If you missed the Vauxhall Tribes Grand Final than you missed out on a spectacular evening filled with some of the most impressive creative talent in the UK. Staged in a secluded car park, the cream of the UK’s freshest urban talent battled it out at the final of Vauxhall Tribes.
Fucking hell. I spent last night (from 8pm through til about 3am) at the Fav, chilling with the Leeds Hip-Hop Scene boys and more importantly catching up with Billy Brimstone AKA Jehst for a filmed interview.
Student-friendly Hip-Hop night New Bohemia returned to The Faversham in time for the new academic year with a strong line-up of local acts that bodes well for the coming season. They've now got a semi-regular arrangement with the boys at Leeds Hip-Hop Scene which will see some new talent getting slots to complement the First Word roster plus of course the usual big UK names such as Jehst, who will be making an appearance on the 21st.
Yo... Shameless' live set last night at the Elbow Room ('longside the Paddyraggaband...) was close to being the best single live show I've ever seen. Skinnyman probably still edges it as #1 but there's not a lot in it... if you missed last night shame on you (no pun intended) and either way try and see him playing live if you get a chance.
Two days before the stars in the sky aligned to give us 070707, eight stars of a different kind aligned themselves to perform at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Minus off course the irreplaceable Ol’ Dirty Bastard (RIP) and an AWOL Cappadonna. The strange phenomenon of the smoking ban in the bar somehow added to the surreal atmosphere of the event as the buzz in the air was almost palatable.
Practise makes perfect. The annual Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships were every bit as exciting as the first. Brighton based beat box extraordinaire Beardyman - Darren Foreman managed to scoop the coveted title for the second year in succession, seeing of competition from seven other regional finalists; this was Beardy’s time to shine.
Friday night saw New-York indie spitter Pharoahe Monch roll over to the Fav as part of his UK tour. Monch is best known his breakthrough single, the Godzilla-theme-sampling "Simon Says", which featured on his debut solo album "Internal Affairs", released on Rawkus Records way back in 1999 when the label was still worth a shit.
The crème de la crème of UK talent gathered in Nottingham on Monday for the fifth annual Takeover. The UK Takeover has quickly generated a reputation for being the Mecca of UK hip hop, and will probably be the biggest show in any artist’s calendar, and rightly so.
Raw Music UK is a different kind of record label. Set up as a social enterprise by In-volve and funded by the Big Lottery, it is dedicated to working with young people who have raw talent, but lack the opportunities to develop and benefit from them. They provide the support in order to produce marketable products and develop the young people into professional artists.
Short but sweet appeared to be the mantra for critically acclaimed duo Kidz In The Hall, at Brixton’s Plan B. Showcasing tracks off their debut album School Was My Hustle, the talented duo rocked the crowd as if this was 1987.
Last weekend saw Western Union Money Transfer host an event for their amazing new £4.90!! initiative launch. World record holder and UK number 1 freestyler, Steady,
gave people the opportunity to compete against him in a bid to
outperform the amazing B-Boy battler at the launch in London which was
dubbed “The £4.90 Western Union Dance Off”.