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My most memorable event has to be 2006 when we had a couple Germany shows to do and we ended up getting stranded. The promoter who brought us out there
didn't have any intention of ACTUALLY paying. So basically got brought out there under false pretenses. We were livid, the flight out there was fine
and the hotel stay was cool, when the first show came round in hamburg it's then when everything got bookey.
The promoter came and said there's no flights home and there is no show money... we ended up kidnapping the promoter until he brought out money. Police ended up coming to our hotel room found us keeping the promoter hostage and arrested us. REMEMBER WE ARE IN GERMANY, so I'm sure you can imagine we were sh*tting ourselves and kept on the station overnight until a translator came and told us we were being charged with false imprisonment... (ominous back drop music playing in the background) this is when we started shirting ourselves. Eventually Jammer was the first to be released I think , then Chronik then Shorty Smalls, Knuckles , Waffer then me. Upon our release from the German cells we were faced with a dilemma of being kicked out our hotel rooms. So now we are on the streets of hamburg... with no more money... no Contact with any1 and no where to stay... We then had to make it to Berlin because Jammer had a DJ there who would put us up and let us email home and that. So we took to the streets and ended up dipping a drunk guys pocket. Jammer distracted him I slipped the wallet now we had money to get the train to Berlin.
Basically it was the worst trip to Germany I've ever had .. looool. But a very memorable experience
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The summer of 2007 if my memory serves me correctly held the last ever 'Young Man Standing' event, to those that don't know this was an U18 grime rave organised by Deja Vu FM which would normally involved all the grime crews on deja vu plus special guests. It was always hyped up on the radio and was an event you did not want to miss.
Anyway I remembering taking a 7 seater cab to club EQ with Wizz Kid, Skary and a friend of mine, duno why we even hired a 7 seater tbh but on arrival we saw an old East Co member Double O outside sitting in his car and the relevance of this was that when we got closer to the club we could hear somebody on the mic shouting 'Double O you have 10secs to come inside otherwise your a P****', sadly for Double O he stayed in the car.
So we've got into the club and we are approaching the stage having to get through a load of sweaty excited teenagers who are clocking our faces and getting even more excited because they know it's about to pop off.
So at this point Jammer and Skepta are on the stage talking all kinds of hype so I've hopped under the barrier followed by Wizz, Skary, Ryder, Fresh and Nikki Forcer to name a few. Strangely enough before anything could kick off Skepta approached me and said "Yo Clips lets clash, Roll Deep v Fire Camp right here right now" obviously I'm not one to shy away from a war so I agreed instantly and in the back of my head I was thinking 'we are in east and this dude wants to clash, I'm gona bury him'. No discredit to Skepta but in 2007 he hadn't conquered the East end crowd yet so I knew it would favour us. If you can imagine the hype of the crowd as its been announced over the mic that we are gona clash everybody in there was on one, especially the mythical Grime scene superhero 👀 The murkle man. He was jumping around dreads swinging up until Forcer ejected him from the stage like he was a security guard on a big pay cheque, funny stuff trust me.
Anyway me and Skepta are about to clash but not without his support from Ruff Sqwad and Roachee. These guys must of just got in the rave and was literally running towards the stage shouting 'F*** Fire camp' so it got even more tense. Without incriminating myself I will just say that I was prepared for whatever was about to happen musically or physically but we managed to keep things sensible and we got clashing. So we're going b2b and take it from me them man got shelled down, we captured the clash on the realion DVD hosted by Fresh but for whatever reason the DVD never came out.
If you was there on the night I doubt you will ever forget what happened especially as it was the last ever Young Man Standing of its era. Feelings got touched and reputations were tested but overall was a great night for Grime music and will go down as a fond memory of my history in Grime.
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I was thinking about this the other day I had a crazy experience in Paris, I went out there with Tim and Barry, Jammer and a few members from Slewdem.
Previously we had done a photo shoot with Tim and Barry and now these photos were being showcased in a exhibition with Jean-Charles de castelbajac a famous fashion designer it was quite a big deal.
It all happened quick I got the call like "Yo do you want to come France ? I was like "course bruv" and a couple days later I was on the euro-star with the mandem.
When we reached the hotel and got inside our rooms everyone started laughing, the rooms were peak it looked more like a hostel it had bunk beds and all that.
A few of us went to see if we could get the rooms changed but apparently the hotel was full and they were the only rooms available.
It was either stick it out or find a new hotel, I personally wanted to leave but in the end we chose to stick it out, after all we was used to them hostel environments.
The rooms weren't the best but the banter levels was too much I remember spending most the night catching joke with the mandem and running around the hotel chatting to girls and stuff.
The next day we went to check out the exhibition and got a behind the scenes look of the gallery we were introduced to Jean-Charles he was cool and down to earth, he gave us a tour of the gallery and made us feel welcomed it was a mad combo of fashion and grime.
I got a nice taster into the world of fashion and photography, we managed to get Jean-Charles to wear one of our non-stop working t-shirts and he let us pick out some clothes from his fashion line to take home.
The night of the exhibition was surreal our photos were up on display and people was coming up to greet us and thank us for being there, I can't lie I was feeling like a celeb out there.
The night went well everyone was happy and we rubbed shoulders with some important people, thinking back on it now all this was achieved through the power of Grime music.
The highlight of my night had to be performing at the after party, after appreciating so many talented artists I finally had chance to show off my art and I was gassed.
I performed two tracks from my unreleased at the time Streets of Rage Vol.1 mixtape and the crowd went nuts, I got a reload in France my first time performing abroad and I duppied the dance.
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I remember mid 2000s at the Slewdem studio's we just moved to Bow, next door to Rinse FM at the time, couple of us was in the studio just catching vibes throwing around some idea's I was on Cubase making a riddim, anyway so I finally came up with two ideas, I remember that night a crew was doing the radio set on Rinse FM then someone knocked the door, and who stepped through? man like........... I was thinking "rah this is mad" because the track I made was definitely influenced by this Mc/artist.
Sooo anyway this particular MC heard the riddim I made and said he wants to vocal the riddim right now, I'm not going to lie I was kinda gassed but I wasn't
trying to show it though lol! so yeah he jumped on the track sprayed some bars then went back to his radio set on rinse like normal. Anyone that listens
to a Slewdem beat will know we like to add some type of gun fx, bomb fx Lol just ringing off in the riddim. So I thought let me add some bomb FX, which
you will hear in the chorus and because of what the Artist/Mc was talking about in the song it just made sense to add that plus that is one of our
signature sounds. The artist I'm talking about is the godfather himself aka Wiley, the track is called "BANG" produced by myself Top Dolla you can
listen to that on Slewdem mafia web site, Slewdem mafia sound cloud or on our YouTube channel. To listen to the track please click here
Large up peeps!!! Maf
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Before grime was popular, Slewdem was there at its forefront, representing to the fullest!
Before the times of Wifi and Youtube beef Slewdem really were holding down their corner, clashing anyone who had the guts to, with word play that anyone who listened knew came straight from the streets, before people were blowing up on Youtube, Slewdem shellin down radio stations like Rinse kicking down MC's with word play, crud and literally kicking down people sometimes worse...
You see before grime was excepted by the mainstream, grime was underground it was raw, places like youth centre's, radio stations, pubs, car parks and studio's acted as battle arenas. Where ever there was a mic, an MC would overly grab it and spit verses and flows to shell of a guys skull, those times it really was dog eat dog with many MC's getting chewed up and spat out or some gaining history that they hope the mainstream will never hear about.
But through all of this Slewdem kept it real to what they knew and "kept to their guns, literally..." to some Slewdem are more than grime vets they are grime Legends but for them all they want is that when they make their music listeners will relate to the real struggles of everyday living and some of the stuff people have to do to live and get by in the streets of London.
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What memorable clashes have you been a part of or witnessed taking place?
Around the early 2000's when dancehall mafia was on Temptation FM, management arranged a clash so every crew that was on that station picked who they wanted to battle against. So our crew got called out, we was the heavyweights on temptation every pirate radio station has the big hitters that everyone locks into for us we was one of them, as I was saying we got a phone call from someone on the station telling us some crew wanted to clash I remember getting my records ready making sure I picked out the right dubs so everyone linked up headed to radio got there we see the crew who we was gonna clash, I can't remember that crews name but one thing I do remember is the crew who we was clashing one of the members had the same emcees name as one of our members, I always new this clash would happen it needed to set the record straight!
So anyway we went to radio I see other crews clashing it was very tense because it was live as well so you had to be on point, every crew that was on Temptation FM was there everyone wanted to be the top dog so finally we jump on the set I remember dropping that Aaliyah tune "are you that somebody" the instrumental, we was going in sending for the other crew then finally the two emcees with the same name were going at it both was saying stuff but at the end of the day like Skepta said "I have to deal with any imposters" kinda thing loool there can be only one in this situation so fast forward to now and he's still here, bars on bars, mixtapes etc... big up man like Rage.
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I've come from a background of clashing within the grime scene being an Ex member of fire camp but all in all the best experience for me was clashing on Lord Of The Mics against Jammin. I felt as though I was almost forced into this clash for reasons beyond music and I went into this clash 100% confident of a burial and that was exactly what happened. No disrespect to Jammin because he definitely played his part but I was leagues above him on the day and it was very entertaining to watch as a whole. The after effect was healthy and my overall reputation grew so it was well worth the experience and will always be a prominent music memory for me.
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The most memorable clash I ever had I would say , was on Raw blaze 90.00 against lightning from younger nasty. This happened like 2005/06. Me and shorty smalls was forever going at em in youth clubs such as princess Alice pub or Greengate pub. Healthy clashes , no need after but EVERY week without fail we were in the youth clubs going at each other.
At the time we were one of the few younger crews at that time that were putting in work and was known on the circuit. It finally all came to a head when
Lightning came to one of our sets and clashed with me and shorty smalls (click here to
listen, for the full clash click here). I have
to give it to him , the confidence he showed by turning up by himself was beyond me. I feel we come from the era of clashing and going at each other.
It was normal then in all fairness. Gave me the depth and strength to be able to handle myself in lyrical war
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G Man - Leng Man Jedi (6590 KB)
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