Born 2 B
Hip Hop, Jazz, Rap, Reggae, RnB
Greenwich, Greater London, England
Born 2 B
When one thinks of the U.K. and music, their minds wander either to The Beatles whose invasion took over the world in the ’60s, or it can head towards the punk rock that emerged in the late ’70s and bled through into the ’80s. Rarely does one picture Hip-Hop, but it’s there and it’s there in part thanks to Born 2 B. He will be forever celebrated as a leader of the British Hip-Hop scene that sparked up in the ’90s after he dropped “The Band Played The Boogie” by NW1 featuring Born 2 B on Ninja Tune Records.
Of course he’d started way before that playing his first show in London in ’87, and being featured on Invision’s 1990 track, “Moments In Love”. It was that first release though, “The Band Played The Boogie” that really set the pace for what was to come in his career. Fast forward to today and he’s putting the final touches on his February 2018 release, Original Olde English.
“Original Olde English” began as Born 2 B’s first solo venture back in late 2016. A year later he’s ready to introduce the world to the album’s lead single, “Musical Evolution,” which will be available Summer 2017. This is an extension of his work on Ninja Tune Records with NW1 aka Us3 (“Cantaloupe Flip Fantazia” fame). Away from the watered down commerciality of what Us3 were to become, Born 2 B has stayed true to the aim of creating a smooth, organic blend of Hip-Hop, Jazz and Drum & Bass. People will say he’s just stepping on the toes of someone like Eminem, but Born 2 B was on the scene long before the Detroit Rapper ever asked about his name.
Born 2 B notes, “I was one of the first white rappers on the UK hip hop scene at a time long before Eminem, 3rd Bass and House Of Pain, although the Beastie Boys were about and were a big influence on me. I am a product of my environment and I write my lyrics to report what I am seeing around me, reporting what life is like in the suburbs of London, UK. Musically, I have absorbed all of my musical influences throughout my life and in Hip-Hop fashion, represent them in my own unique way. Lyrically, I feel there are important life messages that need to be heard by the public, however I try to approach dark subjects in a comical way where possible with a moral to the story.”
Inspired originally by The Beatles when it came to creativity, Born 2 B got the itch to rap after hearing LL Cool J. Taking both of those artists to heart, Born 2 B started to craft his own style that eventually evolved over time. He’s a storyteller at the end of the day and has been rhyming his tales since the start. From his very first single through “Musical Evolution”. A song he says is “a reflection of popular music history, the legends that forged the way to where we are today and ponders the question of where we are heading next, what is the next big scene.”
Born 2 B has performed throughout London since he started out and most recently took the stage at Club 225 in Catford, SE London in February 2017. From here on out he’ll be focusing on fine tuning Original Olde English for its 2018 drop date, and pushing “Musical Evolution” in late Summer 2017.
BORN 2 B is a Rapper/Producer/Songwriter who proved himself as a prime mover on the British Hip Hop scene in the Nineties with his release ‘The Band Played The Boogie’ on which he featured with NW1 for Coldcut’s NINJA TUNE RECORDS. With exceptional sales in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, plus mass coverage from MTV, Radio One and Kiss FM, BORN 2 B has become a recognised member of the U.K. Rap fraternity.
It all started back in Woolwich (SE London), when a very young Born 2 B joined sound system Xenaxel 305 and along with fellow Rappers Merlin and Blade, started his career in rhyme. He collaborated with production team Invision headed by Peter Hinds (Light of the World, Incognito) on the his debut release “Moments in Love” and also featured on the She Project’s Technofusion (SHE Records 1990).
Working alongside Blue Note/EMI Us3 founder members Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson, the trio released their Jazz-Rap single on Ninja Tune Records entitled “The Band Played The Boogie”. This lead to a Kiss FM promotional tour and extensive TV and press coverage. In the mid-nineties, “The Band Played The Boogie” was released in America on the compilation album ‘Acid Jazz Volume 3’ on Instinct Records.
BORN 2 B first had success after achieving a place at the Semi-Finals of the Sleeping Bag Records UK Rap Championship, representing London in the Manchester Heats at the famous Hacienda Club.
He collaborated with production team Invision headed by Peter Hinds (Light of the World, Incognito) on his debut release “Moments in Love” and also featured on the She Project’s Technofusion 2 album (SHE Records 1990).
1992 released ‘The Band Played The Boogie’ on Coldcut’s NINJA TUNE RECORDS. Working alongside Blue Note/EMI Us3 founder members Geoff Wilkinson and Mel Simpson, the trio released their Jazz-Rap single on Ninja Tune Records entitled “The Band Played The Boogie” by NW1 and Born 2 B. This led to a Kiss FM promotional tour and extensive TV and press coverage. With exceptional sales in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, plus mass coverage from MTV, Radio One and Kiss FM, BORN 2 B has become a recognised member of the U.K. Rap fraternity.
Performed shows at Insomnia, The Wag Club, The Jazz Cafe, Brain Club, JFK Bar, The Orange Kensington, The Starlight Club (London, UK), The Hacienda (Manchester, UK).
Worked with top female Turkish Pop vocalist, Rüya Ersavcı on her single ‘Turkish Delight’ which also featured on her 1993 album “Izle Beni” on Muzikotek Records.
Born 2 B also performed in concert with Rüya in December 1992 at Juliana’s in Istanbul.
Worked with producer Steve Duberry on the theme tune “Kings Of The Ring” for video release ‘All Star American Wrestling’ and the ‘Big Hits ‘92’ compilation album (Hit Records/Chrysalis/EMI).
1993 saw the re-release of “The Band Played The Boogie” on Ninja Tune Records.
In the mid-nineties, “The Band Played The Boogie” was released in America on the compilation album ‘Acid Jazz Volume 3’, becoming a huge club hit in New York.
Produced the ‘Rap Archives Legends’ CD Compilation series.
Released his first solo single entitled ‘Can We Start Over’ on Century Vista Records (USA). A follow-up single was released in February 1998, ‘Gettin’ Blue’ / ‘I’d Like To!’.
Signed an advertising and marketing contract for his Hustlerz, Inc. Website with Loud Record’s AKA.COM Music Network after being voted in the top ten of the Top 50 Hip Hop Website’s in the World.
Set up his own production studio, producing and releasing a variety of albums and singles by various artists including The Urbanflash Collective featuring Adz and Sho Shallow.
Released various singles including “2 Live Another Day”/“U Don’t Know” in 2010 on Altered Ego/Pickwick and “The Return Of The Boogie” by DJ Dax Vs Born 2 B in 2011 on Hustlerz Inc Recordings.
Born 2 B Discography
1990 “Moments In Love” by Invision featuring Born 2 B, 12″ Single, SHE Records (UK)
1990 “Moments In Love” by Invision featuring Born 2 B, 12″ Single, ZYX Records (Germany)
1991 “Aquarian House” by The SHE Project featuring Born 2 B, SHE Records (UK)
1991 “Turkish Delight” by Rüya Ersavcı, Guest Rapper: Born 2 B, Muzikotek Records (Turkey)
1992 “The Band Played The Boogie” by NW1 featuring Born 2 B, Ninja Tune Records (UK)
1992 “Kings Of The Ring” by Steve Duberry featuring Born 2 B, theme tune to the video release “All Star American Wrestling”, Chrysalis Video.
1992 “Kings Of The Ring” by Steve Duberry featuring Born 2 B featured on the “BIG! Dance Hits ’92” Compilation album, The Hit Label/Chrysalis Group/EMI.
1993 “Turkish Delight” released on the album “Izle Beni” by Rüya Ersavcı, Muzikotek Records (Turkey).
1994 “The Band Played The Boogie” by NW1 featuring Born 2 B featured on the compilation album ‘Acid Jazz Volume 3’, Instinct Records (USA).
1995 “The Band Played The Boogie” by NW1 featuring Born 2 B featured on the compilation album “Street Soul 2”, Sony Entertainment (Germany).
1997 “Live On Energy Radio” by Born 2 B featuring Vee Dub featured on the compilation album “Massive Sounds Of Rap Archives Legends”, Mo’s Music Machine Ltd (UK).
1997 “The Band Played The Boogie” / “Can We Start Over” Double A side 12″ single, Century Vista Records International (USA).
1998 “Gettin’ Blue ” / “I’d Like To!” Double A side 12″ single, Century Vista Records International (USA).
2000 “London’s Burning” Compilation album by Hustlerz Inc, featuring “Gotta Get Away” by Born 2 B and “I Am Your Lady” by Marlene Quest featuring Born 2 B, One Source Entertainment Inc (USA).
2007 “The Return Of The Boogie” EP by DJ Dax Vs Born 2 B, Hustlerz Inc Recordings (UK).
2010 “2 Live Another Day” / “UK Don’t Know” Double A side CD & Download Single by Born 2 B, Hustlerz Inc Recordings / Altered Ego / Pickwick Music Group (UK).
2011 – 2014, re-release of back catalogue on Hustlerz Inc Recordings Ltd.
2017 Forthcoming Single by Born 2 B entitled “Musical Evolution” on CD, Download and Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl in Sept 2017 on Hustlerz Inc Recordings Ltd, followed by debut album Feb 2018.