One of the most nihilistic slabs of hip-hop ever to emerge from the country that gave the world Derek B...

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Jehst : Staircase To Stage

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Jehst : Staircase To Stage

Constructed around what seems to be a Mantovani break, this transatlantic MC head-to-head pitches the UK’s Jehst against New York’s J-Zone with former Scratch Pervert Harry Love doing his best to stitch things together. And for NME, the local boy does the business with one of the most nihilistic slabs of hip-hop ever to emerge from the country that gave the world Derek B and Silver Bullet. Aside from the fact that he has the guts to cite ‘Phantom Menace’ berk Jar Jar Binks, there’s the stinging couplet [I]”Nowadays hip-hop’s a lost cause/fuck rappin’ i’d rather be moppin’ floors or flippin’ burgers”[/I]. J-Zone meanwhile rambles on about “[I]flicking mouses[/I]” amongst other things. You’d like to help but all you can do is stand and nod politely. You’ve no idea what he’s on about.

Jim Wirth