Wiggaz: The Book

Lyrics you always got wrong: Wiggaz Unreleased Extract

Quite early on when I was doing the first draft of Wiggaz With Attitude, I hit on what I thought was a great wheeze. The type of thing that would be funny, make great content for the book and also involve other people actually doing some writing on my behalf, which is always good.

I sent out a quick internet survey to my friends via email, Facebook and the Diggers With Gratitude forum, one of the few sanctums of sanity left when it comes to online discussion of hip-hop. What lyrics, I asked, did you always get wrong? Continue reading →

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PA Posse X New Flesh 4 Old – Three Nipples of Scaramanga

Three nipples of Scaramanga demo tape

There’s a fair amount of humilation involved in writing a memoir. Well, there is if you’re being honest with yourself. At the top end of the market, actual celebs with their ghost-written books tend to be on an upward curve constantly. There’ll be a brief moment of trauma, which leads to learning and hugs all round, before they continue on to the day their wedding was in Hello. At the non-famous end of the market, it’s important to be a bit more realistic. Often, one day of being wack is followed by another. And then by 363 more.

Writing a memoir about my failed rap career (sorry for the spoiler, but I assume you already know this. There’s a reason I’m not on the new DJ Khaled album) involved trawling through lyric sheets I wrote in the 80’s and listening to finished demos, beat tapes from my DJ’s, rehearsals, radio freestyles and more. There’s the ache of nostalgia, the fun times. There are also moments of downright shame and ‘what the hell were we thinking?’ You need to be reasonably ontologically secure before you start revisiting your failure.

So, anyway, I’m going to share some music with you from time to time. Don’t expect anything as good as that Money Boss Players unreleased stuff from the other day, or that Lazy Laz demo I’ll be dropping soon. We’re a group that didn’t make it that far, but this book is written in the spirit of full disclosure.

This is one of the last things we ever did. The full story is in Wiggaz With Attitude, but in brief: We went to a studio in York with the-then New Flesh 4 Old line-up, minus Toastie Taylor who couldn’t make it. We were supposed to make some jingles for a radio show I think, but we didn’t bother. In the end we all wrote some lyrics in the studio, put this track together, recorded it in one day (you can tell) and that was it.

 

However, at the time Hip-Hop Connection had their Demoblaster column still going, so I thought it would be fun to submit it anonymously – as the ‘Bloody Beat Haemophiliacs’. Don’t ask. The results are below. The track is produced by DJ Greenpeace, features first Bang Out of Order (here as The Bearded Nurse), yours truly (appearing as Squinty Nadzack the Children’s Friend – seriously, don’t ask) and finally Part 2 (as Percy Topless). It’s silly and throwaway, but it was fun. I don’t think anyone has heard it, and I’m not sure Part 2 even has a copy. If not, here you go Keith.

Review of three nipples of scaramanga from hip-hop connection

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Why self-publish?

Open book

Getting a book published isn’t easy. Especially if, like me, you last had one out 13 years ago and didn’t really capitalise on that. The vast majority of major publishers won’t let you approach them directly. You have to have an agent to even address them. Trying to get an agent with one book idea to your name isn’t easy either. Got a huge social media following? That’s a help. In fact, you can have no idea/a shit idea and not be able to write and get a sweet book deal with a big twitter/instagram/YouTube following. That’s not bitterness – I understand the publisher’s point of view here. Every book is a punt for them, and if they can tap into an existing audience, that’s as close as it gets to a guarantee. This is why Justin Quirk’s brilliant novel Suburbs remains unpublished but Zoella has a (ghostwritten) novel out. Continue reading →

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Wiggaz With Attitude: The Book

Wiggaz With Attitude book stack

Wiggaz: No idea’s original

The idea for Wiggaz With Attitude: My Life as a Failed White Rapper wasn’t mine. It came from the brilliant journalist and writer Justin Quirk. He told me to read Seb Hunter’s Hell Bent For Leather and said, more or less, you should write the hip-hop version of this. I read and enjoyed Seb’s book, a coming-of-age-through-heavy-metal tale set in Winchester (which slightly chagrinned my good friend Ollie Scull, who counts himself as Winchester’s true OG metal god), and saw the parallels immediately. Continue reading →

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