Spring 1988 was a time of seismic change in UK hip-hop: the first wave of acts such as Family Quest and Junior Gee had finally passed the baton onto a new hungry generation. One label was at the forefront of this revolution – Simon Harris’ mighty Music Of Life. Having scored worldwide acclaim through Derek B, the label focused on a bevy of hardcore acts, from Hijack to the Demon Boyz, and quickly dominated Brit-hop.
Also on the roster was East London B-boy, MC Duke. Having paid his dues as a notorious breakdancer in the early years, Duke instantly set the scene alight with his debut single Free. This was quickly followed up with Miracles, before Duke unleashed his defining work, I’m Riffin. The single was a stunning example of the period and perfectly paved the way for this long-player.
Fast-forward to 2010 and Original Dope have once again put together a superb package. Not only do you get the original LP tracks, but lots of extra goodies are included. As well as Duke’s first recording, Jus-Dis, there are B-sides, a freestyle and some new exclusive tracks. All in all then, a perfect introduction to the man they call Duke.