In 1938, Orson Welles' hoax petrified the nation when it went live on The Colombia Broadcasting System announcing that Earth was under a Martian invasion. 84 years later, we have a Record label based in Cardiff, splattering Welles-esque broadcasts about an invasion of rapping geese!
If you have ever peeked into the Welsh Hip Hop scene it would be impossible to not know of Rob Picton aka Joe Blow a veteran DJ and emcee of the South Wales underground with an involvement in the music industry that spans two and a half decades.
The term 'old school' gets bandied about a lot in hip-hop circles, but Joe Blow's approach to the game is the genuine article. A focussed motivated attitude and a need to always be progressing has allowed this seasoned veteran to effortlessly spray and hone his talents across many genres of underground music. Despite his youthful appearance and energetic live show, Joe is old enough to have picked up some of those classic 1980s hip-hop LPs the first time around. These critical purchases etched themselves in Joe's psyche and by the early 90s Joe was picking up the mic himself.
The third in the series of free to download compilations compiled by Certified Banger. What more is there to say? Well actually, loads. Representing the UK and 100% supported by all artists involved OTR Vol. 3 is 21 tracks deep and features bare exclusives.
With Hip-hop artists such as Metabeats, Joe Blow and Mudmowth gaining heavy praise from the music press at the moment, legends such as Me One returning home, and adopted Welsh son Ruffstylz bringing the World’s Longest Freestyle record to its shores, Wales is in pretty good shape whilst the rest of the UK Hip-hop scene is slowly dying.