pre-season training 2011
Strats comes in hard and hungry on the title cut before sharing a personal narrative of youthful days coming to terms with a 'LifeontheCostadelSalford'. On 'Sickadanu' featuring a humorously pitched-down patois hook Strats skillfully switches between a Jamaican / Manc flow warning Mc's to step down, however, it's on the Dub Phizik's produced 'Bleep Test' where he technically murders all the wannabe MC's out there; few can sound comfortable moving from 95 to 170bpm in just 2 minutes!
'Lengbreak' and 'Quitter' deal with the high-price of herb leading to the decision to get serious, stop smoking and 'get yourself in gear'; youths listen up as it seems to be doing the trick when the whole squad roll through sounding focussed on the chilling Chimpo produced 'Referendum', a perfect backdrop for Konny Kon (a problem), DRS (a nuisance) and Strats (a pest) to flex a their style, swagga and bravado.
However, it's the honesty and soulfulness of 'Kill Em' and 'Biblical Times' that truly stand out as poignant, moving and enlightening pieces; dealing with misery, disappointment, choices, stress, Semtex and a failed deal with Def Jam yet it's these problems seem to have made Strats stronger, wiser and frighteningly determined. Looks like it's going to be an exciting season to come...
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