Fatman Scoop

Fatman Scoop (real name Isaac Freeman III) is a New York City hip hop artist and producer. He is best known for the track "Be Faithful" with the Crooklyn Clan which went to number one in the UK and Ireland in late 2003 and top 5 in Australia. The song has been a favourite in clubs around the world for years but it took two years to clear the samples from Jay-Z, Black Sheep, Queen Pen, the Beatnuts and Faith Evans. The track takes its name from the sample of Evans singing. The follow up "It Takes Scoop" reached the top 5 in the UK, the top 20 in Ireland and the top 40 in Australia in 2004.

Discography

  • "Be Faithful" (single) (2003)
  • "It Takes Scoop" (single) (2004)

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The follow up "It Takes Scoop" reached the top 5 in the UK, the top 20 in Ireland and the top 40 in Australia in 2004. Gothic rock. The track takes its name from the sample of Evans singing. In the words of their official web-site - "The Nephilim are here...". The song has been a favourite in clubs around the world for years but it took two years to clear the samples from Jay-Z, Black Sheep, Queen Pen, the Beatnuts and Faith Evans. The anticipation amongst their following - The Watchmen grows awaiting new material, taking their individual and intense sound and lyrics to new spaces and dimensions. He is best known for the track "Be Faithful" with the Crooklyn Clan which went to number one in the UK and Ireland in late 2003 and top 5 in Australia. The statement from the websites, both official and unofficial, surrounding the band, are that new material is being worked on. Live dates pencilled in were cancelled in 2003 as the band insist they will only tour with new material, refusing to join the other bands of their generation touring to old audiences playing old material.

Fatman Scoop (real name Isaac Freeman III) is a New York City hip hop artist and producer. The band reformed in the late 1990's, the collection of out-takes and assorted unreleased recordings "Fallen" was released in 2002 exciting many of the followers who had grown used to reading about imminent new material, but then disappointed as the tracks were definitely not new material, and the subsequent album has been disowned by the band who insist that the album was released by their old record label without their wishes or permission. "It Takes Scoop" (single) (2004). The collection of mostly hard metal and speed-metal tracks pointed in a new direction, but one that ultimately still awaits a follow-up. "Be Faithful" (single) (2003). The remaining band members formed Rubicon, while McCoy began a new group called Nefilim. "Zoon was released in 1996, an album that largely disappointed followers of his former band. To the shock of their following, Carl McCoy left the band in 1991 (1991 in music), and in a subsequent interview uttered the immortal words "I am the Nephilim...".

The album was preceded by the single "For her light" which again followed the bands custom of charting highly one week courtesy of their army of followers, then dipping out of the chart listings the next. Produced for the first time by ex-Pink Floyd producer Andy Jackson (taking over from previous band producer Bill Buchanan), the opus represented the band at the zenith of their creativity and powers. This single/EP was a candle-bearer for the polished and highly produced Elizium (1990 in music) album. "Psychonaut" was released in 1989; this ten minute track indicated a slight shift for the band toward a more experimental and intense sound.

The following live dates with the more spohisticated light show and effcts, and of course the larger venues, highlighted their inexorable rise in popularity and so confidence. The standout tracks were "The Watchman" (later released as a single), "Phobia" (a live favourite), "Love under will" and the anthemic "Last exit for the lost". Displaying a more confident and polished sound, the band cemented their status as one of the biggest underground acts on the circuit. The following year the single "Moonchild" was released followed by their assured second album "The Nephilim".

The single 'Blue Water' was subsequently released reaching the main UK charts for the first time, and making a big impact on the Independent chart listings for their label Situation Two. 'Dawnrazor' was a powerful, albeit standard Gothic rock collection of modern horror-film themed songs, standout songs were 'Dust' - a live favourite, 'Vet for the Insane' a quieter melodic showcase for Yates' guitar and McCoy's dramatic gruff vocals, and the tremendously powerful ten minute title-track. Both singles were alternative rock hits, and Dawnrazor (1987 in music), their debut album did similarly well. They signed to Beggar's Banquet in 1986 (1986 in music) to release "Power" and "Preacher Man".

Their debut release the "Burning the Fields" EP was released in 1985 showing the raw power and melody that began to earn them a big underground following. Lyrically, they incorporated mystical themes, epecially relating to The Cthulhu Mythos, Sumerian Mythology, and Aleister Crowley. Their sound was innovative in the Gothic scene, incorporating Heavy Metal elements to make a hard, bass and guitar driven sound underneath McCoy's growly, Doom Metal-esque vocals. The band's name refers to (magnetic) fields and the biblical Nephilim race.

Carl McCoy, Gary Whisker, Tony Pettit and Paul and Nod Wright were the starting lineup, and Peter Yates joined by the time of their first release. They formed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in 1984 (1984 in music). Fields of the Nephilim is a Gothic rock band, active throughout the 1980s. Revelations, 1993.

Visionary Heads, 1991 (live). Morphic Fields, 1989. Forever Remain, 1988 (live). Fallen, 2002 (compilation).

From Gehenna To Here, 2001 (compilation). Revelations, 1993 (compilation). Laura, 1991 (compilation). Earth Inferno, 1991 (live).

Elizium, 1990. BBC Radio 1 - Live in Concert, 1988. The Nephilim, 1988. Dawnrazor, 1986.

Returning To Gehenna, 1986 (compilation). Burning The Fields, 1985. From The Fire, 2002. One More Nightmare (Trees Come Down A.D.), 2000.

Sumerland, 1990. For Her Light, 1990. Psychonaut, 1989. Moonchild, 1988.

Blue Water, 1987. Preacher Man, 1987. Power, 1986.

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