Rapper and producer Judge Wizely was actively creating music in Milton Keynes during the early 1990s. Judge Wizely formed Hip Hop collective The W.I.Z.E Crew that incorporated several vocalists, DJs and Dancers all connected to the local Hip Hop scene. Recordings by Judge Wizely and The W.I.Z.E Crew were released during the early 1990s via a series of vinyl EPs entitled “Kuppa Soop” on 2’E’Z Records.
Judge Wizely (Center) – The Point, 1993.
By 1991 Judge Wizely and The W.I.Z.E Crew were regularly performing in and around Milton Keynes at local Hip Hop events. The collective had also created several demo recordings that began to circulate among local Hip Hop fans via an unofficial cassette tape know as “The W.I.Z.E tape“. The recordings contained on “The W.I.Z.E tape” can be heard in the below youtube playlist:
W.I.Z.E. Crew “The Wize tape” – Demo recordings playlist, 1991.
Judge Wizely‘s foundation in the production of Hip Hop music progressed to experimenting with the creation of early Rave\Drum & Bass music. In 1992 three of Judge Wizely‘s compositions were released as part of a vinyl compilation EP entitled “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ on 2’E’Z Records. The EP also features recordings by DJ Roughcut, DJ 2’E’Z and The Hyper Crew.
Kuppa Soop “Hardcore mayhem vol 1” – 2’E’Z Records, 1992.
The first of Judge Wizely‘s compositions released as part of the “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ EP is entitled “I can read your mind (concrete mix)” and appears on side A track position 1 of the 12″ vinyl EP. The composition is the first of three examples created by Judge Wizely that highlight a progression from his Hip Hop foundations to the exploration of Dance music as a creative outlet.
Judge Wizely “I can read your mind” (Concrete mix) – 2’E’Z Records, 1992.
The second of Judge Wizely‘s compositions to feature on the “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ EP is a remix of the title track “I can read your mind” and is listed on the sleeve credits as “I can read your mind (ghanaian taxi drivers mix)”. The recording appears on side A track position 3 of the “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ EP and can be heard in the below youtube video:
Judge Wizely “I can read your mind” (Ghanaian taxi drivers mix) – 2’E’Z Records, 1992.
The final recording created and produced by Judge Wizely to featured on the “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ EP is “Supakindasamplisticwizelyhowdyudodat”. The creatively titled composition that appears to contain several vocal snippets by Judge Wizely appears on side B track position 1 of the “Kuppa Soop – Hardcore mayhem vol 1″ EP. The recording can be heard in the below youtube video:
Judge Wizely “Supakindasamplisticwizelyhowdyudodat” – 2’E’Z Records, 1992.
In 1993 a follow up 12″ vinyl EP entitled “Kuppa Soop 2 – Mona in despair” was released by 2’E’Z Records. The EP contains six recordings in total and was collectively created by DJ Roughcut, The Rat, DJ 2’E’Z, The Happy Hippy, The Bus Conducter and The W.I.Z.E Crew. Like its predecessor “Kuppa Soop 2 – Mona in despair” was released with a black & white sleeve which can be viewed in the below slide show:
Kuppa Soop Vol 2 “Mona in despair” – 2’E’Z Records, 1993.
Judge Wizely co wrote and produced a composition entitled “Beats me” that was recorded by The W.I.Z.E Crew and appears on Side B track position 3 of the EP. “Beats Me” features rap vocals written and performed by Judge Wizely and MC Law with scratches by DJ Roughcut and is a unique addition to the “Kuppa Soop” series as it is the only Hip Hop recording featured.
W.I.Z.E Crew “Beats me” (Kuppa Soop Vol 2 EP) – 2’E’Z Records, 1993.
Although “Beats me” remains the only official recording to be released by The W.I.Z.E Crew the collective continued to record music and perform live in and around Milton Keynes during 1993. The below video footage features one such performance of an unreleased composition entitled “Mega man” that was captured during an event held at The Point in central Milton Keynes.
W.I.Z.E Crew “Mega man” live performance – The point, Milton Keynes, 1993.
An example of Judge Wizely‘s energy and charisma is also on display in the below video footage of a local fashion show that was also filmed in The Point, Milton Keynes during 1993. The footage features a host of local models showcasing clothing designs created by local artists. As part of the show Judge Wizely and DJ Roughcut take over hosting duties and provide the soundtrack for the models.
The last evidence of Judge Wizely‘s musical creations that we are aware of were recorded in 1994 as part of Hip Hop crew DAN-NIGG-UZ. The below playlist contains several unreleased studio recordings by the group that feature rap vocal by Judge Wizely and MC Jay. The recordings were created with studio engineer and producer Big George Webley in Milton Keynes.
DAN-NIGG-UZ “Unreleased studio recordings” – 1994.
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