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Social Misfits

Demanding Respect – Social Misfits

It is a cold evening in late June and The Cartoon Club in West Croydon, South London, is hosting Deemore’s Black and White Exposure: a talent showcase for local up-and-coming singers, rappers and dancers. The venue is reasonably full, but the crowd seems extremely sedated as Da Essence, from the Social Misfits rap collective, take to the stage. Without receiving much encouragement from the audience, Mr Roach, Ace and Flamer still manages to deliver a lively set that includes a ‘Verbal Workout’ over the instrumental to M.O.P.’s ‘Ante Up’ and ‘Girl from the Manor’, a cheeky tune about chatting up women. After their performance, I manage to grab the trio and their producer Sir Prestige for a chat.


Surviving In The Forgotten World – Malarchi

I read somewhere that ‘malarchi’ means ‘blossoming’ in Tamil; and it’s fair to say that the East London emcee who uses the word as his moniker is also one of UK hip hop’s burgeoning talents. His debut album ‘Forgotten World’ was released with considerable fanfare back in May, so I recently caught up with him at the Darkjoint recording studio in Canning Town (where most of the album’s tracks were conceived) to find out what he is trying to achieve with his LP.


Emerging From The Shadows – Darkjoint

In an age when hip hop producers can gain as much of a celebrity status as the top emcees in the scene, Roy 'The Dark Disciple' is determined to establish himself as one of the UK's finest beat makers.  Born and raised in South London, but now residing in Canning Town, East London, Roy is the lead member of the Darkjoint production team and is responsible for crafting all of the beats on Malarchi's thunderous 'Forgotten World' LP.

Ruf Beats


This label grew out of a record shop run by Dave Davies in Manchester. The label is mostly an outlet for Dave the Ruf in his various guises, but the Ruf has now started signing other acts too.

Rep Dat Sound


Rep Dat Sound records. These guys claim to be, 'the most innovative creative pioneers to come out of SE13'. They are, 'Real UK Hip Hop from people who have know about the gritty and grimey ways of the streets'.