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Scroobius Pip: Constantly Quotable

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Calling "Thou Shalt Always Kill" a mission statement wildly understates the number of mission statements that come into play during the five-plus minutes of Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip's screwball breakthrough single. Against a backdrop of Sac's springy beats, Pip uncorks a wild string of advice, jokes, frustrated (and occasionally profane) rants, pop-culture references and non-sequiturs — many of them insightful, funny, thought-provoking, baffling or some combination thereof.

Pip isn't afraid to contradict himself, as he lists musicians whose names must not be taken in vain before urging everyone to stop putting legendary bands on pedestals. But he's constantly quotable, whether dispensing relationship advice — "Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls' pants / Use it to get into their heads" — or tossing off silly quips. ("When I say 'Hey,' thou shalt not say 'Ho.' ") It's almost too much information to take in at once, but virtually every scrap of advice is worth revisiting, if not implementing.

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Stephen Thompson is a writer, editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he speaks into any microphone that will have him and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Since 2010, Thompson has been a fixture on the NPR roundtable podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen's desk. (To be more specific, Thompson had the idea, which took seconds, while Boilen created the series, which took years. Thompson will insist upon equal billing until the day he dies.)