If you don't know who Foreign Beggars are then where have you been for the last decade. They are a critically acclaimed rap, grime and dubstep group from London and they are made up of MCs Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis, producer Dag Nabbit and DJ Nonames.
Foreign Beggars have had an abundance of release over the last 10 years and some of their more recent releases include collaborations with Alix Perez and Skrillex. Their latest track hit the TID shelves a couple of weeks ago and features vocals from Donae'o. TID managed to get this busy bunch in our guest reviewer hot seat to find out more about what they've been working on lately...
Firstly thank you taking the time out to speak with us. Apart from being hard at work on the forthcoming ‘The Uprising ‘ LP what else have you been up to?
Touring Europe extensively, making plans to do a good thing in the States, fetish water sports and zumba skiing.
‘Palm Of My Hand’ is the first taster from the LP, which is a serious tune. It’s not as hard and heavy as some of the previous dubstep and dance tracks you’ve put out. What’s the general concept behind this LP?
I don’t know if there is a general concept behind the album, the record shows a lot of our influences especially with the kind of production we’ve gone for.
As a group, we are influenced by many different styles of music and we wanted the record to reflect that and also some of the great talent there is in the production world.
You’ve also been working with Alix Perez and Donae’o on ‘Flying To Mars’, which again is a BIG tune. Who else can we expect to hear on the LP?
We have production from Knife Party, Alix Perez as you mentioned, Salva and Nasty Nasty, Kid Kanevil, Millions Like Us, Burns and Blue Daisy.
Vocals wise there’s not so many features on this, apart from Donaeo and Diablo.
You’ve dominated the UK Hip Hop scene and your doing the same in the dance scene. I’ve seen Orifice tear up a DnB set so he’s obviously has an appetite for dance music but as a group what made you make the transition into dance music?
Orifice has been rhyming to drum and bass since 97-98. We’ve always been open minded about making music and we always took it as a challenge to lend our hip hop skills to whatever genre in question. We’d been messing with dubstep since 2004 when we collaborated with Vex’d, so the signs have always been there.
We consider ourselves a rap outfit who flow on all types of electronic music, not just dubstep and dnb in particular.
Have you got any hot tips for the aspiring lyricists, DJs and producers out there?
Work hard, be original, be honest with yourself and always aspire to improve and excel.
Is there anyone hot in your headphones at the moment that TID should be listening out for?
2 Inch Punch, Arp 101, Boddika, Maceo Plex, Big Narstie, Schoolboy Q, TNGHT, UZ Balltrap Music, Riff Raff, and Danny Brown,
The festival season is upon us, I imagine you guys have got a busy summer ahead of you. What festivals are you hitting this year and what are the essentials that you always need to take?
SW4, Dour Festival, Amsterdam Bass, Garorock, Creamfields, Redfest, Mi Fest, a whole bunch of festivals in Europe.
The only essential we need to take is a tour manager to control our madness.
A part from the release of your new LP and your busy summer, what else have the Foreign Beggars got lined up this year?
Just keeping busy, got a bunch of collabs coming out including one with Trolley Snatcha, which is going to be huge. Also getting in the studio a lot and working on some more rap music.
A big thank you to the guys for speaking with us.
Foreign Beggars Track Recommendations
Some sick remixes for this available too but the original is still our fav. Deep and heavy 140 biz.
Two of the most talented producers on the planet - cant go wrong.
We're playing this in our live show atm, pure energy.
Anything this dude touches is a classic.
This lot have been putting in the work for years and it shows.... they are some of a small number of MCs that really understand grime and dustup and hip hop music.
Bass Nectars new album is his finest in my opinion.. some v hard music on there dubstep to dnb.
Oh my gawsh someone make Danny Brown president, and Flosstradamus the foreign secretaries.
Top top producer from the west coast, his new remix of Mercy is my fav tune at the moment. He's produced 'Crep Hype' off the new album.
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