Sunday, 6 July 2008
Who Is Barnsley Bill?
Well, Barnsley Bill, could be the man responsible for the first ever British Rap record! This 1981 12" single 'Freewheeling Rap', as far as I know, pre-dates any other U.K. 'Rap' record released, and what's more, this is his second outing on vinyl. Although I don't actually own it (I'd love to at least hear it), 'Barnsley Rap' features the catalogue number - NAG X 121, and so, more than likely, came before this release - possibly in 1980. Signed to the obscure independent label, 'Mother-In-Law-Records', Bill took a stand against the common mimicking of his U.S. counterparts, choosing to deliver hard raps in his native Northern accent. In fact, Bill is so 'hard', he can "fold a newspaper", "drive 75,000 miles a year" and even "eat THREE Weetabix"!!! Produced by Ronnie Bossanova, and backed by The Daves International who supply the heavy funk riff, (borrowed from Banbarra's classic 'Shack Up') Bill delivers potent rhymes with an intricate flow that obviously influenced the likes of future Rap heroes, the G.O.D. Rakim-Allah, Nas, and Ghostface Killah, etc...
As the label states - "If It Ain't 'Mother-In-Law' It Ain't Worth A Stiff". And that's word to big bird!
Barnsley Bill 'Freewheeling Rap' (1981 'Mother-In-Law-Records' U.K. 12")