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ARTIST
TITLE
The Criminal Minds
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
REPH 208CD REPH 208CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/29/2011

Rugged, raw, rapid and ruthless, like a British Public Enemy perhaps, UK hardcore hip-hop legends The Criminal Minds rank alongside legends of Britcore hip-hop such as Hijack, The Demon Boyz and Silvah Bullet. Their previous records are certainly among the rarest in the genre and their message not as widely heard, but that is about to change with the release of this compilation of their back catalog, associated projects and previously-unreleased tracks. "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 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 classic 'Baptised By Dub'." --Evil Ed; Wanna get hold of their first two releases, on their own label? You'll be lucky to get change for $1,000! This release contains all those tracks plus 15 more and has been lovingly remastered to sound better than ever. DJ Halo and Chase 1 formed The Criminal Minds in 1985, and while at college, DJ Halo met Iceski, who would become lead emcee. Upon meeting another DJ called Spatts, they released their first EP entitled Guilty As Charged, funded by Halo selling his decks and the group, plus friends and family chipping in with some cash. Soon after, Safe D and CMD joined the group and they released Tales From The Wasteland, again, independently on their own label. Many tracks were recorded but not released in the following years. Current members include DJ Halo, DJ Spatts, MC Iceski and more.