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.
Dubbledge is certainly no freshmen in the British music scene. He’s done the festivals – Glastonbury included; tore up stages from London to Glasgow, performed all across Europe throughout Spain, Switzerland, Norway, Holland and Germany and recorded with some of the biggest talents the UK has to offer including Chase & Status, Alesha Dixon, Foreign Beggars, Jehst, Braintax, DJ Vadim, Kyza and The Scratch Perverts!
Whilst everyone else is preoccupied with producing spaced out elevator music to stay on the right side of the cool, the Associated Minds crew straight out of Cardiff continue to take it back to fresh spitting emcees and that banging boom bap. To concisely quote A.M themselves: Fuck a trend.
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.
Certified Banger recently spoke to Wales' famous Mudmowth and found out the DL on the MC and his label. Read on to find out what Mudmowth did at Christmas, what he thinks of Goldie Lookin' Chain and more (including something to do with a midget and some rhubarb).
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.