Blade carved himself a career out of sheer will power. Despite cementing a fierce reputation on the UK hip-hop scene in the mid-80s, the Armenian-born rapper's attempts to court a major deal came to nought. Resourceful as ever, he went it alone. Yet running his own ship was fraught with danger one pirate attack from a nearby European stronghold leaving the rarely flush Blade in serious career-threatening arrears after he ploughed every last penny into 1992's debut LP Survival Of The Hardest Workin'. While many would have raised the white flag, Blade concocted an ingenious solution asking his loyal fans to stump up in advance for his next album. Blade repaid the willing faithful in droves. An intense 16-day studio stint yielding the 26-track magnum opus
1. KEEP IT GOIN' ON
2. FADE 'EM OUT
3. MUSIC FOR UNIVERSAL PLEASURE
5. START THE REVOLUTION
6. HOW TO RAISE A BLADE
7. NO COMPROMISE
8. HOLD YOUR OWN
9. BEDROOM DEMO
11. IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A LUNATIC
12. GRIPPER THE PITBULL THE APPROACH
13. TAKE IT TO THE EDGE
1. OR GET CRUSHED LIKE A PUMPKIN
2. HEADS ARE FOREVER BOPPIN'
3. SHUT THE FUCK UP
4. SILENCE IS BETTER THAN BULLSHIT
5. NO MERCY, NO FUTURE
6. THE LION GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
7. THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKIN'
8. SURVIVAL PRELUDE
9. GOD GIVE ME STRENGTH
10. FUCK THE SYSTEM
11. DARK AND SINISTER FEATURING MC MELL'O'
12. SUCK ON MY ELECTRIC GUITAR