MC Crazy D
From humble grime infested roots in South East London, and of Jamaican descent, the influence of Crazy D’s heritage has always been evident.
He first found a mic in his buggy aged 6 months, and appeared on stage alongside the likes of Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, Lee Perry, and Garnet Silk. It has been suggested that some of his signature exclamations such as “YEEEAAAHH”, originated at this time when he was actually trying to get his mother to give him his bottle.
A veteran in voice projection and mike technology by the age of 4, he began to widen his repertoire to include phrases such as “NOW CHECK IT!”, which at that time referred to the levels on the mike he was using at nursery school.
His love of bass grew rapidly and he could regularly be found sitting on top of large speakers at family gatherings writing rhymes on the back of Rizla packets about how the darker bass sounds can produce a ‘WIGGLE IN THE WAIST’ in members of the opposite sex.
He has a rootical love of Reggae & Dancehall, and in terms of UK dance music, moved through the genres of Hardcore and Jungle to his early career moves in UK Garage.
His interest in this genre was piqued when it morphed from a predominantly 4/4 (4 to the floor) beat, to a harder, darker 2/4 beat, with ruder B-lines, dubbed 2-Step.
Bass-man Crazy D MC’d for G Money on UpFront 99.3FM, London’s leading pirate station for UK Garage at the height of its popularity, and also home to the late great MC Easy Rider (RIP) and DJ Hatcha who then worked at Big Apple.
As UKG’s demise split the genre into factions such as Grime, funky house and of course DUBSTEP, Crazy D’s taste in music placed him firmly in the frame as one of Dubstep’s original South East London pioneers.
He has been pivotal in wholeheartedly driving this sound alongside his long-standing compadre, Hatcha, and all originators of the Dubstep genre, working sparsely attended nights in the early days of 2001, to the fruition of the genre that we witness today.
FWD>> was originally held in room three at ‘Tru Playaz’, DJ Hype’s DnB night. It then moved to the Velvet Rooms once every few months, and finally to Plastic People.
Crazy D was and still is Fwd>>’s primo host. He also MC’d at Tru Playaz b2b with MC Juiceman for Hatcha , although not at the Velvet Rooms. Fwd>> came every other Thursday, then every Friday, and is now held every Sunday at Plastic People.
Bass was always the case at Fwd>>, which provided a ‘no lyrics, no grime’ environment where they played their own beats to their own people – the crowd largely comprising DJ’S/producers, MC’s: EL-B, Zed Bias, Oris Jay, J da Flex, Hatcha, Crazy D, Benny Ill, Juiceman, Youngsta, Slimzee, Slaughter Mob, Kode 9, and their people.
2003/4 hailed the arrival of DMZ (Digital Mystikz ) which began at 3rd Bass in Brixton, and was first hosted by Crazy D who was in his element often MC’ing solo for up to six hours a night. The venue was forced to change to Mass to accommodate the swarms of attendant Dubsteppers, where it is still held by original residents, Mala, Coki, Loefah, Crazy D and Sgt. Pokes.
Crazy D is resident at DMZ London and Leeds, FWD>>, Why Not?, Outlook Festival, Custard Factory (Birmingham), Tuesday Club (Sheffield) and Fabric, and tours globally as one of the UK underground’s hardest working MC’s.
KISS 100FM is home to his weekly show (http://kube.totalkiss.com/?jumpto=kiss100) presenting Hatcha and a host of other key Dubstep DJ’s every Tues from 1 til 2!
MC Crazy D also holds a host of releases under his belt, including ‘Flex Ting’ (Sin City), ‘Worries Again’/Distance (Planet Mu – Marianne Hobbs’ compilation), ‘Showtime’/EnMe. His vocals have featured on tracks by Skream, Coki, Benga (alongside Lady Destiny), and Tubby to name but a few. Crazy’s production work now finds him in cahoots with the Godfather of Dubstep EL-B, and he is also honing his own portfolio of beats for release.
The original day-dotter, there can be no greater stamp of authority on a Dubstep set than the voice of MC Crazy D -“WOW WOW WOOOW!”-