Here is a recording from the classic Pioneers Hip Hop Show (Kane FM) from 2014. In this show, Whirlwind D tells the story of Low Life Records, from its inception in 1992 to the mid 00s.
'Industry Number 1' Hip-Hop collective launch 'A Way Of Life' a journey though the world of global Hip-Hop. A feature length documentary covering the expansion of the most significant musical movement of modern times. Shot over a span of two years in 21 locations across the globe 'A Way Of Life' explores Hip-Hop culture from music to graffiti, beat boxing and break-dancing.
Although I wasn't there to witness the inevitable majesty of Wednesday's show, Tuesday's show was fantastic nevertheless. The reunion and 10 year anniversary of the Asylum Speakers album, featuring artists and full band made this a landmark of UK Hip Hop history. With both shows sold out, Dark Circle opened up, having travelled from Germany and Iceland, and set the tone for an incredible evening of music.
ZAN at Jazz Café is the second charity event of its kind where pioneers of UK hip hop come together to raise awareness of Autism. This never seen before line-up will showcase brand new material alongside hip hop classics from Roots Manuva, Blak Twang, Skinnyman, Klashnekoff, Rodney P and MC D.
UK Runnings is one of the leading mixtape companies from the UK. They have done mixtapes with various underground artists as well as mixtapes with some of the scenes names, as well as being responsible for the infamous Grimewatch UK mixtape series. Earlier this year they released UK Rap Chronicles Chapter One which was well received by press and media.
I always thought of Inja (or on myspace) as a pretty traditional MC but his 'Hat Low' EP put an end to that. This new track sees him, SkinnyMan and Fallacy go in over a well executed Grime style beat. Whether or not he's trying to cash in on the fact that Grime is a better-selling genre right now (just check any HMV), it can't be ignored that these three MCs actually really put it down on this.
Currently one of the hardest working DJs and promoters the Spin Doctor has produced a fantastic mix to celebrate 4 years of his night the Doctors Orders. Below is the link to a zip file with an MP3 of the mix, some artwork and the traklisting. Remember to look out for the Doctors Orders nights throughout the month.
When Tricksta and Lunatrix are Flying the Flag you’re guaranteed that your tastes will be catered for. Whether you like Hip Hop flavoured Grime, Boom Bap flavoured Hip Hop or Rap flavoured Ragga it’s all here - providing its origins are in the UK. This does mean that probably not every track will be to your liking - some of the Grime tracks I still can’t get with, mainly based on the daft lyrics (Spitta raps about Slimline PS’s and DS Lites).
If the aim of ‘Food 4 Da Brain Second Serving’ wasn’t to serve up a platter of perfectly complementing flavours then I’ll eat my hat. If that is what they set out to do then they’ve royally achieved it. The menu offers up tracks from the finest chefs on either side of the UK Hip Hop / Grime divide; in fact it tastily demonstrates the breaking down of the boundary.