up his sleeve next.