Sunday, May 09, 2010

Album Review : The Logic Of Chance - Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip 8*



Scroobius Pip is the most intelligent and humane rapper in the field. Now I know that in a genre that includes Eminem, 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal this is rather like saying that Stephen Hawking is better at maths than class 3b of my local playgroup, but in any genre Pip's lyrics are ahead of the rest. Pip has a warm, positive and uplifting lyrical style, allied with a big dash of common sense.

Allied to Pip's lyrics are the insistent beats of Dan Le Sac. When Mike Skinner said that other rappers lyrics were "rhubarb and custard verses" so their music has been generally equally uninspiring. DLS provides clear rhythms with catchy beats and hooks that draw you into the songs.

Pip's subjects range from exploring the reasons and reporting of knife crime (Great Britain), engendering self respect and hope in the young (Get Better) to taking part in our political scene (Stake A Claim). If your idea of rap is to puff your chest out, pretend to be a big man and sing about bitches and bling, then Scroobius Pip is your polar opposite.

Here is a clever and considerate man offering tales of hope, Scroobius Pip is not saying "I am the solution", but rather "You can be the solution if you try."

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