On Big Dada
Gamma met in the mid-nineties at Cream Of The Crop @ WKDs. Blacktiude (aka Ebu) had moved down to London from Birmingham and, not completely impressed by some of the freestyle on offer in the capital, persuaded Juice Aleem to come down to win the money. His first attempt led him to a final showdown with an MC called Lord Redeem. The three MCs became friends and built their relationship working together on the now-legendary Ghetto Grammar project, but even then they were getting together, along with producer Mister Mitchell and working on beats and rhymes together for the group Gamma. Juice and Ebu first appeared as Gamma alongside Blak Twang on Roots Manuva's seminal "Skiver's Guide" and on compilations such as "The Experiment" and "10,000 Men Strong". The group's debut single, "Black Atlantians," was an NME Single of the Week and their album, "Permanament," was widely acclaimed. The group went on to record tracks for the "Extra Yard" compilation and put together the Shadowless organisation, which gave early exposure to artists like Infinite Livez, Defisis and Tomz.