M9 aka Melanin is one half of the Heresy and one third of Triple Darkness. Two of the most renounced conscious British hip hop crews. Strange Fruit is redemonstrating, reamplifying, and just plain reminding us that what makes these crews so strong and sure is that as individuals, each of them excel to another level. And they can all do their own thing and still carry it equally as strong.
Going back to Kool Herc’s Bloc Parties, many things have remained the same when it comes to DJs. Their new scratches and breaks mixes create new breaker moves, inspire new graff designs and provide a foundation for new styles of spitting. But, when we reach the end of the weak ones, the thing that really makes the DJ the king pin is that he’s often the coolest cat in the joint.
Hip hop has reached a stage where rappers, breakers and all other active members find themselves becoming increasingly labelled. The word rapper usually follows one of two prefixes - ‘gangster’ or ‘conscious’. Although few can truly fall entirely into one category.
Triple Darkness launched their first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Anathema’ at Herbal on the 4th of January 2008. Joining them on the night were a number of established and up and coming artists including Blak Twang, The IRS, Mr Drastick, DJ Vadim, Mr Thing, Pyrelli and Yungun.
Most up and coming crews around nowadays are more likely to cite T.I than Tragedy Kahdafi or Kanye West before Killah Priest as an influence, but then this isn’t most crews… Triple Darkness are the sum of two mighty parts, the first being The Heresy (Cyrus Malachi & Nasheron) and joining them to completing the trio M9ine, the underground wordsmith responsible for the one of the most gritty debut mixtapes, ‘High Fidelity’.