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Ruthless Rap Assassins

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The Ruthless Rap Assassins were a hip hop group from Hulme in Manchester, England. The group was formed by MC Kermit La Freak (later simply Kermit - real name Paul Leveridge) and brothers Dangerous Hinds (real name Anderson Hinds) and Dangerous C (real name Carson Hinds).
Kermit grew up in Moss Side, Manchester - where he leant to play violin at the age of 6 - and was briefly a DJ under the name of “DJ la Freak” whilst doing a psychology degree at Manchester Polytechnic. He joined the breakdance crew Broken Glass, who moved into making records with “Style of the Street” following a meeting with Manchester DJ and producer Greg Wilson. The song was recorded for the Street Sounds Electro UK (Street Sounds, 1984) album, but the label owner Morgan Khan was so impressed with their work that he persuaded them to record more tunes for the album. In order to give the impression of a thriving British hip hop scene, the songs were recorded under a variety of aliases: in truth, of the seven tracks on the album, only one was not recorded by Broken Glass.

Kermit met the Hinds brothers - at the time calling themselves the Dangerous 2 - and together they decided to form the Assassins, with Greg Wilson staying with them as a producer. Their first release was the single “We Don’t Kare” (Murdertone, 1987), which had as a B-side a song by Kiss AMC - an all-female Manchester rap group that featured Christine “Kiss” Leveridge, Kermit’s sister. They followed this with two singles entirely of their own, “The Meltdown Session” (Murdertone, 1988) and “The Drone Session EP” (Murdertone, 1989) - in between which, Dangerous C performed a rap for a B-side remix of Kym Mazelle’s “Useless (I Don’t Need You Now)” (Syncopate, 1988).

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  • Murdergram

    It really has. What a genuine forgotten gem.

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jake74

    This shit has aged so well. Love The Killer Album.

    30 Sep 2008 Reply