The Raps and Beats of Foreign Beggars
I don’t think there’s many groups whose sound remains the same for ten years, that would suck.
There are so many genres and subgenres of music today that it’s often difficult to categorize, even for the musicians themselves. DJ Nonames and MC Orifice Vulgatron of UK trio Foreign Beggars don't get too caught up in categories, saying “it’s all raps and beats to us."
“A lot of our old fans seem to think that we've jumped on a ‘dubstep bandwagon.' I would like to clarify that we have been fucking with ‘dubby grime’ beats since 2004/5, and sadly they have based their opinions on a couple of tracks that we've made recently that have blown up as such," explains Vulgatron. Then he quickly apologizes: “Excuse the rant. I just came off looking at the comments on the 'Frosted Perspeks' YouTube clip.... my bad!”
February 2013 will mark the tenth anniversary of their very first 12” single release, “Where Did The Sun Go.” Nonames comments, “I don’t think there’s many groups whose sound remains the same for ten years, that would suck. We're all from a hip-hop background, that's what the early releases reflect and that's what brought us together as a group.”
Asked to comment on the current London music scene, Nonames chimes in. “Grime music is still so London, but so is dubstep (like Dub Police) and slower housier shit (like Mosca/Addison Groove)." Vulgatron adds, “also the garage resurgence, and UK funky when I hear those claps in a grime riddim. Listen to the new Teddy Music Selectah Vol. 1 album or Rude Kid and that's what London sounds like.”
As performers who spend a lot of time on the road, Nonames still thinks the positives outweigh the negatives of travel. “It’s great traveling and meeting other artists you've respected for years, seeing amazing new places, getting to meet and hang out with some cool as fuck people, and getting to party with your mates all over the planet. The downside is waiting for people and not sleeping or eating right for long stretches at a time,” he says.
Nonames explains what a typical show might entail. “Our show involves the people, rather than playing to the people. Heavy UK centric music, delivered with a shit load of energy with live raps, real turntables, and real skills.” He also claims performing at the Glastonbury Festival remains one of the most memorable gigs for them, playing outdoors to thousands of partiers.
Beyond a trio of EP releases which included a collaboration with Skillex on ‘The Harder They Fall," they have two full-length albums already lined up for the near future, one of which is produced in collaboration with Noisia. The release on Mau5trap is the next thing to drop with "Palm of My Hand" already out there, plus there are features from Knife Party and Alix Perez. Then there’s the Noisia album coming later in the year, and they have collaborations with Jack Beats & Chiddy Bang, Loadstar, Engine Earz, Calyx & Teebee, and Trolley Snatcha to name a few. “There’s whole lot more in the bag so look out,” they warn.