Although the viciousness of a street
existence tore the group apart before they even had time to release an official record
, MC Setch and the Ganmeister remain the defining exponents of A level funk-hop.
With all the lyrical brags and beats as heavy as holmium, what was often overlooked was a sense of positivity in the rhymes. Drawing inspiration from a less materialistic age of hip-hop, the lyrics of HexFailure (then known as the Inverse Funktion) and the Ganmeister (now known as benny_g)expressed a desire to reach an altogether funkier state of being in their remorseless street environment. MC Setch often began their heavy, strictly underground gigs by proclaiming that "the kids of today ain't got nuff funk". In one of their early demos, he was introduced by the Ganmeister as "Setch is my MC, I call him the Lemsip, 'cos he cures all your ills, and don't take no pills" - a bold position indeed from a group at the heart of the drug-filled ghettos of Milton Keynes.
Although we will probably never see a proper reunion, both Setch and the Gan will undoubtedly be a galvanising force on the funk-hop-beats scene of Oxford when they arrive there for a period of soul re-education from the University Brothers ("dey gonna learn you some wisdom"). Meanwhile their influence on a whole generation of funk-hop hep-cats remains pervasive.
As MC Setch himself put it during their final show at some-time MK venue the Pit Stop:
Now listen to me, I'm the hottest MC, to the power of three, got my posse with me. But you can be ice, if you follow my advice - don't go campin', just keep on cold lampin'.