Kid Acne 'Have A Word' LP
Telling all wack emcees to sort their life out, Kid Acne returns with his fourth studio album and another cinematic voyage across the wild frontier, spoken in layman’s terms. ‘HAVE A WORD’ is Eddy Fresh’s signature plain English firepower, sending halfwits sprawling before they know what’s going on, and teaming up with producer Spectacular Diagnostics (Westside Gunn, Vic Spencer, Conway the Machine, Nolan the Ninja) for a South Yorks / Illinois soundclash.
Kid Acne sustains his entertainingly innate ability to make the everyday psychedelic, and conversely the far-out comfortably familiar. No thesaurus-bending necessary, this is verb connection with no half-steppin’. Quickly understanding the emcee’s psyche, Spectacular Diagnostics furnishes his unique Moom-bap™ soundscape, removing nuts and bolts from speakers that Acne is famous for, as well as concentrating the BPMs so the pop culture streams of consciousness start to trip.
Kid Acne’s affinity with cult rap clan New Kingdom continues, with appearances from Nosaj on opening track ‘CREST OF A WAVE’, Sebash worshipping at the altar of ‘(OMG) THE GODDESS’ and culminating in the group’s first official reunion since '96 on the closing track ‘ANCIENT SEA KINGS’, complete with additional production from long time friend and collaborator, Scotty Hard. UK headliners Juga-Naut and Juice Aleem chuck in their 2pence worth, representing the East and West Midlands respectively, and connecting the dots to Acne's formative years growing up in the region.
‘HAVE A WORD’ sees Kid Acne and LEX reunited after the ‘LEXOLIUM’ series back in 2001, and 2007’s LP ‘ROMANCE AIN’T DEAD’ being celebrated as “an injection of stoopid Steel City freshness”. An instantly distinctive back catalogue of DIY, post-Millennium hip-hop, has gone from playing in 'RAP TRAFFIC' and pouring ‘COUNCIL POP’ to leading the charge of ‘ATTACK THE MONOLITH’ as part of B-boy outsiders MONGRELS. The Yorkshire cunning, speak your clout and dedication to hip-hop’s essence has run parallel with his stalwart status within the international Street Art movement, having painted large-scale murals across continents and exhibited extensively over the past two decades. The new album ties in with his resent solo exhibition, also called ‘HAVE A WORD’, which took pride of place in Sheffield in September.’