04 January 2006

Wee Papa Girl Rappers


Sandra and Timmie Lawrence, people are going to start rememberin'. You can feel it in the air, in Sovereign Blah, in the soft West Country Burr of Nick's GutterFM...

(incidentally, I've noticed the 'er' is becoming increasingly an 'a' in e-mails etc - a vowel change which seems to indicate a perspective change: consider this the first shot in a campaign to keep Nick 'Gutter')...

They will be re-released, re-evaluated and re-remixed in the coming year and everyone will suddenly realise that The big Grime-Through isn't going to happen in 2006 because it's already happened only everyone forgot and started re-inventing the wheel.

It's easy to forget, so much was happening. It's like the JG Ballard story "The Secret History of World War 3".

Wee Rule was released at the peak of the acid flash at a time when lyrics themselves were dissembling and making way for the onslaught of sound to come. Urban British Culture was emerging with a voice that was not a voice at all; just a series of slurred robo-sounds and electronic squiggles, formed from inarticulacy, the demise of the 3 Rs and the relative expenditure of good quality condenser mics. Electronics were pushing their spiny entrails like a Japanese Anime Demon (a Demon called Roland) through the heart of music, making the synth rush prime rather than a spacey / arty afterthought to rock...



In amongst all this, the Wee Papa girls were exhuming Brit Culture, maybe half a decade too early:

"I saw you sleeping on a station on a dredgy wood bench

I saw you turned away
embarrassed
started swearing in French

'Fou le Camp' you started saying
but you just didn't know
That I passed exams in French about one year ago".


Aspiration. Humiliation. A non-sectarian Rail Service. Later, Roots Manuva would be venerated because he said "chips".

Ahead of all this, the Wee Papas also headed up the trend for remixing (the likes of Kevin Saunderson showing their wares on Heat It Up) and thus opened the floodgates for the ambient apathy of remix culture: artists could sit and twiddle while their babies were re-shaped and re-formed and re-released...

Go to Connexion: the selector to download Wee Rule and get ready to pretend you always loved it: it's in trees, it's coming...

2 comments:

GTTRBRKZ said...

I prefer 'Gutter' myself, but changed the spelling cuz there's another guy called DJ Gutter.

Big up for the Wee Papa Girlz post. Timely, but don't forget my beloved Cookie Crew too...

Anonymous said...

the wee papa girls were british black females with co production inivative ideas and no love from their own london clan, original and in a time when men dominated the rap scene they held thier own big in holland massive in belgium and never afraid too speak thier own minds big up west london wee rule forever

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