Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable UK drill mixtape from Big Scraps, a keen scene observer presenting his critical and almost documdrama-style take on proceedings from the gulliest side of rap music in 2020.
After two rapidly sold-out releases from Tom Boogizm, Shotta Tapes hand over to Big Scraps for 69 minutes of prime cold cuts from the UK drill scene, mostly ripped off YouTube and Pornhub, in a canny survey of the now-notorious style which emerged in London at the back of the last decade in response to the hard new rap sound coined by Chicago’s Chief Keef back in 2012.
On ‘Now That’s What I Call Drill’ your guy Big Scraps takes a cold hard look at the scene with no filters but plenty of overdubs, arranging UK drill’s frankly terrifying, often controversial, yet transfixing tales of hood life reality into a uniquely gripping sort of noirish narrative or feature that faithfully, unflinchingly highlights the sound at its rawest, realest and most effective.
Rather than a mixtape-as-in-album, or a “club” or radio mix, Big Scraps’ mixtape rudely goes all the way on the layered arrangement, using sampled news reports on knife crime, looping up the songs’ faux-baroque intros, and overdubbing with idents, incessant sirens and horns to keep a low-key but palpable cadence of tension between the tunes’ variable bitrates that practically portrays their mix of postcode-war reportage, hyper-violent fiction, and deep-fried crud life with the skill of a docudrama editor and director more than your regular DJ mix.
Hypnotically transitioning between drill’s slower, doomiest styles and aggy mutations that echo the coldest grime and jungle as much as US sounds, ‘Now That’s What I Call Drill’ has the balls to call it and add their own, respectfully distanced perspective on the undisputed heavy and darkside sound of England’s young, urban population right now. It’s another 100% killer collectible from Manny’s Shotta Tapes - the most reliable mixtape dealer on road right now.