Splurgeboys break down all their Grime hits, from current to classics

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South London Grime outfit Splurgeboys exclusively break down lyrics to all their underground hits, from Channel U classics such as 'Scuse Me and Stupid Flow, to more recent releases including L.O.V.E and the Ghetts-collaborated Carry On.

The sibling duo are no strangers to going behind the music, with production credits attributed to many of the UK's biggest urban stars including Tinie Tempah, Cashtastic, Ghetts and Fem Fel (see Fem's Decoda interview here).

Check out Teeboi and Rocket's explanations behind their lyrics below:

[Teeboi]
The grey shit is the Grey Goose - the Grey Goose vodka because, in the club, obviously, like up West End, that was usually the drink that you was given - maybe Belvedere or something but usually it was Grey Goose. Or, even if it weren’t there, that’s what I was going to go to the bar and ask for.

So it’s like if you… because it’s a bit stronger, a bit smoother, so you get two double shots of them… Nice.

[Rocket]
Connoisseur.

[Teeboi]
Nice.

[Teeboi]
It’s like really quite a literal lyric. It’s like team work on that mattress, that we’re both at it, but that she wants to make babies and I was just, sort of, going to practice making them for when she wants to go and find her partner and make them.

But it’s just like a… it’s a lyrics though. It doesn’t represent, necessarily, how I think. But it was a great lyric.

The first of a string of double entendres, using football terminology as metaphors for sex. Football is a game of two teams, and rapper Teeboi uses the term "team work" as a metaphor for sex.

[Rocket]
“Pinocchio with that, no strings” is basically Pinocchio, when he hasn’t got strings, he’s free, he’s a real boy, he can do what he wants. When he’s got the strings he’s tied down, he’s committed.

It’s basically talking about relationships… and a negative connotation of a relationship really.

Pinocchio is a story about a wooden puppet that has no strings (and lies a lot). Teeboi compares himself to the Disney character, as he has sex with "no strings attached", which is to say he doesn't get attached or worry about who the girl may also be sleeping with and vice versa.

It seems Pinocchio may have inspired many young men:

I've got no strings
To hold me down
To make me fret
Or make me frown

[Rocket]
“She envisaged from a visit…” basically she came over and from that she saw that she wants to go from "dishy to the dishes."

My interpretation, at the time, was “dishy” being the hot girl in the club or whatever, to just being at home doing the homely thing - the dishes, cleaning up…

[Teeboi]
Cleaning after you, yeah?

[Rocket]
Well, not after me. Just over the…

[Teeboi]
What a chauvinist!

[Rocket]
…looking after the home and herself… keeping up the home.

Rocket describes how from one visit (sexual encounter), a girl starts thinking about how the two of them would be as a married couple.

Dishy to the dishes insinuates that she wants to go from being an attractive "dishy" looking girl in a club, to being wined and dined on dinner dates at nice restaurants in a proper relationship.

[Rocket]
"Being with the bitches to the Mrs" the bitches is like her girls and that. She’s going out - it’s the same with the club, being the dishy girl. She’s going out with the girls to just being the Mrs.

[Teeboi]
Can’t call them "bitches" bro’.

[Rocket]
Maybe not.

[Teeboi]
Can’t be calling women bitches.

[Rocket]
But in rap you can. It’s acceptable.

[Teeboi]
Just in rap.

[Rocket]
Just in rap.

I grew up watching wrestling, to be fair, and everybody knows The Rock’s got the saying “if you smell what the Rock is cooking.” Everybody also… well, you might not know but The Rock - growing up through films like New Jack City - rock means like crack and drugs and stuff like that.

So, he "shouts out to my hood men" it’s like people in the hood, like wrestlers they’re pushing. Pushing is like a word for selling drugs.

And then, obviously, so it’s “shouts out to my people" that I may know, or may not know, that sell drugs and then because like wrestlers, they’re pushing. Because it’s all about ‘the rock’ - which is the drug. If you smell what I’m cooking, you cook the rock.

It’s a good lyric to be fair.

Rocket addresses drug dealing friends from his neighbourhood with a string of drug-related slang.

Push is slang for dealing, i.e. "pushing cocaine".

Rock is slang for crack cocaine, taking the name from its appearance as hard rocks after being cooked. The double entendre here is The Rock is also a famous wrestler-turned-actor, with one of his sayings being;

"If you smell what the Rock is cooking"

[Teeboi]
That’s just self-explanatory really. It’s just like, you know. You can sometimes make love without actually being in love to be honest. Like you know when you…

[Rocket]
The act.

[Teeboi]
It’s… yeah, it’s an act innit? And it’s good and you, at the time, you’re thinking “damn, could this be…” do you know what I mean? But then obviously…

[Rocket]
Could this be love?

[Teeboi]
And then - excuse the next pun - you come to your senses. That’s quality.

Molly is, like, a drug that’s used in house raves and stuff like that.

Mollie King is also a lady from The Saturdays who sings. So, the molly has got her singing in the club, she’s hyper, like the chick out of The Saturdays.

Again, my lyrics are usually quite literal. So it was like a literal translation. Obviously, plus Fem Fel is our good mate, do you know what I mean, that we've work with on numerous occasions.

So, it was just like… it was just one of them ones that you just… you have it in your head and you’re like “that’s so easy, should I use it?” And you’re like of course I should use it because it’s just sitting in my head like “why not?”

And then Carry On, like, for me, was just fun. Like, if you listen to the whole bar it’s not even… it’s just so easy and me just having fun on that there. I just didn’t really care about that bar. A bit like, that I didn’t… I weren’t really critiquing it so I just threw that one out there. I- your fem and she fell. Like, I was just having fun really.

Last year Ghetts came down to the studio. Like, we was introduced like that to do a session and it just happened from there.

Played them a couple of beats and he broke the sofa in the studio, just like got amped and broke it. We just went through a period before his album came out - obviously before, like, everyone both got busy and that - where we was just everyday recording.

So it wasn’t even a case of we recorded Carry On. We just recorded, like, so many lyrics and we was just like “yeah, we’ll use that one.” Do you know what I mean? Because otherwise they would have just been sitting on the computer doing nothing. So we just thought, “yeah, let’s use that one," and do a tune on our side as well as a few for his side.

[Rocket]
Sometimes when you’re in that creative space you’re just trying different things. It’s just like a bit trippy it’s a bit weird the whole song. It was just fun. Like I said you’re just having fun with that whole song.

[Teeboi]
Yeah, like we make so much music that I think sometimes it’s weird because I think that maybe, like, people take the, what we do on it more personal than we do. You know what I mean. Sometimes it’s like why didn’t you fade it out? I don’t know you know what I’ve made a hundred songs where I haven’t faded it out.

[Rocket]
Its music there’s no formula, there’s no science to, like, when you’re in the studio, you’re in that session, you’re in that zone. You do whatever you feel comes naturally in that space.

It's just a stand up for yourself kind of lyric. Like... what are you saying?

Like, man, I don't want to hear it. What are you really saying? Are you saying you don't like me? Cool Then you don't like me... but what are you really saying? I'm still doing it, I'm still here... so, what the fuck are you saying? Literally.

[Rocket]
Paper Aeroplane is our team. It’s the umbrella that carries the different artists within like Splurgeboys you’ve got artists like Snowy D, James Pyke, Kadey James, singers, House DJs… it’s just an umbrella that encompasses all the different genres and artists, the clothing; all the things that we represent. It's the team, it's the squad, it’s something you can be a part of. It’s the movement and Paper Aeroplaning is, basically, just doing that to the fullest.

[Teeboi]
It's being fly, G.

[Rocket]
"Performing at the shows, couple labels tryina tip us" the lyric before that is *"we're taking off just like a stripper."

So, basically, you're taking off, like, we're setting sail, we're taking off... the plane is taking off - Paper Aeroplane and all that.

So we're blowing up but you're, also, "taking off" can be a reference to a stripper - be taking off her clothes. So that's where it's like the labels are interested now because you're starting to make moves so they want to throw some money at you.

So it's like you're "taking of just like a stripper, performing at the shows, couple labels tryina tip us" it's like throwing the ones at you. And, then...

[Teeboi]
You tip for big things, innit? It's like you're tipped for big things it's like that's what the tipping is. That's the double... the double...

[Rocket]
...entendre.

[Teeboi]
The double there.

[Rocket]
And then, "if it's Jay Knox on the line, you better pick up" because Jay Knox is, obviously, looking after us - doing a great job and he only calls when its business time. So, best be on your job.

[Teeboi]
Well, when I, like, took that kind of lyric I was taking it from Jay, really, because that's the one where he goes "and I wish I'd never met her at all". And you know what? They always play that song in the best part of the rave. That song always comes on in a rave, you will go back in your raving history and you'll realise that song always comes in when you're maximum waved. It's just like, it’s just a coincidence. DJs always play that at a good time. It’s like… like 1 maybe… 1 o’clock in the morning, the hot spot where everyone’s turnt up and that song comes in and you just let… let… let go. That’s why I did that one in there.

Just for… because, for me, it was just one of my… like the best times - so it was like a moment in life - and I just always look… know when that song comes in, I’m usually going for it… that point in the rave and it was a moment for life, so.

When you had a video on U - Channel U back in the day - there was a bit of a stigma attached to you. It was like, "oh, you should be on MTV. That's where..."

But do you know it was... it's like it was more for that attitude. It wasn't... it's like, obviously, that lyric sounds like it's focused on women. Do you know... like, so, in a relationship sense... so, it's like I'm playing on you but give me a couple of months I'll be playing on U.

And then it's like... it was more for the backbiters of the people that just had attitude like, "so, what? Them guys are just playing on..." It's... that's how it felt at the time. It's like, you'd meet certain people and they'd be a bit off just because you're playing on U.

Then you went on MTV and then, all of a sudden, they love you.

That lyric is real life. At the time that's exactly what I was thinking and it was fresh. So I was just venting on that song, I was venting big time.

And it didn't necessarily happen like that, like, I got dumped for it. But 'coz it was so fresh and so raw it felt like that, do you know what I mean. It was like "alright, then, well fine, I am back on the market. So I'm going to go do my thing then." So it did feel like that, at the time.

Now, when I look back at it, quality lyric, great word play, but yeah, it comes across harsher than it was. But sick lyric.

Tinie Tempah was out at the time on Channel U, same thing, with a tune called Wifey.

And, like I said, it was just referencing things that are current and things that people are going to not pick up on straight way because that was like number one in the Channel U charts, Wifey.

It was just a... it was just fun, man. Just like have some fun. Like, you go and say that innit? I wanted that song to come on - in my head - and, you know, the whole crowd was... like, all the guys, that were there, might be drunk with their boys in that section of the rave and you've got a group of girls there and they all turn around to the girls and go "Scuse me, you're so cris."

And then maybe that's the point in which they did get to talk to that girl or that group of girls... you know what I mean? And then they would... that's what it was. It's like... it was that point.

That's how I think about music sometimes. When I say a line it's like how I was in a rave... you know what I mean. I get... I'm gassed and then I hear that lyric, you see that girl and you said it to her and she probably says it back to you as well because she’s just as having a great time just like you are.

So, it was about having a good time and meeting people, man.

That's like... it's obvious - you know what I mean? We work hard, man. Like, labour hard - always have done. Like, even, aside from music - do you know what I mean? Like, electronic work and worked hard at it. So, I'm saying, like, just always work. Like, I... I look at myself like a labourer. I don't think of myself as like as a rap guy or a Grime star or anything, no, it's like staying where you... like, you have to go to work in the day and graft and labour it and, like, go for it - like, you know what I mean.

Like, use your hands... these hands make you money - do you know what I mean, like? Unless you're a numbers guy or something. But if you're not, you go out there, you take your hands and you make money and that's what it was about.

And, obviously, Blair was... you know, was the - at the time - the leader of the Labour party.

[Rocket]
Sometimes rap is just about being fresh and making references that people are going to get straight away - and that's what was hot at the time.

You know what? I thought I was going to be the best one day. That's what it was. I was young and, as well, and I thought I'm going... I'm going to be the best - you see what I'm saying? So, whether or not I believed it at the time, I knew there would be a day when I did when I wrote that.

So, it's like don't compete with me for work rate because I will work harder. That's how I've... that's what I've always been taught, do you see what I'm saying? So, it was like you can't beat me unless I give up, because I will keep going.

The first part is pretty self-explanatory. This is the times when Fast and Furious was just out, Max Power - I used to get the Max Power magazine; all the kitted up cars, modified cars.

And I was like, I'm working hard but I ain't rich enough to get the maxed out cars - so "still ain't got a maxed out whip. But I still mack these chicks. Like my name's Mack..."

Mack is one of my close friends who was in group called K-Sounds and, yeah, we used to just roll, man. And Mack used to mack. It was like "I still, I still mack these chicks. Like my name's Mack, Mack, Mack that yat."

[Teeboi]
That was kind of like... because at that time it was a bit like... you know when everyone's like "oh, you're mixed race" like, that's why

[Rocket]
Yeah, you're a pretty boy... a sweet boy.

[Teeboi]
That's... that's your excuse. But sometimes... yeah. But sometimes that's the excuse for, like, some people thinking why you get something or...

[Rocket]
Yeah, so that was more like a spin on it. It's like, "alright, cool... yeah. We're..."

[Teeboi]
It's the sarcasm of it.

[Rocket]
Yeah, I must get these girls because I'm mixed race.

[Teeboi]
'Coz I ain't ballin' out here - you know what I mean.

[Rocket]
Yeah, you know what I'm saying. So, obviously, like, being mixed race I can't ever be a good rapper. So that must be the reason I get it... like, get these girls - you know what I mean. It's like sarcasm, it's taking the mickey out of people that just hate for no reason.

[Rocket]
To be fair I could make up, like, a big excuse right now. But, at the time, it rhymed and made sense because I'm a Pisces and I smash them hits. And Pisceans, like, we're dreamers - do you know what I mean? It's like...

[Teeboi]
Also, like, I think that Pisces get a rap for being like mad sensitive as well. They're one of them, like, sensitive signs, innit? Like, so...

[Rocket]
Yeah, but it's like... yeah, you're sensitive but you're like a dreamer. You live in a dream world so you're never thought of as actually the person that's getting it done - do you know what I mean? You're the person that people think are just, like, wishing on it.

So, it's like, yeah, still making these tunes. It's not bad for a guy that's not meant to be doing it... just thinking about it.

Yeah, P's and Q's is just like being on your job. Just being on it, you know what I mean.

So, and Kano, that... that's round that time when Kano had one of the biggest singles out with P's & Q's. Shout out Kano, shout out DaVinche, big tune.

[Teeboi]
Well, obviously Bashy's name is Bashy. But then that was...

[Rocket]
Bashy to me... bashy meant wicked.

[Teeboi]
Bashy back then was like a word and it was a bit of a word for, like, yeah... then again I can't even remember saying that was bashy. But you did actually say that. That's what it meant really, innit, like?

[Rocket]
Yeah. That's sick... wicked sick, good.

[Teeboi]
Yeah, that's sick. So. it's like the first all Bashy - you see what I'm saying? And he, obviously, had a tune called Black Boys. So it... which, kind of, ostracized anyone that weren't black, really. Like, do you know what I mean? It's like it was a song for black boys. Taking power of black boys.

But as a mixed race person, you didn't mean you. But, then, to certain people, it did mean you. So, it was a bit ambiguous at the time. Like race is, always is sometimes as a... being half and... mixed race. Like you do, no matter what and you want... everyone wants to see, sometimes, come in those little scenarios where it's like... does that one include me, like? I don't know, like. Do you want me to...

[Rocket]
I'm not black... and I'm not white.

[Teeboi]
Yeah... do you know what... because I swear it was... yeah, it's like... I swear Akala was in the remix to that, weren't he? Didn't Akala do a remix? But, like, I don't even know if I could because that would be saying I'm not that. So, it was just like I'm not a black boy really and truly in my heart of hearts because I am, actually, half white. So it's like... but the flow was bashy.

So, yeah, that was the lyric.

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