16/01/2019: “Singalong” by Crazy Titch

Crazy Titch was at one point viewed as a rival to Dizzee Rascal for mainstream success. He was never quite as gifted in many ways, not least because Dizzee Rascal is a capable producer. There’s a famous video of the two arguing at a sound clash, with Wiley having to stop it escalating.

It was all cut short when Crazy Titch was jailed for life in 2006 for murdering a producer who was connected with an argument his brother had.

He had spent most of his teenage years in jail anyway, so has now been in jail for more than half of his life. The Grime scene has always featured violence and violent lyrics but Crazy Titch really did live up to his name.

He has made some songs in his jail studio, and even featured on Stomzy’s album in the form of a phone call between the two.

“Singalong” isn’t particularly like that, especially by the standards of the genre. The lyrics mainly feature boasting about how tough he is and how much better at rapping he is than everyone else. Pretty standard. His flow is good, and of a type that is rarely used today.

The instrumental is the famous Gype Riddim by IMP Batch, which features a sampled and chopped flute from “Orchestral Suite #2 In B Minor, BWV 1067 – 7. Badinerie” by Bach.

The song was released in 2004, and remains an early grime classic.

A hard song…


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