This US rapper first came to prominence with the release of ‘I’m Back’ in 1990, an answer song to Lisa Stansfield’s ‘All Around The World’. Featuring a strong hook sung by the song’s producer, Dr Freeze, alongside samples of Stansfield’s hit, it became a cult item on British and USA radio. When an album emerged it offered two sides to Red Bandit’s craft, the sensitive lover mode embodied by the title track, and a ‘dance’ side, the former featuring additional accompaniment from Bell Biv DeVoe’s Ricky Bell. The dance side was less artistically successful, typically utilising the over-familiar strains of Freeze’s ‘Poison’ drum motif in an approximation of Euro ‘hip-house’. However, by 1992 Red Bandit had left Motown Records, moving instead to Creative Control (through London Records). He also embarked on a career in broadcasting as the hip-hop disc jockey on WNWK and WNYE in New York.
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