" Congo Natty

Rebel MC started the label 'Congo Natty' in 1994 to have a new outlet for his music. The name 'Congo' is from the African drum sound and 'Natty' stands for Rastafarianism. This label name was picked because of the artists inspiration from these two things. Congo Natty's identity came from Jah. Their future vision can only be acheived with the help of Jah. Congo Natty's artists include top reggae names such as: Top Cat, Tenor Fly, Sweetie Irie, et al. They have many new artists also. Two of the best to emerge are Peter Bouncer and rapper Million Dan. Both have solo albums in the works. In the beginning of 1996 they released 'Knowledge & Wisdom' feat. Demolition Man 'Fire'. This was a Top 40 hit in the UK years ago. Congo Natty needs jungle to stay alive. The UK's big cities help us because of their love of jungle. Congo Natty believes that jungle encompasses reaggae and hiphop."

(taken from inner sleeve notes of Japanese CD "Congo Natty Presents...Roots", 1996
- translated by Todd from dubplate pressure)

From the "D'n'B Rough Guide" [tx 2 Hymie & r]

Congo Natty / Rebel MC

One of Jungle's unsung heroes, Michael West began his career as Rebel MC with Brit rappers Double Trouble and the bubblegum pop hit "Street Tuff". After leaving Double Trouble in 1990, he released Black Meaning Good (1991), an album that featured ragga stars like Barrington Levy, Tenor Fly and Dennis Brown crooning and toasting on top of reggae-House riddims. Word, Sound and Power (1992) was a further exploration of roots electronica that mashed up Techno, House, reggae, ragga and hip-hop. Forming the Tribal Bass label, Rebel MC released "Tribal Bass" (1992) and the Demon Boyz' "Dett" (1992) and "Jungle-ist" (1993) which were Hip-House tracks borrowing a vibe from the Yard that heralded the emergence of Jungle.
The X-Project label followed shortly with the "Old School Ting" (1993) single. As Conquering Lion, West, with help from DJ Ron and Jumping Jack Frost, released the sound system mash-up "Lion of Judah/Innah Sound/Dub Plate Special" (1993). With vocals from Supercat and more gun shots than a Sam Peckinpah flick, Conquering Lion's massive "Code Red/Phenomenon" (1994) caught the attention of 4th & Broadway who re-released the track along with "Rastaman/Word, Sound and Power/Code Black" (1995).
Moving back underground, West started the Congo Natty label with Black Star's "Champion DJ" (1995). With tearing breaks that sought to link Jungle's bottom end with roots reggae's militancy and dancehall toasting from Top Cat, "Champion DJ" was a dancefloor anthem that created the Congo Natty blueprint. Sweetie Irie and Tenor Fly followed Top Cat out of the dancehall on to the Junglist dub plate on Black Star's "Get Wild" and "Alaska Ride" (both 1995). Tribe of Issachar continued setting dancefloors alight with the enormous "Junglist" (1996) which featured vocals from Peter Bouncer. With vocals from Bounty Hunter, Lion of Judah's "Emperor Selassie I" (1996) was not only one of the label's biggest records, but its most effective combination of roughneck and roots.
DJ Kane's brilliant mix of Black Star's "Radical" (1997) was based around a killer KRS-One loop, while Tribe of Issachar's "Wardance" (1997) set a new standard of rawness for the label. The jump-up jeremiads continued on Lion of Judah's tearing "Exodus/ Mystic Vibration" (1998) which sampled both Bob Marley's "Iron Lion Zion" and Martin Luther King on top of one of the most invigorating basslines ever. "Jungle Souljah/Rasta Music" (1998) was less intoxicating, but remixes of Tribe of Issachar's "Fever" and "Junglist" (both 1998) rode samples of Craig Mack and Public Enemy into jump-up heaven.
Tune: Conquering Lion "Code Red" 4th & Broadway/X-Project, 1994 Sirens, gun shots, dub basslines, rude boy vocals, scatter-shot breakbeats, what more could you ask for?
From MTV UK:

The '80s popster turned proto-jungle revolutionary was born Michael West in 1965 in London. He formed "Double Trouble" in the early '80s with Michael Menson and Leigh Guest, releasing the ska-pop hit "Street Tuff." Rebel MC later gained fame in England as a pop/rapper, but by 1991 he had released "Black Meaning Good", an album that presented jungle with hardcore techno married to dub basslines and ragga toasters such as Barrington Levy and P.P. Arnold. His 1992 singles "Rich Ah Getting Richer" and "Humanity" also showed the new direction. "Code Red" -- released as Conquering Lion -- became an outright jungle smash in 1994, bringing the jungle movement to the British masses.
From Yahoo:

Rebel M.C. - Biography
b. Michael Alec Anthony West, 27 August 1965, Tottenham, London, England. After leaving his Double Trouble partners (Michael Menson and Leigh Guest), famed for 1989's UK Top 5 bubblegum ska hit 'Street Tuff', London-based former electronics student Rebel MC forged a successful career as a solo artist. Double Trouble scored minor hits with 'Love Don't Live Here Anymore' and 'Rub-A-Dub', without their former leader. Originally considered the UK's answer to M.C. Hammer, the Rebel's sound mutated into a dark hybrid of techno beats, ragga rhymes and roots harmonics that predicted the subsequent rise of jungle. Heartfelt music with a solid Rastafarian message, it was learned, no doubt, from his earlier stints on the live reggae circuit, having set up the Beat Freak sound system with jungle innovator DJ Ron. On Black Meaning Good he was joined by Tenor Fly, Barrington Levy, P.P. Arnold, and Dennis Brown, the more political agenda emphasized by its sleeve dedication to: 'scapegoats of the British judicial system'. Several UK hit singles followed, including 'Wickedest Sound' and 'Tribal Base'. 'Rebel Music', meanwhile, was remixed by Pasemaster Mace of De La Soul. Recorded with Little T, 'Rich Ah Getting Richer' was an excellent social commentary rant with dub synchronized, orchestral mixes. The son of a semi-pro cricketer, West helped start the People Against Poverty And Oppression Movement, and joined with Musicians Against The War in the days of the Gulf conflict. More lastingly, he helped establish his own Tribal Bass label, working with home-grown UK rap talent including the Demon Boyz and others. His own recorded output, meanwhile, moved ever further towards jungle.
"The '80s popster turned proto-jungle revolutionary was born Michael West in 1965 in London. He formed "Double Trouble" in the early '80s with Michael Menson and Leigh Guest, releasing the ska-pop hit "Street Tuff." Rebel MC later gained fame in England as a pop/rapper, but by 1991 he had released "Black Meaning Good", an album that presented jungle with hardcore techno married to dub basslines and ragga toasters such as Barrington Levy and P.P. Arnold. His 1992 singles "Rich Ah Getting Richer" and "Humanity" also showed the new direction. "Code Red" -- released as Conquering Lion -- became an outright jungle smash in 1994, bringing the jungle movement to the British masses. "
(taken from MTV UK)

Rebel MC releases

Desire records
WANT X 18 a1 - street tuff [radio mix]
WANT X 18 a2 - street tuff [scar mix]
WANT X 18 b1 - street tuff [club mix]

WANT X 18 R2 a1 - street tuff [longsy's raggamuffin style]
WANT X 18 R2 b1 - street tuff [bass heavy mix]
WANT X 18 R2 b2 - street tuff [sk'ouse remix]

WANT X 25 a - better world [peace mix]
WANT X 25 b - better world [unity mix]

WANT X 25 R2 a1 - better world [jungle mix]
WANT X 25 R2 a2 - better world [africa jazz mix]
WANT X 25 R2 b1 - better world [revvin mix]
WANT X 25 R2 b2 - better world [revvin instrumental]

WANT X 31a - rebel music [rebel-ism mix]
WANT X 31b - rebel music [the article mix]

WANT X 31R a - rebel music [from the soul mix]
WANT X 31R b1 - rebel music [from the heart mix]
WANT X 31R b2 - rebel music [from the heart edit] (31R=remixed by DE LA SOUL)

*(LUV LP 4) 21 mixes - rebl mc & double trouble
DISK1
1. just keep rockin [sk'ouse radio mix]
2. just keep rockin [hiphouse mix]
3. just keep rockin [dmc mix]
4. just keep rockin [sk'ouse remix]
5. just keep rockin [hiphouse dub]
6. just keep rockin [hiphouse radio mix]
7. just keep rockin [sk'ouse mix]
8. just keep rockin [robin albers mix]
9. just keep rockin [hiphouse remix]
10. just keep rockin [sk'ouse dub]
DISK2
1. street tuff [scar radio mix]
2. street tuff [club mix 12"]
3. street tuff [norman cook mix]
4. street tuff [robin albers mix]
5. street tuff [bass heavy mix]
6. street tuff [club radio mix]
7. street tuff [scar 12" mix]
8. street tuff [ruff mix]
9. street tuff [longsy d remix]
10. street tuff [norman cook instrumental mix]
11. time to rock - the trouble dub

*(LUV LP 5) rebel music
1. just keep rockin [sk'ouse remix] - double trouble & rebel mc
2. street tuff [scar mix] - rebel mc & double trouble
3. music is the key
4. love?
5. storytime
6. mc mc - rebel mc feat. clement irie
7. better world
8. rebel music
9. commin' brand new - rebel mc feat. mc kinki
10. set yourself free
11. cockney rhythm [remix]

*(LUV CD 5) rebel music
1. just keep rockin [sk'ouse remix] - double trouble & rebel mc
2. street tuff [scar mix] - rebel mc & double trouble
3. music is the key
4. love?
5. storytime
6. mc mc - rebel mc feat. clement irie
7. better world
8. rebel music
9. commin' brand new - rebel mc feat. mc kinki
10. set yourself free
11. cockney rhythm [remix]
12. better world [peace mix]
13. better world [unity mix]

*(WAN CD 38) culture
1. culture [dance hall edit]
2. culture [dance hall mix]
3. comin' on strong [rough neck mix] - rebel mc feat. tenor fly

*(CD) better world
1. better world [peace radio mix]
2. better world [peace mix]
3. better world [unity mix]
WANT X 44 a - tribal base [foundation mix]
WANT X 44 b1 - tribal base [concrete mix]
WANT X 44 b2 - tribal base [foundation instrumental]

I have no catalog #'s for these

PRO855 - Rebel Music 12"- De La Soul Remixes 1990 *
Better World - Peace mix and Unity Mix *
The Trouble 12" - w/ Double Trouble
Street Tuff - w/ Double Trouble - 1989 (also released through Polygram)
Just Keep Rockin' 12" - w/ Double Trouble - 1989
mixes of Just Keep Rockin' / Street Tuff
Culture - 1990
Culture mixes 12" - 1990
Black Meaning Good lp - 1991
Tribal Base - 1991
Tribal remixes - 1991
Wickedest Sound - feat. Tenor Fly 1991


Big Life records
i have no catalog #'s

Rich Ah Getting Richer - 3/92
Humanity 12" - 8/92
Word, Sound, Power lp - 11/92
Goverments Fail - 12/92


Greensleeves records
Cat no:5001 Year:1994 Under Mi Sensi (Jungle Spliff) - Barrington Levy & Beenie Man (X Project Remix) Remix by Rebel Mc for Tribe of Isacchar Productions. Orginal Production by the Jah Screw.
Jungle Dub (X Project Remix) - Barrington Levy & Beenie Man
NOT SURE OF WHAT LABEL THESE ARE ON

Comin Brand New - w/ MC Kinki - 1987
MC? - w/ Clement Irie - 1987
Music is the Key
Rebel Music - polydor? - 1990
Rub a Dub 12" - w/ Doulble Trouble
Better World remix - w/ the jungle brothers
Taxi Driver remixes - w/ Steel Pulse *
Exodus remix - on Tuff Gong?
To Forgive, But Not Forget remix- w/ outside & dj rap 1996 (DOR049)
GHOSTS OF OXFORD STREET [soundtrack?] - 1991 BMG Records
RICH AH GETTING RICHER (Rebel MC featuring Little T and D.J.Ron)
The Trouble" 12h - w/ Double Trouble
Street Tuff [club mix] / Street Tuff [scar mix] 7" w/ Double Trouble - 1989
Street Tuff" 6vers. 12" w/ Double Trouble - 1989
Better World / Love / Story Time / Rebel Music" *CD Single* - 1990
Just Keep Rockin' 5 vers. 12" - w/ Double Trouble - 1989
Black Meaning Good lp - 1991
Tribal remixes - 1991
The Wickedest Sound- feat. Tenor Fly 1991


X PROJECT
dubplate 1a - old school ting *
dubplate 1b - unknown *
dubplate 3a - lion of judah [boombastic cut] - conquering lion
dubplate 3b1 - inah sound - conquering lion
dubplate 3b2 - dub plate special [ruff cut] - conquering lion
dubplate 4a - code red [wild apachi mix] - conquering lion
dubplate 4b - phenomenon 1 [catch the fever mix] - conquering lion
x-project Dubplate - set it (ray keith's), original, unknown track


MANGO
12 mng 821a - code red ['94 remix] - conquering lion
12 mng 821b - code red [original dubplate mix] - conquering lion
cd mng 821/854 - code red '94 - 1: code red 94 remix - radio edit 2: code red 94 remix 3: code red original mix 12 mng 828a1 - rastaman [original dubplate version] - conquering lion
12 mng 828a2 - word, sound and power - conquering lion
12 mng 828b - code black - conquering lion feat. beenie man


CONGO NATTY
lion 1a1 - champion dj [blue print mix] - blackstar feat. top cat
lion 1a2 - sound clash dub - blackstar
lion 1b - kunte kinte [original junglist] - blackstar
lion 1xa - champion dj [london some'ting mix] - blackstar feat. top cat *
lion 1xb - champion dj [3rd eye mix] - blackstar feat. top cat *
lion 1r (CD) - champion dj remix - blackstar feat. top cat
lion d1 (CD) - champion dj - blackstar feat. top cat
lion 2a - get wild [word, sound and power mix] - blackstar feat. sweetie irie
lion 2b - get wild [fire fox mix] - blackstar feat. sweetie irie
lion d2 (CD) - get wild - blackstar feat. sweetie irie
lion 3 - alaska ride - blackstar feat. tenor fly*
lion d3 (CD) - alaska ride - blackstar feat. tenor fly

note: the cat. # changed from lion to ras
rasta 1a1 - alpha
rasta 1a2 - jahovia
rasta 1a3 - emperor selassie i feat. bounty hunter
rasta 1a4 - bingy man feat. ronnie thwaites
rasta 1b1 - kunte kinte
rasta 1b2 - his imperial majesty feat. top cat
rasta 1b3 - let jah be praised feat. jah cure
rasta 1c1 - champion dj feat. top cat
rasta 1c2 - sound clash dub
rasta 1c3 - alaska ride feat. tenor fly
rasta 1d1 - get wild feat. sweetie irie
rasta 1d2 - million feat. million don
rasta 2 (CD) - a tribute to haile selassie 1 (king of kings) - blackstar

(AVCD-11421) - "CONGO NATTY PRESENTS ROOTS" *
1. emperor selassie feat. bounty hunter [fire remix]
2. kunte kinte [original dubplate]
3. champion dj feat. top cat [london somting remix]
4. junglist feat. peter bouncer
5. million part2 feat. million don [blackstar+3rd eye remix]
7. radical [zulu warrior mix]
8. bingy man feat. ronnie thwaites [blackstar+knowledge+wisdom remix]
9. ghetto living feat. peter bouncer
10. alaska ride feat. tenor fly
11. freestyle [dread remix]
12. get wild feat. sweetie irie [firefox remix]
13. his imperial majesty feat. top cat [3rd eye remix]
14. million feat. million don [original dubplate remix]
15. prophecy [speech:ras marcus]

ras 1a - junglist [original dubplate] - tribe of issachar feat. peter bouncer
ras 1b - junglist [part two] - tribe of issachar feat. peter bouncer
ras dub1 -"Dub One" Ltd Edition 10 - tribe of Issachar *
ras 2a - set it [dj kane remix] - lion of judah
ras 2b - set it [ray keith remix] - lion of judah
ras 3a - junglist [no sell out remix] - tribe of issachar feat. peter bouncer *
ras 3b - junglist [dj zinc remix] - tribe of issachar feat. peter bouncer *
ras 4 - fever *
ras 5a - emperor selassie i [lion of judah remix] - lion of judah feat. bounty hunter *
ras 5b - emperor selassie i [l double remix] - lion of judah feat. bounty hunter *
ras 7a - jah set it [lion of judah remix] - lion of judah feat. jah cure *
ras 7b - bingy man [g squad remix] - lion of judah feat. ronnie thwaites *
ras 8 - radical [dj kane mixes] *
ras 9a - wardance - tribe of issachar *
ras 9b - wardance millennium [original dubplate] - tribe of issachar *
ras 10a - champion natty [jungle redemption] - tribe of issachar feat. top cat *
ras 10b - champion natty ['97 dub plate] - tribe of issachar feat. top cat *
ras 11a - tribal natty ['97] - tribe of issachar *
ras 11b - tribal natty [original dub plate] - tribe of issachar *
ras 12a - emperor selassie i [97] - lion of judah feat. bounty hunter *
ras 12b - jah is my guide - lion of judah feat. jah cure *
ras 13a - his imperial majesty [jungle redemption] - tribe of issachar feat. top cat *
ras 13b - his imperial majesty [original dub plate] - tribe of issachar feat. top cat *

note: the cat. # changed from ras to zion

zion 1a - Exodus - lion of judah *
zion 1b - Mystical Vibration - lion of judah *
zion 2a - Code Red ['98] - unknown *
zion 2b - Untitled - unknown *
zion 3a - Jungle Souljah - lion of judah *
zion 3b - Rasta Music - lion of judah *
zion 4a - Lose Your Soul - unknown *
zion 4b - Rebel Music - unknown *
zion 5a - Ghetto Life - unknown *
zion 5b - Seven Seas - unknown *
zion 7a - Lion Did Crown - unknown *
zion 7b - Move, Move - unknown *
zion 8a - Boom Bye Bye - unknown *
zion 8b - Lion Did Crown '99 - unknown *
zion 10a - Fever ['98] *
zion 10b - Junglist Soldier *
zion 12a - bingy man remix *
zion 12b - bingy man original mix *
zion 13a - Junglist ['98] - tribe of issachar feat. peter bouncer *
zion 13b - Original Junglist - tribe of issachar feat. peterbouncer *

peace A - Peace *
peace b - unknown *

nosellouta - No Sell Out *
noselloutb - unknown *

zion #? - Champion '99 *
zion #? - Jah Set It remix *

starlinera - blackstar liner *
starlinerb - judgement *

redalerta - jungle forever *
redalertb - red alert *


Congo Natty EP
congonatty epa - Soldier rmx *
congonatty epb - Chanter *
congonatty epc - Bless I&I *
congonatty epd - drum andd bass *


Haille Sellassie 1a - Emperor Sellassie '99 *
Haille Sellassie 1b - Revolution *


note: another new cat. # PRINCESSLYDIA

PRINCESSLYDIAa - Princess Lydia Forever *
PRINCESSLYDIAb - Lion Jungle *
PRINCESSLYDIAc - Rastaman *
PRINCESSLYDIAd - Blessed *


note: another new cat. # RASPROJECT *
RASPROJECTa - RAS Project *
RASPROJECTb - Inah Sound *


CONGO NATTY: Tribute To Haile Selassie I: King Of Kings
(79 minute CD, 12 tracks incl. new tracks & 2 new remixes)

CNLP 1 - Tribute To Haile Selassie I: King Of Kings limited 4xLP
> herbsman 1
> herbsman 2
> rastafari liveth in i&i
> psalm 133
> ambassa
> ghetto life
> jah is my guide (selah)
> haile sellasie i 2000

LION - lion in the jungle (4xLP)
> trinity way
> ses jungle
> ras bingy man
> bingy man dub
> jah no dead 2001
> jah no dead dub
> new name
> name dub

prince yosief a - ras yosief - unknown
prince yosief b - bless prince yosief - unknown


* (asterix) denotes records I n I own.



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