And kill this song does. It just absolutely destroys. Glynnie over at G.F.O.M. turned me on to this spoken poetry/rap/Atari video game beats ditty from Dan le Sac and Scroobius Pip. Basically, mc Scroobius Pip throws down the gauntlet calling out music lovers and the artists to pull their heads out of their collective asses and try to make the world a better place, or at least start thinking about it.
The le Hope, UK resident does all of this with his own take on the Ten Commandments and twists their structure to create his own commandments. To wit:
“thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be”
“thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries”
“thous shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets.”
But then he turns it around and says to not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmon Decker, Syd Barrett, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix in vain.
“Thou shalt not read NME, thou shall not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover.”
“Thou shalt not use art or poetry to get in a girl’s pants, thou shalt use it to get into their mind.”
It’s all great stuff and worth a listen even if you don’t enjoy hip-hop. Especially when he says that even when it comes down to it all musicians are just bands, and then listens like the 15 most important bands of the past and immediate past.
Guess I’ll just have to start thinking for myself. The EP is out on Lex Records. Check out the video and the subtle nod to Bobby Dylan.