Asbest the Moor King MC/Poet born and raised in Zambia in 1978, moved to England at the age of 12. Asbest reflects back on his early days growing up.
As far as I can remember I have always been into music, the first rap group I ever listened to was Sugar Hill Gang on a program called ‘Soul Train’. My family used to watch Soul Train religiously. On one single night you could easily see Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield all performing on ‘Soul Train’. That was my introduction to music.
While watching ‘Soul Train’ one night I came across a group called Sugar Hill Gang, performing ‘Rappers Delight’. At the age of 9, this blew my mind. I was used to seeing people singing but what they where doing was crazy, first time I ever heard anyone rap, from then on I used to recite ‘Rappers Delight’ all the time. Later on I started dubbing the ends of songs on to another tape like 10 times, so that I could have like 1 or 2 minutes to rhyme over the tapes.
I started writing a bit more at 16 and started to take what I was writing more seriously. I joined a few bands and started getting up for open mic’s at Hip Hop nights like Flava in Plymouth. This gave me more confidence and I loved the response I was getting when other crews came down and wanted to battle the local mc’s. This was the early 90’s, good times for Hip Hop.
At the same time I was also Graffing, Graffiti for me was the same thing as trying to write a verse. The whole process of constructing letters and getting them to bend to form a piece made sense to me. Graff always inspires me to try and push the way I write further and to try and use the whole space and bring the letters out, in Graff terms.
Asbest released his first debut E.P in 2008 on ‘Latenite Lounging Records’ under the title ‘Never Had It Right’ produced by ‘SumSuch.’ Following this ‘Asbest’ has worked with various producers to create a catalogue of future releases. ‘Asbest’ has also been working with producer DJ Goo (Synchrovision) who he met in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007. After collaborating on a number of tracks on their first meeting ‘Asbest’ was invited to perform in Geneva with ‘The Sound Travelers’ featuring ‘Brian Jackson.’ ‘Asbest The Moor King and ‘DJ Goo’ are now currently working on music to be released on ‘Synchrovision.’