Channel 4 and Windfall Films have linked up with political activist Jody McIntyre and some of the best artists from the grime / hip hop world to bring you Jody McIntyre’s Bars for Change. The online project will be five music documentaries that will tackle hard hitting political and socially conscious issues that young people are concerned about and will feature artists including Lowkey, Lioness, Logic, RoxXxan and international music producer Jake Gosling plus many more to be announced.
The Boom Bap! is an alternative hip-hop night in East London that blurs the boundaries between audience and DJ. How? By letting the audience become the DJ. They can pre-submit tracks to play, listen to emerging producers and beat makers, participate in open decks (think open mics but for DJs) and trade their unwanted vinyl!
The original bad boys of Def Jam, Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz are comin to the UK for a massive gig in August. This should be an event not to miss with a catalogue of rowdy hits from as far back as 1993's Bacdafucup LP which included Slam which should get the whole audience bouncing. Djembe Entertainment have also put some great acts on the support bill so be sure to reach Fabric on the 4th August.
2011 is a milestone year, not just for the competition, but yet again the DMC World DJ Championships boundary pushing will signal change in the wider world of technology. In its 27th successful year, DMC has brought together the globes brightest DJ talents, vetted by a series of gruelling heats from London to Tokyo to Brazil. This year, not only are DMC continuing to host one of the most entertaining and jaw dropping shows you will ever witness but they have set the bar even higher.
Mean Fiddler have just given out the details of an exclusive and heavily discounted £10 concessions ticket link for the Big Boi show on Thursday. This is a one off UK show and promises to be massive. The lovely Yasmin is also playing live and Emily Rawson will be DJing.
Hackney boy Professor Green has announced his biggest UK tour to date starting in October this year culminating with a show at London Roundhouse on 3rd November. Also joining him on tour is super-producer Labrinth, with whom Professor Green has collaborated on the album track Oh My God.
One world famous beatboxer and five of the UK’s most exciting acoustic performers enter the music lab for you to witness a non-stop collaborative voyage of Loopstations, acoustic guitars and the human voice. This improvised show will be unlike anything that you will have seen before. Each of these incredible artists will perform individual sets, before embarking on an experimental musical relay across hours of back-to-back entertainment.
Graffiti and Hip Hop veteran Shade One was first grabbed by the Hip Hop bug in the early 80’s. Producing ‘Wild Style’ letters combined with characters, the Weapon Of Choice Gallery in Bristol welcome him for his first ever solo show.
After a storming set at London's XOYO last night 25 year-old Jermaine Scott, aka Wretch 32 has announced a headline UK tour for October this year. Wretch 32 had an incredible start to the year. After being earmarked by BBC as a one to watch for their Sound of 2011 list, along with being hotly tipped by NME, MTV and HMV, as a rising music star he has gone on to achieve a top 5 debut smash with his first commercial single release, Traktor, and has just completed a tour with Example.
Atlantic Records’ rap sensation, Wiz Khalifa, will be hitting the UK shores this November for a headline tour. The run of dates will kick off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on November 2nd and will include a London show at the prestigious O2 Brixton Academy on November 7th. Dates also include Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester, Southampton and Leeds.
While working on directing and editing videos for the Eat Good team, Redbeard has found the time to release some unreleased material on his Reverbnation site. There are five tracks in total, featuring production by Darren Paul, Roeg du Casq, Devas (T.L.G), Mikee Lazy (T.L.G) and R2thabeatz, these tracks also feature vocals from Sonnyjim, SK and Jimmy Davis.
Read more: Redbeard On ReverbNation
In hip-hop chronological order Bonafide Mag speaks to the Godfather of it all, Grandmaster Flash, profile EPMD, get crazy with ‘the lazy hustler’ and fourth Beastie Boy, Ricky Powell. Still in NYC, they speak to a leading voice for alternative hip-hop, EL-P and from the West Coast the mag catches up with Beat Junkie and J Rocc. In a ram packed issue there is also an article profiling graffiti (fine) artist Jose Parla.
Calibrated Entertainment and IPF, the promoters of Battle Scars Lyrical Combat (now in it's 11 year), have joined forces again to bring you Rattle Scars the under 18's concious and positive lyrical MC and vocal competition. Produced, promoted and managed by by young people from the ages of 13-20 years old.
This is a rare live London date for this Hip-Pop superstar. Mean Fiddler is putting on an exclusive London gig featuring a performance from super producer and member of one of the biggest rap groups of all time. Big Boi transformed into his more mature self, Sir Luscious Left Foot, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2007 and began recording his first stand alone solo album Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty.