We’ve relaunched the site with a repress of our first ever interview with the Brotherhood from 1999. And here we are 12 years later, the Brotherhood disappeared from the uk scene, barely to resurface again, either together or as solo performers. So what happened? Well, Spoon tracked down Spyce to fill in the gaps from those times and talk about his recent return to MCing and move back from NYC.
Beware the interview was conducted over email and may hurt your eyes, but is well worth persevering through for the gems he drops…
…..IVE GONE TRU 3 DRUMZ..N IM STILL SMOKEIN DA HIGHEST OF DA HIGH GRADE…
In our 1999 interview you’d just released the Dungeon Town EP. the interview’s great but the funny thing was you didn’t really mention your future plans. And it turns out there weren’t any. What happened after that EP?
1999 hahahahaha..datz wuss sup,yea we released DUNGEON TOWN on a lil INDIE LABEL,outta sheer frustration wid whut we was goin tru @ da time…as u knw we bounced on da VIRGIN deal solely coz they wherent flyin str8 wid us anymore yo…ONCE dem 5 YATTIES (the SPICE GIRLS) blew up n i do mean BLEW UP it was a FUCK UP @ da LABEL,we had LOVE inda buildin!! but @ DA END OF DA DAY… itz all about da DOUGH @ da end of IT N DEM GIRLS was a “CASH COW”..so they putt all there EGGZ in dat 1 BASKET n RAN WID IT,so me SEEIN da play n whut they wnted us 2 do on da BAC of whut was goin dwn,I WASNT FEELIN it, ie…i’ll give it 2 u in INDUSTARY TALK – “WE WNT U 2 GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION” YOOOOOOOOOOOOOW whn u hear dem KINDA TALK itz TIME 2 PLAN UR ‘BREAK (da FUCK) OUTTA HERE MOVE’ 🙂 U DIGG!!! hahahahaha.. N I WASNT ABOUT 2 PUT MYSELF IN A POSTION WHERE THEY REALLY OWN MY BLAC ASS YO…WE DID ALOT OF WRK ON OUR OWN DIME NOT “VIRGINS” ie.. STARTED RECORDIN DA ALBUM (2nd) WAY AHEAD OF TIME n PULLIN IN ALL SORTZ OF COLLABOZ…ONLY 2 HEAR SUM FUCKARY FRM OUR “AnR” @ DA TIME “STEVE BROWN” WHO WAS REEEEEEEEEEEEL TIGHT WID DA “UNDERDOG” (prick) BUT I WILL BREAK DAT DWN 4 U A LIL L8R…hahahaha..
Did you record any more together or just decide to call it a day and go your separate ways?
N AS 4 US HAVEIN PLANZ WE HAD A BUNCH OF DEM, BUT PEOPLE JUS EXPECTED SHIT JUS 2 FALL INNA THERE LAPZ, N KNW 1 WNTZ 2 WRK 2 GET 2 WHERE THEY NEEDED 2 GET 2…..THERE WAS ALOT OF LAZYNESS INDA CREW N IT NEVER CAME FRM MEE YO…I CAN TELL U DAT EARLY…YEA YEA I LIKE 2 SMOKE A LICKLE “WEEED” N SHIT!!! BUT IT NEVER STOPPED ME FRM DOIN WHUT I GOTTA DO, I’VE TRAVELED DA WORLD (wid a BIG JAY BTWN MY TEEEEET) hahahahaha…..MAN A MAN WID no WEED HABIT:) WAS JUS “BONE FUCKIN IDOL” COZ U GOT A RECORD DEAL DOES MEAN ALL UR DREAMZ HAVE CUM TRU YO….U GOTTA KEEP DAT SITUATION AFLOAT,OTHERZ WHERENT PREPEARED 2 FLOAT IN DA BAD TIMEZ
We got a track called Panic (Panicky) that got released in 2002 on a lost tracks compilation. that was allegedly a cut from the recorded 2nd Brotherhood album. Will you clear up the mystery and rumour and tell us how much of another album got recorded and where the master tapes are now?
so u got a track off da 2ND ALBUM on sum LOST COMPILATION, ummmmmm INTRESTIN 2 KNW DAT YO, REAL TALKZ!!! WELL IMMA ANSWER DAT 4 U :
U GETTIN A TRAC OFF N ALBUM WE NEVER RELEASED IS A BIT….FUCKARY REALLY n dat only HAD 2 CUM FRM 1 OF 2 PLACES n 1 aint VIRGIN,WE OWN DEM RIGHTZ 2 DEM JUMP OFFZ N 4 IT 2 TOUCH RD WID OUT MINE OR “SHYLOKS” JOHN HANDCOCK PON IT IS WELL OFF COURSE U FEEL MEE??,
I WOULD NAME HIS NAME…BUT LETZ 4 NOW CALL HIM “DA 1 DAT STOOD BEHIND ME” (DJ) WHILE ME A SHYLOK ROCKED….hahahahaha, FAG, hahahahaha
YEA BAc 2 WHUT U WAS ASKIN ME….YEA WE HAD DA 2ND ALBUM PRETTY MUCH DONE N DUSTED WID RADIO FRIENDLY JAMMZ!! N SUM ST BANGAHZ!!! n if i say so my self..WE WAS MAD PROUD OF DA WRK WE PUT IN2 DAT PROJECT…COZ IT WAS ALL OURZ!!!!! NO BITCH-ASS “UNDERDOG” TRYIN 2 CAKE OFFA MANZ EARLY YO.
WE PULLED IN DA L8 GR8 “GURU” n da HOTTEST MIXTAPE DJ @ DA TIME “TONY TOUCH” n if u “TOCCA” (1ST CONTACTED iz da track) U KNW HE WAS RUNNIN “NYC” WID DEM MIXTAPEZ HE WAS DROPPIN YO!!! EVERYBODY WHO WAS ANYBODY WNTD 2 GET ON HIS SHIT…N WE HAD A FRONT DOOR PASS YO 🙂 NO BAC DOOR..WE WAS ABOUT 2 STROLL IN TRU DA FRONT, but PEOPLE BEIN PEOPLE N H8IN ON WHUT WE WERE ABOUT 2 ACHIEVE WID OUT DEM (underdog) they HAD 2 FIND AWAY 2 MAKE DEM SELF RELEVANT 2 WHUT WE WERE DO…ie BITCH ASSNESS WAS INDA “A n R’z” EARZ EARLY….SO WE HAD A DOUBLE AGENT WRKIN or NOT WRKIN 4 US BUT 4 HIS BWOI BOI….N IM NOT WRONG WID DAT STATEMENT, U CAN GO C 4 URSELF WID HOW DEM……I DNT EVEN KNW WHUT 2 CALL WHUT HE GOT MONEY OUTTA “VIRGIN” 4…..N IT WASNT HIPHOP HE PUT OUT ONCE WE DROPPED HIS ASS!!…GOOGLE HIS WACK MATTERAL,hahahahahahaha…..ITZ TERRORABLE YO REALLY,hahahahaha.n “DUNGEON TOWN” was also a CUT OFF da 2ND ALBUM,which we originally sampled “LONDON TOWN” by LIGHT OF THE WORLD, BUT ONCE THEY HEARD WHUT WE HAD DUNN WID THEIR CLASSIC JAM,THEY WHERE LIKE CAN WE PLAY ON DIS WID U GUYZ?? maaaaaan!!!! WE LIKE YO!!! R U KRAZY DATZ A NO BRAINER IN MY BOOKZ, CUMM JUMP ON DIS YES N LETZ KILL IT,n we did jus dat, WE MADE A CLASSIC A CLASSIC YO,hahahahahaha.
I saw ALOT OF SHIT WHILE I WAS AWAY DOIN ME N SUM B4 I BOUNCED.
N NOW IM CALLIN NIGGAZ BLUFF!! all of a suddern THEIR “VAGINA’S” GET ALL TIGHT!!!!
CUM ON NOW… WHUTz DAT ALL ABOUT REALLY???? A SECOND AGO IT WAS ALL ABOARD N “FUC” LIKE A ROMAN ORGY N NOW DA HORES TURNED IN2 A “LAAAAAAAAADY”,hahahahahaha…
A HOES ALWAYZ GONNA B A HOE YO, ITZ JUS UP 2 DA HOE 2 KNW HE’S A HOE N NOT PRETENT 2 B ANYTING ELSE THN JUS DAT….”WILL FUC 4 CHANGE” iz da sign HANGIN ROUND THERE NECKZ:P hahahahaha..
NOT ME YO!!! NOOOOOOOOOO SIR!!! NOT DA KID,IMMA FUC U UP B 4 U TRY ANY OF DAT SHITIE ROUND HERE YO!!!
REAL TALKZ, ASK ABOUT MEEE N U’LL KNW HOW I GETZ DWN.
So the Brotherhood has split. What happened next to Spyce? Somewhere along you’ve had a son and moved to New York and now are you back in London? what have you been doing to make ends meet? Fill us in on as much of your real life movements as you want to reveal to the world!
hahahahahahahaha….YEA MAN WE DUN SPLIT LONGTIME YO:) B 4 I BOUNCED 2 DA STATES.
SHYLOK WAS DA 1ST 2 JUMP SHIP ON US LIKE DAT,HE JUS CALLED UP DA MANZ DEM 1 DAY N WAS LIKE…
IM DUNN WID DIS!! “DUNN WID WHUT” WAS DA ANSWER. FRM ME..
WID DA MUSIC BIZ was his reply,WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW JUS LIKE DAT HE WAS “GHOST” LEAVEIN ME N DAT “DUDE” 2 TROOP ON WID IT…..
BUT EVEN B4 “SHY” BROKE OUT OLE “DUDE” WAS ALREADY MAKEIN SUM FUNNIE ASS MOVES I WAS QESTIONING @ DA TIME??
LIKE Y U HERE DOIN DAT 4 DEM!!!
N Y R U HERE DOIN DAT 4 DIS!!!…
WHUTZ IN IT 4 US LIKE DAT??
I C ALOT OF U JUS GIVEIN AWAY!!! N ALOT OF TAKEIN FRM US!!! BUT NO GIVE BACKZ!!! N THN U CRY ABOUT IT WHN WHN U GET BUMPED?? wooooooooow U A KLOWN MY YOUT!!
IM NOT EVEN GONNA QUOTE SUM OF DA MESS HE PUT HIS NAME 2 YO..NOT GIVEIN IT MY BY-LINES,BUT IT OUT THERE 4 U ALL 2 CRITIQUE,hahahahahaha.GOOGLE HIM??
OOH!! u did DAT, n u COULDNT find his WACKNESS:P hahahaha!!
STAND BEHIND WHUT U DO YO!!?!! N B PROUD of it IF DATZ WHUT U WNT 2 GO N DO NOW..
IM SOOOOOOOO FUCKIN PROUD OF WHUT IM DOIN, N SO IZ DA WORLD!!!
ANYWAY I STRAY FRM WHUT U WNT 2 KNW:) hahahahaha,
WELL I GOT DA CHANCE 2 LIVE OUT IN “NYC” N I JUMPED @ IT YO..N IT WAS AROUND DA SAMETIME I JUS HAD MY 1st CHILD (a BOY) N WID HIS LIL FACE PEARIN @ MEE IT WAS ON N POPPIN….
SO I REALLY GOT ON WID IT OVER IN “NYC” I WAS IN DA LAB WID MY PEEPZ WHO 4 YRZ…
BEEN TELLIN ME 2 MOVE OUT THERE SO WE CAN GET IT CRACKIN,N U KNW WHUT???
I WAS LIKE YEA…LETZ GO!!
I AINT GOT SHIT HOLDIN ME HERE..SO LET ME GO N C WHUT AGWANZ,N IT WAS DA BEST TING I COULDVE DONE YO:) REAL TALKZ.
I HAD A FLAT DAT I BROUGHT N I WAS RENTIN OUT BAC INDA “UK” SO DAT WAS KIND FUNDIN MY LIFESTYLE ASWELL AS SUM CONSULTIN(off da BOOKZ) hahahaha..
SO WID TINGZ LOOKIN LOVELY ACROSS DA “POND” 4MEE IT WAS TIME 2 HAVE ME ANOTHER LIL 1 (ie…. CHILD N DIS 1 IS A GIRL).
N AS DA ONLY MAN WORTH SHIT IN HER Nn MY SONSLIFE,I MADE A PROMISE 2 DEM… DADDIES GONNA MAKESURE U NEVER GO WID OUT N WNT ANYTING…
SO I GOT MY “HUSTLE” ON!! HAAAAAAAAAAARD YEA..
IM ON MY 4TH “DRUM” SO I MUST B DOIN SUMTING RIGHT YEA:P
N MY KIDDZ R HAPPY AS “FUCK” SO IM INNA REALLY GOOD PLACE GOT DA LOVE OF A “GOOD WOMAN” YEA NIGGA LIFE IZ KINDA SEXIEE 4MEE @ DA MOW YO:) hahahahahaha…
Have you been writing and recording in all of the missing years or just come back to it recently? has this been for pleasure or with a plan to find a commercial outlet for it again? how do you see that hiphop has changed in the last 10 years?
u ask me if ive been RECORDIN SINCE da break up of da BAND!!
n da TRUTH…
NAAAAAAAW, coz 4 MEE DA FUNN HAD GONE OUT DA GAME,
NO 1 WAS REALLY BACKIN WHUT WE WAS DOIN, N I HAD “LAZIENESS” AROUND MEE..
SO NOTHING WAS GOIN DWN @ ALL 4 MEE HERE,DATZ Y I DIPPED 2 DA “STATES” 2 C WUSS WHUT,
N I BEIN OUT THERE MADE ME “FALL RIGHT BAC IN LOVE WID IT”
EVERYDAY I WAS UP 2 SUMTING YO..
IF I WASNT IN “JERSEY” WID MY HOMIE “EL DA SENSI”(ARTIFACTZ) n doin 1 n 2 SHOWS wid him…
I WAS UPTWN inda “BRONX” CHOPPIN IT UP WID MY DAWG “SADAT-X”(BRAND NU) n whn i wasnt JAMMIN WID MY UPTWN MOBB,
U WOULD FIND ME OVER THERE IN “LONG-ISLAND” WID MY FAMM “DJ DUMMY” (COMMON’S DJ N “DMC” WORLD-CHAMPION) google dem if u all dnt knw ya HIPHOP N WHN I WASNT THERE U COULD FIND ME IN “BROOKLYN” ALL OVER DAT PLACE YO..frm VAN SICLIN,UTICA,FLATBUSH,CHURCH n FRANKLYN…
i nEVER KEPT STILL YO..MY MAIN DAWG WHO HELD ME DWN WAS MY MAN “DJ STRIKE” WHO USED 2 RUN WID “DeLa SOUL.
SO BEIN AROUND ALL DAT GR8NESS I HAD 2 GO N DO MY TING TING,
N WID EVERYBODY TELLIN ME JUMP ON DIS!! JUMP PON DAT!!!
IT WAS A NO-BRAINER IN MY BOOKZ
SO I ENDED UP JUMPIN IN YO.
WID BOTH FEET!!! N I HAVENT LOOKED BAC.
DA GAME HAS CHANGED SO MUCH YO!! ITZ ALL IN DWNLOADZ N NO HARD COPYZ GENERATEIN SALES ANYMORE…SO IM @ A POINT WHERE IM GIVEIN AWAY SUM OF MY SHIT…..JUS 2 WET DA MASSES APPITTITE…
N GET DEM BUZZIN ON DA KIDD!!!.
U SEEN DA MYSPACE PAGE LIKE DAT?? www.myspace.com/mistaspyce aka billie splyff.
N I JUS DROPPED A FREE “MIXTAPE” PON SOUNDCLOUD called “DA RETURN OF DA BIG GUY vol1”
MAKESURE U GO N GET DAT YEA,ITZ FIIIIIIIIIIIIIREEEEEEEEE.
IM JUS LEAKIN N TWEEKIN SHIT AS I DO IT,SO IF U LOVE RAWNESS IN YA “HIPHOP” IM UR DAWGIEE DAWGZ:P “WOOOOF WOOOOOOF” LISTURN 2 YA DAWGIE BARKZ:) hahahaha….i told u!! I GOT U
When was the last time you got on stage to perform? is playing live important to you and do you see yourself doing it regularly again?
YOOOOOOO…..I ROCKED SUM SHOWZ IN DA “LIONS DEN” IN “NYC” WID my nig “EL DA SENSI” N IT WAS NICE YO,
DID A LIL FREESTYLE WID “JURRASSIC 5” @ BRIXTON ACCADEMY wid “TIPPA IRIE” big up CHARLI 2NA:)…
MAAAAAN IVE BEEN DOIN MY TING TING…
WID OUT TRYIN 2 SOUND BIG HEADED!?!? N DUNN 1 N 2 SHOWS WID MY DUE “LEWIS PARKER” who 2 HAS CONTRIBUTED NUFF MUSIC 2 DIS PROJECT IM DOIN…SO YEA!!!
2 YA SHOW QESTIONS IM GETTIN IT IN LIKE DAT YO!!!
A STAGE IS A STAGE, N I WILL ALWAYZ RIP IT UPZ:) hahahahahaha…
DOIN SHOWS IZ IMPORTANT IN DIS GAME YO,PEEPZ WNT 2 BE ABLE 2 C U,
N C UR SKILLZ B 4 THEY REALLY CO-SIGN U…
U MIGHT HAVE A HOTT TRAC!! BUT B A SHITIE PROFORMER..
OR HAVE NICE BEATZ N WACK ASS LYRICZ …
C U NEED 2 KNW DEEZ TINGZ,COZ DATZ WHUT HAPPERNED 2 DA SEEN…
EVERYBODY GOT COMPLACEANT N SLOPPY LET DA NXT WAVE IN EARLY WHN IN MY EYEZ…
THEY WHERENT NOWHERE NEAR READY 2 REP US…
WHN WE WAS RUNNIN UP N DWN DA PALCE!!
THERE WAS OTHERZ WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A FAN OF!!
N WE WOULD GO OUT OUR WAY 2 LET DA MASSES NO “WHA BLOW”
THERE ALOT OF HOUSE HOLD NAMES DAT IN MY EYEZ DNT REALLY DESERVE IT YO!!!.
IF I STARTED 2 NAME NAMEZ I WOULD HERE ALL DAY…
SO FUC’EM N NJOY DA RIDE WHILE U CAN..
COZ REAL MUSIC IZ BAC N HERE 2 STAY BAY-BE:) hahahahahaha.
IMMA BLOW OUT UR “MUTHA FUCKIN EAR DRUMZ” WID WHUT I GOT 4 U…TRUS ME IMMA MAKE U A FAN OF DIS ALL OVER AGAIN IF U LET ME..
You’ve got 7 tracks on myspace. break these down for us – how old are they, who are the guest performers/producers/DJs and let us know who you’re recording with nowadays
YEP UR RIGHT I GOT 7 JUMP OFF BOUNCEIN AROUND “MYSPACE”
N IM HAPPY WID DA WAY THEY CAME OUT
track 1 “ITZ A WRAP” produced by LEWIS PARKER,
track 2 “SPIT NAAAW” produced by HARRY LOVE,
track 3 “DA BLAM” produced by LEWIS PARKER,
track 4 “AKWARD” produced by DJ DUMMY
track 5 “MY TURN” produced by HANK “BOOGIE-MAN” HUGHES
track 6 “RAW STUFF” produced by HANK “BOOGIE-MAN” HUGHES
track 7 “RING DE ALARM” produced by HANK
MY MAN”DJ STRIKE frm BROOKLYN HITT ME OFF WID 1 n 2 HEAT ROCKZ…
IM WRKIN HEAVIELY WID “DJ DUMMY frm “NYC” n “DJ JUICE” frm da “UK” HOTT PRODUCT NIGGA MAD NICE YO…
HE DIFFINATLY GOT SUM HEAT YO…PLZ BELEAVE ME PON DAT,
N “LEWIS PARKER”GOT ME COVERED..
MAN IM SPOILT 4 CHOICE WHN IT CUMMZ 2 HOTT BEATZ OUT HERE IN DIS BITCH YO…EARLY:)
U ALL DNT WNT IT WID ME YO:p heeheeheehee..
imma bout 2 FUCK UP UR DAY LIKE DAT…hahahahaha,JUS U WATCH N C,IT AINT GONNA B PRETTY WHN I CUM 4 YA