When I was told that Vauxhall were sponsoring a series of competitions to find the best undiscovered talent in the fields of UK urban dance and vocals, I was understandably sceptical. Since time immemorial (okay, maybe not that long but it’s been a while), old men in suits have been on a remorseless mission to associate mediocre products with all that’s hip, happening and street, with results that could politely be described as “mixed”.
So, another week, another NewBo hip-hop connection to check out. This time, the very guy who sparked the term "(Adventures in) New Bohemia", the hardcore UK heads' favourite weed-addled word-abuser, Jehst... also known as Billy Brimstone, The Real Prince William, Jehstafairi, J-Star and probably a few billion other names he's thrown out on freestyles I haven't heard yet.
Throwdown, London's pioneering Breaks and Hip Hop night has been gracing Brixton every second Thursday of the month since December 05, with affordable entry prices it attracts a varied group, including London locals, students and young professionals.
Hugo Urban Rules - Urban music programme is a project aimed to create the next best thing in the UK music scene. Hugo fragrances are working in conjunction with MTV UK, MTV Base and some of the biggest names in the urban arena.
A perfect summer evening provided the ideal backdrop for the launch of Rhyme4Respect: the nationwide lyric writing competition. Unveiled at Deal Real Records Records, the UK’s hottest talent turned up to show their support, spread the message and of course promote their music!
Read more: Rhyme4Respect, 21st July, Deal Real
Last Thursday (09/02/06) Blade and MuffJam put on a tremendous live UK Hip Hop extravaganza worthy of any festival, but a tremendous bonus for the knock down price of £6.50. It was the launch night of Blade's new Guerrilla Tactics LP and Blade had called on a multitude of talent from across the country to come and take to the stage to kick it off in the right fashion. Blade is a long time stalwart of the scene, so you know when he calls the acts will come.
Read more: Blade - Guerrilla Tactics LP Launch @ Cargo