Music of Life

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The red, the black and the white.

Thirty seconds or Five minutes? If you’re going to talk about the golden age of UK Rap, say 1987 through 1993, how long before you have to mention Music of Life Records? Pretty quickly. Quite simply, this label helped define an era of unparalleled creativity and optimism for UK Rap. Sometimes militant, sometimes ragga; always rough! Run by two unassuming yet passionate characters - The Harris and The France - more often than not they got things right. So whether in 1988 you were in Groove Records in Soho, or Our Price Records in Southend, Music of Life probably had more UK rap records than any other label in those racks. And their records were selling from those racks.
What made this record label great then? I’ll tell you what: a record that defined 4 minutes of your life, affected your attitude and inspired you. And now some 25 years later, that same record can provoke the same feeling, returning a glimpse into ‘that’ past and for a lot of us, that’s priceless.
By early 87, a new breed of UK rap acts were distancing themselves from the Kangol/fat lace American exported hip hop model that had been cultivated in the UK since 1984. Things were getting more serious and UK rap needed a platform; Music of Life became that platform. Simon Harris shrewdly signed an increasing roster of talent, not only embracing UK Rap but as well, cultivating a distinctly British reggae vibe, to be precise: Raggamuffin.

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