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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The Merit of London Posse

A few days ago I was talking to a friend of mine who asked me why Rodney P is considered the first British rapper. This got me thinking. While chronologically that is definitely not the case (with rappers such as Derek B, Family Quest and Richie Rich to name but a few preceding him), there … Continue reading The Merit of London Posse