When E1-Ten (TrackAddicts, Gotcha, Nicotine, LoveFUNK) recorded his latest album “The LoveFUNK”, I visited him in the studio and ended up playing keys on it. However, the track with the only featuring on the album caught my ear.
That track was “C.C.T.V.” featuring veteran MC Brainpower, with backing vocals by Maikal X, addressing issues like the total loss of our privacy, internet trolling and the constant monitoring by the authorities: ‘Who monitors the monitor man, that monitors the monitor’s monitor man?’ Says it all…
So when Ten and I started talking about remixing I immediately chose “C.C.T.V.” because the track spoke to me and I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with it. I also felt it would be a great send-off and salute to my old MC moniker Shogun, a name that has served me well for so many years but is no longer in line with what I’m doing right now. From now on it will all be Seoul Train, whether it be DJ’ing or MC’ing.
Anyway, after I did the music, the words came almost automatically and so I decided to add a verse and my view on today’s Dystopia: ‘Living in the camera-rich, who’s the perp? The snitch? The victim? The East Wickian witch?’
The UK has the densest network of C.C.T.V. cameras in the world so also from that point of view these are valid concerns. Not even the actual recordings per se, but the ones who have access (as low as Constable level!) and the blanket approach to the recorded data. Bye-bye privacy, hello Big Brother. It might not be the year 1984, but it sure feels like the book. Think about that. Our intellectual property rights, our civil and legal rights, our freedom, our autonomy are all on the chopping block. Are we willingly going to give it all away? The last step is our location data. My GPS is only on when I’m really really lost, I can tell you that.
Show your support by streaming or buying my remix of E1-Ten’s “C.C.T.V.” featuring Brainpower HERE (Wallboomers Music). Walk with us.