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I’ve been wanting to jump on P110 for a while now. They really have been putting in work so I knew I had to bring something special and unique to the channel. I chose to go quite deep with the lyrical content on this one and bring a mixture of flows to the table. There’s some mad tongue twisters and rhyme patterns woven into the bars and I feel this video and performance is a great representation of me as an MC and were I’m heading in 2015.
When Charlie Sloth called me saying that he wanted me to do the first ever Drum N Bass Fire in the Booth for his show on Radio 1 and 1xtra that weekend I was excited. But at the same time the pressure was on. MY first FITB was received so well and I knew this one would be judged against it. Plus, there are a lot of misconceptions among people who don’t listen to DNB that all the MC’s do is chat a bunch of diggedy wiggedy nonsense on the mic and don’t make any sense or have any lyrical content. Now we know this isn’t true but I know it’s a common perception people outside of the Drum N Bass scene seem to have about DNB MC’s. So I wanted to go up there and show them that lyrically we can do this. I also wanted to come with a bunch of mad flows and try to deliver a flawless performance that even if you didn’t like DNB you couldn’t argue with. This meant me spending the whole week practicing and working out what bars I wanted to spit on the show. I picked beats I thought I could shine on and went to work. I actually wrote a load of new bars for the first section of the session and made it by task to perfect them in the short time I had. When it was time to hit the BBC studios I felt ready. As soon as I got into the performance Charlie was loving it so I really got into my stride and went as hard as I could. The response since from people outside of the DNB scene like Giggs, Ms Dynamite and K Koke has been mental!
What I love about the Fire In The Streets series is that it gives everyone who’s got skills a shot to get some exposure on Charlie Sloth’s channel. It’s impossible for Charlie to get everyone on his Radio 1 show so this is a great platform for MC’s to get some heat on the roads. When Zak hollered me about doing one I immediately thought about how I wanted to attack it and wrote something fresh and exclusive. I started off with a more Hip Hop approach and end up going nuts with a double time display of lyrical warfare attacking those who jump on trends relevant in the American Rap scene when we have our own culture, slang and style of dress that should be celebrated.
This was my second appearance on JDZ. I had rolled up to Birmingham with Dreps and the crew to link Jake and shoot some freestyles. Dreps finished recording his and we immediately shot mine which is why everyone is on such a hype in the background. I can remember nailing it in the first take which is another reason everyone is on such a mad vibe as it’s the first time they are hearing the lyrics. I’ve always loved spitting at this tempo as it brings out real energy and gets the audience gassed.
DJ Hype is legendary across the underground music scene. He started his ’32 Bars From Mars’ series to showcase talented MC’s in the DNB world but it’s a series with a twist. Hype doesn’t play any vocal tracks, come with any breakdowns or allow MC’s any breathing space to relax. It’s continuous mixing, showcasing a plethora of DNB riddims where there is literally no let up. The challenge for the MC is to keep up with the pace and go all out for the entire set. I actually did it live on stage with Hype at my birthday bash a couple years ago and it was mental! I don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much on a set! For the radio performance I decided to bring Dreps up with me and the video has got a great response worldwide.