Mark B – A UK Legend
A lot of people knew Mark as a great guy, always friendly, helpful and funny as well as a legendary Hip Hop producer. We hear that word legend a lot and only a few deserve it – Mark was one of those people. His impact on the UK Hip Hop scene is enormous, taking his record with Blade onto Top of the Pops and before that, setting the standard by bringing out Task Force and then many other artists through his K-Boro label. Mark was a master of the art form from digging to finding great samples and ways to get better and different sounds from the machines, while also inspiring and advising plenty of other producers and artists in his life.
Mark’s death in January this year was a shock – untimely. Personally I felt privileged to have met him and been in communication with him, and would excitedly tell my friends that I’d been chatting with Mark on facebook about ideas for projects. Mark was a big fan of a Dutch artist, Rosa Ana and coincidentally I did bump into Rosa on the streets of Amsterdam and told her about Mark’s production skills but unfortunately the collaboration never came about.
The legacy of Mark’s music will never be forgotten, his classics stay in rotation. Not limited by the ‘UK’ tag, he was known globally from Europe to Australia to Japan to the US and Canada, everyone wanting that authentic hardcore sound knew Mark was the go to guy.
(Article by By David Balfour, source unknown)
RIP Mark B, one of the Great Ones