After getting into Hip-Hop around 1988, UK based Configa first saw his future in radio presenting his own show on a local unlicensed station, but ultimately the draw of the microphone proved too much and by the age of 16 he started writing rhymes under the pseudonym ‘M.C. Unique’. After releasing various mixtapes on the underground as well as getting involved in local freestyle battles ‘Unique’ decided to build upon his buzz and release his debut album ‘Baptizm Of Fire’ in 2000. Aside from mic duties, the album was also self-produced/mixed/manufactured and financed by himself and the album featured a collaboration with B. Down the CEO of LA based ‘Rap Junkie Records’ who then signed ‘Unique’ to his label in 2001. ‘M.C. Unique’ went on to feature on two releases on the LA label, ‘Independent Game 1’ (2001) and ‘Independent Game 2’ (2002) and then released his second album, ‘The King Of Linguistics’ in 2002. The album was mainly self produced and gained favourable reviews and including a mention on MTV.com alongside the ‘8 Mile’ Soundtrack and Christina Aguilera upon its release date and was distributed in Europe and all across North America.
In 2003 ‘M.C Unique’ decided to take a back seat on mic duties and rebranded himself ‘Configa’ a new vibe where focused almost exclusively on production work . In 2004, Configa formed, along with Wargasms, Arsenal and C-Gully, the crew ‘Slept On Fam’ and went on to release the album ‘Audio Crack’ was released late 2006. The album received excellent reviews such as “What makes Configa so good?” Rapreviews.com, “Configa serves up the production crack for those audio canals” UKHH.com and Blues & Soul mentioning “Configa’s stirring production”. Slept On Fam then went on to win ‘Group of The Year’ in 2007 at the second annual ‘Get ‘Em Magazine’ music awards in Florida hosted by the legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr, beating such luminaries as recent Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia. After a lengthy music hiatus where Configa had a weekly on-line radio show while getting his PhD on a thesis about hip hop and ethnicity, Configa released a 2Pac remix album entitled “Configa Presents…Pac To The Essence Vol. 1” in 2010 to mark the 14th year of 2Pac’s passing.
Configa then set up his own independent record label Configaration Records and began work on his solo album entitled “Inside The Echo Chamber” which will be entirely produced by Configa alongside a host of different MC’s guesting on the tracks. Notable confirmed guests so far include stateside legends Craig G, Chino XL, Nine and Kurtis Blow along with UK legend Scorzayzee and the album is due for release early 2012. In the meantime we have this brand new mixtape ‘Calm Before The Storm’ to keep us going! This is a twenty track collection of the underground’s finest MC’s spittin’ flamez over his boom-bap driven beats. There are artists from both the UK and the USA on here and the music speaks for itself and all of the beats are original Configa compositions. This release stands alone by itself, with its strength and depth and is the perfect prelude to the album “Inside The Echo Chamber”. Configa is about rhythmic “Golden Era Real Hip-Hop” with that unique head nodding instrumentation.
Configa – Calm Before The Storm
All tracks Produced, Arranged and Mixed by Configa for Configaration Productions*
*except for track 4: Co-Produced with Grey Matter
Three tracks have been leaked all of which can be listened to in their entirety here:
There is also a FREE download 17 minute DJ mix by Frank Costa available here: