The Wascals were a group of young hooligans signed to J-Swift's, Fat House Recordings, a sub-label of Delicious Vinyl. Together, Bucwheed, Spit-Anky, Alphie and St. Imey, formed a boisterous crew with freshly pubescent voices that fell perfectly in place with J-Swift's raw, Jazz-sampling, beats. Often referred to as 'the baby Pharcyde' because of the number of members and their similar vocal delivery, The Wascals material ranged from the common booty anthem ("The Dips") to the under-explored perspective from the classroom ("Class Clown"). With this 'Golden Era' came a comfort in addressing new topics and experimenting with narrative, yet no one dared to tackle the monotony of the rebel trapped in History class since Pookey Blow's "Get Up (And Go To School)". Though young Pookey made a valid point, the lyrics are simplistic compared to the tense, irritation of St. Imey's verse on "Class Clown". You can really feel the burn of contempt in lines like,
"I'm really, really sorry, Mr. Harrari, your lectures bore me/
I interupt you when I tell a story/
I Raise my hand, to make you stand up, and you ignore me"
Unfortunately, The Wascals never rose to prominence as their producer, J-Swift, drifted away from music and into the unforgiving hands of crack cocaine. Amid label troubles and J-Swift's growing dependence on crack, their album, Greatest Hits, did not see the light of day until 2007 when Delicious Vinyl decided to release it about 15 years after its completion. Rapper, Bucwheed went solo to minor success, but the juvenile ingenuity that was The Wascals was lost to time and fortune forever.
Peep the video for "Class Clown"