Majestic decodes ‘Creeping In The Dark’ lyrics and more
Fresh from the success of this summers anthem Creeping In The Dark, we sat down with Majestic to get lyrical breakdowns and background behind some of his past hit singles and mixtape tracks.
The references to “this house is your house…” and the “‘88/‘89…” goes back to the days of Acid House - which was 25 years ago now and it was the biggest explosion of dance music in this country and was all about unity and love and it was like this this house is your house; it’s all of us together. So, that’s why Jungle 70 references back to the ‘88/’89 thing, it was probably the best time for dance and house music in this country.
“Ladies loving the tune, the crisp biscuit,” which is a reference to Heartless Crew, when they was in the mix they’d say to Fonti “this one’s a crisp biscuit.”
This is all about just getting down in a dark basement, real underground warehouse party and just enjoying yourself with no dickheads.
The lyric that Jungle 70 says on Creeping in the Dark “I jumped on it ‘cause the baseline caught me” is literal because Jungle 70 - the guy rapping on the track - he… I sent him the beat and he’s not rapped for many years and he heard that tune and it’s the first tune he’s written in years - which has sparked off this whole Jungle 70 thing. So, yeah, it was literal.
The education that Jungle 70 had learnt is through music, and it's just the whole energy of music is what's made Jungle 70 Jungle 70.
That’s a reference to Doug Lazy's hit in '89, Let It Roll, which is: “give me the mike, I get hype. Doug Lazy in the spotlight…” Sick tune - you need to check that.
The inspiration behind Creeping In The Dark was- believe it or not, I saw Jammer, from Boy Better Know, in a birthday party - C Grtiz's birthday bash last year - and he was creeping around the floor like a spider to this- to the house music. And I was like, “wow, Jammer is creeping in the dark." So that’s what inspired me to make the tune. I don’t even know if Jammer knows that. But, Jam', you now know that you’re part of it - he probably wants a little cut now… but, yeah, so it was Jammer who inspired the Creeping In The Dark.
In the V.I.P. was written from experience. It was- it started off, before the Boy Better Know remix there's an original version and the lyrics were like:
"So I go to the door in my Air Force Ones, I’m a queue jumper with more than one. Don’t want to hear the bouncer say “son, trouble tonight, because there’s none"”
Because I went to a club in Essex - Club 195 - and I was with a West Ham football player at the time - it was Nigel Quashie - I’d gone to the door… “No, get out mate. No, you’re not coming in, you’re not on the list," and then the footballer’s come along and said, “Oi, he’s with me…” and it was cool. So, it was like… yeah.
There’s been many a time when I get parred - even to this day - I go to get accreditations for festivals and that… “you’re not on the list mate, you’re not coming in.” â¨I’m like, "I’m playing on the main stage.” â¨“Oh, okay.”
Collaborating with Boy Better Know is something that was very fun. We’ve done a few things together, played the guitar on their tune Goin' In, produced some stuff with Skepta on his album, All Over The House, and do you know what, like, they’re family. They’re like my cousins, you know. Like, I love seeing them do well - I always want them to do well and it’s the mutual respect and they’re such creative individuals. They’ve all got their own style, their own personas but they’re together, for me, they could - and should be - our version of Wu-Tang Clan. Like, they’ve got so much personality and their vibes… You know, and they can go and blow up a dance as well, which is… not everyone can do that. So, yeah, working with them is always fine and I’d love to think we’d do some more stuff at some point.
In Get Away that tune was all about me expanding from being just a Garage MC and what people knew me as. And when I referenced "In Control" that was the record label that me and Control-S were putting Garage music out on - so that was In Control Records. So, it’s like now I’m saying we’re moving on from that and I’m not Majestic MC, I’m Majestic. So, yeah, it is a subtle name change there.
The whole 888 thing which was on my Twitter tags and it was on my Instagram and stuff, I done a lyric in a tune called Giving Up - which is on my first mixtape, which was also called 888. I went "888 because I’m two steps ahead of negative forces messing with your head." So, referencing back to 666 being an iconic number of the devil, I’m denouncing all evil so to speak, and the number 8 is really massive in Japan and it’s a really, sort of, number for good luck and good fortune and prosperity. So, that’s why I chose 888.
When I mention about the new chapter in those lyrics, I’m, again, talking about this transition that I’ve been trying to make, for many years, from being just an MC into an artist. And it’s a real hard journey when someone knows you as an MC in a club, to be then taken seriously as an artist. So, for me that next chapter was me going in the studio, doing these tunes and, yeah, I’m in that next chapter now.
King of My World is about the perception you have to other people. Like, some people think others are doing better than other people and they look at stuff like YouTube views or stats here and there.
That was, for me, just saying, “look, in what I’m doing, now, I really feel like I’m in a place where I can be proud of my achievements," and equally, Jammer and C Gritz was on the tune as well. We’ve all come from similar places in terms of no one helped us, we just got off our backsides and did it ourselves. So, how can you tell me I’m not a king of my world when I know what my world is, kind of thing. So, it’s trying to inspire other people to think, “do you know what, I’m the king of my world…” so, if you use that mentality you can achieve anything, is what my opinion is.
That lyric of "Starting life two decks and a mixer," it literally was that, you know, in 1990 my Dad bought me a pair of decks from The Loot - you know, kids are probably too young to know that The Loot is, but, basically, eBay in a paper. So, yeah, I literally started my musical career with two decks and a mixer and I had some old PC that I had Fruity Loops on. So, it, literally, is just showing its grass roots. It wasn’t no schooling, nothing. It was, literally, me in my loft and music and it was, you know, exploring it naturally and it’s an organic progression.
Obviously Jammer from Boy Better Know - who’s a legend in Grime - has been in it 10+ years, he had a tune called Top Producer and I used to listen to it on the way to school - massive Grime tune - "top producer, rude boy" - and I used to love it, listening, to school. You know, obviously, it’s really inspiring for me to work with people that did inspire me in school days - Jam', Skepta, JME… we’ve all, sort of, grown together musically. Even people like DJ EZ, when I started mixing he was the guy. For me to be his MC of choice, at the moment, that’s a massive honour. So this, for me, like, I loved Tupac and Biggie as a kid, but they weren’t what I could relate to. So, when I heard someone like B Live or Viper spitting on Garage, doing English lyrics about English things, you know, that, for me really captured everything I wanted to do.
In 2010, I think, when we done In The VIP, we done a performance on Big Brother’s - I think it’s called Big Brother’s Big Mouth - and so we performed on their aftershow with Davina McCall as the host - and, obviously, Davina McCall: proper MILF. It was great to be around her and it’s online. There’s me with Davina McCall skanking and it’s just, you know… wow! Again, within the King Of My World context, you know, it’s like, “wow, look what we’ve achieved, this is really cool," like, you know and it’s just celebrating that. It’s not about boasting it or saying, “oh, look, I’m the big I am.” It’s just celebrating it, you know.
There’s a Devil Part 1 - which a lot of people need to hear - which was about a friend of mine who was in a situation in a relationship that I didn’t necessarily approve of and it was an experience I wrote about. Devil Part 2 was about when I was about 16, I was with someone and, being 16, I thought I was in love. Like, I thought this is the real deal and you put everything into it. And then to be broken-hearted, it was something that I can probably continually write about for the next 20 years because that feeling is - although it’s really depressing - it’s quite inspiring and a lot of people have been through it. So, yeah, it was a genuine experience. I find when I’m writing stuff, if it’s from experience, it’s the easiest thing to write.
The tune Dreaming Of on my mixtape IDI-UH-OH! is about my missus. I’ve been with my fiancé now - I got engaged, like, two weeks ago - it's about her, because when I’m on the road and I’m away a lot, you know, sometimes she’s at home on her own and that and I just wanted her to know that I’m thinking of her. So, when I’m away and stuff… because, you know, a lot of people think we’re out partying, there’s women everywhere and all that kind of stuff. But, you know, I keep it real, like, that’s my missus of nine years and I love her, so, real talk.