Some people make a living from music but Rebel MC has dedicated a whole lifetime to his craft.
The Londoner first announced himself to the world as part of 80s hip hop/dance act Double Trouble alongside friends Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, Leigh Guest and Michael Menson. That catapulted the name Rebel MC into homes up and down the country thanks to the releases of ‘Just Keep Rockin’, before really hit the big time with ‘Street Tuff’, which reached number three in the charts. Numerous appearances on national television followed, leading to the release of his first album project ‘Rebel Music’ in 1990.
Rebel used his new-found success to allow him to concentrate his energies on music that was more representative of his background and influences. 1991 saw the release of his second album ‘Black Meaning Good’, which saw the fusion of the British underground hardcore techno sound of the early 90s with dub basslines to spectacular effect – the precursor to a style of music that eventually became known as Jungle.
By 1993, Rebel had two labels dedicated to the new craft, X-Project and Tribal Bass. But it was the foundation of his Congo Natty Recordings label that cemented Rebel’s place in the annals of Jungle music history. 1994’s ‘Code Red’ became one of the anthems of the year and firmly announced the arrival of the Jungle movement to the entire country.
Over the next seven years, the name Congo Natty became a standard bearer for the original authentic Jungle movement and spawned numerous hits including the classics ‘Police in Helicopter’ and ‘Champion DJ’, released under the alias Blackstar.
A trip to his spiritual homeland of Ethiopia in 2007 changed Rebel’s life forever. He returned re-invigorated and determined to make an impact on the world he had left behind. Now, Rebel is back; determined to champion the cause of the UK’s emerging talent through his Congo Natty and other labels, and the launch of a new music production company, called Trinity.
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