Mike Skinner’s Prangin Out’ is surely his flag bearing anthem. An intense foray inside the head of one of the country’s greatest songwriting talents, the theme of losing it has never been treated with such grace, and never elicited so many reactions from horror to empathy to wanting to be right there in it with him.
PeaceOUT UK is Europe’s only gay hip-hop festival, organised by the Pac-Man and gayhiphop.com crew (QBoy, Mistermaker, NineBob & Gideon). The first PeaceOUT UK was held during August 2005. It was an extension and part of past and on-going gay hip-hop festivals held in the USA. The first PeaceOUT event ever started in Oakland, California in 2002 and since it has spread over the different states and countries including successful PeaceOUT East festivals held in New York and of course, PeaceOUT UK.
October 8th marks a coming of age for African Hip-Hop when Afrolution Records, the London-based African Hip-Hop label, is bringing together some of the biggest names in African Hip-Hop for a night of hip-hop from the Motherland to take place at East London’s Cargo.
Having made his name as a member of Terra Firma, alongside Klashnekoff and Skribblah, laced tracks alongside the likes of Jehst, Tommy Evans, Yungun and Harry Love, popped up on numerous mixtapes and rocked shows the length and the breadth of the country, Kyza finally delivers his long awaited debut LP.
Craze 24 is set to become one of the most influential personalities of the UK hip hop scene. Not content with waiting around for some jumped up A&R from a major label to recognise his unstoppable talent, he did what a lot of rappers think about doing while they sit at home watching Channel U – he founded his own record label and started to compose his own destiny.
The Big Dawg knows a good thing when he sees it. He has been around for years and is always at the forefront of what is going on. Known for unearthing loads of talent and relentlessly bringing the freshest music to the masses every week on his massive radio show. In fact it could be the biggest in the world and that would make Tim Westwood the biggest and most influential DJ in the Hip Hop world.
20th September sees an extremely rare opportunity to catch the the Canadian turntable master KID KOALA in the UK for the album launch at Cargo, Shoreditch, London. The LP is entitled 'Your Mom's Favourite DJ' and is available on Ninjatune.net from the 18th Sept. There is 200 tickets allocated at the door although advance tickets will probably be sold out on the night...
HUGO Fragrances are launching a mission, in collaboration with urban music legends such as Joe, Sway, Terri Walker & Scratch, to invest in the very best and most deserving new urban music talent. The multi-faceted programme will educate, develop and showcase future Hip Hop and R&B artists from all over the UK.
1Xtra will host its fourth Hip Hop weekend from Sept 29 to Oct 2. Featuring names like P Diddy and Lil John and 1Xtra Hip Hop DJs, there will also be a showcase for emerging rappers and beatakers. Budding music makers are invited to send in their tracks. See the 1Xtra website for more details.