Since hearing their song '28 Draws Later' last year, I've been keen to know more about Bristolian left-wing Hip-Hoppers Bob Savage and Jenre of QELD. I got the opportunity to speak with them recently about their politics and music ahead of their gig at the 0161 (anti-fascist) festival in Manchester, and they had plenty of interesting things to say...
Even from a young age, the legacy of Triple Darkness lyricist Iron Braydz seemed almost written in the stars. Finding entertainment in the Harlesden playgrounds reciting Kriss Kross' 'Jump', he quickly built a reputation for rhyming, regularly reciting Wu-Tang Clan lyrics in what he called "who knows Wu" lyric battles as a child.
A world-wide performer hailing from Long Beach California before moving to the South East side of Hawaii on the island of Pahoa, Matt Maddox is making his long anticipated return to hip-hop with the prodigious release Righteous Fury.
Before his Soundcrash Halloween audiovisual party at Village Underground with DJ Cheeba and DJ Woody, Stacey managed to catch a few words with DJ Yoda. Making a name for himself with his Jewbonics mix and later his How To Cut And Paste and Unthugged mix tapes, DJ Yoda has spent the last few years perfecting his style as an AV turntablist creating mash-ups on the fly to sell out audiences across the globe. Read on to find out more.
Reks is an emcee who needs no introduction. Or does he? As a Hip Hop head, I would personally consider you to be asleep if you had overlooked his 2008 joint Say Goodnight and the phenomenal 25th Hour, both Premo bangers. But Reks has been a key player in the evolution of Boston Hip Hop and the global underground scene generally and has made several albums. He has just released his seventh album Revolution Cocktail.
"A Tribe Called Quest are just as important as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones".
It's quite a statement. The pinch of salt comes when you realise it's made by Michael Rapaport, the actor turned director / producer behind the Grammy-nominated 2011 documentary Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe CalledQuest.
For most he needs no introduction but for those of you that have been sleeping Big Cakes is an artist that is on his positive grind, this guy puts in the work... countless you tube videos, numerous albums and EPs and they’re all worth a watch and listen. He takes some time out from his seemingly busy schedule to talk to us here at BHH.co.uk.
Swami Baracus is a West London artist with a furious power that has been building for years. A regular on the radio he now has his Way Of The Dragon release out, which is the first track from his future mixtape The Recipe. Nikhil Sharma caught up with Swami to get the background info on this and and more, so read on.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is known as a legend worldwide for his contribution as one of the pioneers of the rich history of Philly DJs, as well as his production work which is respected by both mainstream and underground Hip Hop heads and music fans generally. It was a real pleasure to have this conversation with one of my personal heroes and an inspiration to many.
The Trojan Sound System members have been hailed as pioneers, originators and instigators for their contribution towards Bass and sound system culture within the UK. Although they are busy due to their EP and remix launch (available now) they have very kindly taken time out to answer questions for us here at British Hip Hop magazine.
DJ Premier has been producing bangers since his Gang Starr days and now 30 years on he is still delivering the goods. Esh from IBMCs managed to catch up with the legendary DJ Premier in advance of his show in association with the Doctor's Orders at Plan B on Thur 28th Feb. Its all set to be a stellar night with Statik Selektah, DJ No Names, Mr Thing, Spin Doctor and Skillit on the bill as well. Read on to find out what DJ Premier had to say...
Micall Parknsun the 'working class dad' has just dropped his latest LP entitled Me Myself & Akai on YNR. Its a banger and stands out as something special. Parky has put this together doing both the beats and the vocals and has excelled on both counts. Max Weldon caught up with him to find out more and dropped a few questions in Parky's direction. Read on to find out what he had to say.
Stinkfish is a Mexican born, Columbia based street artist whose exhibition in England recently came to a close. The exhibition, Espina (Spanish for ‘Thorn') was a combination of photographic portraits, found materials and graffiti styled stencilling which made striking colour contrasts and drew you into the world that these people and objects had come from.