Troy Scalpels : I Must Not Spit In Class EP
UK freestyle champ in 2000, Scalpels could be another contender for Britrap crown...
If you skip past 'Wrap 'Em Up', which is a typical first-person list of threats to rival MCs, and fully accept his vocal mixture of Cockney and patois, then you're in for a treat of sorts. 'Scar Tissue' hooks up a downbeat minor-key melody to a tale of the rapper forseeing his own death; 'Statistic' is another battle rhyme full of graphic and violent imagery; 'She's A Star' celebrates teen mothers in a sad manner and the unbelievable true-life tale, 'It Happened', describes a horrific club scene.
There's a realism here and a kind of cultural achievement as well, in the way Scalpels speaks from a point of view that is often discounted, muted, or dismissed.
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