Shystie (ft. Lady Fury's Mum) - Murderation
I had on the original version of "One Wish" the other day, listening to the verse that apologizes to the victims of gun violence and the chorus that claims that you can't possibly understand it if you don't live it, and pondering the complicated relationship between empathy and excuse, alienation and atonement. Then I heard this "Murderation" diss record, which is so grossly, uncompromisingly, devastatingly (and, yeah, satisfyingly) mean that I forgot about all that. It's the first time in a loooong time that a song has made me feel dirty and uncomfortable (the already-infamous Ying Yang "Whisper" song is just kind of bluntly ugly in comparison, sub-human females wallowing in sub-bass, as ultimately outrageous as The Man Show ). The Fury first-strike is almost playground mean, while Shystie's is straight abject (in that theory-ish Lacan/Kristeva/look-I'm-smart sense) - stained knickers, discharge, used tampons: REAL unmentionables. The gut-churningness is in the details: besides the specificity of the family slander (and the authenticity of the phone message), it's the hallucinogenic realism of the Sidewinder flashback that perhaps cuts deepest. On a completely tangential note, it's a pity we've lost Shystie to the UKHH contingent, though we'll always have the remixes (anyone have the Davinche'd-up "Make it Easy" btw?). And anyway, as far as this one goes, I don't think we've a grime tune as straight purposeful as "Lean Back".