Melanin 9There's something immediately surreal about pressing the buzzer of a tower block and saying, "Hey, is this M9?" But life is surreal and certainly Melanin 9 felt it more keenly than me. He invited me in and offered me a drink while I took the opportunity to have a nose through his DVD collection. We briefly lamented those times you lend a movie to a friend and it seems to disappear into DVD purgatory. But soon enough we dropped the small talk and got down to discussing Hip Hop and his debut album, Magna Carta.

SparxyWhen it comes to Dubstep, Sparxy is definitely a house hold name, his production has been showcased on Radio 1, 1Xtra and Rinse FM just to name a few with support from some impressive names. Already a major player within the world of music there is only one way left for him to go and that's straight up!

Trel MackReady to take the game by storm after a brief hiatus, music artist Trel Mack is back. Trel Mack, was an artist that built a solid following back in 07-08 with the release of fan favorite projects such as The Mack of The Year and The New Dynasty. Things have moved on since our first interview with Trel Mack, so read on to find out what he had to say to Danielle.

Smokey RoomzBy the age of thirteen Smokey Roomz was a renowned Garage MC and DJ in his local area of Sheffield, South Yorkshire with his sights on a wider audience. So he formed a group called The Young Offenders, recorded (with some friends) an album and a mix tape with a selection of Hip Hop and Grime Music. He has a new EP entitled Phoenix which is released on TMI Records and will be available for free download right here.

Homeboy SandmanHomeboy Sandman is a real breath of fresh air in the all too predictable world of Hip Hop. Super talented, innovative and quite clearly a top bloke, this Queens NYC resident is definitely an emcee you need to know about in 2012.

LyricLIf you took away the N5 postcode Highbury Park in Islington could rival any greenery in the tropics! Perhaps a slight overstatement, but it was that 'week' in April where everything was romanticised, even the weather. But, meeting LyricL a spoken word and rap artist was a genuine pleasure. She is an interviewer's dream who majestically navigates the boundaries of confidence, modesty and answering questions.

Top Boy Round HereTop Boy Round Here are putting themselves forward as a North East supergroup made up from artists who have all done something in their own right. Currently going on a promotional bender the staunchly dance and good times oriented pop group spoke to Danielle after their recent jaunt to the USA. Read on to find out what they had to say.

DJ GrazzhoppaWhetting the appetite for this year's release of Intricate Moves Vol 2, created by Belgium's very own scratch king DJ Grazzhoppa, Chess Move Cartel has made available a free download single and promo mix. Weezy from Chess Move finds out more about the album, and the Grazzhoppa empire, in conversation with the man himself...

Foreign BeggarsIt may sound dramatic, but 2003 was a historical year: the invasion of Iraq took place and the Foreign Beggars released their debut album ‘Asylum Speakers’. Since then they have been like herpes, coming back when you least expect it. So after catching up with them via World Wide Web, we spoke about why Jeremy Kyle is needed to mediate the abundance of unused tooth brushes, fanatical fans and the consequences of eating spicy food.

Lazy HabitsMention the name Lazy Habits and a wealth of words comes to mind. Not only have they made the rounds to every festival going, they have also graced the same stage as the legendary Mos Def himself. Citing influences from Roots Manuva, to Nina Simone and even Prince this eight strong band definitely knows how to shake up the boundaries of hip-hop. It was pleasure to have a chinwag with James (the front man) to find out what these crazy kids are all about.

SkillzbeatzSkillzbeatz is one of the UK's formidable forces in Hip Hop, he doesn't limit himself there though even branching out into R&B, Drum & Bass and really anything from urban music to pop. We caught up with this South London producer, so read on to find out what he is all about.

Rodney P"If people are telling the story of hip hop in the UK, that means that my name has to get called up, and that has been good for me, as a lot of people have been trying to tell the story this year…"

Norman Cook aka Fatboy SlimNorman Cook was originally known as being the bassist for the House Martins, but was also instrumental in the development of UK Hip Hop as the man behind Beats International and with his seminal DJ Mix The Finest Ingredients it was possible to see how his music career would develop. Re-incarnated as Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook has become a mega-star DJ known around the world. We caught up with him at the Boardmasters Festival, so read on to find out what he had to say...

Mr Thing - Its A DJ ThingThe festival season is in full swing both at home and abroad, with The Big Chill (4-7 August) and Sziget (8-15 August) creating the ultimate start to the eighth month. One man who is certainly making the most of his air miles, with an imminent mini tour of Australia, and having recently returned from what Time Out has described as “perhaps the summer’s most beautiful festival”, Soundwave Festival (July 21-24, Petrcane, Croatia), is of course Mr Thing.

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Warren G Readies Sixth Studio Album

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