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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.
I have a lot of respect for JDZ Media. To start from scratch and build up a channel with that amount of views and support from the scene requires a lot of hard work and dedication. When he hollered me about jumping on the channel I knew I wanted to shoot a Drum N Bass video. I love all the genres but spitting to DNB is what really exposed me to a worldwide audience so I wanted my debut video on the channel to reflect that. I linked Jake over in West London, hopped in the back of his car and went in! The reaction to this particular video has been pretty crazy. Whenever I’m at shows people talk about this video and how much they love it. It really does show the art of MCing to DNB with lyrical content and I think it is a testament to where the levels of Drum N Bass MCing can go to in the future.
I was really happy when SBTV called me up to put together a cipher of MC’s from the DNB world to represent on the channel. Rather than call up a bunch of artists that might not click or work well together I chose to call in the MC’s hailing from the UNCZ family who I knew would gel and have an undeniable chemistry on screen and off. The video was an immediate hit on You Tube generating over 100,000 views in a short space of time and will hopefully serve as a springboard for more DNB MC’s to feature on the channel.