2012 (EP)

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2012
EP by Ruff Sqwad
Released 24 January 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Grime, alternative hip hop, hip hop
Length 47:03
Label Takeover Entertainment Limited
Producer David Nkrumah & Prince Rapid
(Record executives)
Ruff Sqwad chronology
2012
(2012)
Guns and Roses Volume. 3
(2012)
Singles from 2012
  1. "Mario Balotelli"
    Released: 24 January 2012
  2. ""
    Released:

2012 is an EP by grime supergroup Ruff Sqwad. It was released on 24 January 2012 by Takeover Entertainment as a free downloadable EP prior to the release of Ruff Sqwad's third solo studio album, Guns and Roses Volume. 3.[1]

The EP's cover art is a cyberart image of interstellar medium and estrasolar system coordinates, formatted curvilinear coordinates in grey with the color blue as a background.[1]

The "2012 EP" is marked as the group's build up to their third studio album, Guns and Roses Volume. 3, due to be released near the end of 2012 on Takeover Entertainment.[1][2]

Background and recording[edit]

The "2012 EP", came after the success of the song 'Mario Balotelli', which was included on Tinchy Stryder's fifth extended play, The Wish List. Ruff Sqwad recorded 12 tracks with the sounds having Tinchy Stryder written all over them, and has been compared to Tinchy Sttryder's second studio album Catch 22.[1][1]

Collaborations[edit]

In the "2012 EP", Ruff Sqwad collaborated with JME of Boy Better Know and D Double E of the Newham Generals.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

The MTV News stated that with the 2012 EP, "nobody likes change, and it seems like they’ve stuck to a formula that they know works. So, regardless of the fact that it may sound a little 2010/11, it’s a sturdy offering scattered with beats that will make you bop your head and lyrics that will make you rewind from time to time".[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Lights on"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 4:47
2. "RSMD remix"   Prince Rapid 4:51
3. "Dats how I like it" (featuring JME) Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham, Jamie Adenuga Prince Rapid 3:04
4. "Think"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham David Nkrumah 3:16
5. "Mario Balotelli"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 4:25
6. "Coming"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham David Nkrumah 4:41
7. "This side"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 3:26
8. "Journey" (featuring D Double E) Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham,
D Double E
David Nkrumah 3:24
9. "Anna 2"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 3:32
10. "Hectic projective flo"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 4:02
11. "SOS"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Slix Fleeingham 3:48
12. "Headlines (they know)"   Kwasi Danquah III, David Nkrumah, Prince Rapid, Slix Fleeingham Prince Rapid 3:47

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Maz Khan (2012-01-27). "Ruff Sqwad – 2012 EP". MTV News. 
  2. ^ a b c "Extended Play Review: Ruff Sqwad – 2012". 2012-02-04. 

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