Flawed, but impressive
The beats: dubstep-in-the-old-days, mixed with big drums on the ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’-alike ‘Got IT’, old-school metal riffs on ‘Your Gay’ and d’n’b on ‘MUNNYS’ and ‘Punk-Donk’. The good raps: witty, real-life experiences and anger about misuse of the word ‘gay’, la-de-das ordering extra-large Big Mac meals, footballer Mikel Arteta, getting stoned, working-class discontentment (“Capitalism is a catalyst for cataclysmic class divisions”). The bad raps: that “pissflaps” verse? Nah… The delivery: rapid, and Liverpudlian MC Elliott Egerton’s accent is striking, at no point dumbed down in the way that, say, Mike Skinner’s Brummieness was when The Streets emerged. Flawed, but impressive.