We know it’s Westwood Wednesday but Tim’s not the only prop-worthy O.G. London presenter. As you know we’ve recently brought you some rare Richie Rich as well as Dave Pearce, oh yes, look through the archives. So thanks to Dave VJ (of Max LX and Dave VJ, veteran Kiss FM DJ fame) who recently gave us access to his radio archives, we unearthed some unbelievable tête-à-tête’s coming to Fat Lace very soon. First out of the vaults though is a rare Hijack interview so we asked our resident U.K. hip-hop expert Damon Boyes to kick the ballistics on one of our proudest exports…
Us Brits are a patient lot. We don’t mind queueing which goes someway to understanding how after more than 20 years of trying we’ve yet to convince the Americans we can do this hip-hop thing as good, if not better, than them. Although some would argue that we achieved just that in 1991 when Hijack dropped The Horns Of Jericho. For the uninitiated (read anyone from outside the UK or under the age of 25) Hijack were, no, are the greatest UK rap group of all time. Their history is so vast it’s probably best to give you the basics and refer you to the Turntable Trixters DVD for something closer to the full picture.
Originally signed to the Music Of Life, the south London outfit consisting of Kamanchi Sly, DJ Supreme, DJ Undercover, Ulysses, Agent Fritz and Agent Clueso unleashed the classic single ‘Style Wars’ back in 1988. They followed this up with ‘Hold No Hostage’/’Doomsday Of Rap’ and caught the attention of one Ice-T. What followed was a record deal with Rhyme Syndicate and the most anticipated UK rap album of all time. So we waited, and waited, and some were fortunate enough to get the promo tape, and waited until The Horns Of Jericho eventually dropped in all its phantom operatic, paedo-bashing, Brixton-celebrating Britcore glory. Then they split up and it wasn’t exactly amicable. But while they were still together they gave a rare interview with Max & Dave back in 1991.