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I spent a good week indoors going over and over those three pieces for my ‘Fire In The Booth.’ It’s one thing writing new bars, going to the studio and reading them off the I Pad or the lappy, but to have to learn nearly fifteen minutes of new material isn’t the easiest task. I am a perfectionist so I didn’t want any slip ups or flops on the show. It turned out that all the practice hours paid off. As I performed my first track on the show, Charlie was letting off his selected sound effects as points of praise and I could see he was feeling the performance. By the end of the session I had received some serious big ups from one of the biggest DJ’s in the UK and when it was broadcast and put up on You Tube fans and fellow artists were equally forthcoming with their admiration for my ‘Fire In The Booth’.
When I watch this performance it takes me back to exactly how I felt at that time of my life. I can remember getting the beat sent through from Rees and literally immersing myself in the production for the rest of the day. I actually got into a lot more personal and deep autobiographical writing after this freestyle. I think it was the gateway to developing a whole new approach to spitting and expression and was truly the start of me opening up more in my music.
Big shout to GRM Daily. They were one of the first channels on line to holler at me to feature on their channel so I was buzzing to film my Daily Duppy when they requested one from me. I knew I would be hitting a new audience with this who may not have known me so I decided to showcase three different styles of MCing in the video. Beginning with Rap, picking up the pace to Grime then finally ending with Drum N Bass, I went out to duppy three genres. I think this video did a lot in terms of establishing me as an MC who can ride different tempos and styles of music because it was probably the first time people saw me on a big platform fusing all the different styles in one performance.
Semtex’s vision for the Fast & Furious session was to get the sickest double time spitters in the studio, hit the decks, increase the speed and see who really had the stamina to roll from start to finish. The epic line up featured myself, Mic Righteous and the legendary Skibadee and it created a major buzz across 1xtra and throughout the world. This is one of my most talked about videos on line and is now getting close to a million views. You can feel the intensity in the studio as we go back to back delivering a fast and furious freestyle session that will go down in history as a classic moment.
With over 2 million views on this video it has to be my most played visual on You Tube. I initially was going to use the audio but my manager bought his camera along to the studio and convinced me to film it. Thank god he did! This video spread like wildfire and as it was a massive part of my success in the early part of my career in the DNB arena.