Killa Joul started rapping and writing lyrics in 1993 while studying at Buckingham sixth form collage where he formed Hip Hop crew Justice Element with DJ Crime Plate and Kraze One. As the 1990s progressed Killa Joul began recording as a solo artist as well as working with MK Hip Hop collective True Element. The purpose of this article is to highlight Killa Joul‘s contributions to the local Hip Hop scene during the 1990s. As the project progresses we will attempt to continue to highlight later achievements.
Killa Joul, mid 1990s.
In 1993 Killa Joul formed Justice Element with DJ Crime Plate and Kraze One. Justice Element progressed from performing at local live shows to creating demo recordings and eventually independently released a cassette tape entitled “The prologue of Buckingham’s innovators” in March 1994. The cassette was recorded and duplicated using very basic equipment but after circulating copies to local DJs and producers Justice Element secured an opportunity to create several studio recordings. Continue reading
PXTN is a local artist that helped pioneer graffiti art during the early 1990s in and around his hometown of Buckingham located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. Throughout the 1990s PXTN worked under several aliases to create a combination of local murals, flyers, posters, cassette covers and items of clothing that were all inspired by Hip Hop’s element of graffiti art. PXTN also experimented with other elements of Hip Hop culture including scratch DJing and Emceeing.
“PXTN logo” – PXTN, 2020.
PXTN discovered Hip Hop music and culture during the 1980s as a child and by 1990 at around age 14 began to create his first pieces of artwork using spray paint. Although PXTN created several murals previous to the “Risk” image shown below this photograph taken in 1990 is the first evidence we have of PXTN’s early work. The below “Risk” piece was painted along the old railway line in Buckingham when PXTN was using the alias Risk One.
“Risk” by Risk One – Buckingham, 1990. Continue reading
The Justice Element crew formed at Buckingham sixth form collage during the last months of 1993. Musically Justice Element consisted of rapper MC Killa Joul, DJ Crime Plate and Kraze One who contributed to the project as a rapper, DJ and Producer. As Justice Element progressed on the local music scene and started to perform live the line up expanded to include Claire & Lydia (The funky dancers), T-boz, Lyrical Mic, Big Swede and various members of the local Hip Hop community.
Justice Element Crew – Buckingham, 1994.
Prior to the groups formation Kraze One was creating demo recordings using community DJ equipment at the Buckingham youth center. In early 1994 Kraze One and MC Killa Joul developed some of these ideas further using a single turntable and a microphone recording live to cassette tapes. Shortly after DJ Crime Plate obtained his own turntables and Justice Element began to perform live at local music events which helped establish the group on the local music scene. Continue reading