As in, I don’t think this band has yet had a hit song in the New World.
I just found out that one of my favorite British rap acts (yes, that’s a thing) put out their third album this year. Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip write off-kilter lyrics about serious subjects. Their albums aren’t as focused on a coherent storyline much, which is why I like The Streets better, but their lyrics are what makes them memorable.
Get Better is a song that attempts to reach out to kids who have bought into the idea that drinking, sleeping with several people, and the consequences that come with that, are the way that life is supposed to be lived.
Letter from God to Man is a 4 minute screed about how humans have really messed up the planet; in other words, an imagined response from God regarding what might go on in God’s mind upon seeing how bad the planet has gotten.
Thou Shalt Always Kill has so many good lines, unfortunately I couldn’t find an official video version that was lyrically unedited. It works like a list of commandments, for example:
“Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, John Hartman, Desmond Dekker, Jim Morrison, Jimmi Hendrix or Sid Barrett in vain”
“Thou shalt not think any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a pedophile, some people are just nice”
“Thou shalt not stop liking a band just because they became popular”
“Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls pants…use it to get into their heads”
“Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals, no matter how great they are, or were. The Beatles were just a band. Led Zeppelin, just a band. The Beach Boys, just a band. The Sex Pistols, just a band. The Clash, just a band. Crass, just a band. Minor Threat, just a band. The Cure, just a band. The Smiths, just a band. Nirvana, just a band. The Pixies, just a band. Oasis, just a band. Radiohead, just a band. Bloc Party, just a band. The Arctic Monkeys, just a band. “The next big thing”, just a band”
“Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries”
“Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the 4 elements and never will be.”
“Thou shalt not shake it like a polaroid picture. Thou shalt not wish your girlfriend was a freak, like me.”
“Thou shalt spell the word “Pheonix” P-H-E-O-N-I-X. Not, P-H-O-E-N-I-X, regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary tells you”
“Thou shalt think for yourselves.”