Wiggaz: The Book

Progressive Agenda – As the Diction Flows audio

PA Posse - As the Diction flows floppy disc

I’m not one for bold claims, but I reckon this is the only 90’s Leeds hip-hop demo to sample Capital Tax and Taking Your Business (plus Brand Nubian, Blade and Just Ice). Hey, I’m happy to be proved wrong.*

‘As the Diction Flows’ was for our 1993 Headnods & Broomsticks EP that never was, along with other unforgettable slammo hits such as ‘Drinking Tea with the Lads’ and ‘Time to Start Peeping’. It’s a duet between Dan and myself, with Dan also providing the scratching (damn, we missed Countdown on this one!).

Whisper it, but I’m quietly proud of this one. I can’t place the central sample, but that and the beat are a good marriage, and we both get some decent shots off.

“Choicest cuts like meat dripping with blood / Footwear is always worn unlike Zola Budd.”

“Peace to the homeless and Mr. Wendal / Living the good life [like Pete Rock?] No, like Felicity Kendal.”

Mate, you can’t teach that stuff.

*In the unlikely event of me being proved wrong, it’s probably the only 90’s Leeds rap demo to feature all those samples, plus references to Marti Caine, Wee Willie Winkie and Bell Biv Devoe.

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PA Posse feat. DJ Countdown, SADE & New Flesh 4 Old – Drinking Tea with the Lads

Drinking tea recording session

As those of you who’ve read my book will know (and if you haven’t copped it, you can get it here. And if you have copped it and haven’t read it, sorry for the spoilers. And if you have copped it and it hasn’t arrived yet, that’s because the printers screwed up a whole batch and the replacements only arrived today – apologies), my favourite time as a fledgling rapper was recording the posse cut ‘Drinking Tea with the Lads’.

It was after Countdown had left ‘Prehistoric Ages Posse’ and Dan and I had morphed into ‘Progressive Agenda’. But obviously we were still all friends, as he’s in full effect on our Headnods & Broomsticks EP. We hired studio time, spent days recording a whole EP, and planned a posse cut that would be distinctively Yorkshire in flavour Continue reading →

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Wiggaz With Attitude: You can cop that.

Wiggaz With Attitude final book cover

Normal blogging service will resume as soon as this book is launched. For those waiting for it to actually to be available before plumping for it – you can now pre-order it from the links below. If you’ve been kind enough to pre-order it, I’ll be signing and shipping those copies over the weekend – I truly appreciate your support. If you’ve ordered Fat Lace back issues or the Cover Art book, they’ll be shipping with it.

Signed paperback copies are only available from me here.

If you’d rather buy from a ‘reputable’ retailer (or take advantage of your Prime account)…

UK customers can get the ebook here –

and the paperback here –

For those in the US, the ebook can be ordered here –

And the paperback here. Again, thanks for your support. We trying to eat out here!

 

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The Regulator Show with Rob Pursey & Superix… and me

I had a fantastic time dropping down to London last week to make an appearance on Soho Radio’s excellent The Regulator Show. Basically, I could talk about hip-hop for about 17 years straight with Rob Pursey and DJ Superix without getting bored.

We kept it strictly 80s – Peso, Just-Ice, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, King Tee, Disco Four, Fresh 3 MC’s, Jamose, Afrocentric classics and more – while talking about my book, experiencing hip-hop in the north in the 80s and how we fiended for rap radio. Yep, this is some foundational business, so we tipped our hat to some UK classics as well.

Peep the show, and follow those dudes over here. Basically, it doesn’t matter what genre or era they cover, they’re authorities on it.

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At The Party

Apologies for the silence on the blog for the last week. I’ve just been finishing off all the stuff around the Wiggaz book launch and, along with my man Dan Greenpeace, making moves for our hip-hop memorabilia project. There’ll be a home page coming in the next week or two with more details on that. And I also found time to have a couple of days off and eat my own body weight in confit duck and boquerones. Lots of classic interviews, audio etc. coming up in the next few weeks and, if you’re in the area, this is the spot to be at on Thursday…

wiggaz launch party poster

 

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Who Rocked it Best?* P.A. Posse Vs. Brothers G.R.Y.M.

Christmas tree made of guns

So, the first bit of audio I dropped from the PA Posse days wasn’t actually too bad. This, however is.

A couple of people who’ve read the advance copy of my book singled out the bit about this particular song as one of their favourites, probably because they were dumbfounded that I said these words into a microphone. It’s basically the most naive lyrics I ever penned, delivered clunkily, albeit with a killer KRS sample on the chorus. It’s one of those tracks you record because you love the vocal sample so much you build an entire, stupid-headed idea around it.

I love to hear other artists use samples that we ourselves rocked. Just before I joined the PA Posse, Countdown and Greenpeace gave me a beat tape full of loops they were toying with. At the same time, Special Ed dropped his second album and the track ‘Ready to Attack’ used the exact same combo of two samples they’d put together for one track.

I never heard anybody else use the sample we grabbed for ‘Under the Christmas Tree’, until the always brilliant Chopped Herring label dropped the Ghetto Repaired Young Minds EP by Brothers G.R.Y.M this year. It went straight into my top 5 Herrings, not least because the track ‘Circle Circle Dot Dot’ uses the same backdrop as we did. Happily for them, they used it for a lost banger that the world can now hear. Unhappily for us, we used it for an embarrassing lecture about the perils of buying toy guns for kids during the Yuletide season. My voice sounds like it breaks about sixteen times during this track, and I’m only occasionally on beat. Good grief.

Brothers G.R.Y.M – ‘Circle Circle Dot Dot’

 

The P.A. Posse – ‘Under The Christmas Tree (Unfinished Demo)’

*Don’t answer. We know.

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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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