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Veritable one-man hip-hop army Zed-9 was brought to my attention through being dragged out to a raucous night at South nightclub. They were attempting a vert-ramp in a basement club (a la SubTub @ UMIST) but the ceiling was far too low! More injuries than usual then but, given the amount of beer swilled, nothing too painful. The more drunk they were the braver they got & more likely they were to f*#k it up. Absolutely hilarious. Chubby Grooves & Kold DJ Reko on the 1s-&-2s & various MCs took turns on the mic. Zed-9 had most presence on-stage though, looking comfortable up there & itching to get the mic back in his hand

He came & painted at every SMEAR Jam, often coming back to paint over pieces he considered fair game. His own undulating lettering, sagging beneath it's own weight, just got better & better. Hulme had another sketchbook writ large. Like a lot of writers he soon grew tired of endlessly exploring & exploiting the same letters, so switched both tag & style dramatically but I love this particular period of his prodigious output

He paints in Hulme again & again that autumn, before a beautiful double header alongside Kelzo right out on Bonsall Street, followed by a birthday burn with MKS & Pher. With such a flurry of new activity in a Kelz posts an ironic football-reference footnote to proceedings "They Think It's All Over.. It Is Now!"

Then 2 days before Xmas Day 1996 Arise, Kopes, Kelzo, Zed & Tags add finishing touches to an emptied Otterburn Close. A Graffiti Art Gallery & our concrete playground, closed... 'Is There Any Tennents Left?'
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