“This writer should be given the props…
King of the Hull style Leebo aka Elite
A truly original writer taking his inspiration from Hip Hop and filtering it through the spirit of Northern Working Class culture.
A true original and unsung hero. Makes all that off key shit look tame…
Leebo deserves a book.” Pinky DRA
“Lee was the only 4 element HipHopper of the 80s-90s in Hull. A true Legend in his own right, an original guy who’s influence for his creativity I reckon was himself. He was a good friend then and still is now. Respect Leebo.” Shade DRA
“Small man, big ideas. One of the most underrated in British writing history. The original Hull Don” MORN One
“(His style) reminds me a little of what Petro is doing now – True Hull head” Eko TCF
“King of the Cosmic flow” Paris TCF
And now for your listening pleasure we are going to go back to 1992 and have a listen to the sound of the main if not the main originator of all things unique, fresh and from the heart in Hull graffiti and Hip Hop – Leebo is what it’s all about.
These ten tracks were released as an album “Two Sides” by D.R.A.M.A the music wing of the Devious Rebels of Art in 1992. DJ Sheik and Elite on the mic.
All images from Mr Pinks Flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/misterpinks/
All music copyright 1992 Sheik and Leebo.
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“Hey kid! Lend us some of that Carplan blue!”
It was Dekode of TCF, and next to him was Paris and perched rather precariously atop of him was another scruffy-looking East Hull youth type adding the finishing touches to their production. He looked a bit frightening, I better give him my paint I thought.
We came back the next day (what else to do on a grey cloaked Northern weekend?) and found a dazzling piece, a masterpiece production with spinning B-boy rockerz awash with energy.
My! Those East Hull ruffians certainly knew how to make the best of a bad can of Boys’s Carplan. Throughout those summers at the warehouse there was a friendly rivalry with TCF and DRA. For all intense purposes they were the same crew.
Nonetheless you could see the TCF crew had an energy and force that set them apart from the chilled vibe of the DRA at that time.
TCF were a three-headed beast and it worked so well. Dekode the egg-chasing friendly powerhouse, Paris the dark horse dreamy schemer and then,,, Sens,,, l’enfant terrible.
It was said he would on occasions leave pieces half-done much to the chagrin of other writers. “What is it?”… “Why’s he not finished it?”
Xens came at it all from a different angle, a rusty busted perspective.
Fired-up twisting metalic shapes were left scrappy and unfinished – where the hell was he going with all this? And then came the first buildings and tower blocks complete with roads and metal panels and cables and wires and beams and lights and cars set to a moody futuristic Turner-like sky and his style blossomed. Bristol was his platform and like his famous budgerigars, canaries and cockatiels, bird-brained Xenz had taken flight: Gambia, Australia, Switzerland, France and this summer to Ibiza to paint with old school writers Goldie and Inkie. David Sausage talks to Xenz.
1) What is graffiti inside your mind?
A big dog that’s soft as a teady bear that has multicolured triangular hair with millions of spots .
2) Urban in Ibiza August 8th featuring Cheba, Inkie, Goldie, Xenz, Cept, Kid Acne, Chu, Zeus, Ben Slow, wow… What’s that?
Its an exhibition on an island full of hippies and loonies from all over the world.
3) Who was the cock of your year at school and if he saw you now would he spark you owt or say niyus won?
Can’t remember his name he was a dick but hed say Niyus won.
4) Why did graffiti happen so much and take such a decidedly experimental twist in Hull?
Lots of empty buildings and bored kids with the city devided in half by a river.
5) You’ve been a friend for a long time, after all what are friends for?
Borrowing things from.
6) Roads, Birds, Futuristic landscapes, lines and Twitter where are you going with all this?
Allong the spiral of life trying to help people feel ok about thinking outside what they are told is the way to do it or trying to counteract negative vibes with niceness.
7) Why do we paint graffiti?
To have trendy finger nails.
8 ) What’s the most ultimate maximus radickle thing you can do?
9) What will you be painting at Inkie’s See No Evil?
Something abstract with something real in the middle and something wrong up the top.
10) What’s your impression of Japan? Do you plan to exhibit here?
I have very good impression of Japan – very pretty, very futuristical and beautiful. I’d love to come and do my thing.
Xenz is unavoidable, but if you really need help finding him he’s here:
I’ve been trying my darnest to get some new things on thi s blog to keep people like YOU coming back! (All 3 of you). Well,,, there’s a place you can go,,, called www.pinkyvision.com where birds and skulls and love and pink come together to create a phresh vibe. Pinky is the Grand-daddy-o of the Hull scene. Some graffiti writers dabble, others get up, some are pushing in new directions and living what they do. “From living as they do” scaid the caretaker int eh warehouses. Well, that is Pinky. He gives you a the Pinkyvision from living as he does. “Get wiggy!” He’ll say over yer shoulder. “Don’t bite!” like a mantra and growing up listening to him taught me that freedom to find the original vision is what graffiti (not street art, or urban art whatever thaey are!) CAN be all aboout. He lives by the sea and he lives what he does. Go see www.pinkyvision.com