This is one of my favourite joints from the Unkillable Thunderchrist project. I was supposed to be doing that song about being gassed to see Prometheus (ha!), when someone sent me this insane and beautiful glimpse of the curtain momentarily slipping:
That’s Shep Smith, the Fox News anchor who’se overuse of foundation and mascara used to terrify me when I was out recording in New York and he’d come on the studio TV, usually pointing an accusatory finger at the audience and arching his Liz Taylor eyebrows menacingly – having an, um, moment of clarity. The perfect foundation for a hard as fuck rap song.
My buddy Aaron Shrimpton, who directed the TLE trilogy, had just been working with Newham Generals’ Footsie, and said he liked my videos. We were in a bar, and just after he said that, Footsie rang him, so Aaron suggested he come and meet us at Don Studios IV. Half an hour later Footsie pulled up, rolled up, and I played him some beats. He instantly did the chin jutting screw face when the Weird And Creepy beat came on. I mailed it to him to vibe to at home, then the next day he came back and dropped his verse like a bag of bricks. Just like that. Narstie was round the next day, and had a similar reaction to the beat, so I let him close the song in the way only he can. Like the stock market on September 12th 2001. BAM!