East London grime sensation, Lethal B met up with the Disorder magazine team to have a chat about everything music and to educate us about what is “Dench” and what we should “leave out”.
East London, Grime sensation, Lethal B met up with the Disorder magazine team to have a chat about everything music and to educate us about what is “Dench” and what we should “leave out”.
The talented rapper, also known as Bizzle, has had numerous successes in the UK music industry working with some big names such as Wiley and Donae’o. From the early days of Grime, aka UK rap, the very confident rapper started off in a group called More Fire Crew which had massive success with songs like “Back Then” and, of course, “OI”. From young you could tell that this artist was set to become big.
He later left the group and ventured out on his own working on lethal Bizzle Records imprint in 2004. At the end of the year, he released the comeback single “Pow! (Forward),” also known as “Forward Riddim.” Produced by Dexplicit, it entered at 11 on the U.K. pop charts and earned him a MOBO award for Best Single (he was also nominated for Best Newcomer). The song, however, ended up being banned by many major radio outlets and clubs, where some patrons had broke out into fistfights during its playing.
What has kept you going in the music industry for so many years because there’s so many artists you started off with who are now no longer doing any music at all but you’re still going strong?
I think I have an advantage with starting my music career with a song like “OI” which gave me a platform to obviously meet big stars like cliff Richards and other stars on Top of the Pops to then be able to have these connections to carry on and of course seeing the way people respond to my music has always made me keep the passion. Also having top ten records has helped and with that I never lost the passion so it’s an inspirational thing that makes me want to keep doing more.
Whenever I am in a club and your songs gets played – especially POW – people start dancing mad. How do you feel when you know your music is having this reaction on people?
I think that’s why I do music, to make people respond and create moments like that.
You’re well known for your phrases and we all know you love your catchphrases but how do you feel when people are using your phrases?
Well East London is well known for making up words like that and describing things in our own way. Like waste man was made up from this little guy from my ends then mc Ryder made a track from it now everyone’s using it. It’s a good marketing ting and gets promoted everyday without people knowing it.
So what are your three favourite catchphrases or even words?
There’s one called Swayze, that’s Emmanuelle Fringpong’s boy Sanchez from arsenal, there’s one from one of my boys called Cedric he says I’m having a cedi, not too sure about that one, then there’s one called DTF, don’t force it. My favourite is Swayze still.
But it’s about how you say it though (emphasis), so let’s find out from you what is Dench and what isn’t. We’re going to give everyone in the room a chance to ask yh. So Dench if you agree, Leave it, obviously if you don’t. My one will be Margret Thatcher
loooool Leave it!