Pete & Bas are not your everyday rappers. Proudly standing behind the “geezer rap” wave, the two old heads somehow manage to engage new-age rap culture more authentically than much of present-day youth. Aptly infusing their old school underpinnings with new-age sensibilities, the two seniors have delivered a slew of hard-hitting singles over the past several years, including “Shut Ya Mouth,” “Pint And A Fag,” and many more. The South London two-piece has now returned with another track titled “Lightwork Freestyle,” once again proving that they’re more fit for the streets than senior centers.
Produced by Kuurtesy, “Lightwork Freestyle” is everything fans want in a Pete & Bas track: it’s gritty, it’s violent, it’s hilarious, and yet somehow sincere. On the track, Pete delivers a slew of bars with his characteristically-raspy deliver, detailing not only his age but equally so, his locale. “He didn’t wanna taste those slugs/Your man walked up like he’s King of the Hill/Now he’s 10 foot under the ground/And I’m up 10 bob up in a William Hill/Placing bets,” Pete opens, referencing the William Hill betting establishments that old-timers typically find themselves at. Bas isn’t afraid to deep dive into some wordplay of his own either: “Bossman’s daughter’s wedding on Friday/Doing up bhangra, I’m still learning/Burning, burning/All this money I’m earning/Came in a Bentley, left in a Beamer/Got locked out and the wife went nuts.”
In typical fashion, the two have also provided a visual for the track, which sees the two dressed up in their classic blue-collar attire as they rock iced-out jewelry and ties, all the while drinking a couple of Stella Artois tallboys.
Watch Pete & Bas’ “Lightwork Freestyle” above.
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