Heartless Crew

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Heartless Crew
Origin London, England
Genres UK garage
R&B
Dancehall
Hip-hop
Years active 1992–2010
Labels East West Records
Members MC Bushkin
MC Mighty Moe
DJ Fonti

Heartless Crew were an English garage sound system from London, that consisted of three members: MC's Bushkin and Mighty Moe, and DJ Fonti. Mighty Moe started out as a hip-hop DJ. His parents are from the Middle-East. Bushkin and Fonti have West Indian backgrounds.

It was established in 1992 when the trio met at North London's Holloway Boys School. Their inspiration was taken from Buju Banton, R. Kelly, Shabba, MC Det[disambiguation needed] and Brockie. They started off playing at house parties and small clubs, moving through to a residency at Chimes nightclub in Hackney in 1996.

By 1998, they had joined the pirate radio station, Mission 90.6 FM, pioneering a mix of R&B, hip-hop, jungle and dancehall derived sounds, taking its cues straight from the Jamaican sound system tradition, while adding fresh and modern elements from UK garage. In 2002, they signed to BBC 1Xtra, where they presented their Sunday evening programme. They also released a debut compilation album, Heartless Crew presents Crisp Biscuit Vol 1, closely followed by their debut single, "The Heartless Theme aka 'The Superglue Riddim'". The single reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart in May 2002.[1] The music video for "The Heartless Theme" was directed by Andy Hylton.[2] They left 1Xtra in 2006.

It was announced on 1 January, 2011 that the Heartless Crew split up, to pursue solo careers whilst still remaining friends. MC Bushkin and DJ Fonti went on to present the F.A.B. (Fonti & Bushkin) show together on Rinse FM on Friday evenings between 7-9pm, however they left the station in late 2012/early 2013, with Bushkin pursuing a career as recording artist.

As of 2014, DJ Fonti has been performing live with MC Mighty Moe again.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "The Heartless Theme aka 'The Superglue Riddim'" - #21, UK (2002)[3]
  • "Why (Looking Back)" - #50, UK (2003)[3]
  • "Hearts in the Music" (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 248. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Andyhylton.com
  3. ^ a b "Heartless Crew | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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