For those of you that haven’t already run into YT I can seriously recommend this dancehall artist from the UK. Check out his own recordlabel Sativa Records for more!
Here is my favorite YT tune: Mr Politician
“Mr Politician, stop playing games with our lives
I don’t know how you can sleep at night …
It is obvious to me what is your mission
You just sell their guns and ammunition
and now we have to face the consequences of your decision”
Check out his latest album Revolution time!!
(The info below is a cut out of a longer text from Pauzeradio.com)
“The suburbs of Ipswich aren’t exactly Trenchtown but they have produced YT. His latest album is called Born Inna Babylon….
The Suffolk town is not where you would expect to find the biggest thing in UK reggae, but YT – aka Mark Hull – is just the latest in a number of unlikely recent dancehall artists….
“I grew up with Digital [drum and bass producer] and his dad ran a sound system and so I knew all the tunes from there”, he said.
Growing up on a diet of Saxon sound tapes and practising the lyrics of 1980’s UK veteran deejays such as Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Asher Senator and Smiley Culture, as well as Jamaican artists like Papa San and Yellowman it gave the young Mark an education in reggae lyrics and how to flow over a beat.
Listening to all those veteran artists and sneaking into local dances and soundclashes, YT saw for himself how the reggae scene worked and appreciated the standard that you needed to have to take the microphone and not get booed off.
“That is really where I studied the lyrics and learnt how to tackle subjects and them times if you could chat lyrics from a Papa San or an Asher Senator song then that was real skills as they were some complicated lyrics! What they were talking about at that time really inspired me, the message of what they were saying – the whole life experience thing was deep and I had a lot to say on that level from my own life”
However his background meant he had to prove himself to sceptical new crowds. “No one ever really dissed me properly,” he insists, “apart from in a clash but you can’t take that seriously as that is what clashing is all about.
After performing at carnivals and early recordings at studios in Brixton, YT had decided that the best way to get his music out there was to produce it himself and he hooked up with another Ipswich producer, Nathaniel – known as NJC. Together they set up Sativa Records in 2003.
YT’s debut album, Straight Outta Britain, followed, including a string of hit singles including Wicked Act, a thought provoking account of 7/7 London bombings, and the dancehall chart topping England Story. The album won him the U.M.A. award for best UK Reggae Artist.
His follow-up, Born Inna Babylon, includes collaborations with the legendary Daddy Freddy, dub icon Zion Train and UK hip hop star Skinnyman.”
A lot of his music is on Spotify YT (available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, USA, France, Holland, Norway, United Kingdom, Finland and more coutries coming) for free and a small sum goes to the artist every time you listen.