Leeds Hip-Hop Scene Showcase @ New Bohemia - Friday 14th Sept. 2007 - INC, Dr Knox, Monkey See DoStudent-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.

Wu Tang Clan - Hammersmith Apollo 5th July 2007Two 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.

Vauxhall UK Beatbox Championships 8th June 2007Practise 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.

UK Takeover 5 NottinghamThe 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.

Record Breaking Dancer Steady Involved In Western Union Initiative Launch 2007Last 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”.

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