Long nights and hard struggle make for a special kind of tune in my experience. Sampling vibraphones from hundred year old records, making vocal chops and layering them with hard beats gives me the sound bed. Then I start to rhyme. This one’s written pre-Corona but the villains are the same: Johnson, Rees-Mogg, weak MCs. No sleep till we get where we need to be. Peace, love and hip hop.
In 2011 there was an event to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the New Cross Fire, which was an event that lead to the deaths of 14 young black people in New Cross London. The event was an unveiling of a blue plaque by The Nubian Jak Community Trust to pay tribute to the fallen on the site. This documentary arose from the filming of that event in 2011.
The tragedy itself was originally, largely ignored by the Conservative UK government of the day. In a climate of racist attacks in the area, no senior minister offered condolences or sympathies to the families of the victims, as is customary in the aftermath of such a tragedy. The enquiries into the causes of the fire have proven unsatisfactory for many. However, 1981 was a flashpoint for race relations in the United Kingdom: riots and civil unrest occurred in the major urban areas, mass protests caught the attention of the mass-media in a pre-social media era. This tragedy was a catalyst for UK race relations moving forward at the time.
This documentary was commissioned by an independent individual but, unfortunately, we were unable to secure funds to cover an outside editor, which meant that I myself had to edit it. I currently have lots of black history footage that I will be putting out alongside my music on this channel and on my Facebook.
RIP to the fallen, salute and sympathy to the survivors. One love.