General Levy

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General Levy
Birth namePaul Scott Levy
Born (1971-04-28) 28 April 1971 (age 47)
Park Royal, London, England
GenresRagga, jungle
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1988 – present

General Levy (born Paul Scott Levy, 28 April 1971; Park Royal, London, England) is an English ragga deejay, regularly employed on studio tracks by drum and bass DJs. He is best known for the track "Incredible" which he recorded with M-Beat. A remixed version of this reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1994.[1]

Biography[edit]

General Levy was born in Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal, London on 28 April 1971. Levy's formative years were spent in Harlesden and Wembley in the London Borough of Brent in northwest London. Levy's musical influence was developed in the area, collecting dancehall tapes, beginning in 1981. At the age of 12, General Levy began writing lyrics and went onto form his first sound system two years later with his friends named Third Dimension.[2]

General Levy's first major releases were with the independent record label, Fashion Records, who signed a distribution deal with London Records for the re-releases of the tracks he had recorded. He had earlier releases with the record producers Lloydy Crucial and Robbo Ranx (later of BBC 1xtra), but these were mainly tracks that were hits on the underground dancehall scene. General Levy was ostracized by the UK jungle scene in 1994, due to comments he made relating to his collaboration with M-Beat on "Incredible".[3] He had claimed in an interview with The Face that "I run jungle at the moment". Many[who?] argued that certain artists were lambasted, while other artists are able to communicate their feelings without any backlash. "Incredible" was featured in the film Ali G Indahouse.

General Levy briefly collaborated with Rocco Barker of Flesh for Lulu in the band The Space Police. Levy also featured on the song "Only God Can Judge Me" by R&B singer Mark Morrison.

He collaborated with Madness singer Suggs on his 1998 album The Three Pyramids Club, on the track "Girl".

Levy featured on many sound systems in the late 1980s and early 1990s, such as Java One love and Tippertone Sound.{{}}

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Double Trouble (1991, Gussie P Records) – Capleton & General Levy
  • The Wickeder General (1992, Fashion Records)
  • Wickedness Increase (1993, FFRR/London)
  • Rumble in the Jungle Volume One (1994, Jungle Fashion Records) – Top Cat & General Levy
  • New Breed (1999, Arts Records)
  • Spirit & Faith (2008, BoombamMuzik)
  • We Progressive (feat The PSB Family) (2011, X-Ray Records)
  • In the Chamber of Dub (2012, Ariwa Sounds) – Joe Ariwa & General Levy
  • 4ward (2014) Dj Bonnot & General Levy
  • "Be Conscious and Wise" - General Levy & Joe Ariwa

Singles[edit]

  • "Monkey Man" (1993) – UK No. 75
  • "Incredible" (1994) – UK No. 39 †
  • "Incredible" (Remix) (1994) – UK No. 8 †
  • "Shake (What Ya Mama Gave Ya)" (2004) – UK No. 51 ‡
  • "Bring It On" (Dancehall Party Riddim) (2007) ¶
  • "Blaze the fire" (2012) – Danny Byrd feat. General Levy
  • "Pull Up" (2014) – Sticky feat. General Levy
  • "Move" (2017) - General Levy Ft. Toni Toolz

† Credited to M-Beat featuring General Levy
‡ Credited to General Levy vs Zeus featuring Bally Jagpal
¶ Credited as Ragga Meridional Crew
[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/m-beat%20featuring%20general%20levy/
  2. ^ "General Levy". Townlands Carnival. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Him only smoke cigarettes and strictly shag". Dilate.choonz.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
  4. ^ Robertson, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 224. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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