Maze is from Leicester, Belgrave to be precise. He started DJing on pirate radio at 16 and soon hooked up with Oxford based rappers Thunda Tongue and Tung-Fu in 1994 and was at that time mentored by Spida Gill (RIP). 1997 saw Maze hook up with Kerfew for their earliest collaborations and since then he has been instrumental in the WCE (World Champion Entertainment) and MIC (Mother India’s Children) crews.
RareKind, the UK’s leading and best loved Hip Hop organisation has opened their much anticipated new store in the heart of Brighton. A stone’s throw from the previous shop location, the new store on Trafalgar Street is a massive expansion for RareKind following the success of the last four years.
When interviewing Defari, I was amazed that such a famous rapper could be so casual. His PR, Michelle, warned he wasn't interested in talking about anything personal, about any rumours, or such like (standard prep talk for interviewers I think!). We spoke about his new album, 'Street Music', out in stores now, on ABB Records, and about his experience working with Dr Dre.
Braintax has been out of the way for a while now, but he is on the way back with a new LP – Panorama all lined up and ready to roll. He has slipped out the D-90 Rules track which has created a bit of buzz and talk around him and his imminent arrival back in the limelight, although he would probably be one to shun it.
Braintax is making his way back to centre stage. In order to get things rolling along and to get his name back up ther he is giving away free the mp3 for the promotional D-90 Rules a track which looks back and reminisces on old times when G Vilas and Silver Shadows along with Nike Cagoules were sported and people used to go breaking down the back of the shopping centre.
Not only is language a useful tool for communication, it is also one of the most powerful weapons that has been given to mankind. Allow me to introduce you to the JVF-Clique’s Submerged Language CD. The JVF-Clique are British hip hop artists from Leicester.
Derek Andrew Safo has certainly come a long way and it’s been one hell of a journey. From selling his mix-tapes on the streets of Hornsey to releasing his debut album ‘This is my Demo’ on his own label Dcypha Productions, to beating 50 Cent at last years Mobos. Little Derek is doing more than ok-he’s doing pretty damn good.
Festival Stage One – a unique music and dance festival – will give over 1000 young people, aged 13-21, the chance to take part in auditions and workshops supported by professionals from the music industry – who will be seeking to discover the best young talent in the UK.
Carvelli has come a long way since ambling at his pa's heels under the poker table at The Club, yet he credits his backroom exposure with sculpting the artist he would become. "What an environment," he says. "There's no way a kid should be in there, the smoke, the cards, the money. But there I was. It was four, five nights a week... I guess it's because of that that I always had the feeling it was cool to be where people said you shouldn't go."
Zion-I Crew, one of the most profound and creative crews, from the Bay Area, California, to touch our sound waves in recent times. A breath of fresh air to the sounds, that I call Real Hip Hop. I grabbed the opportunity to catch up with the crew during their hectic schedule hoping that they would reveal exclusively what was next on the agenda!