Scumlordz EP

Speak the Rebel + Sha-Elemental bring together their big ideas, dope rhymes, brutal flows and delightful beards to the booth, teaming up to deliver a five track EP that is pure flames (not a complete dumpster fire as the cover art may suggest). Each emcee has delivered some high quality hip hop over the past few years and both have a mic presence that few can match, so to get these guys together and just slaying mics, beats and perhaps ladies – it’s something. A moment in time to be embraced and enjoyed, with 20 minutes of some of the most interesting, razor sharp, melancholic, political and maniacal music you’ve ever blasted through those headphones.

We got the first single from Scumlordz a month or more ago, the brilliant street anthem ‘Pay Me‘ featuring the delightful vocal excellence of Meaghan Richardson over the space-vibing production from DC the Midi Alien. This set the scene for some BIG time bangers, as Sha and Speak bodied the track with force and f words. ‘Apocolypse Dust‘ is the intro to the project, and the eerie, warbling production has you hooked like a scary movie. Speak the Rebel kicks things off with his snarling flow, while Sha crushes the hook and follows it up with a sixteen you can’t recover from.

Pink Mist‘ is one of the best track titles of the year, and Improv the Super Villian gives them a sonic canvas that is interesting, engaging and could easily find a home in a Quentin Tarantino movie. It’s dark with it’s subject matter and the production, but these lyrical snipers just don’t miss. Speak slays his contribution and Sha mixes the flow up a little and gets boom-bappy with it which is a dope vibe. ‘Switch It Up’ is an East Coast feeling up the West Coasts cousin kinda track as it forcibly generates vibes from the dope shit we all grew up on and even has a little funky reggae feel. It’s haunting, it’s fun, the hook gets you grooving…. it’s out of the pocket, but after just four tracks, we realise the Scumlordz don’t have a pocket…. they’re just digging around in yours.

Now, let’s take a moment to give this final track it’s flowers. ‘AEXP‘ features Jay Kinser, Ferris Electrik and Pete Sannicandro alongside Speak the Rebel and Sha-Elemental in one of the posse cuts of the year. Produced by the uber-talented underground beatsmith legend Bo Faat, these cats just DEMOLISH the funky, dusty, boom bap track with force and focus. And to close out the track and the offering with that guitar is a thing of pure 90’s childhood movie soundtrack heaven.

Overall, this is a kick ass little project. There is 20+ minutes of great music from two different, diverse and engaging emcees who clearly respect the craft, the culture and want to push the envelope. The production ventures outside the box just enough to continue the growth of these two emcees and there is huge replay value, a lot of times just to capture the true essence of what is being spoken.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!