Couple of tracks from Unique Hastings performing live with his band. The tracks are Celebrate and Rollercoaster. This was filmed at Acklam Village live! Having a live band generates a different feel and shows how Unique Hastings interacts with and works the audience.
When outside observers think of Hip Hop, they tend to think of thugged out posers, so aggressive and in your face that it ends out intimidating and fake; or battle rappers, who, although superbly creative, are so intent on destroying the opponent that negativity reigns; or the abstract poets, imagination second to none, but so out there that only they ever know what theyre rapping about. There is a definite lack of social consciousness and, at the end of the day, just some good positive creativity.
Going back to Kool Herc’s Bloc Parties, many things have remained the same when it comes to DJs. Their new scratches and breaks mixes create new breaker moves, inspire new graff designs and provide a foundation for new styles of spitting. But, when we reach the end of the weak ones, the thing that really makes the DJ the king pin is that he’s often the coolest cat in the joint.
It's been a minute since regular heads heard anything from Wiley's showcase crew Roll Deep, but with label mini dramas long behind them, (their label felt more comfortable pushing KT Tunstall, and dropped them accordingly, even after selling 75k albums!), the 13 man set is back! Expect more sound system bangers, alongside irresistible commercial head nodders.