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Big Scraps leans heavily into mid ‘00s road rap in a crucial follow-up to his ‘Now Thats Wot I Call Drill’ mixtape for Tom Boogizm’s Shotta Tapes
Throwing back to the era parallel to grime which birthed the likes of Giggs and laid the groundwork for UK Drill, Big Scraps’ 2nd mixtape burns thru dozens of slow, brooding bangers mostly produced and voiced south of the river in Peckham and Brixton, but also from Hackney and Tottenham in London’s north and eastern ends. At the time, the tunes were mostly disseminated via CDs or the likes of Channel U (and then YouTube), arriving as a properly UK-styled, dibble-bothering answer to US rap that more than made up for years of LARPing UK “Hip Hop”.
Big Scraps knows the style and racks up some of the cruddiest cuts from that period right here, packing tonnes of chat and red-eyed sluggers patently skooled in contemporaneous US rap styles, but articulated with a road level UK rufige that’s distinguished from its cousin, grime, by its tempos and flows, and likewise from the myriad wannabe Eminems from Nottingham or the home counties who made up the UKHH scene prior this epoch. Trust the bars are mucky as fuck and perhaps should be approached with caution by more conscious beans.