Insane Macbeth started getting into production in 1988, it took a number of years to perfect his craft and in 1991, he produced ‘Borderin’ Insanity’ for Kinetic Effect (whilst Kinetic Effect was still in 2 The Top). ‘Borderin’ was the last recording at Cold Storage Studio (where MC Mell ‘O’, and London Posse recorded material). Tim Westwood played ‘Borderin’ while it was on a tape, when he was at Capital Radio. ‘Borderin’ Insanity’ was officially released in 1993, along with ‘Beyond The Parameters Of Amateurs’ on Insane Macbeth’s own imprint, Insane Recordings. There was a limited 500 green vinyl available (which now sells for around £30), as well as 200 promotional copies!
In 1995 he recorded ‘Man Bites Dog’/ ‘The Effect Of Fear’ with Kinetic Effect. Moving away from the battle mentality, Kinetic Effect & Insane Macbeth wanted to explore more abstract concepts, with beats that were more like soundscapes! These two tracks were released in 1997 (whilst Insane Macbeth was at university, studying a philosophy degree). There are only 500 copies available of this single, these two tracks act as a precurser to the trip-hop & break-beat movement.
In 1997, Kinetic Effect & Insane Macbeth recorded a mini-album called ‘The Mortis Experiments’, this was unreleased, however, Huntkillbury Finn’s ‘Mummy’s Little Soldier’ project (released on Son Records in 1999) also included two tracks that were produced by Insane Macbeth. These were ‘Retrospective: UXB’; & ‘Bad Enough’ (Insane Macbeth also executive-produced the project, although wasn’t credited for this!)
In 1999, he started recording his album, tentatively called ‘The “Retardation” Project’. Wishing to gain a more accessible sound (without moving away from what The Icepick called, “his dungeon sound”!), he completed 14 cuts. The album included Kinetic Effect, The ‘Legendary’ Icepick, Huntkillbury Finn, Grizzly, Shaka Shazzam, Crazy Noddy, and a protege of Insane Macbeth’s called Ripper. There are only 100 white label copies of this album around. The track ‘True Heart’, by The Icepick (off the album), was released in 2001 on Insane Recordings with a limited 500 red vinyl, for collectors.
Insane Macbeth died on May 8th, 2016 from complications due to deteriorating health following a long battle with leukemia. R.I.P.