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Star date: 23rd May 2011

CONDEM KILLERS - CLASS ACTIONS

Live at Salford Against the Cuts
Fri 27th May, Islington Mill £5
ConDem Killers Vol 1
Mixtape out 30th May free

Never mind Salford, Class Actions are one of the most controversial crews in the country. Their anti Royal Wedding rap hit the national press, their F*ck The BNP tune drew threats, and they've even caused raised eyebrows with their use of the `N' word.

But Class Actions are for real. There's a lot more to them than mere slogans.

Full story here… Warning some people might be offended by the language…


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Where shall we start talking about Class Actions? Anal sex with Kate Middleton on their The Royals anti Royal Wedding rap? Or perhaps their Fuck The BNP track? Or how about their Hooligan Sound video on YouTube complete with images of the Red Army Faction?

Nah, let's start with the music which is nowhere near the standard Chipmunk and Eminem hip hop and rap that's so at home on the music video channels. Class Actions are coming from somewhere else completely, where didgeridoos meet swirling synths in producer Mike F's original backing tracks, with huge added beats where they're needed.

At the fore is Aslan AK, half rapping, half chatting, half chanting but always nailing his political heart to one great big mast.

"Musically we don't fall into any category, grime, hip hop, pop rap or whatever" says Aslan AK "What's great about Class Actions is that the musical side is such a great fusion. And lyrically we're dealing with social and political themes that not enough people are addressing. Obviously some rappers are like Public Enemy, MC Nxt Gen's Andrew Lansley Rap, Immortal Technique…Our lyrics have intellectual depth, it's not just a case of loads of rap clichés.

Mike F agrees: "We're not going to be pigeon holed into doing the same thing, which gives us space to work with other musicians who are in a genre" he adds "It gives us more variety and different styles."

What is constant all the way through Class Actions' music is the sentiments of the far left for which they don't apologise. Their anti Royal Wedding rap, The Royals, hit The Guardian on wedding day, and their Fuck The BNP rap has brought threats. But the collective also cover issues like the takeover of Liverpool by Militant councillors twenty years ago, and have done a song for politician Tommy Sheridan who went down for perjury recently.

Cherie Blair also features on a track called Terrorist on their debut album Keep Your Pride which came out last year, while Margaret Thatcher's chilling `U-turn if you want to' speech begins a brilliant song with a circus feel called M Is 4 Maggie which has the chorus `Thank you very much for what you did for me/There's no such thing as society…'

Indeed, every sound aims to blow up mainstream ideology, or as one track titles it, `Repress Your Oppressor' and another titles it `House Nigger No More'

"We've got a video coming out this year for House Nigger No More which is one of our more controversial songs" says Aslan AK without a hint of irony "We got a lot of criticism for using the `N' word and we even debated it on radio. But it's an anti racist song with a twist. House Nigger is a term that black people working on slave plantations used to describe anyone who worked closely with the plantation owner. We extended the term to include anyone who brown noses their oppressors. Scabs if you like."

Meanwhile, Class Actions have got a free Mixtape coming out on May 30th called ConDem Killers Volume 1

"It's called ConDem Killers because we believe that the current government's policies will result in the death of lots of ordinary people, so it's parodying their policies" says Aslan AK "And there's also going to be a Volume 2 this year before we release our second album in 2012."

While Class Actions are aiming for national targets, the inspiration is coming from their homes in Weaste and Seedley in Salford – from the sounds of Happy Mondays, to the view from the top of Eccles Old Road

"From there you can look across the city to the Quays and you can see the opposites of two worlds" says Mike F "When you look down there you can see people scraping to make a living and then in the distance all these flats where people don't have anything to do with the community. It's terrible the way this is happening around an area where people are having their houses bought out for nothing, then redeveloped, and they can't go back to the place where they were living."

To underline the Salford connections, Class Actions are playing live at the Salford Against The Cuts gig this Friday (27th May) at Islington Mill.

"In my view it's very important to play it, we practice what we preach" says Aslan AK "We don't just do political songs, we're politically active as well. We believe that working class and middle income people shouldn't suffer because of the bankers' mess and Government cuts.

"When I write my lyrics I take no prisoners, there's no holds barred, and I'm prepared to put my neck on the line" he adds "We stand up for what we believe. How many people write raps about Margaret Thatcher, Militant, the Royal Wedding? Not many but I'm just glad we're doing something different."

Class Actions are certainly doing something different. And then some.
Absolutely crucial for 2011. And beyond…

To download a free copy of ConDem Killers Volume 1 and more info on the band go to www.classactionsuk.com , where you can also listen to the Keep Your Pride album and other tracks, including The Royals.

Class Actions are one of five bands playing live for Salford Against The Cuts this Friday at Islington Mill. Click here for further details.

See also the video for Holligan Sound on You Tube click here

And see more on The Royals rap on Salford Star click here

 


 

 

 

Jed wrote
at 15:25:46 on 04 August 2013
This is so relevant and educational , especially in the current climate of corrupt governments and corrupt local councils everywhere . We must fight the Oppressors , Exploiters , and Taxpayer Robbers . Until we win .
 
Steven North wrote
at 15:36:38 on 06 June 2011
Well done for Friday lads. Absolute quality. Best set I've seen you do.
 
Aslan AK (Class Actions Rapper) wrote
at 10:18:38 on 27 May 2011
@ David & Andy - If you guy's had got elected last year (& Andy this year) then we'd give this government a bloody nose. Thanks to everyone for the support.
 
David Henry wrote
at 22:34:12 on 26 May 2011
Love Class Actions - Salford's finest!
 
maxidrummer wrote
at 22:34:06 on 26 May 2011
Love the production, lyrics and the use of political samples.
 
andy behan wrote
at 23:49:44 on 25 May 2011
Listen Learn Love! Class Action / Class Music! Aslan Makes me feel SAFE. No Borders No Walls Will u guys rap Dutch Uncle's Senseless (You can cut off my hands and my fingers to but they'll still point at you)
 
Aslan AK (Class Actions Rapper) wrote
at 19:02:25 on 25 May 2011
@ em3, sorry you couldn't make the gig. Regarding the 'Royals' track we were not attacking them because 'they were women'. That thing with Kate Middleton was a comical and tongue in cheek reference to what her and William should use as a contraceptive!!!! (to stop them from breeding lol!). In the song we actually slag off more of the male royals than female royals. I hope this clears things up. Thanks for the support, all the best.
 
em3 wrote
at 15:55:35 on 25 May 2011
great stuff - just one thing - diss royals cos they are royals - not cos they are women. sorry to miss the gig
 
Emreld Red wrote
at 15:54:21 on 25 May 2011
Awesome music by my comrades, love their version of the Internationale, Militant and Repress Your Oppressor. 'Workers of the World Unite, you have only your chains to loose!!!'
 
Aslan AK (Class Actions Rapper) wrote
at 06:25:40 on 25 May 2011
Many thanks to the Salford Star and all those that have sent kudos. Having been influenced by great political lyricists such as Public Enemy and Immortal Technique, its so mint to be writing lyrics and performing them over Mike's beats. Am really pleased to be performing at Salford Against the Cuts.
 
SCART wrote
at 19:42:05 on 24 May 2011
Killer stuff, we heard about em all the way down here in Oz & I was an instant fan. Good seein not everyone buys the media hype, the royal distractions & can read between the Goverments lies.
 
Betrayed worker wrote
at 19:41:53 on 24 May 2011
Wakey , wakey sheeple . Time to listen and learn .Time to crawl out of the gutter and fight back against this corrupt society , corrupt government and corrupt local councils .Get off your knees and join the FIGHT BACK . No rest until we crush them all , forever . Listen and learn .
 
Afa Veteran wrote
at 19:41:44 on 24 May 2011
No Retreat is another top track of Class Actions. Love their music and the message in it.
 
Grant Powell wrote
at 19:41:36 on 24 May 2011
Mike F is one of the most creative producers around.
 
Ryan Kilpatrick wrote
at 13:57:25 on 24 May 2011
One of my favourite bands and I'm not a rap fan!, these guys told the truth about Militant and the way they stood up for the working class. Good on them for standing up to the Nazi's and giving a voice to the voiceless.
 
Trevor Potts wrote
at 06:22:00 on 24 May 2011
House niggers .A perfect description for all the brown - nosers at the clowncil .
 
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