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.
Ricko also known as Slick, Ricko Capito and Stainless Steel, is a British born rapper of Cuban, American and Jamaican decent. The London based artist is unmistaken for his distinctive voice, silky flow and flamboyant charisma, he is without a doubt one of the UK's rising rap talents to watch.
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.
Dynametrix started of as Funky Force in 1985 with just two members Ace Shazamme (Shane Ryan) and Master Best (Best Igbenyemi - also known as The Phantom) they were regular visitors when Tim Westwood used to play at Wormwood Scrubs in West London in the UK and during that period sometimes rocked the mic (The Art of MCing), they could also be seen at the Notting Hill Carnival in the early 90s and playing small clubs and town halls on sound systems long before their first deal.
You may not know KC Da Rookee but we do. He was top of the European Hip Hop charts in the early 2000's. KC Da Rookee is a UK Hip Hop Artist whose debut album Rookee Stizza was released on Showdown Records in Germany in 1999. This was followed up by the album Nexcalibur in 2002 with the single Four Fists reaching number fifteen in the National German charts.
Hailing from BC (Birmingham) UK, MadFlow has been a creative force within the West Midlands music community. Having lived in the US and born of Caribbean parents, MadFlow has a variety of influences in his music. He has been credited as a true master of ceremonies able to rock a crowd of few to many.
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.
DJ Kid Capri, a NY native was birthed into Hip Hop being raised in the origin of the music and culture, the Bronx. Capri's meteoric rise in the late 80's started from spinning at popular night clubs including the legendary "Studio 54" as a guest DJ. Eventually Capri's popularity grew even further from selling his nightly DJ sets as "Mixtapes". Kid Capri is widely recognized as the "Prime Minister of Mixtapes" as he created an underground empire from it.
After years of work-in-progress status, the archival global hip hop documentary Hip Hop: The New World Order announces its worldwide release. This groundbreaking film explores the global impact of hip hop music and culture highlighting eight international cities: Tokyo, Havana, London, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro and Johannesburg and has mushroomed into a rare archive and video survey of pioneering artists and communities at the turn of the 21st century. Filmed between 1998 - 2000, the documentary features intimate and rare interviews with an unprecedented list of international pioneers / all-stars including:
It's been 16 long years since Bay Area rappers and producers Lateef the Truth Speaker and Lyrics Born, who together make up Latyrx, released their critically acclaimed The Album, widely regarded as a seminal work in the West Coast underground hip-hop scene of the mid to late 1990s. Now, the technically lauded duo are preparing to release a long awaited follow up, The Second Album, due out November 5th with an extraordinary roster of guest artists and producers from groups and collectives that reads like a modern day music festival line-up, including Tune Yards, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, Blackalicious, and more.