page 12, June 1st 1993, New Meowsical Express
HAS RAP GONE TOO FAR?
THE AVERAGE CHILD WITNESSES OVER 500 MURDERS EACH WEEK ON TV. A BOOTLEG TAPE OF LAST MONTH’S BAD KATZ CONCERT AT BRADLEY COLLEGE MADE REFERENCE TO TWICE THAT AMOUNT, AS WELL AS MENTIONS OF DRUGS, RAPE, BUGGERY, MISOGYNY AND RITUAL HUMILIATION. TABBY CRISTEN REPORTS FROM THE SCENE OF THE CRIME.
Was it only one year ago that I stood in a muddy field along with 20,000 other musiclovers and witnessed the genesis of potentially the most exciting new band the South of England has produced in years? I only ask because the band in question (the Bradley based Rad Katz) seem to have undergone a drastic change of philosophy. Gone is the immensely talented mainspring of the band, C. J. Ryker, also gone is the managerial brain behind the music, Louis R. Kennedy. In their place the remainder of the group have adopted a new, darker, grittier and quite frankly disturbing hardcore rap image.
On a hot and humid May night I was part of an expectant audience eagerly waiting to see if the year long hiatus enjoyed by The Rad Katz had spawned any new dance-rock classics. We were to be sadly mistaken.
The wail of Police sirens began and the ‘band’ hit the stage. The catalogue of obscenities that followed astounded even me.
Lead rappers Ice Muthaphuckin’ D. and MC Bitchkilla (aka David Tazmann and Nik Stokely) rushed the front of the stage and stormed into the bad tempered diatribe ‘Straight Outta Bradley’, Backed up ably and, admittedly, quite impressively by DJ Cutmaster K (Calvin Karmann) the boys launched into an expletive laced pean to guns, ‘bitches’, ‘ho’s’ and money before the song crashed noisily to a halt. In the silence that followed, Ice D managed to boot a student in the head as the unlucky soul ventured stagewards, hopefully to ask the band to leave.
Worse was to follow as MC Bitchkilla introduced ‘visual stylist’ Craig ‘Craigie Craig’ G (Craig Gaymer). Clad entirely in black, wearing a black beret and brandishing two fake Uzi’s, Craig G dragged a struggling girl onto the stage as part of the show and the two lead rappers looked on approvingly as he proceeded to rub his guns up and down her body in a degrading and generally humiliating fashion to the shocked silence of the college audience.
And it got even worse as Ice D dedicated their hymn to education and study, ‘F**k Tha’ Principal’ to college head, Alan Tunnicliffe. This one contained the charming couplet: ‘I’ll kick yer ass and shoot you quite happily, then I’ll come to your house and f**k your whole family’.
Chaos erupted in the hall as several tutors, led by Prof. Tunnicliffe tried to storm the stage. As Ice D. vanished beneath several heaving bodies, MC Bitchkilla crashed into the song that bears his name, the young rapper bellowing: ‘I’m a BITCHKILLA and baby that’s it! I’m a BITCHKILLA F**k all that new man sh*t!! I’m a BITCHKILLA and y’all can suck my d**k!!’
The concert ended with scenes of mayhem, as the caretaker cut the power to the hall. The group were forcibly removed from the stage, Craig G. being the last to leave as he engaged in hand to hand combat with four feminists who were standing at the foot of the stage and who were rightfully disgusted with him and his band mates antics.
I tried to find an answer for all this carnage from the man directly responsible for the obscenity I had witnessed earlier that night, new Bad Katz manager and svengali Martin ‘X’ Griffiths. I asked him to justify his band’s attack on the moral sensibilities of young students. As to his reply, I’ll leave you to judge the man and his opinions yourselves.
‘Who the f**k are you to question us?
You don’t know sh*t about what it’s like to be a young urban feline in this bullsh*t, imperialist society. The Bad Katz merely mirror the unforgiving society that has created them. Don’t look to me for answers or blame. look to yourself! You try to hide behind that fascist rag you work for but it won’t wash. The Bad Katz have only just begun to free the kids of today from the bullsh*t that sell-out pussies like you have been feeding us from day one! The Bad Katz are here to stay - BELIEVE THE HYPE MUTHAF**KER!!”
Many people see this man as yet another opportunist jumping on the rap bandwagon, but I am left with the chilling realisation that this intelligent young man truly believes in what he is saying and doing.
And that makes him all the more dangerous.