BrOTHERHOOD clip: Noel Clarke nearly SUED Bashy before he signed him up for the soundtrack

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor

UK grime star Bashy – real name Ashley Thomas – was so impressed by Noel Clarke’s 2006 film ‘KiDULTHOOD’ he made a mixtape featuring samples from the film. However, when the mixtape ended up in Clarke’s hands it very nearly backfired on him.

Clarke initially wanted to SUE him for illegally sampling the film, as Bashy explains in our exclusive clip from the upcoming ‘BrOTHERHOOD’ DVD release above, but he quickly changed his mind when he heard the quality of the music.

“I was rapping at the time and my name was starting to bubble, but it hadn’t bubbled enough,” explains Bashy.

“Then Noel heard a mixtape that I made. It was buzzing on the streets, everyone had it. He bought two copies, heard it, and I had sampled snippets and soundbites from ‘KiDULTHOOD’ and put it on my mixtape.”

Noel Clarke in 'Brotherhood' - Credit: Lionsgate
Noel Clarke in ‘Brotherhood’ – Credit: Lionsgate

“So when he heard it, it starts off with all these skits from ‘KiDULTHOOD’ and he was like ‘I’m gonna sue this guy!’ And then as he started to listen to it more, he was like ‘this guy is kinda good!'”

Clarke promptly signed Bashy up to work as the assistant music supervisor on the sequel that would become 2008’s ‘AdULTHOOD’ where he contributed two tracks ‘Over Here’ and ‘Kidulthood to Adulthood’ to the soundtrack.

For the third film, 2016’s ‘BrOTHERHOOD’, Bashy landed a lead role playing Calvin after his acting career kicked off between the second and third film.

‘BrOTHERHOOD’ comes to Blu-ray and DVD 26 December.

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