Although they are gaining notoreity on the other side of the Irish Sea, I believe they are not so well known in our city, so I felt like sharing this song with you. Although you might expect The Original Rudeboys to hail from somewhere around London, or possibly 1970s Jamaica, the three lads in question are proudly from the Irish capital. It's always refreshing to hear an artist rapping in his native accent, all the more so when it is one we are not so accustomed to hearing.
Rapper Seán Arkins' gravelly tough-as-a-doornail sound helps you connect with the groups inner-city Dublin background. His earthy tones are offset by the neutrally accented and pleasantly-voiced Robert Burch, who is on guitar. The contrast between Arkins' gritty verses and Burch's pretty choruses is reflected in the video which cuts between some beautiful shots of modern and ancient Dublin, and other areas showing the city's council flats and graffitied playgrounds.
Over time it would be nice to hear them add some more layers to their sound, possibly with the addition of more instruments. For now though, a greatly enjoyable intro to an urban act that stands out from the crowd.