West London MC Scrufizzer, known to his mum as Romani Lorenzo, is something of a grime stalwart. As an associate of UK funky pioneers Funkystepz, he started making waves in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since.
First and foremost, Scru has built his reputation on his rapid, bashment influenced flow, a signature style that’s proved pretty versatile over the years. Having come out of the funky scene and rhymed over UKG productions, Scrufizzer has a knack for high-energy vocals that ride the riddim without sacrificing that raw grime vibe.
Here’s 10 of Scrufizzer’s best tracks.
10. Story of Jin
Scru takes on the role of storyteller in this Last Skeptic produced ‘Fizzy Flow II’ highlight. Story of Jin showcases Scrufizzer’s vocal versatility and stands out as a unique, hip-hop flavoured departure from standard grime fare.
9. Dumb Bars
Taken from his 2016 mixtape ‘Fizzy Flow II’, “Dumb Bars” sees Scrufizzer link up with Matix and pour scorn on the mandem who are ‘spraying dumb bars’. We won’t speculate about who he’s sending for but there’s no denying that Scru ain’t messing with this bouncy, bass-heavy banger.
8. Single Thing
Proving his versatility yet again, Scrufizzer’s latest is a full-on bashment style banger. Scru’s spoken about the important part bashment played in his musical development and this is a sweet tribute to the style.
7. I Don’t Believe You
This 2016 Real Slim Shady sampling diss track escalated the Scru/Ghetts beef in fine style. Scrufizzer sends for Ghetts, going in hard and unleashing his patented fizzy flow to venomous effect over a frantic beat.
6. Rap Rave
This 2013 banger does exactly what a rap rave says it is. There’s nothing subtle about the old skool acid synths and hyperactive production but you can’t deny infectious energy of “Rap Rave”.
5. Kick It
Produced by UK Garage pioneer Zed Bias, 2013’s “Kick It” was an accomplished example of how grime can be given a poppy dancefloor sheen without losing its edge. Scru shows off his effortless flow with a hooky vocal that, at times, echoes Dizzee Rascal.
4. Chill Out
Released in June, this smooth summer party banger gave us a taste of what to expect from Scrufizzer’s Tropical EP and got everyone in the mood for summer with its laid back tropical vibes.
3. Nutty Violin Flows
Produced for SBTV to commemorate the ten year anniversary of “Nutty Violins”, Scru revisits his classic instrumental with this sick freestyle version. The legendary riddim – produced with original collaborator Stimpy – still sounds fresh and Scru goes in hard with some fierce bars that show how far he’s come since the original dropped a decade ago.
2. Dats Right
Another certified banger, “Dats Right”, taken from Scru’s Tropical EP, showcases the chemistry he still has with Stimpy, his oldest collaborator. Yet again, the duo came up with a feel-good party riddim that definitely conjures up an old-school garage vibe and feels tailor-made for summertime raving.
1. Dun Kno Already (Oh No Remix)
Scrufizzer jumps on Ghetts’ “You Dun Know Already” and throws in some UKG-style production tweaks. And what better way to reinforce those turn of the century garage vibes than by sampling So Solid’s era defining classic “Oh No?”