Nonsensically touted as ‘this generation’s Robert Burns’ by myself just now, Itch has released a work of art in the form of the gorgeous piece ‘Diplomat’. It’s a hard-hitting, self-reflexive arrangement with beautiful rhetoric – “leave me the fuck alone, piss off, one love, yeah” – and the kind of rare tear-jerking wordsmith wizardry that wrenches even the stoniest hearts from the ventricles that connect the heart to the body, thus keeping it alive.
“I ain’t got all the answers, no-one’s got all the answers, anyone who says they’ve got all the answers is a fuckin’ liar, they just lyin’ man”, Itch recites, in his politically-charged thriller ‘Diplomat’, taken from his free musical manifesto – otherwise known as an ‘extended play’ - Manifesto Pt.2: We’re All In The Gutter.
Itch, the former MP for Basingstoke who notoriously campaigned successfully to lower the heights of fences of lion enclosures at zoos, is a ‘rapper’, which I’m reliably informed means he talks fast and rhymes words so much the need to do so becomes incessant and tantamount to his survival, thus bleeding into his everyday speech.
‘Diplomat’ was released last month by Red Bull Records, but in the interest of fairness we should also state that it was not released by Monster, Relentless or Rockstar.