Blak Prophetz

Blak Prophetz
Blak Prophetz
Genres Hip Hop
Old school hip-hop
New school hip hop
Years active Early 1980s-present
Labels GTI Records, Kold Sweat Records, The Digital Jukebox Records
Associated acts Ced Gee, Ultramagnetic Mc's(hip hop group)

The Blak Prophetz is an English hip-hop/electric/funk band, formed in the mid 1980s by the DJ Sure Shot (Mark Duffus), a DJ, rapper and jazz drummer.

The first track known to be released by this band can be found on a rare compilation called "The Wheel Project", which was a community project for local talent. The Blak Prophetz had no real interest in this project as they saw it as a step in the wrong direction, but Sure Shot offered his production skills to help some artists who were to appear on the album. One of the chosen artists got nervous, and decided to back out of the album deal. The Blak Prophetz were then asked to take their place on the album.

After a long discussion, the Blak Prophetz agreed and released a track entitled "Feel the Force". This track got the Blak Prophetz their first real record deal with a small independent record label called GTI/Kick in Records based in West London, United Kingdom. It was with this label that the Blak Prophetz released another track entitled "Fax on Wax", which for legal reasons only came out on limited edition promos.

The Blak Prophetz were soon signed by Tony Powell [1] Director of Pinnacle Distribution, London who had his own label called Kold Sweat|Kold Sweat Records. It was with this label the Blak Prophetz release the track called "Chapter One". DJ Sure Shot started to get requests from bands and artists all over the world asking him to assist them with their productions. This meant that the Blak Prophetz was somewhat put on hold for a short period so that Sure Shot could complete his productions and projects. During this time, DJ Sure Shot worked with/production tracks for Urban Species, Us3, [2]/ Preeyah Kalidas] (Actress from the movie Bend It like Beckham) and also worked on remix projects for D-Influence Records who requested Sure Shot's production skills on a duet track by Warren Stacey & Justin Timberlake which can be heard and purchased only within in the Japanese territory distributed by Avex Distribution, Japan. It was disguised as 'The WS Project' for legal reasons and was released by D-Influence Records in association with Avex Records Japan, located on an album called '[3] Soul Essentials Vol 6', released by Avex Records.

Whilst DJ Sure Shot was working in Minnesota as an engineer, the demand for Blak Prophetz material grew. When DJ Sure Shot made moves to New York, he became close friends with Ced Gee (Ultramagnetic MC's), Grafiq Sebek, DJ Tony Tone (Cold Crush Brothers) and Afrika Bambaataa. Since then, the Blak Prophetz have been working very closely with these guys and in the late 1990s, a Blak Prophetz release came out from their very own record label which they formed called "Fatt Jointz Records". The track was a 12 inch called "With FX" on FJ Entertainment, which was released in New York and distributed through the major distributors, [4] TRC Distribution, Los Angeles, USA. The track was an instant hit in the Hip Hop genre in the USA and the news grew to other areas like the UK & Europe. DJ Sure Shot The Blak Prophet(z) decided that it was time to do the first album. The follow-up was an album which was made in 2003 and released in 2005; It was called "The 2nd Coming" released on their own label. The album included DJ Tony Tone, (The Cold crush Brothers); Guest vocals from Ced Gee (Cedric Miller) and close friend Grafiq (Greg Ward), Miss Merciless from the Bronx, New York and many others.

Since the album, there have been other releases from the previous album, e.g. [5] "What Is Rap - Remixed" and also an underground unreleased single from 2004 entitled "A Time 4U", which was given away free to make way for their newer releases. The Blak Prophetz are now back in the studio and are currently working on their next album due 2009/2010.


Year Cat No Label Track Name Format
1989 N/A N/A Feel the Force Compilation
1991 Kick8 Kick'in Fax On Wax 12 Inch
1992 KS EP 205 Kold Sweat Chapter One 12 Inch
2001 FJ001 Fatt Jointz With Fx 12 Inch
2002 UND 002 Undercover Spitt'in Words Compilation
2005 FJCD003 Fatt Jointz 2nd Coming Album/CD/Digital
2006 FJCD005 Digital Jukebox What Is Rap Single/Digital
2009 DJ0010 Digital Jukebox The Situation Single/Digital
2009 DJ0012 Digital Jukebox Gotta Give Single/Digital

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