U.K indie hip-hop duo Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench return with a hi-octane, summer rap-bop ‘Never Give Up’ due this July through Buttercuts Records. Fusing hook-laden rhythms with biting social commentary, the track features the superstar talents of Jamaican MC iSTAND, Dancehall legend Danny Sprang and a remix by long-time collaborator Lil’ Rossco.
Rebel ACA details the track: “This was originally written in the Butterhut NW10 (London) over one afternoon and gave it to Lil’ Rossco to remix. Well he made an even better song. Except iStand now sounds like a Dalek. Never one to quibble over whose oranges are juiciest when the pips are down, we are proudly releasing his version instead. However, we have released the original track with the music video.”
He goes on to add: “Life isn’t easy and has a habit to feel like a queue of people that has lined up to punch you in the face. So don’t give up. Ever. e filmed this tongue in cheek video playing with the more minor comedy matters that test your patience. The home delivery driver finding your flat, the flat-pack furniture frustration, the endless apparent need to exercise – “even with that meaningless bullshit – it takes all that you have – to keep going. This track continues our series of single releases and collaborations with Spragga Benz and Rodney P – this one switches up our artwork. Because frankly we’ve given up on that look and moving on to the next.”
Often described as ‘the British Run the Jewels’, Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench have garnered support from BBC 6 Music – Cerys Matthews, The Shaun Keaveny Breakfast show & Tom Robinson, John Kennedy X FM, Frank Skinner Absolute Radio and Rebel ACA appears on two tracks (Including the first track) of the Billboard #1 Album CHILIAGON by Spragga Benz (as well as producing, and executive producing the entire album and co-writing 2 of the songs).
Rebel ACA and French met nearly 15 years ago, as one managed, and the other produced a funk reggae band. And ever since – their completely opposite nature in almost every way – has kept them attracted, like a nut and ratchet.
Lil’ Rossco is without doubt the best mashup DJs Melbourne has ever produced. Originally a drummer, he is the DJ who can make anyone dance, and anyone cry – without being cheesy. His has been producing for decades, developing his unique style. Responsible for much of the production and recording of Spragga Benz Chiliagon project as a whole – nicknamed “Rosscafari” by Spragga – his infectious story telling in the beat shines through.
Buttercuts Records, based out of London, has been bashing out buttery beats since 2000 been deep. Releasing hip hop, reggae, breaks, funk. folk and soul records by artists such as Kool Keith, Spragga Benz, Toddla T, Sukh Knight, Lil Rossco, General Levy, Rodney P, Tanika, Soni, Illaman, and The Rebel ACA & French Monkey Wrench. Their last release was the Chiliagon by Spragga Benz was a no1 reggae billboard smash hit for 2019. It’s simply a matter of time you cast aside the musical margarine and discover the real ButterCuts.