From Chelmsford, Essex, England, Cut To Kill were among the earliest UK rap groups. Established in the mid-80s, they comprised DJ 4 Tune and rapper Vision. The duo met in 1986 in their home town. Vision had grown up with electro rap and old school DJs such as Grandmaster Flash, while 4 Tune’s background was in ‘rare groove’. The latter influence resulted in samples such as Bill Coday’s ‘Get Your Life Straight’ being deployed throughout their early material. They signed to the independent label Tam Tam Records (whose other artists included Silver Bullet), having been investigated on the basis of a four-track demo which circulated throughout London in 1985. Their debut single was the double a-side ‘Talking Facts’/‘Listen To The Bass Tone’, the b-side produced by part-time member DJ Fame (actually Liam Howlett, later of the Prodigy). However, in common with Silver Bullet they never fulfilled their potential, though ‘Talking Facts’ remains widely regarded as an important staging post in the development of UK rap and hip-hop.
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