I'd begun to notice some nice SubSpecies threads around and about so imagine my delight when they got in touch with me with some information and the offer of 'samples'. I didn't hesitate in replying and pretty soon after I was rocking a high quality T-shirt and cap. Then, I just had to do the interview so that you lot can get up on these awesome garms:
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The Sandpeople crew formed four years ago in Portland, Oregon as a 10-member hip-hop unit. The group's debut album Points Of View was released in 2005 and from there they have gained notable recognition. With their Long Story Short EP out and many other projects on the table Alex Humphrey caught up with members IAME, Gold and Ethic to find out more.
J. McCoy started his career early with TV commercials at only four years old. He then landed a lead role in the Tupac Shakur featuring Nas music video for Thugz Mansion which he credits as inspiring him to follow his dreams as a rapper.
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Juice Aleem is an old timer who has been a mainstay of UK Hip Hop from time, involved with the New Flesh and Gamma projects. He was on the first ever Big Dada release in 1997 and helped open many doors for innovative UK urban music, and he is still making fresh, exciting, political tunes. He’s got his first solo LP out - Jerusalaam Come, so Nikhil Sharma caught up with him.
I last caught up with Frenzee when he had won the competition "Britain's Next Urban Superstar" which was a huge moment! Out of 15,000 people Frenzee got selected as the best artist throughout all of the stages, by the fans and by the judges. By winning the competition Frenzee received: an Urban Music Award (UMA), and various other prizes including sponsorship from Footlocker:
ABD has been on the West Yorkshire Hip Hop scene for a while now and dues are beginning to be paid. Without fail he rocks the show and gets the crowd involved and partying without resorting to nonesense. He has dope flows, a very likeable timbre and he's taken time to answer some questions for me:
Predator Prey are a Northern trio comprising Dave Rodgers, Jalporte and Ben Fawce. Alex Humphrey caught up with them to discover the full low down on the group, including their influences, how they came to get together as a group and what they are currently up to.
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Guilty Simpson is one of the most creative MCs of his generation with lyrics that range from the street inspired tales to side-splitting humor. He is a rock of the Detroit Hip-Hop scene that has collaborated with everyone from Eminem, D12, Slum Village, Black Milk and of course J-Dilla. A massive presence on stage both physically and musically read on to find out what he had to say to Max Weldon.
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Paul White is one of the new breed of beat makers for whom there are very few boundaries. His debut album “The Strange Dreams of Paul White” is set to become a classic with its soundscape encompassing everything from soundtracks to prog-rock with a big dose of leftfield Hip-Hop. Max Weldon caught up with the man for a few words to find out whats up.
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The Doctor’s Orders reigns supreme as London’s No.1 Hip Hop extravaganza. So with its triumphant fourth birthday party on the horizon it was only right to catch up with head honcho Spin Doctor. As an added bonus we also caught up with two members of his heavy weight line up - Detroit man of the moment Guilty Simpson and rising UK star Paul White.
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Slum Village affiliate Black Milk from Detroit dropped his Tronic LP last year. He has worked closely with people like elZhi and rhymes as a member of the group Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson.
We last caught up with Phat Kat when he was doing his Carte Blanche tour back in 2007. Now he is back over and Nikhil Sharma managed to get a few quick words with him. Read on to find out his thoughts on the state of Hip Hop now, how Detroit has changed, working with Dilla and what the future holds for him.
Obba Supa who are Heyzeus and Teknical Development are on the verge of unleashing their forthcoming album TO: AM - FREE: AM. This is a group that hails the traditional art of Hip Hop, yet stems from a completely different era.
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Junk Science is made up of Baje One on the mic and DJ Snafu on the beats. This duo met in the mid 90's while attending high school in Brooklyn, NY and immediately started making music. It was not until 2003 that the pair buckled down to record their debut LP Feeding Einstein.
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