Over the years, we’ve seen many of the country’s sickest artists come out of Leeds city. With the launch of their new EP “Alphabetix Anonymous”, there’s a group on the horizon who look set to send a fresh wave of funky hip-hop out to the masses. The “Alphabetix” are fast gaining a solid reputation up North, with the release of their debut EP doing nothing but favours for their reputation further a field.
With over a dozen exclusives, Volume 4 of Certified Banger’s ‘On The Radar’ downloads proves that the series is going from strength to strength. Volume 4 features 20 tracks of strictly British Hip Hop from rappers and producers from around the Kingdom.
Houston, Texas has always been a hotbed of leftfield musical talent. They have always done things their own way down south, and for that they should be applauded. But what was once the home of alternative country pioneers like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark is now the centre of one of the most vibrant and exciting hip hop scenes in the land.
There is a new night going off in Leeds called the Middle 8. It is going to be at the Elbow Rooms on the 2nd July and will then take place on the first Wednesday of the month. The night is run by or own Analogue, Mike D and Lyrical Dan of Subterrania and Tha PCP from Crackhouse Recordings.
To coincide with the release of his first album, I met up with Leeds MC, Instance. We had a chat, a couple of jars (one in The Bourbon where the music was too loud and they charged a quid to get in and another in a Wetherspoons of all places… well, they had no music did they?) and we did an interview that we recorded on my brothers phone.
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The top thing that Brutal Artistry does is stay true to the roots. So there was none of this, 'lets just sell out to students and pissheads'… It was a hip hop night. They wanted a hip hop crowd. And man did they get one. It seems nowadays the common acceptance is that real hip hop doesn't sell. Many DJs are forced to put on R&B or house nights in order to really make some money.
Over the last few months, the Subterrania Studios crew have worked to bring through three incredible shows covering all the bases in Northern Hip-Hop.
On October 9, 2004, The Beastie Boys handed out 50 cameras to audience members at their sold-out performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden. These 50 different passionate perspectives, shot from the point-of view of the audience, take the viewers deep inside the world of a live Beastie Boys show, capturing the experience of a live musical performance like no film ever has done.