"Got a girl next door... and you know I ain't got no neighbors"

Okay I can't hate. These are some bars.
Some British hip hop is pretty good. Aniyia has been into it for a while. Is the cockney accent the must pervasive there? It feels like it's the most expressive for rhyming, so it makes sense to me. But I'm certainly out of my depth in terms of understanding the culture.
They're called Pete & Bas and they're on spotify. open.spotify.com/artist/4if49Kl…
I think mine is better. But I appreciate the correction. The best part of hip hop is you have to know the language and culture to understand it fully.

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