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Cappo - Spaz The World LP [Zebra Traffic Records]
Cappo
Cappo - Spaz The World LP
Cappo - In The Studio
Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Cirques Des Clowns
3. Speak ft. Scor-Zay-Zee
4. Grand Final
5. 15 - 10
6. Watership Down
7. Learn To Be Strong
8. Shakedown (Interlude)
9. Left / Right
10. Prevail
11. I.D.S.T.
12. Gloves Off ft. Mr 45
13. Outro
The incredibly young looking, 23 year old Notts rapper has finally dropped his debut LP, which has been talked about for sometime now. It s a compact affair at only 13 tracks including a short intro and outro as well as an interlude. Word is that over 30 tracks were distilled down to they hypest few. Not sure whether the title will have Joey Deacons across the country up in arms, or a least bended ones.

The Intro is seriously heavy and is pretty much what you would expect from Cappo alongside the P Brothers production team - Heavy Bronx - a term, they coined, but is so descriptive that everyone knows what it means. Not much can match the intensity of these heavily cut up breakbeats, but the LP continues on a vibe only slightly diminished in intensity from this opening onslaught. Cappo opens up with scene setting rhymes about his background and how dangerous he could be to other MCs. His raps are delivered with anger and venom and are dropped in a freestyle type vibe.

Cirques Des Clowns opens with a nice sample, 'The war was being run by a bunch of clowns who were going to end up giving the whole circus away', and as the beat drops incorporating some timpani and a rough sound which has the gritty sound DJ Paul S and Ivory do so well the track snaps to life. Cappo demonstrates his ability to ride a beat with a constructed verse and intrigues the listener with his wordplay. The other elements to the track being a dark symphonic film sample, some uggh's and another sample that sounds like it could have come from an old western series off the telly. Speak has the same heavy beat style that can only be described as bashing you about your head, the pattern being reminiscent of some '80's 808 pattern and largely that is the production for the track. Cappo and another of Nottingham's top MCs, Scor-Zay-Zee, go back and forth each bigging up their own skills and what they intend to make of themselves later. Scorz for example is going to pick up Les Denis' girl. 

Grand Final on the other hand utilises a high pitched chant / child's vocal sample and slows the tempo a touch. After the previous onslaught this sounds so relaxed and mellow. It is another one of those tracks that draws emotions out in me simply due to the production, and this LP is just as much about the production as it is about Cappo's raps. The P Brothers have been applauded from far afield and have been credited with inspiring a reformation of the Ultramagnetic crew. Cappo and the P Brothers meld together to produce something really special. 15 - 10 with its echoey tubular bells is again not as harsh as the previous tracks, but does give Cappo room to deliver some more varied flows. More could have been done with the chorus which doesn't produce a hook that would give the track its catchy element. Watership Down has some of that Indian Sitar in the intro, but for the main track it is a real club banger, I wanna har this on a big set. 'I'm dead serious, this is Watership Down, I'll leave you drowned, over your drums I'm trying hard to put it down, So no more looking back to find the answers, I'll move forward to fresher pastures, I'm dead serious'. The bass is produced by a series of booming tones bass drums and it is this along with the snappy snare that drives the track. 

Following this is a 30 second instrumental interlude which is seriously funky with its stabs and stuff before we are quickly into Learn To Be Strong, definitely an outstanding track in what is overall a very strong LP. The strings breakbeat, ATCQ sample and heartfelt singing just make a sublime backing for Cappo to get over some serious messages about life and getting by in life. Shakedown, the second interlude is just as funky, if a little more relaxed, its metronomic skull as the first and just like the first I think it could have made another tuff track. 

Left / Right can not be faulted either with the re-working of Bob James, but Prevail like Learn To Strong has that extra dimension of having deep lyrics rather than bragadacio raps and is the type of offering that makes Cappo an MC to be reckoned with. I.D.S.T. returns to the harder edge of the earlier tracks, this feeling mostly being produced by the rimshot snare and a feel to the production of Criminal Minded. The whole LP ending on a high with Gloves Off which features only the second guest vocalist of the entire release, fellow Notts spitter Mr 45. This is another that would make heads bop with its well selected dirty guitar sample.

I have pretty much taken you through all the tracks, but they are all quality. Suffice to say that the whole project hangs together and has a cohesive feel. I don't think that I have anticipated any release as much as this one recently simply because there is no fast forward point on here.

The CD comes in a case that is a bit different, i.e. it is not your usual jewel case, but rather a cardboard affair that folds out to reveal a photo collage of all sorts of Cappo's snapshots. Some depict his family, others, him in true B-Boy poses or at the studio and a few interestingly showing the aftermath of some fire which trashed his workstation - I want to know what happened there. The graphic design is by Ed209, who has his own release out now.

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