Shabazz Baidoo

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Shabazz Baidoo
Personal information
Full name Shabazz Kwame Kussie Baidoo[1]
Date of birth (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Queens Park Rangers 28 (3)
2007 Gillingham (loan) 0 (0)
2008 Dagenham & Redbridge 3 (0)
2008 Lewes 5 (0)
2008–2010 Croydon Athletic
2010 Bishop's Stortford
2010–2012 Croydon Athletic
2012 Wealdstone 7 (1)
2013– Biggleswade Town
National team
2003 England U16 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:12, 5 August 2015 (UTC).

Shabazz Kwame Kussie Baidoo (born 13 April 1988) is an English professional footballer of Ghanaian and Montserratian descent, who plays for Biggleswade Town in the Southern League Premier Division.

Football career[edit]

Born in Hackney, as a youngster, Baidoo was on Arsenal's books. However, Arsenal released him and he had a trial at Norwich City before signing for Queens Park Rangers and Dagenham & Redbridge.[2]

Baidoo burst onto the scenes rather prematurely, during an injury crisis for Ian Holloway's team towards the end of the 2004/05 season. He made his debut aged just 16. The following two seasons saw Baidoo feature slightly more regularly, scoring four goals and making numerous substitute appearances and a few starts. However, since John Gregory became manager, Baidoo had been used sparingly and out of position, on the wing. He was used even less frequently under Gary Waddock, Mick Harford and Luigi De Canio. Baidoo went on loan to Gillingham in December 2007, but failed to make an appearance for the club, returning to Loftus Road in the New Year.[3]

On 17 January 2008, Baidoo's contract was terminated by mutual consent by QPR. On the same day he joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a deal that lasted until the end of the 2007–08 season. During this spell he took the chance to work on his developing music career, as "MC Terminator". In September 2008 he joined Conference club Lewes on a monthly contract.[4] Released after one month,[5] in October 2008 he moved to Croydon Athletic.[6]

He is currently playing for Biggleswade Town.[7]

Musical career[edit]

As well as his career as a professional footballer, Baidoo has a music career under his performing name "MC Terminator", otherwise known as "T" or the "Darkside Pioneer". According to his GrimeForum page,[8] Baidoo's musical career is secondary to his footballing and is a recreational activity.

Baidoo is said to have created his own musical subgenre within Grime known as "darkside" which predominantly involves a "sluggish flow" coupled with violent lyrics. Some of his musical techniques include rhyming words with themselves and holding one syllable for an extended amount of time to allow a bar to pass. Sometimes Baidoo will even make use of one word lines in his lyrics.[9][10]

He first grabbed the attention of the Grime scene in his F64 for SB.TV, where notable quotes include "I'll knife your Mum", "I'll knife man down to size", "I will knife man up" and "Krispy Kreme." He has also increased his profile by repeatedly adding the phrases "and it's T" and "T" in his lyrics to advertise himself.

In April 2012 an interview was published[11] in which Baidoo speaks of his return to Grime and the release of his mix tape titled 'Darkside Pioneer'. An EP named the 'Friday the 13th EP' has been released[12] and freely distributed. On 19 December 2013, Baidoo released his highly anticipated Darkside Pioneer album.


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