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Updated: 2015-09-16T11:42:44.635-07:00

 



BLADE

2014-08-21T08:02:47.423-07:00

BiographyWhere do you begin to provide information on Blade that hasn't already been provided by nearly every UK Hip Hop lover in the world. Blade is the DIY guy of UK Hip Hop, probably the biggest inspiration for any up and coming artist. From selling records on the street out of a bag, to signing to Wordplay, there is no denying the place Blade holds in UK Hip Hop's history. Blade started out his hip hop career in Covent Garden with fellow MC Merlin of Bomb The Bass fame, before his debut vinyl release, a track called 'Chart Moves' that was originally recorded to accompany a board game with the same name, but, was never used. He then went on to release his official debut 'Lyrical Maniac' in 1989, which was picked up by Raw Bass and released as their debut single, it featured one of my personal all time favourite UK Hip Hop tunes and the first tune I ever heard from Blade 'The Comin Is Near'. Blade then went on to release many classic records on his own 691 Influential label, one such release was the groundbreaking and inspiring 'The Lion Goes From Strength to Strength' double album, which fans put money up front to fund, and Blade replied to their kind generosity by giving them a free limited edition 12" called 'Clear The Way'.He then released 'Rhyme Bomb' on Bomb Hip-Hop Records and in 1997 Blade joined forces with Mark B and they went on to release some classic UK Hip Hop through 'Jazz Fudge' and managed to reach the UK National Charts on the Wordplay label, all the time sticking with his gritty lyrical content that makes him such an admirable artist. He then moved back to his own 691 Influential label again, which gave him total control over all his work, releasing two more albums, 'Storms Are Brewing' and his last release before putting down the mic 'Guerilla Tactics'. He finally decided to retire from the music industry and now runs his own CD production business, maybe one day he might grab the mic again, who knows?Blade Discogs Discography Page allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/bequnbhx7ko?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/5tbYaI-KSJA?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/odbfKeIdh-s?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/TvEkhyLEhNo?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' /> allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/eEdekYvWdyg?feature=player_embedded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />[...]



BLACK RADICAL MKII

2014-08-21T07:51:47.655-07:00


Biography:
Black Radical MKII, real name Felix Joseph, made his vinyl debut on Gaugin The Bass, along with fellow Bass Inc artists BC and DJ Cell. It was done as a favour for Coldcut who needed some rappers for the track. Discovering how easy it was to make a record Bass Inc decided to release B Boys Be Wise / We Otta Here with Black Radical/Sir Nova (same person). The next release was Rock the Boat by BC. After that Coldcut wanted to do another track and remix B Boys Be Wise. Black Radical decided to do Monsoon. It went out on 2TheBone, It was initially meant to appear on Coldcut's album 'What's That Noise' but, the label Big Life didn't want to put it on. In the words of Black Radical "Yazz walked into the studio and Coldcut introduced us and asked her to listen to the track. She stood motionless, looked at us like we were f***ing mad or something, she looked at Matt (Coldcut) as if he was f***ing mad and said, 'Oh yeah, that's nice'". It never went on because Yazz and Big Life were offended by it.....their loss our gain. It became a massive underground hit and even reached number one for many weeks on Germany's Hip Hop chart.

He then signed to Mango Street, the same label as Overlord X, and released the long awaited 'Rippin Up The Industry' in 1990 as well as his excellent debut album 'The Undiluted Truth' featuring the brilliant 'Crossroads'.


Coming back in 1995 with his second album 'Double Edged Sword', Black Radical stuck with his tough talking content, but voiced his views over more laid back production. After a 3 year break Black Radical returned in 1998, when he released his third and most underrated album 'Khaos & Konfusion' featuring the excellent 'The Last Knock' a take on Doug E Fresh's 'La Di Da Di'.


Black Radical MK II, is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated UK artists, and although some people may not agree with his views, there is no arguing with his outstanding talent.


Black Radical MKII Discogs Discography

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Derek B Tribute

2010-01-15T08:34:25.635-08:00

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Haven't been around on the internet for quite some time due to an addition to the family and her keeping myself and my wife busy, but, wanted to do this when I found time and being as it's Derek B's birthday today, I thought it was fitting.

Put quite simply, I couldn't believe it when I found out about Derek B's death, he was a big inspiration for me when I was young, seeing him on Top Of The Pops and some 80's Saturday morning TV show (can't remember the name). I know he was looked over quite a lot by the hardcore heads, but, most people who were into UK hip hop back in the day appreciate what he did and had/have a lot of love for him.

'Bad Young Brother' will always be a classic to me, the scratch introduction has been sampled so many times and will always be iconic.

I'm not gonna say much more, just that, on your birthday and for the next four weeks, Derek Boland, the heroesofukhiphop.com domain name will be dedicated to you, may you rest in peace and thank you for what you did.

R.I.P.

Thanks
Websta