Ellinika Grammata Editions, p.293
(The book has already been printed four times and today is unfortunately out of print.)
B.D.Foxmoor: His lyrics in a book.
Blame it on the fire is the title of a book released by Ellinika Grammata Editions during the first days of October 2000. This specific book apart from being a collection of all B.D.Foxmoor’s lyrics, it contains only the verses that were turned into songs included in various record releases from 1993 until 2000.
That is, it contains the verses which were written in order to become songs and especially in a lowbap rhythm and state of mind. By the years, simply, some people felt the need to borrow these lyrics from the songs and gather them into a book. Blame it on the fire is perhaps one of the few books of a relative context circulating in this country. Besides, it’s not at all by accident that the book has managed already to be printed four times. This book is a small stop –and a result- of B.D.Foxmoor’s consistent course into his dream. Born in 1967 in Perama of Piraeus, he had been involved with the Rap culture from a very young age. He was listening whatever had a relation with it and started collecting vinyl records ever since 1979. At the age of twelve, he named himself ‘Foxmoor’ (the fox of the moor). During the years 1983-1988, he attended the Tourist School and was recruited in the army. But the things keeping him connected with Rap were music, basketball and breakdance. He was involved with breakdance from 1982 and up until 1986 while the occupation with basketball lasted till the first years of the 90’s. In the interval of all these years, he was searching for a way to rap with greek lyrics. Thus, in 1992, he creates Active Member and by 1993 he independently releases the first ever greek hiphop album called Protest.
Meanwhile, he founds Freestyle Productions, an independent production team. Since that time, and up until the book’s first edition, 43 record albums had been set on release either independently or in cooperation with Warner (and also with other record companies), while B.D.Foxmoor has participated in a number of more than 350 tracks being responsible for either the music production or the lyrics. But the biggest excess of him was his decision back in 1995 to name his music LowBap so that he could separate himself from the international music scene and backstage. On top of that, he defined lowbap’s meaning by this simple, self-evident and wise line: I support my word with my life and vice verca. All these were succeeded within a short period of time without any academic musical knowledge. Besides, by reading this person’s lyrics by the order found in the book, we realise the evolution of his technique and mostly the course of his pen on the paper which liberates itself even more every time. At the beginning, he uses the words in a train of thought and an order very likely to his own life, a kind of stressed and hurried, while afterwards (and with the necessary process of time and experience taken place), he uses them in a more mature and conscious way. By writing, he looks for an answer to his liking, to surround his madness with a little bit of a fairytale and of a magical element. As he himself once said: ‘The word works for me as that light turned on in every step of mine in order to be able to make the next one. The mysterious thing about me is that I felt the need to come closer in every word and this wasn’t a consequent of a habit or a chronic process, rather than a salvation, it was the sky, the tear and my laugh, and I truly feel sorry of not having more education and not knowing a lot of words so that I could express everything existing within me…’The material of Blame it on the fire started being collected almost a year ago by Sadahzinia. Executing a thing like that was a time-consuming procedure as no archive existed and the lyrics were written offhand upon various little papers or the manuscripts were lost completely. There were also some lyrics that needed to be rephrased by ear, as they had never been written on paper anyway; B.D.Foxmoor improvised them during recording. Furthermore, some photographs were selected, most of them shot either by Michalis himself or by friends in order to unload a bit this book full of words and for no other reason. Freestyle Production’s tribal which looks like being on fire illustrates the front cover. The book contains lyrics from the follow records albums: Protest, I’m still an Active Member, At the time of the shadows, The big game, From run away land, Kramahoperrata, Myths of the moor, Very Seldom, Weird days beautiful days, as well as B.D.Foxmoor’s lyrics from Vavilona’s and Sadahzinia’s albums and those from Brigada and Non Grata projects. Lastly, it also contains the lyrics of the track named Tree (coming from a tribute disc to Dionysis Savvopoulos) as well as a track called Life full of Fire the one made in collaboration with Asian Dub Foundation. Sadahzinia is responsible for the whole diligence of the book and for the epilogue’s conduction. Within Blame it on the Fire, B.D.Foxmoor deposes some originals and unaffected lyrics without caring for any disturbance of properness or any sensitivities.
In a recent talking he had said that: ‘Verses which are not yet turned into songs are like the dough which had not yet turned into bread. But I myself always liked the bread…’
Indeed, during all this time, the manuscripts bearing his lyrics which were passing through my hands, managed to turn me back to the time when he was struggling to turn them into songs, to infuse them life. And the time has come to be found ready within a book all ‘baked and vowed’.
These lyrics written by B.D.Foxmoor, draw images from the past and the future, pages of lowbap’s history and moments owned to the fire…