“You see a mouse trap, I see free cheese and a fucking challenge.”
Scroobius Pip isn’t your typical rapper. The heavily accented Englishman delivers intellectual lyrics in a unique spoken style. His free-thinking wordplay covers a series of touchy subjects and is told with genuine conviction.
Loud crunchy guitar and industrial beats create a flurry of intensity to back the lyrical blast, which has Pip almost shouting at times.
The production is often jarring and lacks any real catchiness, but it’s the lyrical power that will have you picking up new pop culture references on each listen.
Pip even sings an anti-war chant over a Soulja Boy cover (better than it sounds) and reaches a touching note with a Kate Bush tribute. The pace slows during the final tracks as Pip’s personal reflections bring the album to a powerful end.
Distraction Pieces is not an easy listen, but it’s a worthy one.
By Jimmy Ness