Ghetto & Brutal - Go On Den (Radio Rip)
Ghetts is so comfortable right now that he can afford to fling out freestyles. With the album completed, it could have been easy to draw for the pipe and slippers, but spitting on a Maniac beat is appreciated by me at least. As is the inclusion of Brutal. He's a good MC and one that I've always rated.
Ruff Sqwad - Superman (Radio Rip)
Ruff Sqwad raise a musically defiant fist, ready to launch into the wider consciousness against the people who want to put them 'in a box'. I tried to take Rapid's plea seriously, but the autotune chorus detracts from it in truth. Nevertheless, the tune is peversely catchy.
Desperado - 'Natural' Vocal (Radio Rip)
Dot Rotten's original, uncompromising vocal on this beat was the Dirty South Salute, and here Desperado's effort, complete with talk of 'swag game' and Ed Hardy, emphasises the difference.
Perhaps the uniting force of Hardy explains one of the most bizarre line-ups I've heard of in recent grime history. Despa joins Skepta and Roachee on the release of '99 Stars', which will hopefully land soon. I have no idea what to expect.
=========THE WAR REPORT (ROUND II)=========
No bicycle kicks like Guile, because the war has gone into attrition; Rinse and Jeeday have gone AWOL, but Wiley and Goodz are in too deep to bow out now, waiting in their trenches for the decisive knockout that will probably never come.
Wiley replied to Cokey The Snowman with the End Of The World Freestyle. Goodz's fire back was Panty, Bras, Coke and Cameras.
There's not much to say really. In the desperate attempt to land blows by saying something original, well, it's all got a bit personal. The dirty washing in public of course provides me with much entertainment, but it does show that this war has become a bit ludicrous now. Will's repartee, "I've done a lot in my life to feel prouder, but I didn't like it shottin' your mum powder", and "your mum hates you brother, all because of you the mother lost a lover" is surely void, since Wiley's apparently a "cross-dresser".
The desperate attempt to find a resolution to the clash is symbolically represnted through DJ JJ, who Goodz was pally with on the Rinse FM Christmas Show, and he even got a few reloads. Now, however, Scratcha's homely hosting has evaporated in the grit of the war, and the need to pack a punch has resulted in poor old JJ's mention in the Goodz dub against his Eskibeat member. "JJ, he knows". And what's that then?
I'm still enjoying the war, and its moments of anticipation before the next installment. But it's just a spectacle. Nothing decisive has been said; they're two MCs at the top of their game negating each other. I can't even remember how this all started. We can all pick sides, but what's the point? Enjoy it for what it is.
If no knockout comes out soon, I hope they call it quits. Wiley and Goodz deserve better than a farce.