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A question for the promoters...

--[Zirca]--

TRIBE Promoter
Why do you book Skibadee for parties?

He is bar none the worst MC in the scene. I'd rather here a DJ trainwreck all night then listen to him spew out gibberish ALL NIGHT LONG. He has no clue when to shut the hell up and his lyrics are some of the worst I have ever heard (if you can actually make anything out....yibba-dib-bada-dee, yibadidba-do..Andy C..booya). Point in case, pick up the recent ANDY C One Nation tape. Andy throws down a CRAZY ass set, tight mixing (as usual), great programming, etc AND what happens when Skibadee is the MC....???...He makes what would have been an amazing tape..a so-so tape. The longest pause he takes on the whole tape is 14 seconds. Mad props to the guy recording the set, he does his best to drown him out (it's quite funny to listen to). Anyway, an MC should know when to shutup, should NEVER try to out MC vocals that are already in a track and should at least have some skill. Skibadee has none of this. Do you just book him because he's from the UK? I think the reason he's always here now is that he was boycoted from the UK.

Attention all Junglists, Please lets try to get Skibadee deported. Maybe he doesn't have a work Visa....oh and skibadee if you happen to read this, I'll be the guy at your next party throwing you the bird while your on the stage, because your ruining the set (thank god your not at Bad Company).

Dan

I think Skiba has won the worst MC award on every "who's the worst MC" thread, so I know I have supporters out their...I'm now just looking for the answer...Why book'm if no one likes him?
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AVE

TRIBE Member
well, first off let me say i agree with you.....i think MOST mc's should go

However, the reason why skibba is here(and everywhere for that matter)alot is simple....alot of peeps like him. He didn't get voted #1 MC by mistake. He has skill, and people that dig the sort of nonsense and speed he brings to the mic are gonna go see him.

HE BRINGS IN MONEY.

Sadly there are probably quite a few people in the jungle community who haven't even heard of, say Photek(beatmaster), but mention skibba and they're all over it. So obviously a promoter is gonna make the easy buck, and the rest of us, who prefer the MUSIC, get shafted.

sad but true

thats my opinion


and for the record, i've heard some of skiba's recent lyrics on the net, and they have gotten alot better.....actual words and meaning behind the rhymes. I think in a studio he is waaay better, whereas the crowd gets him too hyper and he just screams and barks
 

--[Zirca]--

TRIBE Promoter
^^^^^ Valid points...the money one, was a sure shot. I hope your right that Skiba "new" has improved, because I think he's come to like Canada....ughhh....

I'm pretty sure he won #1 MC just b/c everyone has heard his name. It's the old, circle the one of heard of on the list trick.....not b/c they are good, but b/c it's a common name in the scene....imo it's a bad one though.

Dan
 

sauce

TRIBE Member
I think Skibba used to be good, like before all this "voted number 1 mc" before all this "2X freestyle". When he mc'ed for Mickey Finn at that Life Force party at the international centre or when he did the shy fx tape with him and fearless on prophecy that's when he was a good mc. I think all this other stuff just caused his head to swell up and his lyrics to seep into the gutter.
Anyways this my opinion.
peace
sauce
 

AVE

TRIBE Member
^^^agree 100%

he was waaay better before that stupid "title".....absolutely killed it at the lifeforce jam
 
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Stormshadow

TRIBE Member
Bill Cosby would say it best:

"Yah see the kids, the kids on the drugs like the Skibadee because he talks fast and barks and the fast talking sounds good when you're on the drugs. And the kids on the drugs have the money for the ticket for the party, so the promoters cater for the kids on the drugs".
 

CC

TRIBE Member
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mcbee:
where is CC for this thread??!! he'll be all over this like a fat kid on a smartie


sarah
</font>
i'm not fat... [runs away and starts to diet]

but ya, 99% of mcs would sound a whole lot better if they were locked in a soundproof closet with no mic. i think skibba found something that sold. that's the start and finish to it. mcs often try and figure out what the crowd wants to hear. and the dim-wits at the very front, jumping up and down in front of the stage just want to hear some guy talk as fast as possible even if he's not saying words. there is a sizable portion of people who like what he does. i can't understand it much. i used to like skibba for the first two times i saw him, and then i lost interest. once you've seen him once there's no point in going again.

he gets booked because he brings people that you can visably see. he's an "artist" (term used lightly) that pays for himself. that's the end of the story.

it's too bad none of the big promoters tried to dump the mc thing altogether back when jungle and raves were still popular. if that happened, maybe our scene would still be big. oh well. we can make predictions all we want, but it won't change anything i suppose.

CC
 

kurtz

TRIBE Member
i think MCs should run sets solo. whenever i hear One Nation tapes its always the same: ic3, fatman'd, foxy, det, shabba... etc passing the mic every 30 seconds so the next man can run his incorherant quick~style lyrics. (skibba'a contribution to the scene)

but when one MC controls the set he has to be a little more conscious of what and when to rhyme, and is a lot more focused on what the DJ is doing. its this 'flock of seagulls' non-sense that has killed jungle MCing. Even at our parties i find that uk MC headliners can do the job by themselves without TO interference.

GQ is a good example of style. knows when to talk, how to big-up a party, and represents his own talent.

~kurtz-
 
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Nebu kad

TRIBE Member
the last time i went to a pseudo rave, all the kids were talking about 'shabba d' this and 'shabba d' that. there was no mention of Brockie, Loxy, or Digital. You got the feeling that if you had asked them about Digital they would have been "Digi-who?".
Coincidentally[?] these same kids were all a bunch of dumb ass hics.

www.pirateshipkru.ca
 
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Bluntly69

TRIBE Member
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. Just because you don't like mc's doesn't mean you have to go cuttin up Skibba. I'll admit mc's all the time aren't cool but they do hype up the scene at parties, makin people get more into the music. Although i would like to see some more parties without mc's, I don't think skibba is that bad, why else is he known as one of the best right now? n e wayz thats my 2 cents
 

Miss MacBeal

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by kurtz:

i think MCs should run sets solo. whenever i hear One Nation tapes its always the same: ic3, fatman'd, foxy, det, shabba... etc passing the mic every 30 seconds so the next man can run his incorherant quick~style lyrics. (skibba'a contribution to the scene)

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If you have ever been to a One Nation party at Bagley's, the party is more of a spectacle, rather than focusing on quality of sound. They do run a pretty entertaining party, with the stage all lit up and they even have dancers up there. The MC back and forth thing at the party is very successful in getting the crowd going, and these parties are always packed and always going off. For both of these parties that i attended, i also have the tape packs, and at times they are unbearable to listen to. But that is a key element of the One Nation events, and that is what needs to be understood when listening to those tapes.

And I also attending the Knowledge magazine Drum and Bass awards in February in London, and Skibba did win Best MC for the second year in a row. He may babble on a little too much sometimes, but he does get the crowd hype, especially over in the UK. seriously.
the kids love him there.
 

spAce cAdette

TRIBE Member
^^^
I was at a One Nation party this September and believe me it was nothing to get excited about.

There was some wikkid drum & bass being played, but it got stale pretty fast because ALL the dj's kept dropping the same tracks. There was a full on entourage of gibberish babbling mc's the entire night which made it next to impossible to appreciate any of the mixes. The dancers looked more like raunchy sea hags and the arena was filled with a bunch of headshaved wannabe football gangstars. Yet, for some reason that is unknown to me, the punters were going off to this.

It was so disgusting I actually left the arena and ended up chilling outside with a couple of the One Nation guys (notice they were outside too).

They hooked me up with a load of their gear, including tape packs which are absolute rubbish. I can't even listen to them because they're filled start to finish with skibba & shabba's incessant gibberish ramblings. It's such a waste because the sets themselves aren't half bad.

*Amy*
 

spAce cAdette

TRIBE Member
So I guess what I'm saying is that the One Nation style of party attracts just about every element of this scene that we would do a lot better to be rid of. When promoters aren't even enjoying their own events something is terribly wrong. It's a shame to see this music bastardized by a couple of mc's that don't know when to shut the fuck up. Hopefully Toronto promoters will have the sense not to follow in the wrong footsteps.

*Amy*
 
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