IBMCs headed up to Finland to find out more about Finnish Hip Hop. We interviewed Laineen Kasperi, Redrama and Jonti and Shaka. In the Finnish Hip Hop scene most of the rap is in Finnish. One of the biggest emcees to rap in English is known as Redrama. He is a Helsinki-based rapper and producer. His first breakthrough was by winning the Finnish MC-Championship in 2001, the same year his first EP came out.
The Languages of Global Hip Hop is a book that examines Hip Hop music in Germany, France, Egypt, Hungary, South Korea, Greece, Cyprus, Norway and the US. It is the work of academics who have gained insights about sociolinguistics from this study. I caught up with the editor on skype to see what some of her views were.
Deams comes from the first Hip Hop generation of the Netherlands. He is a legend in Dutch Hip Hop and it was a pleasure and a great opportunity to meet up with him. Back in the days he was going to all the rap battles in the country, winning almost all of them.
Brotherman is a young musician whose up-bringing was split between the Caribbean and London’s borough of Hackney. He’s got a lot on his plate and a hugh amount of enthusiasm. Having been tutored under the wing of Jehst Nikhil Sharma caught up with Brotherman to find out more. Read on.
Catalyst is a New York rapper from the Bronx. Having both parents connected to the arts, when Catalyst needed to get out of a spiral of negativity he turned to music. Catalyst began to gain recognition in the Bronx as a well known battle rapper and went on to work street promotion for Def Jam, Sony and a brief stint at EMI Records. His debut album was then released via independent label In House Music Group LLC.
The World famous, Harlem Globetrotters for 85 years have balled and entertained audiences around the world are still going strong today. Following a highly successfully 2010 UK tour, Harlem Globetrotters were back in London promoting their up and coming 2011 UK tour. Nine Arenas in Nine days, its a good look.
Think deep concentration, combined with phat beats and rhymes. There isn't an artist in the game that this DJ hasn't pushed at some time or another. He’s been a backbone and nurtured the game from behind the scenes and has never turned his back on it.
Skandal made a big splash at the beginning of last year with his debut Project A and Hunger Pains. But true creativity is all about re-birth and re-invention and so Skandal has metamorphosed into Rewd Adams and is back with a new LP Rewd Awakening. Read on to find out what has changed since Britishhiphop.co.uk last spoke to Rewd Adams.
After a brief exodus from the scene, a chance phone call from 1 Step of the Krate Krusaders and a collaboration project later, Genesis Elijah was officially back on the UK hip hop landscape. ‘Before I Was Famous’ delves beyond the music and talks about the day to day struggles of life, set against old skool UK hip hop beats. I waxed lyrical with Genesis about his partnering with the Plymouth duo and all things Brit hip hop.
B. McCoy (Brandon Cassidy McCoy) a Southside Chicago native is the top of his age bracket. As an artist with a will to compete, grow, and financially expand, he plans to change the minds of those who say HIP HOP is DEAD. From the streets of Chicago and valleys of Cali he plans to take over and SHOW EVERYBODY HOW IT’S DONE.
The word Dub means to redo or rework; it is something one does when it is necessary to make alterations. This is what Breath a.k.a The Dubber has been doing since the age of thirteen. For over two decades the Washington, DC native has played guitar and encompasses the sounds of funk, rock, reggae, go-go and hip-hop to create a unique musical stew, all his own. Nikhil Sharma caught up with him to find out more.
If you are following the current underground Hip Hop scene you should have come across The Lost Children Of Babylon. The legacy goes back to Jedi Mind Tricks first single, The Amber Probe in 1995, and they have been building, steadily releasing albums both as a group and solo projects, all of which explore new and interesting lyrical themes.
For 23 year-old James “Affyzzle” Affolaby and Stephen “Triple S” N’guessan, Hip-Hop has always been more than just Music; it’s a culture, a lifestyle, an everyday hustle. When they first met at the end of the 90’s back in their home country (Ivory Coast, West Africa), they were just young High School students with a common passion for the art of rhyming. Since then they have made a lot of progress moving to the US and linking with some big names. Danielle chatted with them to find out more.