The biggest Underground record of the moment and also the first record I played in 2012 was this anthem – ‘Marka’ by Skeptical & Dub Phizix featuring Broke N £nglish’s Strategy. Finding favour with every Drum & Bass, Bass music and Underground music DJ worth their salt, it’s also a former Jam Hot. However a recurring question whenever I’ve played it on the radio though from those who aren’t as well versed in broken english (see what I did there) or Jamcunian Patois is “…what the hell did he say?” – well, never fear as I’ve taken the time to transcribe and translate the lyrics to Marka for you right here:
Stinking of issy miyake dark rum and the marijuana
At the moment, I smell of a heady blend of Issy Miyake aftershave mixed with the Dark rum and Marijuana I’ve been consuming. It’s quite a potent mix.
Step inna mi lake and swim with the piranha
Metaphorically speaking, I’m so tough that if I had a lake and you were to step into it, you would find it full of Piranhas, which as you know are very dangerous fish and would most likely eat you.
Anytime mi drop mi go put down a marka
Whenever I’m about to drop something, whether it be a lyric or a heavy beat; I’m going to put down a marker so that you’re able to see where it came from.
If it nuh money say whe dem bother talk for?
If you’re going to ask me to perform or ‘drop a marka’ and you’re not considering paying me money for it, why are you talking to me at all? I am a professional wordsmith and expect to be paid for my work.
Dem a try fi hold up a bank wid a banana
Those kind of people I aforementioned are so silly, they’re the kind of person who would try to rob a bank armed with only a piece of fruit rather than a weapon.
Yeah we pree the whole ting panorama
Yes, indeed we watched the whole thing happen and found it as informative as that award winning BBC current affairs show Panorama.
Whole heap a gun talk they don’t really want no drama
Those silly people I mentioned before pretend to be hardcore by mentioning that they have guns but I bet that if push came to shove, they wouldn’t want to cause any disruption or drama so to speak.
We a kill dem a bloodclaat gain
In a soundclash against those fools, we will lyrically decimate them exactly as we have done before. In fact, I’m getting tired of lyrically decimating them. How many times must we do this?!
Got the tings on lock down again
Once more, we have secured our lyrical and musical arsenal for our soundclash combat.
Them a tek ten shots in again
In fact we have 10 hard hitting items to fire at them during our soundclash. These items are so hard hitting, they’re akin to shots fired from a gun.
Dem pon a old pan sound dem again
The technical capabilities of their musical set up leave a lot to be desired.
Man a gash dem and light them again
With reference to the 2006 reggae anthem by Chuck Fender ‘Gash Dem and Light Dem’, we’re going to fight against their negativity and purify their stupidity with our lyrical and musical fire!
Becaa me nah hyping again
Last time we faced each other, I got excited about the prospect. This time, it’s business.
Man are ready fi di war, when it comes on top, ‘ca me nah feel frightened again
We are ready for this soundclash when the time comes and although last time it happened, I felt nervous energy; this time I don’t.
Hope that helps you enjoy the record!