It’s been practically a month since MC Skibadee, a founding member of the jungle and drum & bass genres and nonetheless probably the most acknowledged MCs on the planet, handed away all of a sudden. The information was damaged by his daughter on Fb on February 27 and the D&B neighborhood has been in a little bit of a shock state ever since.
Maybe simply as a lot as his circle of relatives, Skiba’s pals and colleagues on the earth of D&B have been hit particularly laborious with the information of his passing. His comrades in bounce up supergroup SASASAS, for instance, at the moment are mourning the lack of their second MC in simply 4 years, after MC Stormin handed of sickle cell anemia, additionally in February in 2018. By way of his grief, fellow group member and good friend of just about 30 years DJ Phantasy managed to share some ideas with Your EDM:
What I might say about Skiba might fill an encyclopedia however what certainly one of fundamental issues I cherished about him was his humble perspective, the way in which he embraced everybody he met. In case you had been an enormous artist or a brand new artist making an attempt to make your method on this music enterprise, he confirmed everybody the identical love. He cherished the ravers, the individuals who got here to hearken to him, hearken to jungle / drum & bass. He at all times wished a photograph with the ravers. He began the “Cash Shot” – that image you now see artists doing everywhere in the world – he began that, together with everybody in the whole lot he did.
A real legend, an inspiration, an icon, there’ll by no means be one other like him. I’m so blessed to have labored with him so carefully for therefore lengthy and to have been capable of go everywhere in the world with him creating so many unbelievable reminiscences. We’ll do the whole lot we will to verify his legacy lives on.
Different colleagues and pals are simply as devastated, from each style and interval of drum & bass. We caught up with Viper label boss Futurebound, and he had this to say:
Skibba impressed so many generations of youth within the UK & past to develop into MC’s, Producers or to fall in love with D&B tradition. An inch good entertainer who lit up the dance every time.
From the second he burst onto the scene within the 90s proper via to current day, he was the right instance for a way any artist can obtain longevity within the trade. One of many hardest working artists, at all times striving to be higher on the craft he owned.
It was an absolute honor to launch a single with him on Viper & above all else I’m so glad I had the prospect to really hang around with him over time. An actual enjoyable character who made everybody round him really feel welcome & glad.
Gone far too early, relaxation properly Don there’s a void in our scene that may’t get replaced.
RIP Skib, The G.O.A.T…YNWA x
MC Coppa mirrored these sentiments from an MC’s perspective:
He was your favourite MC´s MC Icon. The man or woman you seemed as much as as a legend, seemed as much as Skiba as a legend. On high of all this accolade and adulation, amazingly he remained the salt of the earth. Pretty human being, legend and large inspiration to me and a complete technology after which some. Actual pleasure to know you Alphonso, share a stage and fun in addition to being an enormous a part of my younger life, rising up listening to drum & bass and being the explanation why I used to be drawn to it so deeply.
Miss you my man, thanks for actually the whole lot.
One other modern, DJ Rap, merely stated this via a variety of tears on the day he handed, reflecting the feelings of followers and pals alike:
At the moment we misplaced too quickly one other brilliant mild from our scene. Skiba, might your voice be as loud in heaven because it was on earth.
Try a wonderful Rap set that includes Skibadee right here.
Inperspective Data, Eloisa and Black Junglist Alliance boss Chris Inperspective thought in regards to the legacy MC Skibadee shall be leaving, which is without doubt one of the greatest sentiments for followers and music lovers:
As with each nice artist leaving us, the enjoyment we have now left is Skiba’s artwork. We should always always remember that. Their artwork is what retains them in our hearts. RIP, Skiba.
Whereas household and pals are nonetheless grieving, followers and the prolonged music and humanities neighborhood are ensuring Skiba’s mild remains to be burning brilliant with art work and occasions everywhere in the UK. A mural portray vigil introduced followers collectively in each Birmingham and Bristol over the weekend whereas SASASAS devoted their huge Rampage set to their fallen brother.
— MC SHABBAD 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (@shabbadan) March 20, 2022
The tributes maintain coming with Harriet Jaxxon dedicating her RinseFM present tonight to a few of Skiba’s greatest units at 10 PM GMT (5 PM EST, 2 PM PST within the US). Hyperlink right here to hear and it’ll possible be on YouTube later within the week for many who can’t catch it dwell.
In fact it wouldn’t be actual tribute if there wasn’t an enormous, blowout celebration in Skib’s honor in his hometown of London. On Saturday, April 23, Cloth will throw a day celebration for the legendary MC for these in London.
For every other official information about Skibadee and occasions round his reminiscence, his daughter Asia is operating his Fb web page now. The household haven’t launched particulars of his reason behind loss of life and have requested for privateness within the matter. For these desirous to donate to his household for funeral and authorized bills, a GoFundMe has been arrange. Click on right here for extra particulars.
Skiba shall be missed however his work lives on.
Featured picture photograph and artwork cred: Mick Mowgli