They reminisce over you: Electro Rock

February 19, 2011

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Electro Rock Cover

It’s easy to look back at Hip Hop in the eighties with rose tinted glasses. It was such a great time. But to be able to watch it back like a show reel of the best in class is special. Electro Rock is that show reel; a film of the seminal Hip Hop event held […]

Hip Hop Mix #2

February 17, 2011

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Chimp-in-Headphones-by-seeemilypaint.co.uk

At the end of each post on this blog is included recommended Hip Hop-influenced listening, here compiled into mix #2 Buffalo Gals Malcolm McLaren: Early Hip Hop gem from pioneering legend Malcolm McLaren alongside the groundbreaking World Famous Supreme Team Love J Dilla featuring Pharoahe Monche: Beautifully uplifting track from J Dilla. Straight up Hip […]

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Body popping: Once you pop…

January 27, 2011

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Turbo-broom-dance

My brother taught me how to do a wave and then I learned to lock. As teenagers, most boys worry that too much masturbating might make them go blind; my Mum used to tell me that too much body popping would leave me with a twitch. Along with my brother, I would practice popping in […]

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Talib Kweli: Cold Rain video

January 25, 2011

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Talib-Kweli-Cold-Rain

Talib Kweli’s new album, Gutter Rainbows, is upon us. The lead single, Cold Rain, sets a righteous tone for this independently released set. The video features Kweli wandering through a bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape straight out of The Road. In it he comes across all Book of Eli, but without Denzel Washington’s looks. What Kweli has […]

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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

January 19, 2011

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Odd-Future-Wolf

With the year barely underway, the online hype machine is already working over time with blogs rushing to tip Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (or OFWGKTA for short) as the hot Hip Hop act to take 2011. Having completely missed the boat on this one (OFWGKTA’s stock has been rising since last year), […]

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An English Corner

January 9, 2011

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Mike-Skinner-The-Streets

What a week for English sport. Most notably England winning the Ashes down under and Martin “Wolfie” Adams retaining the BBC-backed BDO Word Darts Championship earlier this evening, the climax of the traditional New Year darts championships. The Streets soundtrack the Ashes win The Ashes win down under was so long awaited and impressive that our […]

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2010 through the Hip Hop lens

December 30, 2010

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Rihanna on X-Factor

It’s that time of year – lists, lists, lists and best bits: the year’s best albums, the decade’s best artists, the top ten news headlines for 2010, the best bits from Pineapple Studios’ idiotic pop star obsessive Star Man etc. Keeping in tune with the time for lists, here are 2010’s best (or worse) moments […]

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