Madman the Greatest

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Madman the Greatest
Endurance Outtake shot. Taken in 2013
BirthplaceBirmingham, UK
Genre(s)Alternative Hip hop, UK Hip Hop; RnB, Electronic House, Dancehall, UK Garage
LabelPlayaz Cliq Recordings
Associates
Artist(s)Mr FX; Ruff MP; Alta Egoz X; Em a Dizzle; M Giggy; Cecil Foster; DJ Paul Miles;

Madman the Greatest is a British Hip hop recording artist and music producer from Birmingham who has gained notoriety for his underground remixes of classic records including titles by Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, which have polarised his reputation.[1] He is the founder of Playaz Cliq Recordings, the label responsible for his original releases.[2] Under his GR8-1 Music Lab production camp, he is also responsible for the mastering and engineering of all the label's recordings.

History[edit]

The artist began his releases with a compilation album called The Birth which has been quoted to go gold in Japan during 1998.[3] Due his naivety, this has never been charted or documented by royalties societies. An article by Street Cred Magazine in 1999 made this public knowledge, which propelled his reputation as an artist. Since then, many of Madman the Greatest’s written appearances came from UK Magazine, Hip hop connection[4] written by Mike Lewis. One of the quotes which established his reputation was "...If the UK had an equivalent to Flip Mode, Madman would be Busta Rhymes. If M.O.P had a UK franchise, Madman would operate it. Get the picture?..."[5]

The producer has been quoted for his energetic sound of "....Orchestral Stabs, rough beats and laser effect back in-yer –face lyrics". He often works as main composer for artists including fellow rhyming partners, Mr FX and Ruff MP, his character voices, DJ Zimm Zimmah and Alta Egoz X and under his EDM pseudonym, M Giggy. One of his quoted works is with Stars in their eyes finalist Cecil Foster who impersonated Luther Vandross on the show. Soon afterwards he and Madman the Greatest began recording together, producing their first single, Fe Fi Fo[6] and a 12 track album called About time.

Madman the Greatest’s reputation has expanded onto the internet file sharing sites where some of his remixes (or Dubplates) have flourished. Most notable is his remix of Michael Jackson’s The way you make me feel which polarized opinions with listeners describing it as the "..one of the best remixes to hit the industry in ten years"[7] R U Crazy, which appears on a free mixtape called The UK Invasion was featured in the soap opera EastEnders on the 18 October 2013 [8]

There is an official streaming station dedicated to Madman the Greatest and his musical associates entitled The Codename is Black[9] which is broadcasting 24/7 of all the artists works. According to the Playaz Cliq Website, it airs a variety of genres including Urban Contemporary, Hip hop, Dance and Instrumentals.

Official Discography[edit]

  • Madman the Greatest - ICYMI (Part 1) [2018] [10]
  • Madman the Greatest - ICYMI (Part 2) [2018] [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2008/09/05/artsfest08_hiphop_feature.shtml Created: 05/09/2008
  2. ^ About Playaz Cliq Recordings http://playazcliq.com/index.php/about-us Created date unknown
  3. ^ Madman the Greatest Bio "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2015-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Lewis, Mike in Homestyle Section, Hip hop connection Issues: #168; #171; #174 & #178
  5. ^ Lewis, Mike. Originally printed in Homestyle section of Hip hop connection. Issue Unknown http://playazcliq.com/index.php/achievements/21-madman-the-greatest-hip-hop-connection-article-2003 ref picture: #hiphopconnectionarticle2.
  6. ^ Young, Graham http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0100localnews/2003/06/23/silver-lining-50002-13100859/ Created 23/06/2003
  7. ^ BBC UK http://www.bbc.co.uk/birmingham/content/articles/2008/09/05/artsfest08_hiphop_feature.shtml Created 05/09/2008
  8. ^ BBC UK http://playazcliq.com/index.php/achievements/16-madman-the-greatest-r-u-crazy-eastenders-playlist-2014 Created 18/10/2103
  9. ^ The Codename is Black Tunein page https://tunein.com/radio/The-Codename-is-Black-s294791/
  10. ^ iTunes Release Page for ICYMI (Part 1) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/icymi-pt-i/1276236676
  11. ^ iTunes Release Page for ICYMI (Part 2) https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/icymi-pt-2/1341462382

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