Author: Esh

KAOS - Spanish Hip Hop Part 1

KAOS – Spanish Hip Hop Part 1

The story of Spanish hip-hop begins with Maestro Fresh Wes, a Canadian artist who apparently released the first bilingual hip-hop record (I have lost the reference for this). Spanish has always been hip-hop’s second language starting with US artists like Kid Frost (Latin Alliance) and Mellow Man Ace, and the legacy was continued by groups like Cypress Hill, the Beatnuts, Delinquent Habits and Tha Mexakinz.

Hilltop Hoods

Hilltop Hoods

I was the first person to interview Hilltop Hoods when they arrived in the UK for the first stop of their world tour, a sold out show at Cargo. Although knackered from a long flight they were very friendly and informative, and gave a good insight into the Aussie scene, their position in the game and life down under. After the interview they absolutely tore down the live show, with me and the Bej the only non-Aussies in the venue.

Vice of Street Soul Productions

Vice of Street Soul Productions

I caught up with Vice of Street Soul Productions to talk about his diverse talents from emceeing, production, event promotion and the world of hip-hop in general. He’s a humble cat who deserves some exposure for the work he’s been putting in, so make sure you check him out on myspace and grab his CD 'Con-x-ions' when it drops…

Beat Butcha

Beat Butcha

If there’s one person making beats over here that you need to know about it’s Beat Butcha. This man is on fire, cranking out a seemingly endless series of ill beats with styles varying between jazzy R&B joints with D.ablo to electronic grimyness with artists like Ghetto (check ‘So Damn Dedicated’).

Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles

Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles

For many of us, Freddie Foxxx is the people’s champion who is still heavily slept on. When I first got through he was midway through an interview and I heard him say “…they’re not experimenting enough, they need to be more diverse…”. I assume he was talking about the current state of emcees, a topic he is always glad to discuss in interviews and on his records.

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

With the release of their 6th album, Atmosphere have come a long way since ‘Overcast’. Now recording with live instruments and touring with a band, they have upgraded their sound for ‘When Life Gives You Lemons You Paint That Shit Gold’, and even got Tom Waits to do some beatboxing on there.

Breis - Brother Reaching Each Inner Soul

Breis

I met up with emcee / producer Breis (pronounced Breeze) in Brixton to discuss all things hip-hop and more. Finding a table in the sun, the interview turned into a chilled out conversation as Breis is a more mature kind of artist making a change from some of the negative attitudes currently pervasive in UK hip-hop.

DJ Krush

DJ Krush

DJ Krush is one of the most successful hip-hop producers outside of the US and has evolved his sound over a series of flawless albums since his eponymous debut in 1994. His second album Strictly Turntablised (Mowax) was entirely instrumental and the music press began to use the term ‘trip-hop’ to describe his trademark sound, sparse mid tempo breakbeats with a smoked-out atmosphere.