Love this article about UK hip-hop!

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Formed by future Black Grape MC Kermit (then known as MC Kermit la Freak) in the late 1980’s with brothers Dangerous Hinds and Dangerous C, Manchester’s Ruthless Rap Assassins made two great albums to critical acclaim and mystifying commercial indifference, but had split by the beginning of 1992

The first album produced this killer track based on Cymande’s ‘The Message’  and tells the tale of the Parents coming to England in search of riches and a better life to find maybe the paths aren’t paved with gold, in fact almost directly what they were trying to escape; poverty and inherent racism. ‘You were O.K. in the jungle you’ll be fine in the slum, But in the slum there were houses little better than shacks, Signs in the window – ‘No Irish – No Blacks’. spits Kermit in the first (mother’s) verse.

Despite everything, this single only just creeped into the…

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