I used to be a wee introverted teenager, years ago. I was making music in my bedroom with a PS2 Eyetoy Webcam that also captured audio. I think the first songs I ever wrote were called ‘Muzack’ and ‘Ya Fool’. Gangsta shit. The latter was a Ja Rule diss, since I wanted to jump into the beef and support 50 Cent, haha.
I would scribble rhymes for days, write a verse then rewrite the verse, over and over till every word was fire. I made a song called ‘Dope’, with a beat I found on Soundclick. The hook went like ‘Don’t forget to bring your dope’ over and over. I wanted to brainwash my friend Allyn into remembering to bring his lump of hash the next time I was home from my Job in Dublin at an insurance company.
I showed it to the front desk girls, and a few others too. They were really supportive and really enjoyed it. That spurred me on to write my first proper verse. This was a verse about the Bloody Sunday atrocity that happened in Derry back in the day of the Civil Rights movement, where innocent civilian protesters were fired upon by the British Army, and killed.
I had discovered a fellow Irish MC called Mugsy on Soundclick. His song ‘Put Your Fingers Up’ was absolutely bouncing, a very chilled out stoner anthem in my eyes. I linked up with Mugsy soon after that, and we began to work on an album. We recruited two other MCs from Letterkenny called D.C and B-Koz, and formed the group Restless Ambitions. We decided to call our album Smoke Signals, a tribute to the amount of weed we were smoking at the time, haha.
I had the rhymes for the verse, from writing verses over and over. Someone on Facebook from Spain or France I was talking to , oddly suggested I write about the Bloody Sunday atrocity. So I began re writing the rhymes to tell the story. Around then, Mugsy found a beat by a Producer from down south called Celtic Indent. The moment I heard the beat, I knew we had to make the song there and then. It just worked so well.
I had my verse, I had spent like a month on the rhyme schemes and fitting everything together in total, and we decided Mugsy would write a verse and continue the story, which turned into two verses commemorating those who were killed that day. Mugsy wrote the hook and got his sister Katie-Mac to sing it. Absolutely incredible vocals, and it worked so well with the beat.
We hit Wez Devines underground-looking studio in the middle of the country. He had a shed built with soundproofing, even the floor was suspended on some sort of suspensions to lessen the vibrations going through the ground. It looked just like a regular shed from the outside. But within, we were in the booth spitting, while Wez worked his magic and mixed the vocals coming through to the board.
There was another guy there who did some backup vocals on parts of the chorus, but I cant mind his name. He sounded good tho! Before long, the track was complete. We shot a video with heads from a Letterkenny film company in Dunree fort. We dropped the song, the video and the album. It was very well recieved. Im still hearing from MCs who were influenced to rap because of it.
After a while, a fan uploaded the song to his channel on You Tube, and it began to gather views at an incredible rate. I think one of us were looking up Irish Rap on You Tube one day when we came across our song! With 100,000 views! Its been growing ever since, and its just incredible knowing that the song is reaching that many people, and inspiring MCs while telling the tragic story of Bloody Sunday, educating those fans.
So the first verse I wrote turned out to be really popular thanks to Mugsy, Katie Mac, Wez Devine, Celtic Indent, and that random guy that came to the studio with us! Haha. You probably want to hear the song by now, well here’s the Video we shot!
That is the Remix, with a few things changed in the song for Radio. Below is the Original Mix, with all the views. Big-up Jake McCreadie for uploading it to his Channel and getting us all them views ! I’m super grateful.