This Here Birth Of Scroobius Pip0 Monday October 31 2011 Written by flyprints
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Scroobius Pip is hardly an artist I would listen to, and he isn’t even near my genre of choice. Recently he played a set in Hull, which I unfortunately missed but I have however to redeem it bought his book (Poetry in (e)motion) which I strongly recommend to anyone to buy, with its amazing graphics painting a brilliant picture in your head of every poem. The I downloaded his solo album (No Commercial Breaks) of which only 1000 copies were made, so on his website I have donated to the ‘guilt’ download PayPal button.
Poetry, to most is incredibly boring, stinted and full on dull. But he creates this bridge between song and poetry while keeping the same meaning that all his poems have to offer. Look at any of his work with producer Dan Le Sac and he has produced some of the best beats I have ever heard, especially ‘Letter From God’ and ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ however No Commercial Breaks takes more of a look into his poetry and lyrics which are accompanied by the music, not the other way round.
It starts off Jazz with ‘1000 Words’ however this, even though it is jazz it works because of how good the lyrics are, and this is what you listen to with him. He does dark brilliantly, ‘Love Like This’ shows how good he is at this, twisting the subject of love to be a cruel subject, and is very truthful about it. However for something really dark listen to ‘The Magicians Assistant’ on YouTube, a monologue by him, but very powerful.
The only track I dislike on this album is the second one which is jazz: ‘Rat Race’ the jazz overpowers the lyrics unfortunately, and it looses any meaning it had. This isn’t helped by audience interaction which sort of makes it a little cheap to me (sorry Pip)
‘First Time I Met Musik’ is a great Hip-Hop song (forgive me if I’m wrong) with a sample overlaying from what I think is from one of Kanye West’s tracks however I cannot remember which. This is also the only real ‘love’ song on the album, ironically not about a woman, rather the relationship with music he has.
10 tracks of brilliance, if you forgive the use of jazz. It is a must to download for anyone interested in lyrics, and is a brilliant insight into a brilliantly minded man who is somewhat an enigma to most.