Scroobius Pip/B. Dolan @ Club Academy, Manchester

(review n pix by mwj)

It was a bit of a roundabout route that brought me to my latest favourite spoken word rap stylings from the mighty pen and word of Mr Pip. His recent regular collaborator and touring partner from the U.S. B. Dolan had been recommended to me by friends over the pond for its hard hitting beats and intelligent socio-political stance which always wins over the bling for me, and then it was just a hip hop, skipping record and jump across the Atlantic to darkest Essex to be spell bound and tongue-tied by the similarly genius wordsmanship of Scroobius.