To celebrate the new, and according to Mayan circles, last ever year, we’re giving away WH? FM, a remastered and updated version of our Mixtape. For those of you familiar with the tape, Phil got his George Lucas on, penciled in a few wookies and f*ckd with the colour. For those of you who are not, ignore what I just said… Click, download, enjoy :)
Bobby always loves a competition ever since winning a signed picture of Adrian Chiles at a local Fête. Therefore he was only glad to hop on the beautiful Jodie Connors “Lover Like you” and add his eclectic brand of Rap-Sing…
This brings me back to the days of Kool FM, Mitsubishi’s, pattern Moschino, Shabba & Skibba and glass Lucozade bottles. The original “Lighter” is an absolute jungle, drum & bass classic, one that makes me feel like I’ve come up on a pill just by listing to it.
Phil sent me over the riddum, mightily impressed raving out in my bedroom, I wondered about subject matter. A few days passed and I was still getting nowhere. For some strange reason I decide an online dictionary might help…
1. (Law / Recreational Drugs) a small portable device for providing a naked flame or red-hot filament to light cigarettes, etc.
2. a person or thing that ignites something
Okay… so I wasn’t going to write a track about a literal lighter… so I pulled out my lighter and lit me pipe, mmm crack smell… that be just silly, but the beauty of the second description did catch my eye.
At present we see a magnificent resistance to the brutal violence of the Con-Dem cuts being waged by our youth. This track is dedicated to those students, and everyone, who is, has, and will be, igniting the flame of hope, in the name of love, justice and equality.
Phil always wanted to use the Queen hook and sent me over a rough skeleton of the track. I started writing and it kind of flowed naturally without thought. The song starts with bravado and it’s cousin material consumption. We see it twist and turn into battle against the fake image of negative promotion, until we end up singing for freedom, peace and justice.
A frivolous occupation this is not; I make art, not money, I’m not interested in fame, fortune and it’s various mutations. There’s a world to be won, a people to be saved, a self to liberate…
…although I could do with a few pound, 360 deal anyone? :)
A little note on the video and use of this little piggy…
The pig symbolises power, corruption, mutation. In previous photo shoots we have featured the “Gucci pig”; a mutated form of human via branding and wealth. In this video, the pig represents overall control of power; omnipresent, dictating the pace, hammering away to the beat.
The second musical sample used on the EP, the first being “Billy Elliot” on “Dear Mum”, sees Phil sampling “Company”. I was fortunate enough to take part in a musical theatre workshop with Fred Carl and Robert Lee from the New York University Tisch School of Arts, at the brilliant Theatre Royal Stratford East. The two specialise in teaching the use of modern music within musical theatre.
We were listening to various productions and breaking them down, when a choral of bobbys came through stereo, handy for me, a rapper named Bobby, always on the look out for such narcissistic sounding samples. An iTunes purchase later and Phil was busy transforming this into bass heavy hip hop.
It’s a bit of a big willy bravado track, that every MC has to do at least once, if not constantly, throughout his or her career. I aim this arrogance at the manufactured money orientated crass clogging up the arteries at the heart of so called culture.
I totally forgot Dizzee done a version of this with that extremely unfunny fat bloke who looks down on people for England’s wannabe world cup football song. Well, let’s just say this versions a little less chirpy…
The track samples 80’s floppy haired pop sensation Tears for Fears, and to be honest, does what it says on the tin; the bursting point of unhappiness, balancing the suicidal with life. The perfect bridge between Broken and Dream, a key of self-reflection that unlocked the mirror of hope.
Now… if you have read all the blog posts so far, you will be thinking this dude is the most flowery rapper ever, soppy and f***ing flowery, “what the f*** is he going on about, weirdo”… Well, thanks to you, my wish to be the most flowery rapper of all time is now coming true…
So one day I was on the phone to Justin and he said “hey Bobby, why don’t you do a remix of the track I did with T.I., the one where we frolic in a field, I play piano and T.I. sits on a car” I said ok, and we went into a big studio with lots of lights and Simon Cowell, and Jay Z was there, so was Kanye West and we all had fishsticks and talked about the latest Dior season, oh how we had such fun…
“That didn’t happen did it?…” No, not really… “what do you mean not really…” no it didn’t happen, didn’t happen at all… “so what did happen?…”
This track was produced, written, recorded and mixed within 24hrs. It was actually meant to be about something completely different. But at the time of receiving the beat in my inbox, I had just broken up with the women I planned to wed.
I could not do anything, could not sleep, yet could not bare to stay awake, but I had this beat. Music is a kind of therapy, confiding on verse; problems rationalise themselves within the mind. I started writing, and within an hour or two the track was finished. This is probably the most emotional I have ever got on a record, the wound was so fresh, still extremely raw.
Dead and Gone, is about taking someone for granted, not being all that you can, or should be, the realisation that actually, you’re quite shit, that you really can’t take, take, take all the time, there has to be some give. The realisation, that I had lost the love of my life, and that only I, was to blame.
Good news is; we’re back together, stronger than ever, and I got a pretty decent track out of it…
I’ve always been scared of death, ever since I found out that I probably don’t believe in God, I say probably, I probably mean definitely, but I wouldn’t mind being proved wrong… if you’re listening, you know what to do.
I suppose the fear resonates from losing my mum to cancer at such an early age, magnifying the fear of the human skeleton’s fragility. I suppose, in everything I do, there is this longing for immortality, a thirst to evade deaths inevitable grip. It’s not healthy, no fear really is. A wise man once proclaimed; why fear death? You only die once, don’t die a thousand deaths…. true words still unheeded.
The overriding thought of nothingness, I never was before, I never will be after, eternal sleep without dream, will always haunt me until a colourless nothing shrouds the conscious.
My fear’s motive, up until a few years a go used to be quite selfish, but something great changed all this. I fell in love. All of a sudden, the fear of dying multiplied by a thousand. Just the thought of never seeing the one again; leaves be bitterly cold, alone and afraid. The thought of never again holding her hand, never being able to kiss, touch, feel, never again getting lost with no map in the landscape of her soul, never… again… Never again throwing words of hope changing the world in our own little way, never again fighting to make us equal, never again speaking the same words at the same time, never laughing, never staring, staring into those big brown eyes admiring the beauty; within and without… Never… again…
This song is dedicated to the one, know this; when I die, I die having loved, loved, the most beautiful woman I could have ever loved. We are one, never two, free, in each others arms, forever. I will always be looking over you from inside, written in your heart…
…in your debt…
x x x x
Musically; the track is one of the best-composed beats I have ever written to. Phil sent it to me on the bounce; it was originally destined as a Spec A Breakbeat release, but not when I got my ugly mitts on it!! This is the kind of no border music I love to write; a perfect mix of several genres in one.
If there was one song I’ve always wanted to write, this would be it. Not that I believe I done it any justice, I suppose I could never really covey all that I needed to say. See I never really got to know my mum, I knew her as a figure, but not as a rounded person, and due to circumstance there will always be more questions than answers.
As much as I don’t know, there are many things that stick out in my head, memories that fill my heart with pride. Like at my infant’s school fete, she bought an anti racism badge and pinned it to my jumper explaining to me and my friend, an Asian girl, the meaning when we questioned it. I always remember that badge; it was black with a see-through prism and all the colours of the rainbow shinned through.
The bright colours of mum shine through the prism of me in everything I do. My mind, body and soul are awash in inherit beauty. Thank you. for the warm smile that heated kindness through cold times of great pain, with the strength, and courage, to carry flames of eternity to the next generation.
I am extremely fortunate to call such a beautiful woman my mum… thank you mum.
Firstly, let me say thank you to all that are downloading the EP and given your time to listen to the record. It really does mean the world, thank you.
I must admit it’s a tad scary releasing this body of work, the personal nature of content exposed leaves me feeling somewhat vulnerable, naked, open to the elements. Yet putting pen to paper to public, exposing the inner workings of ones mind, feels strangely liberating; a funny form of therapy to heal the haunted soul.
The material was written and produced not with any specific goal or project in mind, the EP was not planned; I needed to get back to basics, to the reason why I picked up the pen. Phil and I had just completed the WH? Album, which is majority up-tempo chorus based songs, of which we are extremely proud, but I needed to get darker, to delve deep into the unexposed corners of the heart, put myself out there, somewhere WH? couldn’t take me.
This is my journey; from prison to protest, unconscious to conscious, a shoddy version of the matrix without flare, special effects, leather jackets or the wooden acceptable acting of Keanu Reeves. I myself took the red pill… I still cant seem to catch bullets… one day maybe.
The EP is split in to two parts, one Broken, one Dream, all in some shape or form represent Broken Dreams; struggling with the past, in order to change and shape the future. With the fear of death and quest for immortality omnipresent as the overriding subconscious narrative.
This EP was not planned, nor was it constructed with any intention of telling a certain narrative, it was, initially, a collection of tracks, recorded over a small period that reflected the mood and feeling of the time. Having worked for the last two years on the cheeky up-tempo pace that is Where’s Huey? I had a strong urge to get back to melancholy basics, to the start, the original reason why I grabbed for the pen; self-psychotherapy with a twist to change the world.
I will give greater insight to the EP before it drops. And for everyday after, I will post the lyrics to, and a short explanation of, each track; focusing on context meaning, history and influence. I really hope you enjoy the body of work, and look forward to hearing your thoughts, opinion and criticism.
Where’s Huey? present Bobby Whiskers debut EP Broken/Dreams released on Funkatech Records. A twisting narrative from prison to protest; broken to dream. Expect a slightly darker piece of music than your average Where’s Huey? production. Free download from www.whereshuey.com Monday 13th December.
We are pleased to announce that we have finished our debut album “search Party”, it is currently being mixed down and will be released February/March next year. Until then we will be treating you to singles, freestyles, remixes, videos, free tracks and lots more… stay tuned…
OK, not quite storm, more a barrage of good music, never-the-less It’s been a while since the last post. Unlike our boy, we’re not missing, just busy locked in the studio creating and recording new material for our up & coming releases. Over the next few months we will be dropping a load of new tracks, two singles, a mixtape and our debut album. We also have some exciting plans for the blog, so keep your eyes peeled, it all kicks off mid-September…
Winners will receive an email within the next few days asking for size and shipment details. All people that have signed up to the mailing list will be able buy a T-Shirt before they go on general sale for a special discounted rate of £10 + P&P. An email will be sent with further details.
WH? are proud to present our debut single Stay featuring the wonderful vocals of Andrea Britton. Coming in three lovely flavors: Original, Bassline and Dubstep, Gratis versus libre, free as the world should be.
To celebrate the launch of our debut single Stay, WH? in conjunction with PinPoint Print are giving you the chance to win one of five beautiful black with metallic gold WH? T-shirts. All you have to do is sign up to our mailing list in the sidebar –>
On Monday morning all names entered will be placed in a hat, the five drawn out will win a t-shirt, simples!!
We are extremely proud to officially launch the Where’s Huey? campaign. We have lots of great things in the pipeline: new music, clothing, debut album, big plans for the blog and lots and lots of free tracks and giveaways. So keep your eyes peeled and help us in our quest to find the illusive…