Scroobius Pip at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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This isn’t the first time British rapper Scroobius Pip has graced the hallowed Wedgewood Rooms. He’s frequented our south coast town many a time as one half of Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip.

This show represents his debut as a rapper, but Southsea shows no qualms in selling-out for one of his first solo shows.

Rhode Island rapper B. Dolan slots in as support, who also isn’t a stranger to Portsmouth.

Despite the rapper taking a dig at the financial woes of Portsmouth FC on his previous outing, the politically-inspired MC attempts very few digs during a set which includes Economy of Words (Bail it Out) and an ode to the late, great, ODB from Wu-Tang Clan.

While B. Dolan primarily sticks to contemporary hip-hop beats, Scroobius Pip attempts a hard rock/rap crossover. It doesn’t always work and the constant intensity seems too brash at times.

Pip seems at his best when performing slower jams like Broken Promises and old demo 1000 Words.

When Pip’s crossover beats do work, they are extreme – especially when B. Dolan enters the fold half way through.

Nevertheless, it seems a packed Wedgewood Rooms leaves the venue happy.

ASH CURTIS

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