As one of the first groups to rap in their natural accents – in an era when most British rappers were adopting fake American accents to emulate the hip hop music they were listening to – the Demon Boyz created a stir, and laid the foundations for the creation of a truly original UK scene. Three singles and the landmark album Recognition (Music of Life, 1989)& heavily featured on music of Life's album "Hustlers Convention" considered by many to be rap's first ever live album followed, and the success of the former brought the group to the attention of Island Records’ subsidiary Mango Records. The group moved to the label, releasing the single "International Karate" (Mango, 1990) to high acclaim. However, Island closed their subsidiary soon afterwards, and the group found themselves without a record deal. Going back to their roots, they joined Tribal Bass, the record company run by their old friend Rebel MC. Feeling much more at home, the group released two more singles and their second album, Original Guidance (The Second Chapter) (Tribal Bass, 1992).
The album was well received within the scene, earning an even higher regard than their first release, but shortly afterwards the group split. Mike J reappeared later on, under the name Million Dan guesting on the single "High Grade" (Knowledge and Wisdom Records, 2001) by Knowledge and Wisdom, and then with the single "No Replica" (Against the Grain, 2003) and working with DJ Skitz on "Dogz and Sledgez" from the album Homegrown (Vol 1) (React, 2004). He continues to record, although his forthcoming album Spektrum has been delayed. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more