RECORD COLLECTION: KURUPT FM
THE COMEDY PIRATE RADIO CREW ON THE RECORDS THAT MADE THEM.
The comedy pirate radio crew get serious about the records that matter to them.
Boy in da corner (X l , 2003) MC Grindah: “It’s an important record because it made people take the MC thing seriously. We’ve being doing the same for the last 12 years, so I relate to [ Dizzee].” DJ Beats: “It was definitely a game-changer. [ Lead single] I Luv U is the only song we play on Kurupt FM with singing.” Steves: “Dizzee made people take grime seriously, like Grindah with UK garage. But he made less money off it.” MC G: “A lot of people say he’s never bettered this. We never made that mistake because we’ve hardly done any tunes.”
PreSe ntS criSP BiScuit Vol. 1 (eaStwe St, 2002) MC G: “This has some of the best MCs on it, bar myself. Actually, whenever I talk about MCs take it as a given I’m better than everyone, cool? This is how real music should be. If you’ve not got MCs screaming over your tracks you’ve sold yourself short.” S: “In a world of music that’s mainly shit, this has a lot of the tracks we will listen to.” MC G: “We’ve got 243 tunes we swear by, everything else is shit. The cut-off was 2006. We’d like to add the Stormzys and Novelists but…” S: “…we’ve got limited space on the laptop hard drive.”
tHey don’t Know (re le ntle SS , 2001) MC G: “What they did was ground-breaking. They had the Audi TTs and the abseiling in the video [ for the title track]. We were younger so we were on pushbikes, but we had abseiling for the Get Out The Way video until Steves shattered all the bones in his feet. He can be a selfish c**t sometimes. So Solid obviously blew up so big that they split, but it’s not a problem for us. So Solid were all as good as each other, whereas I’m the best of us. They’d be insane to leave me, bless ’em. I’m a bit like a lyrical youth club.”
Pure GaraGe (warne rS , 2000) MC G: “EZ is a great guy. We saw him at the Lovebox Festival recently. He didn’t say much, never does, but I think that’s because he’s in awe of us. Every time we ask him for a photo he leaves straightaway. He shouldn’t be so hard on himself, he’s a really good DJ.” S: “We play bits and pieces from this on the radio all the time…” MC G: “But not in order!” S: “I’ve been pulled up on that a couple of times, although we let it play out when we do a shop run.”
JunGle maSSiVe (wSm uK , 2001) MC G: “Before garage, we were jungle ravers. We used to go to squat parties, illegal raves, [ influential club] One Nation… well, we didn’t get into One Nation. Me and Beats stood in the alley outside. It was one of the best nights; you could hear the bass through the wall. This is an important album because Hype invented scratching – another thing the Americans stole from us. Steves tried it after but didn’t quite grasp it. He got the needle and scratched it up and down the vinyl. He was banned from radio for two weeks, which as it’s at his flat he literally made himself homeless.”
oriGinal Pirate material (679, 2002) MC G: “Listening to this was a no-brainer – we are pirate radio – though at first I thought his accent was a bit mad. He wasn’t doing the traditional garage voice, which is Jamaican Dutch, but that’s brave. So big up Mike Skinner! He helped put pirate radio on the map.” DJ B: “The accent threw me at first, but the beats are hard and the stories are good, though that’s niche. Some rappers are sound-effect-based, some do stories and some shell down the rave. Us? We shell down the rave!”
treddin’ on tHin ice (X l , 2004) MC G: “He’s an originator, and that’s from one godfather to another. They call him the godfather, I’m a godfather to my own daughter, so we get each other. The title track really stands out, it has that true “eski” sound, which he invented. You know that stands for “eskimo”? Those people who live in Iceland where there’s snow everywhere...” DJ B: “Eskimos are sick. They’re the only people on earth who can kill whales with their bare hands, so I get why Wiley was inspired.”
Home Sweet Home (679, 200 5) MC G: “He was one of the first – after me – to be lyrical but still maintain the fast flow of a true garage MC. Good luck to him, doing Gorillaz and stuff. I wouldn’t do that bollocks because I’m about beats. I don’t do music. We picked Kano because we’ve not done an album – but what I would say is watch this space.” DJ B: “Just keep watching, basically.” MC G: “Actually, can you leave a blank square on the page? We’ve got something coming very soon.” ■ People Just Do Nothing starts on 15 August on BBC Two.