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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

BIG DADDY MAGAZINE culled info from the defunct website CD PROMO RETROSPECTIVE

A while back randomly dug up and organized some old early 2000's UK underground
hip hop culture rags
Big Daddy magazines in the boxes and while I was at it, converted the Bonus CD's that came
with a few issues of Big Daddy in it's short existence to hold as
an offering to blog beast.

 We were able to find 3 of 4 volumes put out, swearing we had
all of them at one time..but I guess not.
If anyone has Volume 4, let me know! I would love to trade
(doesn't have to be a physical trade) All available on my KDX server.


You can download each CD by following one of the 
following blog links that correspond to each volume


• Big Daddy Vol. 1_ Off The Ropes   from issue 1

• Big Daddy-Vol 2-The Back Breaker from issue 2

• Big Daddy Volume 3_ The Showstopper from issue 3

Now on to the original post with detailed information on the Big Daddy feature.

Here's the info on each CD i have up :

Big Daddy Vol. 1_ Off The Ropes *(if anyone has the artist list for this CD , let me know! )

Untitled Beat 1:12 Various Artists
Turn Tha Party Out 3:24 Biz markie
Shake Down 3:30
Super 8 Part 2 2:34
Blow Your Top (Part 2)
Casella Walk (Instrumental) 2:55 Various Artists
What About You (In The World Today) 2:50 Various Artists
Nottingham Bronx 4:01 Various Artists
Alright 2:54 Various Artists
Queen's Palace 4:34 Various Artists
Murderer Style (Hey Gringo Remix) 4:53 Various Artists
Don't Drag Me In! 3:29 Various Artists
Live From Pimp Palace East 3:13 Various Artists
Inclines 3:27 Rising Express
The Dr. And The Diamond 3:34 David Axelrod

Big Daddy-Vol 2-The Back Breaker

Metropolis 3:36 Malcom Catto
Last Bongo In Brighton 4:01 DJ Format
Correct English 4:14 Aspects feat. Taskforce
Prowlin' 5:53 The Whitefield Brothers
How Would You Put This 5:13 Sir Beanz OBE ft Def Tex
Respite 3:56 Amicabilities
3 Kings 3:17 P Brothers ft Scorzayzee, Cappo & Mr 45
Dedication 3:41 Skitz Feat. Rodney P
Stone Cold Part 2 3:08 Soultors
Track Flight To Uranus 3:49 Nesta
Ripped Open By Metal Explosions 3:16 Galt McDermot

Big Daddy Volume 3_ The Showstopper

Showstopper 3:16 The P Brothers Ft. Mr. 45
Here Comes The Fuzz 3:30 DJ Format
Knick Knack 2002 (Edit) 2:56 Wildchild Ft. Medaphoar & Percee P
Freestyle Frenzy (Edit) 6:08 Joe Budh Ft. Scorzayzee, Skinny Man, Scorpio & Mr. 45
Interlude: Charlie's Theme 0:39 Charlie
Take Me 2:43 Fabulous Souls
Get Down With The Geater 2:34 Chet Ivey
Hard Eight 2:57 The Dap-Kings
Smiling While You're Crying 5:58 Poets Of Rhythm
The Movement 4:19 Natural Self
Electric Vibes 3:47 Mr. Chop
Rocket Ship 4:10 Stark Reality
Charlie's Theme 3:11 Jimi Entley
Somebody's Birthday 2:36 Express Rising
Jerusalem (Edit) 5:14 Kokolo
Big Daddy Theme 1:08 Big Daddy

following is a nice interview with some people who were involved in the magazine back in 2001 :


interview 0083 added 19.08.01 words & photos: DJ Precision
OK peeps... In a change to the normal swing of things, I decided it was time for me to actually do something for the site. Unfortunately, Sumo has inadvertently interviewed every emcee ever, so while we wait for a new generation of emcees to be born and grow old enough for Sumo to quiz them... Here's an interview with George Mahood, editor of the fine periodical Big Daddy...

Could you introduce yourself? What is your specific job within the magazine?

My name’s George, and roughly speaking, my job is editor / page layouts / mail order stock buyer / whatever else needs doing. Though I stay well clear of the money side due to my poor vinyl-related financial track record.

How did the magazine actually come around starting up?

I wanted to do something constructive after nearly getting killed in a car crash around ‘95. So I put the idea together, and did some groundwork and research while I was studying in the US during 1996. I’ve always read the music press since I was a kid, and I’ve always thought it was inadequate, so it was a natural thing to want to do.

Where did you get the idea for the name 'Big Daddy'?

From our favourite wrestler of all time, of course: Shirley "Big Daddy" Crabtree. Cry-Baby Cooper and Giant Haystacks were also hardcore fighters, but their names just didn't sound as good.

What was the main goal when the magazine was in the development stages?

To create a hip hop mag that wasn’t too bothered about trends or industry concerns, and make it something that covered hip hop culture in the broadest possible sense of the term.

Was finance a problem at the beginning?

Not really, because the first person who saw the plans myself and Shok 1 were working on was enthusiastic and decided to put their money in the pot. Though no-one getting paid for the first year and a half and I was on brass tacks, so that was quite a major problem… we definitely paid our dues!

George cunningly disguised as 'Joke Bloke' from the Daily Star
Are you happy with the position that Big Daddy is in now?

Definitely, though it’d be nice to get into the newsagents and corner shops eventually.

Roughly what circulation does the magazine have?

21,000 copies worldwide.

Do you sell a lot of copies outside of Britain?

Actually it’s strange, because nearly half of copies sell outside of the UK. There isn’t a similar mag elsewhere really, so people love all the information and interviews in Big Daddy.

How did you go about deciding which articles and columns would feature in the magazine?

I knew roughly what I wanted, so it was just a matter of finding the right people to do it. Since the start, some great writers like Soulman, Snowboy, Egon (Stones Throw) and the P Brothers have got involved. As it goes on, hopefully I’ll pick up some more people of that calibre. There’s some interesting celebrity contributors in the pipeline, but I don’t want to jinx anything by spilling the beans just yet!

How did some of the more unorthodox articles get into the magazine (such as the darts news column)?

Well we are all big darts fans so we decided we needed to have a darts column. I was pleased with the way our darts correspondent “The Hound” handled his coverage of The Lakeside last year especially. We definitely hope to feature more pub sports in the future! If nothing else, it baffles Americans which we find entertaining in a pathetic way. Plus, you need some things like that to break up all the serious interviews.

Was the decision to cover a much wider range of music an effort to sell to a wider audience or was there another reason for that?

At the start I wasn’t really thinking about shifting units, it was more an attempt to link different types of music. There’s a lot of people who enjoy listening to a combination of hip-hop, reggae, funk and whatever else, and then there are also some purists who only like one thing. But regardless, there are a lot of similarities between those different things. Now Jazz / Latin is getting some light through a new section that Snowboy is doing. If we can get more pages, I’d like to start featuring other types of music too. All the scenes are relatively small in themselves, so it’s strength in numbers. Plus they’re all relevant to hip-hop in one way or another.

To you try to cover all the elements of hip-hop in equal proportion?

As much as possible, though it can be hard because for example there’s only so much you can say about performance DJs, especially at the moment where there seems to be a certain lack of ideas in the turntablist circuit. Plus I’m not too concerned with that whole “4 Elements” thing; it’s all a bit false and up-its-own-arse if you ask me. I think talking about producers like David Axelrod or certain jazz artists is just as relevant, if not more relevant to hip-hop than going on about the latest DJ battle.

Who is Big Daddy’s target audience, and who do you find is it’s actual audience?

The audience is record buyers, music fans, b-boys, collectors, trainspotters, freaks, and anyone else with an interest in the type of stuff we cover. We have never done a readership survey, marketing, or anything like that before, though we’re just about to so we’ll find out soon.

How would you say Big Daddy differs from other hip-hop magazines around?

Most mags only cover rap, and the odd DJ if you’re lucky. It’s an industry at the end of the day, and while Big Daddy is a part of it now, I try not to let it succumb to the pressures that make certain other mags so weak and “industry-linked” - to put it politely.

Do you think that Big Daddy makes an effective ‘learning tool’ as well as an entertaining read? I ask this because the magazine has taught me so much about digging since I started reading it.

Yeah, that’s the idea! Hopefully there’s a fair bit of information in each issue that will expand people’s knowledge and horizons.

Do you not think that the large amounts of information in the magazine could be seen as daunting by the average reader though? Are you worried about alienating potential audiences?

It is definitely daunting at times, and we are trying to make it a little more presentable. But if people want to get the magazine equivalent of watching Jerry Springer, there’s a lot of titles out there they can buy to fulfill that need… Big Daddy is a niche magazine, so we will probably never achieve massive mainstream success on the level of something like The Face or Loaded. In any case, I think that if we tried too hard to appeal to the masses, we would lose a lot of the reasons why people enjoy it.

How do you continue to get so many high profile people involved and/or interviewed in the magazine? Is there some kind of secret involved?

Erm, no, not at all! Even from before the first issue came out, I found that a lot of fairly well known people were willing to give a bit of their time. I guess if nothing else, it’s a way of getting some publicity, and people can see that we’re not going to try and misrepresent them.

When you look back at all the interviews you’ve done, are you surprised how many musical and hip hop legends you’ve covered in only 7 issues?

I think we could be doing a lot better than we are really. I’m surprised how crap and shallow most other music magazines are, because what we do is not that hard at all, it’s just a matter of putting a little work in. Most editors and journalists must just sit there and wait for PR people to ring up and tell them what music to write about. I can’t understand how little effort and thought goes into the average magazine in WH Smiths, all those people must just be on the take from the big record companies. Shit is foul!!

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What has been your favourite interview so far?

It’s a tie between Keb Darge, Charlie Chase, Biz Markie and Rodney P. They’re all interesting people I look up to, with a lot of history to tell and opinions to express.

Who was the hardest interview to track down and sort out?

Out of the ones that have been printed, probably Moe Love. The P Brothers had to speak at length with his Mum over a period of several weeks before
the interview actually took place. She said he was injured, but we suspect he was in away in a silver spaceship with Jazzy Jay at the time.

If it hasn’t already happened. What would be your perfect interview for the magazine?

Beyonce and Lucy Liu in a mud bath in Costa Rica! Erm, a slightly more realistic one would be the whole of the Juice Crew reunited in Marley Marl’s studio. But I don’t think that will ever happen either, so a good one would be David Lynch. I love Twin Peaks and I’d like to know what the hell was going through his mind when he made that series. Also I wish I could’ve interviewed James Brown at his peak, KMD at the time when “Mr Hood” came out, and JR Tolkien, amongst many others.

Who gives the best freebies with releases (e.g. Roots new LP came with free pack of Rizla's I think)?

The free Roots Manuva rizlas were good - but they weren't Blue's, they were kind of a wierd cross between blues and reds. So i only use them late at night when i've run out of my regular brand. Yesterday i recieved a CD of Eyedea and Abilities (from the Rhymesayers label)'s LP wrapped in a free
promotional Nappy, which was definitely a good effort. But the best one has to be 4 promotional toys of a pig that shits when you squeeze it, courtesy
of Soul Fire Records. It even had their logo printed on the pig's arse. If anyone out there thinks they can top that, feel free to send packages in to
us c/o PO Box 384, Nottingham, NG7 3HN...

Do you check the internet much, and if so do you ever read

I use the internet primarily for locating records. That doesn't leave me much time for regular net surfing. But yes, i do read UKHH sometimes!

Do you think internet mags can rival paper mags if they are reguarly updated?

They can content-wise, but you can't check a website properly when you'reon the bog or in the bath, and that's where i like to do my reading.

The magazine has a large emphasis on digging, do you go digging yourself?

Whenever I can. I find it hard to walk past a record shop or anywhere else that might have vinyl without going through everything in there. My hip-hop collection is pretty good, my funk is getting there, and I also collect jungle 12”s from ’93 and ’94 amongst other stuff. I’ll buy anything that looks interesting though, especially junk records with breaks and spoken word on them.

What is your favourite section of the magazine?

At the moment, probably the Funk 45 Files, because I’m pretty proud of what we’ve achieved with it. It’s of marginal interest to a lot of people, but I think it’s important to tell the stories of bands like Leroy and the Drivers and the Highlighters. The new “Heavy Bronx Experience” section is doing the same thing in a way, look out for more like the recent Ultramagnetic MCs article coming soon.

What does the future hold for Big Daddy?

Well we’ve got a CD on the cover of the new mag, so I’d like to keep that going in future issues. We’re getting involved in some club nights too, but the main thing really is to try and get the distribution working better because people still have problems finding it.

Can we expect to see any changes to the magazine in the future?

We’re definitely going to try and make it more presentable and less daunting (as you pointed out), while keeping it hardcore at the same time.

Have you got any insider gossip of anyone within the industry??

None that i want to dish out! I try and keep my nose out of politricks as much as possible. To quote DJ Ivory: "No time for politics - just Loud

Finally, thanks for your time, and would you like to give any shouts or plug the magazine?

No problem. As far as plugs go, we’ve got a new mixtape, The Funk 45 Files, compiled by Egon (Stones Throw) and Dante Carfagna (Memphix). To get a copy and to subscribe to our monthly Mail Order List, email We’re doing a Memphix Records funk 45 club tour in October with Dante and Chase One, so look out for that. Plus the new issue should be out as you read this, with the free compilation CD “Off The Ropes” – still only £3.50, so go get it! Lastly, we’ll have a new website up around October, because our current site is pretty lame – watch his space.

Shouts to Wilson, Optic, Atomical, Styly C, the P Brothers, Cappo, Big Trev, Scor-Zay-Zee, C-Mone and all Out Da Ville crew, Joe Buhdha, DJ Fever, Rich Rockswell and all other Nottingham Bronx Residents

Cheers to George for the interview and keep it going!
Big Daddy is available in all fine record shops and newsagents now. And even in Virgin.



  1. wow, these are almost impossible to find anywhere else,

    I had a copy of volume 1 but lost it, great CD!

  2. wish i could get in the magazine
    Calvin Crabtree -- Columbus Indiana usa
    "Trading Love And War Stories

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