“I Spy” by Krept & Konan, the remix including Bugzy Malone, SL, Morrison, Abra Cadabra, RV and Snap Capone anyway, is like a community dis on the do nothing “fuckboys” of the world who try their level, well not best because let’s be real that’s not happening, minimal effort to bring things down. Whether that’s with careerist climbing, turning their backs on the community in pursuit of performative dignity through phony association with celebrity and wealth. The hard beat coupled with the finely sculpted sidechain ducking gives the track a playful quality but one that reflects the amusement at the foolishness being called out. It’s a song with the fascinating contrasts and commentary on social reality that we’ve come to expect from Krept & Konan. Watch the video for the “I Spy” remix and follow Krept & Konan at the links below.
Krept & Konan’s “Ban Drill” is a harrowing and poignant song about life on the lower rungs of society and the desperation and dream crushing aspects of a social reality that seems aimed at undermining anyone’s efforts to escape the cycle of poverty. Much as in the USA in the 80s and 90s, so-called “gangsta rap” that dared to accurately depict life in impoverished urban life mixed with a sometimes nihilistic sometimes aspirational mythologizing and swagger was targeted as being inherently dangerous to society, especially when it started to become commercially successful and popular outside the areas that spawned it. Drill music, its artists and its culture have been seen in a similar light whether in the USA where it spawned as a form of trap in Chicago or in Brixton in the UK. But “Ban Drill” and its video shows not just the down side of how that subculture is treated but also its promise as reflecting a life that isn’t 100% positive so it doesn’t have to hide or be swept aside or unacknowledged. Watch the remarkable video below a dollow Krept & Konan at the links provided.