During the early 1990s rapper The Atom formed Hip Hop collective Death Before Dishonour (DBD) with Jack The Ripper, The Omen, The Hi-way man, Paraffin MC, and DJ Roughcut who helped facilitate the groups early demo recordings. In 1992 The Atom featured as a vocalist on a recording by DJ 2’E’Z entitled “Hardcore mayhem” which formed part of a vinyl compilation EP released by Milton Keynes based label 2’E’Z Records.
Although DBD never officially released any recordings the collective worked alongside DJ Roughcut and created several albums worth of music at his studio Rough Productions that during the time was located in Newport Pagnell. DBD also formed part of a wider Milton Keynes based Hip Hop collective and regularly performed alongside The W.I.Z.E. Crew and Klass Dismissed. A selection of DBD Demo recordings can be heard in the below youtube playlist: Continue reading
DJ Roughcut was inspired to explore the emerging artform of scratching and mixing vinyl records during the early 1980s after watching the movie Breakdance. By the late 1980s DJ Roughcut managed to obtain his first pair of turntables and in 1989 at age 15 he entered a DJ competition hosted by the ITV children’s TV program Motor Mouth. The TV appearance led to an opportunity to compete in the 1989 UK DMC Junior mixing championships in which DJ Roughcut was awarded the runner up position.
DJ Roughcut (Right) – Early 1990s.
The following year DJ Roughcut became one of several resident DJs at The Point Club located in central Milton Keynes. Performing at the Point Club led to collaborations with like minded individuals such as The W.I.Z.E Crew, Death Before Dishonour, Klass Dismissed and solo rapper Danny Cooli. By 1991 DJ Roughcut had incorporated musical production to his skill set and eventually established a home studio known as Rough Productions. Continue reading
Jack The Ripper (J.T.R) discovered Hip Hop music and culture during the early 1980s and became inspired to rap after watching Ice T perform in the movie Break dance. As a young teenager JTR started to perform at local house parties in his home city of Milton Keynes with friend and beatboxer The Omen. In 1991 JTR and The Omen formed Hip Hop collective Death Before Dishonour (DBD) with rappers Highway man, The Atom and Paraffin MC.
Jack The Ripper (right) – Milton Keynes, early 1990s.
Death Before Dishonour formed shortly after the five rappers performed live at an event called Connection 16 that was held at The Point club during the early 1990s. During the same period DJ Roughcut was one of the resident DJs at The Point and helped the crew formulate\produce their first demo recordings. DBD regularly performed in and around Milton Keynes during the early 1990s eventually incorporating live musicians in to there stage show. Continue reading