Month: November 2009

Tinchy Stryder Announces A 2nd UK Tour

Tinchy Stryder Announces A 2nd UK Tour

Tinchy Stryder is the biggest selling UK male artist of the year. With two number 1 singles, a certified gold album, a much-in-demand clothing line and a sold out headline tour under his belt, it is no surprise that he has been described as ‘Britain’s hottest new rapper’ (Guardian) who ‘has been instrumental in turning British Urban music from a minority interest into a commercially successful mainstream scene’ (The Times).

Cheo Colouring Book

Cheo Colouring Book

Tangent Books is pleased to announce the launch of the Cheo Colouring Book on December 1st. Cheo is one of Bristol’s most successful street artists and this book contains 15 high-quality prints and 15 outlines for people to colour in. It also comes with a free Cheo sticker.

Verbal Contact - Literary Vices

Verbal Contact – Literary Vices

In hip-hop terms, Leeds-based record label 30-Tonne Slug can be likened to waiting for a bus. The Northern scene has been waiting for years for a debut release from these guys and now, following the release of “Alphabetix Anonymous” by their label mates, the Alphabetix, Verbal Contact are hot on their heels with their own EP; “Literary Vices”.

Cappo

Cappo

One of the shining lyrical lights of the UK scene, Cappo’s discography is an advanced lesson in uncompromisingly dense and artful Hip Hop. With a brand new EP on the horizon it was only right we interrogated the Nottingham heavyweight.

Religulous

Religulous

Religulous is American comedian Bill Maher's documentary about his search for the reasons for faith. Maher interviews Muslims, Jews and Christians Mormons, scientists and even a Vatican astrologer to try to understand why people have faith. He visits a Creationist museum, which shows dinosaurs and humans living together, and even the Holy Land theme park in Florida where they enact recreations of Jesus being crucified on an hourly basis!

RIP Derek B

RIP Derek B

Very sad news is that pioneer Derek B aka EZQ aka Derek Boland (born 15 January 1965) has passed away from a heart attack at Charing Cross hospital. He was just 44 and everyone who followed Hip Hop's origins in this country will remember his name and contribution fondly. He was one of the first to make a name for himself in UK Hip Hop from appearances on Top Of The Pops, singles that reached the heights of the charts and his 1988 Bullet From A Gun LP.

Ryme - Demo Tracks [Audio]

Ryme – Demo Tracks [Audio]

Lee Carabine aka Ryme is 19 years old and comes from a little town in the North East called Redcar. He states that he didn’t achieve much when he was in school and was always getting into fights and trouble. He was in a gang called the KCC were he started getting into deeper trouble, but whilst partying he discovered Hip-Hop and developed a true passion for the music and started to write lyrics based on his life experiences.

The Defenders Of Style

The Defenders Of Style

The Defenders Of Style is a six man crew from Leeds who have their The Thoughts of the Nameless mixtape out right now. Despite a whole heap of setbacks the crew have formed a stronger bond and persevered. The crew’s house was robbed last year and they lost their equipment and beats. I met up with the guys to find out how they dealt with that, amongst other things…

The Defenders of Style - The Thoughts of the Nameless Mixtape CD [DOS]

The Defenders of Style – The Thoughts of the Nameless Mixtape CD [DOS]

In these times of economic depression, war and a barrage of negative news in the mainstream media, it’s no wonder that Leeds-based crew, The Defenders of Style, have a fairly low opinion of the state of modern Britain. The crew’s debut release, The Thoughts of the Nameless Mixtape, provides a running commentary of the everyday inadequacies that the Northern public face on a daily basis.