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Album Review: Dirty Dike – Sucking On Prawns In The Moonlight

In Hip Hop by Tom Hill

Album Review: Dirty Dike – Sucking On Prawns In The Moonlight

Brazenly loud mouthed and outspoken Dirty Dike is about as blatantly blunt as most artists get. Building a reputation as one of the UK’s number one artists for what could be considered ‘shock rap’, he is continuing unabated with the release of his latest album scheduled to drop this September. The eccentrically titled Sucking On Prawns In The Moonlight sums up Dike’s slightly wacky, nothing held back humour previously seen on past tracks such as Hi, I’m James and Pork Pie.

Further developing his style and diversifying though his latest album sees Dike exploring new areas with the addition of more mellow reflective tracks and hard hitting narrative as seen on tracks such as Mallory and Josephine and Crystal Cindy. A key strength for Dike so far has been his ability on the mic to shape his lyrics into flowing bars with a skill that allows for the, at times, abrasive lyrics. Being able to apply this to a new style in the form of SOPITM’s slightly more serious take makes the album particularly interesting then. The usual no-holds-barred lyrics typical of Dike are still strong in evidence but this time often manifested in a more sombre tone.Money, Trust, Drugs, Love, Debt, Sex, And I ain’t got a clue why I live here” raps Dike on the hook to Ain’t Got A Clue.

 

In the last few years Dike has been involved in a number of projects as a producer including for fellow High Focus artist Ocean Wisdom. This experience has clearly made its impact on SOPITM’s production which includes an interesting and diverse array of instrumental samples which make for an overall relaxed vibe throughout the album.

Billed by High Focus Records as arguably his finest work to date SOPITM is a strong new development in Dike’s career and as likely to attract new fans as appeal to current followers.

Sucking On Prawns In The Moonlight will drop 21st September.

Download via iTunes or buy on CD or vinyl direct from High Focus Records

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