- Product Info -
|Artist:||Madman the Greatest|
|Title:||The Demo Tape|
|Genre:||Alt Hip hop / R&B|
|Format:||Digital Downloads / Album|
|Labels:||Playaz Cliq Recordings|
- Available from -
Also available on most streaming outlets including Tidal; Amazonmp3 & Deezer
- General Info -
Considered what was supposed to be his first official album, the renamed collection now known as The Demo Tape is simply a raw, historical moment that has been captured though 18 tracks of the Birmingham artist’s journey. Remastered but un-engineered, the sound of this album is not meant to be commercial, radio-friendly or mistaken. Its purpose was made for one thing – to be in your face.
What makes this album definitive is how unapologetic this is. Beats are energetic using sounds of orchestral strings; electric guitar stabs and sad pianos whilst Madman the Greatest brings an assault of stylistic, lyrical, no joke verses to stabilise himself as an unmovable MC. The warmth of the analog Behringer board used at the time of production gives this collection a distinctive reminiscence of the beatmaker’s old school sound which literally went over other producer’s head at the time. Whilst everybody was adopting the influences of RZA and Jay Dee, it’s clear when you listen to this album Madman the Greatest steered far away from their production using above average Hip hop tempo and very confident vocals.
In context, this album fires direct verbal shots at three core targets: rival Birmingham’s MC’s; Deejays and Posers. According to the artist, his creative journey often suffered from hidden restraints that oppressed his artistic freedom to become a flourishing MC. Often enough the battle came from those he admired most in his area. Ridiculed for his accent; his sound and his tone, the artist took on the defensive by beginning a lyrical showdown of resistance by showing that he won’t give into rival’s opinions.
Song’s like R U Crazy; British Deejayz & Raise it up are just three of the examples of the artist going head first into delivering his statement of axioms. Out of all the recordings on this collection, The Fact’s is the one that peaked the heightened inferiority that propelled the artist from a just an adhering street performer to the respected underground general he has become. The diss was real; the context was direct and the blows were felt. Though this version has muted the name of the rival involved, the essence of how far Madman the Greatest was pushed can be heard. Using Black history as the weapon of annihilation, this recording became the sound of the pirates for many weeks with DJ’s continuously playing this on rotation.
To balance the album, songs like Get your handz up; Wishwashers and Man don’t like this shows the artists less aggressive side by showing off skills. So Hot was meant to be the lead single at the time due to the chanting marching nature the song delivers but didn’t see the light off day. The only feature on the album besides the support of DJ Zimm Zimmah comes from a male singer by the name of Leroy on the recording, Satisfy. The recording was originally a demo which didn’t get finished.
Raw lyrics, raw sound and a raw attitude are what this collection is all about. Nothing more. Nothing less.
- Tracklisting -
- The Demo Tape (Intro)
- R U Crazy
- Raise it up
- We Be Playaz
- The Streets
- British Deejayz
- Rascalz Anthem
- Get your handz up
- Man don’t like this
- So Hot
- The Facts
- Where’s my people at
- Satisfy (feat Leroy
- Why I’m Me (Video Version)
- Make it hot
- They wonder
- Credits -
Produced by Madman the Greatest for Playaz Cliq Recordings.
Composition by Madman the Greatest.
Recorded, mixed & mastered at GR8-1 Music Lab, Birmingham, UK
Artwork: Silly Sketch Vizuels / Playaz Cliq Recordings.
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