Cockney Translation: Smiley Culture, Fast Chat and its effect on UK Hip-Hop

To quote Kool Herc, 'hip-hop and reggae are cousins'. I'm sure most people reading this are familiar with the origins of hip-hop. A young Jamaican expat who moved to New York with his family and wanted to recreate the sound systems he'd seen as a child in Jamaica in his new surroundings. The fact that … Continue reading Cockney Translation: Smiley Culture, Fast Chat and its effect on UK Hip-Hop

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All in the Ghetto: Gentrification and Hip-Hop in London

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ-tNoUgXI0 The song above is by Anglo-German band Jahcoozi, who's vocalist is a London-born Sri Lankan woman called Sasha Perera. The song, "Takin Your Streets", is a critique of gentrification in London parodying the most visible proponents of this process, the much-maligned hipsters. While hipsters may be the easiest target for any anti-gentrification sentiment, they … Continue reading All in the Ghetto: Gentrification and Hip-Hop in London

Micall Parknsun Gig Review

Micall Parknsun/Jyager/One OZ/The Being Emcees Electric Circus, Edinburgh – 18.03.13 4 Stars A blizzard blows outside in a fitting example of winter in Scotland as we make our way through the city to the gig. Inside in the warmth of Electric Circus, however, something much rarer is occurring.....a hip-hop gig in Edinburgh. These don't happen … Continue reading Micall Parknsun Gig Review