17. Elephant Man – Shot Will Bark

I’ve never been much of a fan of Elephant Man. In the early 2000s there was a concerted campaign against him by gay right’s groups because of his homophobic lyrics, and in 2012 he was charged with rape, although I can’t find any record of the outcome of the case. Musically, I find him a bit too macho and shouty, and he has a tendency to go for novelty/gimmicks.

Here he is over NYC label Massive B’s 210 Computa riddim (hence all the references to New York in the lyrics). Bobby Konders produced the riddim, an update of Harry J’s Computer riddim from 1986. I like Massive B’s productions – they have a nice fat sound to them, full of bass. Not exactly subtle, but they sound good loud. Rishi Nath has a nice profile of the label and soundsystem on the Red Bull Music Academy site.

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