spending six continuous months as 103.9FM’s freestyle champion,
MC Armanni decided he needed a change.
The cutthroat and ghetto style of the
hip hop industry had given Armanni chills and it was time to switch
His introduction to drum and bass was an experience shared by many
first timers; Sutpens’ Jungle, February 2000. His first mixtape
was “DJ SS live at Sutpen’s Jungle” on which the
vocal skills of MC Skibadee gave Armanni
insight to the lyrical potential of drum and bass. Sighting MC Skibadee
as one of his influences, Armanni has developed a distinctly powerful
and diverse style of lyrical delivery which has garnered respect amongst
his peers as well many of the top dnb mcs and djs in the World. Staying
true to his hip hop roots, Armanni delivers bounce, flavor and lyrical
2003 was a fantastic year for MC Armanni. Not only was he nominated
Best Breakthrough MC at the Knowledge Drum
and Bass awards, Armanni also became the official Metalheadz USA MC.
He is undoubtedly the most well known lyricist in drum and bass with
his popularity surpassing the once indominatable forces of Skibadee,
GQ and Dynamite. With releases already on Freak and Intasound, MC
Armanni has set his sights on the grand realm.
Armanni performs with many of the top dnb artists at almost all
the top shows. Residencies include Bassrush
(LA), Platinum, DJ Series, Heavy Duty, Metalheadz, Ultraworld at Sonar
and Destination. He has amazed crowds at the World of Drum and Bass,
Electric Daisy Carnival, DJ Series, Starscape, Buzz and Ultra. Armanni
tours with the likes of Goldie, Dj Rap, Kenny Ken, Ray Keith, DJ Craze,
Dieselboy and is frequently sequestered to mc exclusively for many
other top djs in the industry.
As part of the duo, Mental Sharp, MC Armanni ,alongside MC Sharpness,
has already released the full length “On and Poppin” with
another album scheduled for release on
Photek Recordings in 2005. Already, Mental Sharp is burning up dancefloors
worldwide with their latest single “Fahrenheit 215”. Thus
far, live performances by Mentalsharp have received fantastic reviews
and future shows are set to raise the bar even higher.