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East ManProle Art Threat

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Planet Mu – ZIQ423
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Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
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Tracklist

A1East Man & StreemaKnow Like Dat2:37
A2East Man & Mic TyEverybody Knows2:46
A3East Man & Fernando KepOuroboros3:01
A4East Man & Lyrical StrallyTen Ton Riddim3:12
A5East ManBoys1:31
A6East Man & Ny NyWho Am I?3:06
B1East ManEast Man Theme (Reprise)2:29
B2East Man & Whack Eye*Wow How?2:54
B3East Man & Eklipse (8)Ease Up2:57
B4East Man & Darkos StrifeLook & Listen (Part 2)2:56
B5East ManMachine Gun4:27
B6East ManHi Tek Theme2:17
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"East Man understands the force and the democracy of the mic. Listening to Prole Art Threat is like being at a dance. As the mic is passed between each of the MCs, a different tale is ‘elevated... off the map’ as Ny Ny puts it. We hear instalments from Forest Gate, Lee, Lewisham and Manor Park as these ‘lyrical gaffers’ and ’top boys and girls’ tell tough stories of life under the scrutiny of the ‘Feds’ in a brutal and divided city.

The bars and rhymes document what it means to live here; from the double standards applied to the sexuality of young girls and boys to the corrosive violence of everyday life. All this is dissected without compromise. This is not just a London story though, the inclusion of Fernando Kep from the burgeoning Grime scene in Brazil is evidence of the outernational reach of the music. The tracks on East Man’s album explode the wilful ignorance of those who see ‘the working class’ in contemporary London as code for whiteness. This is the sound of a proletarian urban multiculture, made from Caribbean and African influences, sound system culture, pirate radio and the inexorable rhythms of Grime, Drum & Bass, Techno and Dancehall. It is the stirring of the "white" & "black" working classes who are living together and coming together on their own terms in sound. ‘Making music because you love it... what the fuck else could you do?’ as East Man says. The tracks and voices you are holding in your hands are, as a result urgent, vital, as hard nails and twice as sharp."

Les Black

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