The Criminal Minds (TCM) Part Two

Welcome to the second part of the series of articles documenting the musical achievements of Milton Keynes\Buckingham Hip Hop collective The Criminal Minds. In the second chapter we will focus on the period between 1991-1992 and the groups transition from a Hip Hop collective in to a pioneering Rave\Hardcore crew. To re-visit part one of the article please click on the below link: 

The Criminal Minds, 1992.

By 1991 TCM had firmly established themselves as a local musical force and were busy performing and promoting their debut EP “Guilty as charged“. The TCM live shows consisted of a mixture of pre released materiel but also featured new recordings and remixes with a greater presence from rap vocalists CMD and Safe D who together with MC Iceski united to form TCM‘s vocal line up. In a previous interview MC Iceski recalls one of the groups early live shows in Campbell park, Milton Keynes: Continue reading

British Dialect

British Dialect were a Milton Keynes based Hip Hop crew that formed during the late 1980s and consisted of rappers Two Tone, Power T and DJ/producer Spatts. While the group was active, they created several recordings that to date remain unreleased. This article has been created to acknowledge British Dialect’s contributions to the early Milton Keynes Hip Hop scene.

Spatts (3rd from right) with The Criminal Minds, 1990.

By 1990 Spatts had joined The Criminal Minds and co produced the groups debut EP “Guilty as charged” which subsequently lead to future releases. In the below social media post Spatts points out a reference contained in vocalist Safe D‘s lyrics acknowledging British Dialect rapper Two Tone‘s affiliation to both The Criminal Minds and the local Hip Hop scene. 

“In 1991, we released a Hip Hop EP called “Tales From The Wasteland”. On that record was a track called “Systems Overload”. On that track, Safe D comes out with the following two lines.
Peace Two Tone with your open minded views, Another contribution from the Red, the White the Blue.
That was a reference to a Milton Keynes rapper Two Tone from British Dialect that I was working with prior to the first Criminal Minds vinyl release”.

(Spatts, Facebook, 2020).

Further evidence relating to British Dialect and there involvement with local Hip Hop culture is also present in an interview conducted by Break to the beat with The Criminal Minds lead vocalist MC Iceski. The below quote is taken from the interview which can be accessed in full by clicking the below link. MC Iceski describes hearing British Dialect during the time the group was active.

“As for British Dialect they were a crew Spatts was working with, there was a very talented MC with a very fast flow & firin’ lyrics. This was Spatts side project & they pulled together a number of strong tracks”

(MC Iceski Interview, Break to the beat, 2011).

During the early 1990s rapper Two Tone continued to record music forming Gutter Culture with DJ Maniphest which later became rebranded as Urbanised Citizens. No recordings from either project were officially released and Two Tone eventually reconnected with former British Dialect crew member Power T to work on new material.

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The Criminal Minds (TCM) Part One

The Criminal Minds (TCM) are one of a handful of pioneering Hip Hop crews from the UK that formed outside of London or any other major UK city. TCM‘s origins date back to a period during the early 1980s when UK citizens started to become participants in Hip Hop culture as it spread from the USA to the world. By the late 1980s TCM along with several other generational peers were pioneering a unique form of UK Hip Hop music that would later be defined as Britcore.

The Criminal Minds sketch – Claire Hawes, Mid 1990s.

By 1992 TCM evolved with the UK music scene and pioneered several Hardcore/Drum & Bass recordings releasing music on a selection of established record labels including Labello Blanco and White House. In the below series of articles we aim to document the history of the collective as well as pay homage to their achievements in both music and Hip Hop culture. Part one of the series will focus on the time period between 1985-1990 and conclude with the groups first official release “Guilty as charged“. Continue reading