Rascals breakdown lyrics from new album Class 90

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A year after their mixtape The Launch Vol. 2 dropped, and after receiving rave reviews from the likes of Pop Justice for their Professor Green collaboration on Fire Blaze, the Rascals (formerly known as Lil’ Rascals) return to drop their new album, Class 90 Volume 1.

Decoda caught up with the East London rap pack at Google Campus in Shoreditch to get them to decode lyrics from some of their new tracks.

[Big Shizz]
Maxsta had the tune on his laptop and I was just going through like loads of beats on his laptop and I heard it and I was, like rah, like the sample just jumped out and then I was, like, yeah this is for us, man. Done it.

[Kay Wills]
Got Big Narstie.

[Big Shizz]
And like a pub-man kind of feel in the whole song and, initially, we thought Big Narstie because he’s like a, he’s real to how he projects himself to the public - you know what I’m saying? And I thought right guy for it. Show n Prove, he had the beat there already.

People kind of get… they, kind of, get gassed, meaning like sad, thinking the life that artists live is completely amazing and just bright lights and all that. But it’s not really about that and that’s not what really what we’re here to do. It’s more about not only money but that, like, if it ain't about money then we really haven’t got nothing on this. It’s some sort of business or it's helping us in some sort of way. So, yeah, that’s what it’s about for me.

That lyrics there is more like a metaphor thing. So it’s like, "forget that chick, that’s my old ho." Obviously, you might have an ex, "forget that chick".

Basically, there’s a rapper in TDE called Ab-Soul and he calls himself Soulo. So I was saying "she can feel it in her abs and her soul when she found out that I ride solo," so it’s more of a metaphorical thing.

[Merkz]
Umm, yeah, Soho… [laughs] Soho is a dirty place.

[Big Shizz]
Go raving in Soho and you'll know about it, mate.

[Kay Wills]
Dirty place, going out Soho.

[Merkz]
Another metaphor, yeah.

And a Volvo… that’s my favourite… that’s one of my favourite cars 'cause it's a Swedish car… and it rhymes.

The meaning behind The Streets is more about just based on just different people’s lives - from… people from the hood and people from that higher class, like, living and just how London and the streets can look so nice.

But then, at certain times, certain, like, flip side… like, it’s common but it can make you think, “yeah, it looks all nice and that.” But certain things do happen on the streets and…

So it’s like saying, “in my town, there goes another man down.” People just… yeah. It’s just, yeah, the streets because it’s not what people always think it is, if you know what I mean.

Same as the Memories song. I remember going back there, where I was raised on the same street where someone actually died.

[Tempz]
People out there on the streets trying to provide for the kitchen, the fridge, just to eat.

[Kay Wills]
Their kids, family.

[Tempz]
Kids, everything family - just trying to provide for the family. "Another guy just went missing", guy's gone missing.

[Kay Wills]
Situations that happen in the streets and in, it’s life, innit?

[Tempz]
It’s just every day life.

[Kay Wills]
Living in London.

[Tempz]
Everywhere.

I’m just speaking of the actual moment I found out, to the point where, yeah, the actual moment. So, me going to, me being in my house, hearing the news, getting a text from them, going to [???] Road, to actually getting off a train and seeing the tent where, like, you know, the white tent where… like, seeing that. And that’s all, like, just trying to picture that moment and the going to the shop, like, buying a drink, just pouring it on the floor just to show respect. Yeah, man, it’s just all about that.

When, obviously, I’ve seen my friends in a tent, when people die, sometimes you pour a drink on the floor just to, like, show respect and “this one’s for you…” - you know what I’m saying? So back to the off-licence bought an E&J and I kept on pouring, you know what I'm saying?

[Kay Wills]
It's for a friend that passed away called Salam.

[Big Shizz]
Yeah. So, like the tune just… so, like, we tried… we was in discussions of, like, trying to make it as broad as possible, yeah. But, I think that we felt that the only way we can do that is if it’s absolutely personal to us. So, it's not like, ahh it’s everyone’s memory - it’s like, "here's our memories of people that we’ve lost as in real life" and people just taking that, you know what I’m saying?

[Tempz]
And relate to as well.

[Kay Wills]
So, for us, it was for Salam, Tyler…

[Tempz]
Samuel.

[Kay Wills]
Samuel… Yeah, it’s just like, basically just, overall, what people can relate to it.

[Tempz]
Them lyrics are actually for Salam who we was talking about in this song and it’s about a friend that I grew up with - well, an old friend who - like, I said - we’re not close friends anymore. But he actually murdered Salam, I grew up with as a neighbour to me… so, yeah, I grew up with him and then he done that, obviously. And then, yeah, I was just saying he’s an old friend from that…

[Big Shizz]
We cut him out.

[Tempz]
…from that experience, yeah. And he had the cheek to run and hide. He ran away from it, so now he’s inside, he’s in jail.

[Big Shizz]
Now he got caught. Birded with ten, "birded' if no-one knows what that means...

[Merkz]
Spend a long time in jail.

[Kay Wills]
Serving his time basically.

Freedom, I’d say, for me, was more about just being in the place where, like, people don’t really want to be themselves and they’re scared to be themselves. In that song, to me, was like I’m just going to be myself and just like… if people don’t agree with me I’m just going to, like, do what I’m doing until, like, freedom comes basically.

When I met Kendrick Lamar was on our tour… we done a tour with him in… January? January or February. In February and he was just touring around England. So, yeah, we were supporting him during that and when we was doing, like, we was on stage and checking our mics and that and he was there and he was like doing his little press-ups and that. But he was actually listening… he had no choice but to take in our music, innit. Playing and, like, he came back to us after and was like, yeah, "I like what you boys are doing, you're great artists" and stuff.

I came up with the hook with Talay Riley and it was just a vibe that just came up in the studio. Even having influences from my background, from the Caribbean, like, it’s where the, kind of, the lingo came. So, yeah… that was just… it was just a vibe in the studio and there was lot of energy and that… and, yeah, that’s just… I can’t tell you how I write my music sometimes, it just comes.

[Big Shizz]
About the time we made that tune, we kind of, just wanted to… not go at everyone like that but keep it just, it’s like, have that kind of dominant stamp.

[Tempz]
Anyone can get it.

[Big Shizz]
E3, it's where I'm from, and when we're about we bop - as in bop - as in you see us bopping.

[Merkz]
And L.O.N. London, yeah? Keep it.

[Tempz]
Scribz is actually the producer of Fire Blaze.

[Merkz]
Old friend.

[Tempz]
An old friend of ours, grew up with him, and the lyrics "me and Scribz up in hell's kitchen and we're cooking it up,"

[Kay Wills]
Studio.

[Tempz]
It’s just referring that like studio to like a kitchen and, basically, we’re just cooking it up.

[Kay Wills]
Cook in the fire.

[Tempz]
Yeah. Food for thought, plates to serve, you know, that kind of thing.

[Big Shizz]
Artistic that is.

[Tempz]
You know, I like to paint pictures.

[Merkz]
Obviously I was talking about "my cup, fill mine, ASAP" - so As Soon As Possible - "trill life". Obviously A$AP Rocky he likes saying he's “Trill” so it was just like more of a metaphor, weren’t it, for a reference to his mixtape.

[Tempz]
Gotta shout out A$AP.

[Kay Wills]
Shout out A$AP, his mixtape's hard still.

[Merkz]
And his album, yeah.

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