Kicksta Release Nova Scotia Hip-Hop CompilationThe Hip-Hop and R&B talent of east coast Canada finally gets the recognition it deserves with "Scotia Mix Vol. 1", the new compilation album from the Kicksta Music Group. Featuring the best artists from Nova Scotia - and a guest contribution from Louisiana's Big Brotha – the project aims to give an outlet for these as-of-yet under exposed artists.

Camden Black History Month Camden is proud to present to you a fantastic Black History Month program for 2006 that celebrates the achievements and history of Black African and Caribbean communities who live and work in the borough. This years theme is ‘Spoken Word’ and will offer a wide range wide range of different forms including rap, writing, song, Film and performing arts.

Blade Last Ever Live PerformanceBlade will be performing his last ever live performance next saturday, 7th October 2006. After years of recording and performing, Blade now announces this to be his last ever performance, but says he will continue to record for fun and see what happens. The venue is small so only a limited number of tickets are available.

New Zebra Traffic Release... Up Hygh - Compatible...Sounding more Detroit than Stockholm, Up Hygh, the wonder-kid hip-hop / soul production duo, are quite literally poised to reinvent the “Swedish sound”. Through their ‘Venus’ album, Pure-P and Rick Skizzo, the two 20yr-old producers behind Up Hygh, have delivered a unique pressure-cooked mixture of sexy deepspace funk, raw hip-hop and soulful r&b.

Roll Deep Debut Exclusive New Track At Tate ModernTate Modern today launches the second in the Tate Tracks series of exclusive music partnerships with a new track from East London grime collective Roll Deep. The new track “Searching” is inspired by Anish Kapoor’s sculpture Ishi’s Light and will be exclusively available at a listening post in front of the artwork for one month. The track will also be available for a further month from 1st November on the www.tatetracks.org.uk website.

St. Lunatics' Penelope Jones Readies Debut AlbumSt. Louis emcee Penelope Jones is putting the finishing touches on her debut album. As yet untitled, the album is slated for release on November 7th on Universal Motown Records. Penelope enlisted two high-profile collaborators for the lead singles of the album; Lil Wayne on "Miss Me With That Foolishness" and Mya on the R&B tinged "No Matter What They Say".

Sadat X Returns With Black OctoberSadat X is on fire. After a whirlwind year that included the release of his critically acclaimed 3rd album Experience & Education, the passing of his father, the bankruptcy of his record distributor, and highly storied arrest and subsequent incarceration set for this October, Sadat X is gearing up to release what many are claiming to be his best effort yet, Black October. The Great Dot X has stood strong in the face of adversity to deliver yet another soul-spilling, undeniably classic hip-hop masterpiece.

Tim Westwood SoundboardThe Big Dawg knows a good thing when he sees it. He has been around for years and is always at the forefront of what is going on. Known for unearthing loads of talent and relentlessly bringing the freshest music to the masses every week on his massive radio show. In fact it could be the biggest in the world and that would make Tim Westwood the biggest and most influential DJ in the Hip Hop world.

Rarekind Opens New Brighton StoreRareKind, the UK’s leading and best loved Hip Hop organisation has opened their much anticipated new store in the heart of Brighton. A stone’s throw from the previous shop location, the new store on Trafalgar Street is a massive expansion for RareKind following the success of the last four years.

Unique Music FestivalFestival Stage One – a unique music and dance festival – will give over 1000 young people, aged 13-21, the chance to take part in auditions and workshops supported by professionals from the music industry – who will be seeking to discover the best young talent in the UK.

Pac-Man & gayhiphop.com present - PEACEOUT UK 2 - UK GAY HIP-HOP FESTIVAL - FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2006PeaceOUT UK is Europe’s only gay hip-hop festival, organised by the Pac-Man and gayhiphop.com crew (QBoy, Mistermaker, NineBob & Gideon). The first PeaceOUT UK was held during August 2005. It was an extension and part of past and on-going gay hip-hop festivals held in the USA. The first PeaceOUT event ever started in Oakland, California in 2002 and since it has spread over the different states and countries including successful PeaceOUT East festivals held in New York and of course, PeaceOUT UK.

CarvelliCarvelli has come a long way since ambling at his pa's heels under the poker table at The Club, yet he credits his backroom exposure with sculpting the artist he would become. "What an environment," he says. "There's no way a kid should be in there, the smoke, the cards, the money. But there I was. It was four, five nights a week... I guess it's because of that that I always had the feeling it was cool to be where people said you shouldn't go."

Cut La Roc Breaks World Record at PLASA 2006An official world record was added to the Guinness Book of Records on Sunday 10th September for simultaneously mixing on 20 decks and 10 mixers!!  Cut La Roc and Ecler had been planning the event for months and after a few technical difficulties during set up the stage was set for history in the making!  Cut La Roc remained calm throughout, well, at least on the outside, here's a run down of the days events:

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