One of the best UK hip-hop albums EVER! And to me this one is definitely the best if we count 90’s out
Some rare UK hip-hop gem. R.I.P. Mark B!
Their first collaboration, ‘Hitmen for Hire’, was a double 12″ with excellent cuts from Mr Thing of the Scratch Perverts and also featured a guest slot from Lewis Parker which just added to the quality /ukhh.com/.
2Hip@ukhh.com: ”There’s nothing in this world quite like the emotion disappointment, but likewise being proved wrong can be a great feeling. I didn’t expect a great deal from Blade’s third full length LP ‘Guerrilla Tactics’, but to my surprise it’s not only quite good, but in places damned outstanding!
Baby J has come a huge way since his early works with Yogi & associated heads and ‘Guerrilla Tactics’ puts him firmly up there as one of the most talented producers from these shores. This high level of production has obviously cleared Blade’s thoughts and he too comes harder than I’ve heard for a long, long while. Tracks like the superbly funky retro ‘Round & Round’ or the surprisingly dope ode ‘UK Hip Hop’ show Blade in a fairly familiar, yet comforting way. However it’s the stuff like the posse cut ‘Army Of Barmy Rappers’ which show Blade in a new light and could well win him over some new fans. ‘It’s Your Time’ is the customary album lead single and it doesn’t disappoint. This, like some of the veteran’s previous work really does have some mass appeal which disserves chart success. There are a smattering of naff moments, however few and far between they may be, but providing you ignore tracks like ‘B.L.A.D.E.’ you’ll not have spoiled your experience too much.
Life long fans of Blade will certainly not be disappointed by this latest instalment and it will more than likely win over some new ones. For every ropey moment, there are another two dope ones, topped by the fact Baby J seems to have an ear for banging productions!”
South London rapper Blade and DJ/producer Mark B may have led UK hip-hop’s charge to the mainstream but on Storms Are Brewing, the once again solo Blade is back preaching to the converted. A finger-wagging assault of woes, struggle and inhospitable backing tracks, it takes “keeping it real” very seriously; fuelling the faithful who marvel at the likes of diehard hero Rodney P’s grim political rhetoric rather than Roots Manuva’s trailblazing imagination and wit.Viewed as a strictly underground work and taken strictly in small doses, it’s not short of DIY impact. “Robot” backs Blade’s angrily spluttered warnings against conformity with bludgeoning metal riffs. “Pop Idol” is a demonic sideswipe at Simon Cowell and “Slapping Egos” rolls to disturbingly dogmatic old-skool loop. Over the full 13 tracks though, the bleak sermonising loses its bite. The constant brow beating about just how underrated he is could turn even his biggest fan against him and the incessant, one-dimensional backing means it won’t be long before Mark B’s musical dexterity is sorely missed. —Dan Gennoe
Blade carved himself a career out of sheer will power. Despite cementing a fierce reputation on the UK hip-hop scene in the mid-80s, the Armenian-born rapper’s attempts to court a major deal came to nought. Resourceful as ever, he went it alone. Yet running his own ship was fraught with danger one pirate attack from a nearby European stronghold leaving the rarely flush Blade in serious career-threatening arrears after he ploughed every last penny into 1992’s debut LP Survival Of The Hardest Workin’. While many would have raised the white flag, Blade concocted an ingenious solution asking his loyal fans to stump up in advance for his next album. Blade repaid the willing faithful in droves. An intense 16-day studio stint yielding the 26-track magnum opus THE LION GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH (NO COMPROMISE) hip-hop’s first double album.
Its considerable fluency and power was all the more remarkable considering the shift in Blade’s personal circumstances: his father had just passed during a visit from Iran, while his girlfriend was pregnant with his first child. And while its skits were more living therapy than light relief, there’s no mistaking the potency of solid diatribes like Hold Your Own, Fuck The System and Start The Revolution the titles emblematic of their author’s triumph over bitter odds.
Born 1970, Mainz, Germany. One of the early european top graffiti writers (aka Zebster). As of 1983 helped to develop and spread this culture around the world, through his actions, travelling, magazines (ON THE RUN) and books (Graffiti Art Germany, Hip Hop Files). Beside Graffiti he is a pure “B-Boy”, a DJ and music producer who runs his own Hip Hop record label MZEE Records. He is jam organizer, consultant and a historian.
A1-Blow You Out The Frame (Clean) 4:03
A2-Blow You Out The Frame (Instrumental) 4:04
A3-Blow You Out The Frame (Acapella) 2:59
B1-You Don’t Know Him Yet (Dirty) 3:50
B2-You Don’t Know Him Yet (Clean) 3:45
B3-You Don’t Know Him Yet (Instrumental) 3:45
A2-A&Rsehole (Live Acapella) 5:11
B1-A&Rsehole (Instrumental) 3:35
A1-clear the way
A2-clear the way (instrumental)
B1-they ain’t shit to me
A1-Mind Of An Ordinary Citizen
A2-Mind Of An Ordinary Citizen (Instrumental)
01 Track 1
02 Track 2
03 Track 3
04 Track 4
A message from the mix maker, J-Blaze:
“Thanks for listening to this mix I did in 2007, its a mix of Blade’s LP “The Lion Goes From Strength To Strength” (1993).
It was recorded onto tape in one take, on two 1210’s, a mixer and a JVC stereo.
Oh, and run through a Viscount effects box to clean the sound up. Then the tape was transferred to .mp3 via Audacity.
No digital vinyl, serato, traktor or whatever.
I managed to talk to Blade himself about this mix, and to get his permission to press some CD’s up to distribute,
but I never got round to it and forgot all about it.
The reason I done the mix in the first place was so I could listen to the whole LP on my .mp3 player or in the car, away from the bedroom studio.
Thanks to Blade for being cool and Raler for the inspiration.
Please buy Blade’s LP’s and CD’s, and visit ww.quickburn.co.uk for all your CD burning needs.
J-Blaze, July 2010.”
On the cover of this release it claims there’s a song (instrumental) called
“It’s Your Time” (Side B, 4), but really the track is not featured on this release.
02 Four Walls
03 MC’s Just Wanna Rhyme
04 System Of A Damned
05 I Found A Reason
06 Army Of Barmy Rappers
07 Don’t Push Them
08 She’s Gone
09 That Massacre Begins
11 Round & Round
12 UK Hip Hop
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