Big Dada

Big Dada is a Ninja Tunes hiphop imprint, founded in 1997 and ran by Will Ashon and producing some of the finest ‘leftfield’ hiphop from all shores but predominantly UK.

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Wiley To Release Snakes And Ladders On Big Dada

Wiley To Release Snakes And Ladders On Big Dada

The philosophers have been asking themselves the wrong question. It isn't does God play dice? we should be worrying about, but does Wiley play snakes and ladders? The answer is, of course, yes. But like everything Wiley does, he doesn't just play a bit of snakes and ladders, any more than he just raps a bit, or just has the odd minor disagreement, or posts the occasional amusing Tweet. When Wiley plays snakes and ladders he plays it on the cosmic scale, he plays it with his whole career, his whole life.

Congo Natty - Jungle Revolution LP [Big Dada]

Congo Natty – Jungle Revolution LP [Big Dada]

Big Dada are proud and pleased to announce that they will release the album "Jungle Revolution" by Congo Natty on June 17th 2013. Congo Natty aka Rebel MC has a career dating back to his early hit with Double Trouble, "Street Tuff", but is probably most respected as one of the pioneers of Jungle - perhaps the first uniquely UK-born bass music.

Speech Debelle - Live For The Message 12" [Big Dada]

Speech Debelle – Live For The Message 12″ [Big Dada]

Speech Debelle returns to the fray with the third single from her critically-acclaimed second album, "Freedom Of Speech". One of the standout tracks from the album, "Live For The Message" was produced by Kwes and features a softly-spoken but defiant vocal from Speech in which she outlines why it's more important to be heard saying the right thing than to be heard - a message not just for the contemporary rap community but for a world obsessed with form over content.

DELS - Black Salad EP [Big Dada]

DELS – Black Salad EP [Big Dada]

He's back! Over a year since his last release, Kieren Dickins aka DELS returns with a five track EP to cement his place as one of the most exciting, forward-looking MCs in the UK. Already picked up on and played by Zane Lowe, the EP shows DELS taking his music to a whole new level and preparing the way for what is to follow.

Speech Debelle - I'm With It 12

Speech Debelle – I’m With It 12″ [Big Dada]

Speech Debelle returns with the lead single from her forthcoming sophomore album, Freedom Of Speech. And it’s a love song. Probably the most accessible and simply enjoyable moment of an amazing new album, I'm With It sees Speech showing a different side to her character from either her more introspective earlier work, or some of the politically charged moments on the new record.

Speech Debelle - Freedom Of Speech LP [Big Dada]

Speech Debelle – Freedom Of Speech LP [Big Dada]

Two years since winning the 2009 Mercury Music Prize for her debut album, Speech Therapy, and having ridden a rollercoaster through life since then, Speech Debelle is ready to drop her second collection of music. Entitled Freedom of Speech, the album sees Speech turning from introspection to stand up, face and engage with the world around her, spitting confident themes of revolution and love.

Sir Tomz - Lockdown The Mixtape CD [Jailhouse Ltd]

Sir Tomz – Lockdown The Mixtape MP3 [Jailhouse Ltd]

Sir Tomz is a star in the making. this urban music entrepreneur, recording artist, producer and studio engineer is definitely a name to look out for. His hard work ethic and immense focus giving a great sense of uniqueness. Sir Tomz recently re-entered the game after a self-imposed break. This break gave him time to reflect, rebuild and reshape his infrastructure. Tomz is back and he is more serious than ever.

Bang On! - Got It 12" [Big Dada]

Bang On! – Got It 12″ [Big Dada]

Straight outta Toxteth, 20 year old Elliott Egerton aka Bang On! is the next wave of UK rap. Coming hard, fast and funny in a thick Scouse accent, he first caught the attention a couple of years ago with his "Scally Thugs" freestyle on Rusko's "Cockney Thugs" beat. Since then he has developed an enviable reputation in the North West as a blazing live performer who turns the cliches of both hip hop and grime on their heads.

Wiley - Numbers In Action CD [Big Dada]

Wiley – Numbers In Action CD [Big Dada]

For the first time in his hyperactive career, Wiley returns to a label and the results are dynamite. Numbers In Action sees one of the UK’s greatest producers and MCs doing what he does best – hooking up a minimalist masterpiece of a beat and then spitting his bars over it with the insouciance and sheer top-of-the-dome randomness and magnificence which only this most maverick of artists can muster.

DELS - GOB LP [Big Dada]

DELS – GOB LP [Big Dada]

Kieren Dickins aka DELS is a new type of rapper (which is another way of saying that he’s more than just a rapper). Applying the kind of attention to detail, micro-management and macro-vision which Jay-Z used to build a business empire, DELS makes art. Popular art mind you, but art all the same, an album of emotional peaks, musical innovation and surreal, brilliant lyrics, held together by such a unique, such a strong vision that it sounds almost silly to suggest it’s just a debut.

Thavius Beck - Dialogue LP [Big Dada]

Thavius Beck – Dialogue LP [Big Dada]

In late 2008, Beck wrapped up recording his latest solo full-length, titled Dialogue. Unlike previous efforts, which have featured appearances from Saul Williams, Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta), Subtitle, and many more, the only voice on Dialogue is Beck's own. Across fifteen tracks, including two instrumentals, Thavius cleverly critiques many of America's ills with a dry, satirical wit that never falls into preachiness.

Thavius Beck - Biography

Thavius Beck – Biography

Thavius Beck, like many of Los Angeles' independent MCs, cut his teeth at the Project Blowed open mic workshop in LA's Leimert Park. But even in the 1990s, when Beck was a member of Global Phlowtations (along with Mikah-9, Sach, and a handful of others), and went by the handle Adlib, his sights were fixed on the future of music.

Speech Debelle Tour

Speech Debelle Tour

In keeping with her growing reputation, this September sees Speech Debelle embark on her first national headline tour. The 26 year-old rapper and her super-tight three piece band (double bass, acoustic guitar and drums, occasionally joined by her hypeman, Incredubwoy) will tour the country in support of an album which has not only been nominated as a Barclaycard Mercury Music Album of the Year, but which is being widely tipped to win the prize on September 8th.

Juice Aleem

Juice Aleem

Juice Aleem is an old timer who has been a mainstay of UK Hip Hop from time, involved with the New Flesh and Gamma projects. He was on the first ever Big Dada release in 1997 and helped open many doors for innovative UK urban music, and he is still making fresh, exciting, political tunes. He’s got his first solo LP out - Jerusalaam Come, so Nikhil Sharma caught up with him.

Juice Aleem - Jerusalaam Come LP [Big Dada]

Juice Aleem – Jerusalaam Come LP [Big Dada]

In this age of Hip-Hop being about, Sex, drugs, violence and the amount of money you have or you can spend teamed with an electronic beat / melody and auto tune, what you get is what I call novelty rap. I don’t consider it to be Hip-Hop. Hip-Hop means, Intelligent movement, it’s an art form and to hear people glamorising violence to the extreme over and over again doesn’t entice me to listen, it doesn’t make me think, doesn’t challenge my thoughts. All that changes with Jerusalaam Come.

Anti-Pop Consortium Live At The Scala

Anti-Pop Consortium Live At The Scala

Anti-Pop Consortium have come along way since meeting at a poetry slam in the late nineties; selling singles on cassette, working to challenge the evil empire hip hop was becoming under the guiding principle “Disturb the Equilibrium”, and Soundcrash is very proud to announce a rare performance from Hip Hop’s elusive Dark Knights this Autumn.

Two Fingers ft. Sway – What You Know 12″ [Big Dada]

Say what you will about the commercial sheen of ‘The Signature’ but you can’t deny Sway is a rare talent, and a damn likable one at that. Having recently signed with Akon, his reputation for international big dogging is enough to make Steve MacFadden jealous. But here he teams up with Ninja Tune stalwart Amon Tobin and Doubleclick’s new production guise Two Fingers, proving he’s still got time for the little guy.

Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva

Roots Manuva. Witness The Fitness. Well, an introduction is highly unnecessary, but in case you were just born - he’s the man. The idea behind some of the most landmark pieces of music our humble little island has seen... Rodney Smith aka Roots Manuva was born and bred in Stockwell, South London.

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon aka Rollie Pemberton is a Canadian artist who follows up his debut "Breaking Kayfabe" with "Afterparty Babies" released on Big Dada in the UK. Check out what he had to say about Grime, Street Fighter, Games Consoles, the definition of Skippy and his latest release when he spoke to Davide for this in depth interview.

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon

Cadence Weapon aka Rollie Pemberton is a Canadian artist who follows up his debut "Breaking Kayfabe" with "Afterparty Babies" released on Big Dada in the UK. Check out what he had to say about Grime, Street Fighter, Games Consoles, the definition of Skippy and his latest release when he spoke to Davide for this in depth interview.

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