The Criminal Minds – Urban Warfare [1990]

HUUUUGE! This first release from The Criminal Minds (Baptised By Dub) is a cracking mashup with a fucking ferocious break and some cracking samplage. The MC doesnt have a lyrical style even close to the Behemoths of the UK scene of the time but the production of Halo & Spatts coupled with the cheeky use of the Emperors theme just kills it.

From Discogs
I remember walking into one of my local record shops in Wolverton, MK (I think it was called World Beats) and hearing this record playing. It had just come out and was by a local crew, it totally blew me away hearing that darth vader(empire strikes back) theme music over some raw drums and homegrown vocals. This was a buzz because it was people who lived near me, outside of London, making dope Hip Hop and putting it on wax. The crew later moved into making rave/early jungle style tracks like the the classic ‘baptised by dub’.

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