MC Killa Joul broke on to the local hip hop scene in 1993 as part of the Buckingham based hip hop crew the Justice Element. Since picking up the mic Killa Joul has recorded and released materiel independently as well as working with Milton Keynes based hip hop collective True Element. During his time with True Element Killa joul had the opportunity to perform on the National circuit doing live shows and appearing on radio stations before learning to play guitar and sing. Break to the beat recently caught up with MC Killa Joul to hear his story and to talk about his involvement in the hip hop scene as well as to find out about his latest hip hop project entitled The Cure.
So to kick off the interview tell the readers when you started rapping and how you got involved in the local hip hop scene?
I got into the hip hop scene when I started 6th form at Buckingham school in 1993, Kraze One was in my form at the time and I think we started speaking due to a shared love of hip hop music. He knew a lot more about it then me, was into the British scene that I didn’t even know existed really, and had a massive record collection (still has). I knew about the American stuff but he turned me on to artists like Gunshot, Hijack and The Criminal Minds. We started making demos with one turntable and using break beats from Simon Harris’s break beats and scratches records and a dodgy mic from Curry’s! Continue reading →
“Your love” by NIcki Minaj is the first single from her debut studio album entitled “Pink Friday” that was released in 2010. The “Your love” single reached number one on the US billboard hot rap songs chart making Nicki Minaj the first female rapper to top the chart in 8 years. Nicki Minaj‘s debut album “Pink Friday” has gone on to sell over 1.7 million copies in the US alone and since the release of “Your love” in 2010 Nicki Minaj has become one of the rap industry’s biggest selling artists . The backing track to the ”Your love” single is based around a sample from a song recorded by Scottish singer Annie Lennox entitled ”No more I love you’s“. “Your love“ was produced by Andrew “Pop” Wansel.
Nicki Minaj “Your love” 2010 Cash Money Records
Annie Lennox‘s Single “No more I love you’s” was the first single to be released from her second studio album entitled “Medusa” that was released in 1995. “No more I love you’s” is a cover version of a track by the same name that was written by Joseph Hughes and David Freeman and was released in 1986 by their New Wave band The Lover Speaks. Continue reading →
F-T is an artist/producer from the city of Milton Keynes, England. F-T broke out from the local grime scene to gain nationwide recognition with the crew IMP Batch who were also from the Milton Keynes area. Following on from the success of IMP batch F-T has continued to record and release released materiel on his own label ODD ENT as well as produce beats for some of the big names on the Grime/UK Rap scene. In 2011 F-T co-launched TMTV Freestyle fire an internet based TV channel dedicated to shining a light on up and coming talent. Break to the beat recently caught up with F-T to find out about his involvement in the UK Grime/Rap scene over the years as well as talk about his current projects.
How did you get in to the UK Grime scene and what inspired you to start rapping/writing lyrics?
My Dad wanted to stop me n my brother from watching too much TV when we were young so we could concentrate on education I guess, I can’t remember exactly but he effectively said we couldn’t watch TV during the week and we literally went upstairs and discovered a ghetto blaster tucked away in the storage cupboard of the spare room. We found Milton Keynes pirate station ‘super jam’ and heard MC OJ and MC DANNY P going back to back with ‘Mr Fixit’ on the turntables. We hasn’t heard anything like it, all we knew of musically before this was US hip hop like 2pac, that was my first taste of UK Garage. I then started sourcing out all UK garage music I could from tape packs to recording tapes and the music evolved from garage to grime and I was a listener throughout the transition. Then in secondary school me n some mates decided to form a little group called ‘The Justice System; and we soon started winning a lot of talent competitions and had the ethic from the start to put our money together to produce semi pro recordings something other people of our age were not doing. Nobody would give me beats to rhyme over so I decided I needed to make beats myself and that too started and I was eventually noticed by the popular Milton Keynes grime crew at the time (imp batch/impressionist crew) and I ended up part of that movement. It was then at the age of 16 that I made an instrumental called Gype which blew up spending 12 weeks at number 1 in the same UKG chart I grew up listening to and aspiring to be part of one day. From there as a collective we went on BBC 1xtra various times, had countless record releases that topped the UK G charts and I got to produce for the likes of Kano, Tinchy Strider, Roll Deep, Crazy Titch, Jemma Fox, Jammer (the whole grime scene). Continue reading →