|Instruments||Digital Audio Workstation
|Labels||Takeover Entertainment Limited
Ruff Sqwad Recordings
|Associated acts||Wiley, Roachee, Trim, XTC|
|Past members||Mad Max
Ruff Sqwad first became known in the early days of grime for the distinctive production style of the crews producers. Early Ruff Sqwad instrumentals released on white label are rare and fetch high prices on the second hand market, notable early Ruff Sqwad instrumentals include Pied Piper, Functions on the Low and Misty Cold. Functions on the Low, produced by Ruff Sqwad affiliate XTC has been described as one of the greatest tracks in the history of British electronic music. The crew has released two mixtapes Guns and Roses Volume. 1 and Guns and Roses Volume. 2 as well as an instrumental compilation album White Label Classics.
- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Membership
- 4 Discography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Ruff Sqwad was formed by a group of teenage school friends in East London in 2001 or 2002. Many of the groups best known instrumentals were made by Rapid and Dirty Danger on cheap home PCs as 14 and 15 year olds. The group would regularly bunk school to record songs and to press up vinyl at Music House. The crew was active on the London pirate radio scene and at various times during the early 2000s had shows on Rinse FM, Heat, Flava, Mystic, and Deja Vu FM. During this period the group regularly released singles on white label vinyl on an imprint called Ruff Sqwad Recordings following a template laid out by Wiley's Wiley Kat Recordings.
Mixtape releases: 2005-2006
In 2005, Ruff Sqwads first mixtape, Guns and Roses Volume. 1, was released. It was released in March 2005 on the independent record label Ruff Sqwad Recordings, and was very well received by the grime scene. It has been ranked amongst the best full-length studio albums of all time to come from the grime scene. The album was the first of a three-part album series.
Ruff Sqwad's second mixtape, Guns and Roses Volume. 2, was released in October, 2006. It was released on the independent record label Ruff Sqwad Recordings, and was very well received by the grime scene. Along with their debut album, Guns and Roses Volume. 1, it has also been ranked amongst the best full-length studio albums of all time to come from the grime scene. During this period Ruff Sqwad performed regularly at live events including the very first Dirty Canvas night put on by NoHatsNoHoods.
Following the solo success of Tinchy Stryder and other crew members Ruff Sqwad became less active as a group. In 2011 the crew recorded a single called Mario Balotelli. In 2012 Rapid and Dirty Danger collaborated with NoHatsNoHoods to recover recordings previously thought to be lost of some of the groups early instrumentals which led to the release of a compilation album called White Label Classics. The group has been on hiatus since releasing Cold in 2013.
Tinchy Stryder (Real name: Kwasi Danquah III, born 14 September 1986), has been a member of the Ruff Sqwad since 2001. He is the best known member of the group having had much mainstream success with his solo material. Stryder has been prominent in the grime scene since the early 2000s and was a member of Roll Deep crew for a short period of time early in his career. His solo discography includes three albums and two UK number 1 singles.
Slix (born 1982), is a grime MC and producer, and was a founding member of Ruff Sqwad. He is the cousin of Dizzee Rascal. He has released two solo mixtapes entitled "Down Volume 1" and "Down Volume 2".
Dirty Danger (David Nkrumah, born 1984 and formerly known as Dirty Dangerous) is a grime MC and producer and founding member of Ruff Sqwad. Dirty Danger is one of the more active producers in the crew his best known track is Misty Cold. He produced various tracks for Tinchy Stryder's debut album “Star in the Hood”, as well as Ruff Sqwads two Guns and Roses Mixtapes. He has been involved with the Ruff Sqwad movement from the onset and is a well-known artist within the grime scene. He has released two solo mixtapes I Ain't Rich Yet and Danger Season
Rapid (Prince Owusu-Agyekum born November 8, 1985), is a grime musician and producer and founding member of Ruff Sqwad. Prince Rapid is one of the more active producers in the crew and is considered one of the best producers in the grime scene. He produced the groups first underground single Tings in Boots". He has various solo releases including Turning Point and Rapid Fire.
Sir Spyro (born 1986), is a DJ and producer. Sir Spyro is the current DJ for Ruff Sqwad and is the tour DJ for Tinchy Stryder, he formally joined the group in 2011. Spyro has a regular show on Rinse FM and has released numerous solo EPs.
Ruff Sqwad was founded in the year 2001 by Shifty Rydos, the original lineup also included Tinchy Stryder, Slix, Dirty Danger, Rapid, DJ Begg and Mad Max. Frequent collaborators with the crew included XTC, Roachee, Wiley and Trim. DJ Scholar became a member of Ruff Sqwad in 2004 and remained in the crew until 2010. Fuda Guy joined the crew in 2006 and released a solo mixtape while in the group called Headgone before leaving the group in 2012.
- Tinchy Stryder (2001–Present)
- Slix (2001–Present)
- Dirty Danger (2001–Present)
- Rapid (2001–Present)
- Sir Spyro (2011–Present)
- DJ Begg (2001-????)
- Mad Max (2001–2006)
- Shifty Rydos (2001–2010)
- DJ Scholar (2004–2010)
- Fuda Guy (2006–2010)
|Guns and Roses Volume. 1||
|Guns and Roses Volume. 2||
|Personal Bliss Inducers||
|White Label Classics||
|"Anna/Down"||2004||Brandon "Maniac" Jolie|||
(Tinchy Stryder with Ruff Sqwad)
|"Walking U Home"||2008||Jak "FrSH" O'Hare &
Brandon "Maniac" Jolie
|"I Wanna Let U Know"
(with various Grime artists)
|2009||Jak "FrSH" O'Hare|
|"Tryna Be Me"
(Tinchy Stryder with Ruff Sqwad)
|"On My Own"
(Blame with Ruff Sqwad)
|"Champions"||Jak "FrSH" O'Hare|
|"This Side"||2011||Craig Capone|
|"Las Vegas"||Luke Monaghan|
|"Mario Balotelli"||2012||Luke Monaghan & James Barber|||
White label releases
- Misty Cold
- Misty Cold Remix
- Tings In Boots
- Lethal Injection
- Love You Feel
- Pied Piper
- All Day Long
- Don't Trust/Ur Love Feels
- Together EP
- Underground/Wide Awake
- Xtra/And Ting
- Move 2 Dis
- No Base EP
- Rock EP
- From A Place
- Ruff Sqwad Man Dem
- TINCHY STRYDER GOES BACK TO GRIME!?. MTV. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- Ruff Sqwad Boiler Room SEE YOUTUBE
- The Jam Session with Tinchy Stryder. BBC. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- Tinchy Stryder the interview. MTV. Retrieved 14 August 2011
- Ruff Sqwad - Guns and Roses Volume. 1 - UK Record Shop. www.ukrecordshop.com.
- Ruff Sqwad ON The Rise. dropoutuk.com. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
- "Ruff Sqwad - Grimpedia". Grimepedia. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- "Sir Spyro - July 2011 Mix". pitchcontrollers.blogspot.com. July 7, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
- Ruff Sqwad - Mario Balotelli - YouTube
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