b. Shorn Braithwaite. Eco-conscious UK rapper who allied his intelligent, highly wordy raps to a jazz/soul/funk mélange which was characterised beyond anything else by its cool, restrained vibe. He debuted for Manchester independent Play Hard with the 12-inch only ‘Slaphead’ in May 1988, following it with ‘How Sleep The Brave’ and ‘The Sequel’ the following year. It was enough to procure a recording contract from Polydor Records, who released his ironically titled debut album in 1991. However, a series of singles, ‘The Last Tree’, ‘Never Change’ (delayed due to problems in obtaining clearance on a sample from Bruce Hornsby’s ‘That’s Just The Way It Is’) and ‘Don’t Have The Time’ during that period failed to break him, as he became yet another UK hip-hop under-achiever. He made a comeback in 1993 by providing the vocal to Lionrock’s ‘Pocket Of Peace’.
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