Oliver Louis Gale, 23, is from the island of Barbados (home of Rihanna, Shontelle, Jaicko and Vita etc.). He’s a singer / songwriter and Dancehall / Hip-Hop artist going by the moniker Vizion. He is set to release his debut album "All Or Nothing" in the Autumn of 2010, with the first single "Stunnin'" due in March.
Oklahoma has produced some of the biggest names in music. The Gap Band and Charlie Wilson, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood , Wayman Tisdale and Hansons. Oklahoma’s premier hip hop artist Robert C. Daniels aka Dangerous Rob, known to his friends as D-Rob, is about to take the world by storm!
As we know it, the UK Music Industry is going through the greatest transition we have ever witnessed. Success finally surrounds a wide scale of UK Artists, from Grime acts to experimental Pop acts and from those just reaching a hand out into the music world. It is therefore no wonder that the likes of Sterling “Simeon” swagga are “delivering a sound which is the currency of music”.
It all began with a thundering baseline and an unmistakably classic phrase - "this or that". One of the most widely recognized songs in rap music history, the 1991 classic "The Choice is Yours" was hailed by VH1 in 2008 as one of the best rap songs of all time.
In hip-hop terms, Leeds-based record label 30-Tonne Slug can be likened to waiting for a bus. The Northern scene has been waiting for years for a debut release from these guys and now, following the release of “Alphabetix Anonymous” by their label mates, the Alphabetix, Verbal Contact are hot on their heels with their own EP; “Literary Vices”.
Read more: Verbal Contact - Literary Vices
Matthew "L.I.R.I.X." Taylor was introduced to hip hop by his brother Mark and instantly fell in love. He grew up listening to the golden era of the culture, such as Dj Kool Herc, the Zulu Nation, DJ Scott La Rock, KRS One (as Boogie Down Productions), Run DMC, Ice T, EPMD, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Big Daddy Kane, Salt N Pepa, Digital Underground (including a young 2Pac), Queen Latifah and the Flava Unit Crew among others.
Read more: L.I.R.I.X. - Biography
Maybe Im wrong here maybe Im misguided but when did the police become film censors? Well in Birmingham it seems that they are they are now, West Midlands police have decided that the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) are not doing a good enough job of rating films and have decided to step in and stop the controversial new film 1 Day being screened in the city where it was filmed.
The multi-talented DJ Jimmy Green aka Jimbo Jones has written some essential reading for fans of UK Hip Hop. He's done a concise history of the London Posse, or a biography if you like. It's really worth a read and there's a chance you'll learn a few new things:
Up and coming artist, ChAnGeR, is a fresh face that had his talent chosen for him. Growing up with an abusive mother and then given to an adoptive mother, who he refers to as mom now, ChAnGer has had many hardships. Through these hardships he was introduced to music, because that was the one item in life that always seemed to soothe him, “Music is medicine to me and gives me the confidence and freedom to use the creativity God gives us all through having absolute control and individuality through creation and music”, explains ChAnGeR.
Read more: ChAnGeR - Biography
P Money was born to make music. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan he was always into music. As a little kid in the 3rd grade he played an instrumental called the precorder. He went from that to playing clarinet when he got into the 4th grade. P Money was the best player in his school and would usually get picked for the solos.
Calvin Harris, Basement Jaxx, Dizzie Rascal, David Guetta, Tinchy Stryder, Alexander Burke, Egypt, Cascada, Mr Hudson, Daniel Merriweather all receive nominations at this year’s 7th annual Urban Music Awards. The UMA’s returns to the UK to celebrate its 7th anniversary after a successful show in New York earlier on in July this year.
Read more: UMA's 7th Annual Awards Show
It was minis all round at this week’s off-schedule London Fashion Week show in Kensington, as Untold, the collaboration of newly emerging designers and platform for them to launch their careers, launched its Season V collection - a new group of designers alongside some familiar faces, to a crowded room of colourful and fashionably hip young Londoners.
At 22 years old, Black Kent is already one of the most promising MCs of his generation. Born in Africa’s Ivory Coast, this renaissance globetrotter left the shores of the motherland after political battles erupted within the West African country. Finding solace with his family in Kenya, it was during this time that Black Kent discovered his unbridled talent for emceeing.
Read more: Black Kent - Biography
‘Home Grown: The Story of UK Hip-Hop’ - a new exhibition opens on 15th October at Urbis in Manchester. ‘Home Grown’ focuses on the wonderful, unpredictable story of UK hip-hop: a music and culture that dragged itself up from the streets - with a little help from some surprisingly eminent friends - to change the face of British music and style.