Caveman

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock

Biography

Based in Wycombe, England, this rap crew had scorn poured upon them by some critics who felt that their macho image was excessive given the atmosphere of their home town. However, image aside, Caveman was an adept and engaging outfit with more skill than most UK-based hip-hop crews. Comprising MCM, Diamond J and the Principle, songs such as ‘Fry You Like Fish’ (their second single) were justifiably lauded. They were willing to look outside of staple rap sources (choosing to sample Jimi Hendrix rather than James Brown), and signed to the US label Profile, but finally dissolved early in 1993. Their second album had been significantly weakened by the defection of the Principle. In truth splitting was also the only way out of their contracts with Profile, following disagreements within the band. The Principle’s first post-Caveman project was The Principle Presents 499, again for Profile, in 1994.

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