Blade debut in MCR! @ firstlight dry bar 26.04.01

Blade has got to be the hardest working rapper ever in UKHH! He personally sold more vinyl to punters (straight from a car boot) than most did with distribution deals! Serious talk! His tireless self-promotion lead the way for more contemporary artists like Sway to follow

Like a whole generation of kids, it was the film Wild Style which changed his young life forever. Starting out as a break dancer & graffiti artist going by his tag Electron, before being given his more familiar name by a fellow graf writer, subsequently killed whilst painting on the Underground. Blade kept the name as a mark of respect

'Lyrical Maniac' (Raw Bass) eventually came out on in 1989. Blade then began to record, promote & release his own material through his own 691 Influential label. Essentially a mail-order label (much like Ruf Beats) he also sold copies straight to punters at shows or in the street. A string of 12"s 'Rough It Up', 'You Better Go For Yours', 'Mind of an Ordinary Citizen' and EP 'Survival of the Hardest Working' followed

Things peaked by 1993 double album 'The Lion Goes From Strength To Strength' (691 Influential), funded mostly by fans paying for copies of the album in advance. Needing 200/300 pre-orders to have enough cash to cut the record, Blade apparently received 10 times that amount. This was ground-breaking & (pre-internet) revolutionary stuff

Back in 1998 to team up with producer Mark B for 'Hitmen For Hire' EP (Jazz Fudge), this led to his appearance on several other tracks for Mark B's LP 'The Unknown' (2000 Word Play). When a guitar-heavy version of 'Ya Don't See The Signs' looked about to be a UK Top 30 mainstream crossover-hit Mark B & Blade hit the road & came to Firstlight at Dry Bar Manchester

Plus! Also tonight, full-live-band performance from Jeep Beat Collective! Supported by the Ruf and K-Delight, with Mixologist Beni-G, and Ian Taylor (Firstlight resident) with Alix Walker (Firstlight resident) on the didger-ee-do (-oh err, jus' didger-ee-don't!-)

Mark B & Blade take to the stage with Respek BA. A mad energetic live show followed. When Dry Bar management pull the plug and with punters turning ugly Blade & Respek BA both dive into the crowd and are carried triumphantly around the room! Legend!
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