Saturday, 29 January 2005

Crazy Times

Nineteen year old Carl Nathaniel aka Crazy Titch is fast establishing himself as one of the more rampant scholars from the new school of emceeing. Hailing from the UK garage/grime scene, Titch, brother of Durrty Doogz (now Goodz), is putting Boyz In Da Hood Crew duties aside to aide and abet his solo career. And it’s a good move. His debut release, ‘I Can C U’, garnered mass support from the likes of 1Xtra and went onto become one of the years most requested video’s on Channel U. You may also have heard him on 2003’s summer anthem ‘Cock Back’, alongside Riko, Hyper and D Double E, Shystie’s ‘Make It Easy’ Remix with J2K, or current underground smash, ‘Orchestral Boroughs’ with Mr Wong, JME, and Flirta D.

“I’m just a product of my environment that comes equipped with a lot of energy, passion and sense of humour,” explains Titch. “With me it’s just Crazy.” And it’s this that’s attracting such an eclectic mix of fans, from kids to NME reading rock lovers.

Recent Crazy outings include joining Lady Sovereign in warming up for D12 on their recent UK tour and commandeering all-out lyrical warfare on Tim Westwoods Radio 1 rap show after a series of showdowns with Dizzee Rascal.

Continuing with his go-getter formula, Titch is putting the finishing touches to his mixtape and DVD series. Set for release in early 2005, Crazy Times will include footage from Ayia Napa, disses, Titch’s yard and a whole heap of shenanigans. He’s also finding time to set up his own label, In Da Hood Records, work on an album, with his next single, the classical magic that is ‘Sing-a-long’ (produced by Crazy Tim), shaping up to be bigger than his first. And for a boy who was described as tone deaf as school, that sure ain’t bad.

Words: Chantelle Fiddy
‘Sing-a-long’ is out on In Da Hood Recordssoon. www, is under construction.
A version of this article appears in Touch Magazine.

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