Bassman was a seminal figure and MC in the Drum & Bass scene that preceded Grime.

MC Bassman was MCing before Drum and Bass music existed, he began in the Acid House music scene in Birmingham. Back in 1988 MC Bassman was MCing alongside DJs like Carl Cox, Mickey Finn, Ellis D, Ratty, SS, & Easygroove. These were big raves with upto 25,000 ravers and some of them were in outdoor arenas. You can view an early rave flyer with MC Bassman's name on here.

But then in 1991/92 a new sound was heard in the raves. It was a hardcore sound with some heavy reggae/dub style basslines, it was Jungle. With its heavy reagga style basslines, Jungle music was perfect for MC Bassman and he began MCing exclusively at Jungle/Drum and Bass gigs.

All throughout the 90's MC Bassman built up a name for himself as one of the most original and respected MC's in the scene. MC Bassman teamed up with MC $pyda & MC Trigga to perform at the biggest Drum and Bass gigs all over the UK. There was no other MC that had a sound that was an unique as MC Bassman. He became such a big name that he was often the biggest crowd puller on the flyer even above the DJs.

http://www.mcbassman.co.uk/profiles/mc-bassman.html