Rhyme Stories

MC Duke breaks down the new expanded edition of Organised Rhyme, track by track…
Organised Rhyme

“We wanted the opener to be striking. So we thought we’d use strings and mix it up with a really hard hip-hop beat, to emphasise how our stuff was completely different to everything else.”


“That’s a self-affirmation track. Ever since I was a kid I’d been striving to get a career in the industry, so Miracles was a little celebration of it. I used The Jackson Sisters sample because of what it was saying, but it also ‘cos it’s a song I used to boogie to in the clubs a few years earlier.”

We Go To Work

“That was recorded late on in the album process. It was essentially saying ‘If you want something then you’ve got to get up and go get it’. Not just from a rapper’s point of view – whoever you are, you’ve gotta get up in the morning and go to work.”

For The Girls

“It’s blatantly one for the girls. I got a lot of groupie love…”


“I’ve always been politically minded. One day I was talking to a friend who works at Chase Manhattan bank, who showed me this huge document about South Africa. It explained how the Boers waged war against the South African people, set up their government and introduced the law preventing black people from the vote – which was how apartheid was able to thrive for so long. Obviously it goes much deeper than that, but reading it inspired me to I write Free. The situation’s changed since – now they’re reeling from the mental scar.”

Gotta Get Your Own

“Another self-affirmation track – it’s about going out there and getting mine. It’s based on a rare groove we used to bop to in the clubs.”

Throw Your Hands In The Air

“That was my homage to the swingbeat scene at the time. Everybody was doing the Running Man dance, so I wanted to do a party joint that you could put on in the club and everyone would throw down to.”

Running Man

“That was Leader 1’s deejay track. He always had weird ideas, so I just said to him ‘Go do your thing’. It came out great.”

I’m Riffin’

“When I was writing it, it was only four years after the Brixton riots. So that was me hollerin’, going ‘What’s goin on? Why is it like this?’ More to the point, I was really shouting about it!”

The Alternative Argument

“It was a skills showcase or the end of the album – like, ‘I’ve done all these tracks but I’ve got more to come’. I wanted to showcase a different kind of flow. The sudden fade-out was planned. I wanted people to go ‘Why are they fading it there?’”

I Don’t Care Anymore

“I was telling a little story of things that had happened to me or people I knew around the way. I was still learning and trying to discover what my rap style would be.”


“That was the first recording I made with Simon Harris – it was really exciting. Obviously we were emulating a lot of what was going on in New York but it sounded just as hot – people were telling me, ‘That shit is fire’. It was released on the Hard As Hell album and started to get a lot of radio play. That’s when Music Of Life said ‘Let’s do a single release now’. That was the beginning of it all.”

Freestyle (Live 1989)

“That night at Cafe De Paris was a celebration of Music Of Life’s achievements and one of the greatest nights of my life. Everybody who was hot in hip-hop was at that party, even Americans like Queen Latifah and Mark The 45 King. The freestyle battle was my thing at the time and I battled Overlord X. But because he stuttered during his rap he didn’t want it on the album, so it sounds like it’s me versus Merlin! It’s not! We were on the same side!”

The Futurist

“It’s about switching up my style a little bit and looking to the future. I’m saying ‘If I change my style, what would rap sound like if I flipped it?’ So it’s just going crazy and bugging out. I really like the way it came out.”

Positive Way

“My son is 19 and it’s double hard for the kids out there, so that’s really a record for all the youngsters dealing with what’s going on now. If you take time to think you can change your whole life, but a lot of kids don’t think and just get stuck in the machine.”

Revolutions Happen

“That’s about changing the perspective of how everyone views UK hip-hop. You’re seeing it now – chart-wise UK rap is now longer in the shadow of the Americans, and that’s the revolution happening in front of our eyes.”

Still Riffin’

“I made that for all the people saying they wanted to see me back. I thought ‘Okay, I’m going to throw a grenade and really blow the place up’.”


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