Zircon’s back to present the B-Movie Millionaire’s (Black Josh & Lee Scott) sequel album ‘Attack of the 50,000ft Sweg Lawds from Outer Space” following Blah Records’ onslaught on the UK hip-hop scene in 2017.
Lee Scott, founder of Blah Records set up Blah Mansion as a place for emcees from all over the world to be able to meet up and collaborate with one another in a scene that is distinctly lacking reputable UK hip hop labels. Like most of Blosh’s (Black Josh) and Leezus’ (Lee Scott) work we are confined to the labyrinth of the blah mansion, manifested somewhere in Manchester where all Blah Record projects receive the final finishing touches.
Although Sweg Lawds was released last month, it was actually started and finished back in 2015. This epic 80’s Sci-Fi comedy remake discovers the deceptive dribble of social media moguls, who, despite their disregard of conformity, comment cleverly and of course carelessly on the white – wash wave of online peripherals. In Social Media Lee accurately states “it’s not getting seen if it isn’t on a screen” stressing the bars to make for a relatable but distinct sound, encapsulating the stress itself of 21st century mammals, even if their earth age halves the artists.
“Call it rap, call it hip hop, call it whatever you want”
You’ve really got to know the artists to appreciate how far they’ve come. By all accounts, River Phoenix would suggest all anyone wants is money and fame, but these guys have neither, yet see themselves completely better off, implying that way of lifestyle is nothing like the truth and if you’re on top you’re bound to fall off. If you take these guys or their music seriously, you’ll probably hate it. Although it’s not as lyrically satirical as some of Lee’s older stuff or as catchy as Josh’, Zircon’s production combined with chronological maturity discovers unheard sounds lurking in the shadows of the of 50 000ft Sweg Lawds. Sweg Level 9000 is a personal favourite.
Admittedly this isn’t their most listenable album, but it confirms their distinction from other artists and genres. Call it rap, call it hip hop, call it whatever you want… Zircon’s chilling introduction bleeds historical tendencies, all the while teasing us with what’s to come this year. But remember, this isn’t a genre, this is a cult and if you’re listening to this album, you’re part of the cult too.