Saturday, 31 July 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 26 & 27

 More HHC mags I've scanned recently both from 1991.

Issue #26, March 1991

Issue #27, April 1991


Here's a few more back issues. I have scanned issues 1-10 but have mislaid those darn links. They'll turn up at some point I'm sure.  Many thanks to 'Anonymous' who has kindly posted the rest of the Mediafire links. Cheers!

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 24 & 25

Here are two more scans of Hip Hop Connection mags. The first of 1991, one of my favourite years, as we shall see with some classic singles and albums.

Issue #24, January 1991

A packed issue with a huge feature which gathers together a round table of some of the biggest names of UK rap in 1991 to discuss its failings and plans for the future.
There's also features on A Tribe Called Quest (back in the era of 'Instinctive Travels...'), F.O.R.C.E. (who would partner up soon with K-Zee), and Katch-22, who are just about ready to drop their debut album "The Diary Of A Black Man In A Lost World" (the title would later be slightly changed).

Issue #25, February 1991

Front cover stars are Caveman and there really couldn't be a better example of a more civilised, cosy British crew - going by their interview. It's not the South Bronx. It's not even Hackney. The interview is conducted in a snug recording studio and then continued in the local Pizza Hut!
There's plenty more focus on UK rap elsewhere, with Ruthless Rap Assassins (who criminally never reached the heights that they should have) and MC Duke who has plenty to say (including the work of his own producer, Simon Harris). Besides that, popping up is the very lovely, Sensi who also doesn't mince her words. One of the best quotes you'll hear is when she talks about Monie Love - "she's wearing a hat that looks as if it's a free gift from Smarties". Sadly, the album she's promoting (Lady Raps The Blues) never got released).

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

ABU Podcast 74 - May 2021

It's been EXACTLY a year since the last one, can you believe it?

The ABU Podcast returns This Thursday (27th May) 9pm (GMT).
Two hours of devastating hip-hop power, dusty breaks, futuristic 80s electro and cool library funk.

Find us on

Visit the chatroom and get involved: 

ABU - Our turntables might wobble but they won't fall down.

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 21, 22 & 23

 Here's three more scans of Hip Hop Connection mags to bring 1990 to a conclusion.

Issue #21, October 1990
Derek B talks about his acceptance within the UK scene and his upcoming second album (that never was) and LL Cool J is interviewed about Mama Said Knock You Out whilst filming with Michael J Fox on the film, The Hard Way. There's a great piece on the then-launch of London's KISS FM radio station back when it was one of the most upfront and must-hear stations in the UK.
The JBeez talk through their second album, Done By The Forces of Nature which now that I think about it deserves another listen as I never really felt that happy about it at the time (and don't even get me started on J. Beez Wit The Remedy...).
There's an interesting British group in the Demo Blaster section before they became mildly famous when they were picked up by Music of Life records.

Issue #22, November 1990
This issue kicks off with a piece on SNAP! (the guys who did 'The Power'). It's only a one-page thing but worth a read even to see how anti-gay remarks were still around and not as politically-correct as that kind of caper is these days. The Gang Starr interview must be the first one with HHC and was done just before Step In The Arena dropped. Nice to see how Jazz Thing came about which was mostly down to Spike Lee getting on the blower to Branford Marsalis and telling him to find them!
Also look out for articles on D-Nice, Gilles Peterson, X Clan explaining the Blackwatch Movement as well as The She-Rockers fuming about their new album. Oh, and remember the Technics Twins? No, me neither.

Issue #23, December 1990
 By now HHC seems to be subtly changing its format with new features and overall design aesthetic and it really shows - although there are some very typical 80s page designs more noticeable with hindsight.
There's plenty of tidbits of news as well as features on The Outlaw Posse (and their anger at a certain CJ Mackintosh remix), Black Radical MKII (he was once sent a cease & desist letter from beer merchants, Bass Ale), and a heavy read with Professor Griff (no surprise there). 1990 saw the return of Run DMC, and they speak about their new album 'Back From Hell'. The Demo Blaster section features MC Dee2 - who I'm pretty sure is the same Dee II who was later signed to Kold Sweat. N.b. I think the mag inadvertently switched Dee's photo with Run DMC's from a few pages back. I suppose that I could've corrected them with some Photoshop magic but, meh, I ain't on that George Lucas 'special edition' shizzle so left it as it was. I'm sure you can live with that.
And after blabbering his way through a recent issue of HHC, KRS One is back yet again and talking about the HEAL project, and London Posse break down their debut (and only) album, Gangster Chronicle.
Happy reading,

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 19 & 20


Hip Hop Connection Magazine - August 1990, Issue #19
Icecube was this issue's cover star and the reason why is that he was just about to release his debut solo album, Amerikkka's Most Wanted. There's the usual smatterings of articles and doodads including pieces on Brit girls Monie Love and Betty Boo (!).
Jazz-Rap was suddenly on the rise around August 1990 and HHC have a big piece on it all as well as reviewing the Dream Warriors in the Singles section (this month also had the debut release from Hardnoise - yes, THAT one!).
MC Mell 'O' rounds off the mag with a breakdown of his Thoughts Released album.
All in all not a bad one this month.
Hip Hop Connection Magazine - September 1990, Issue #20

Say what you will about HHC but they did try to promote equality and report on the female section of the genre in a mostly male-dominated field. Ruthless Records' Tairrie B gets front cover shine (albeit under KRS-ONE).
More West Coast bizzle continues inside the covers with an interview with Kid Frost
There's an epic chat with KRS-ONE but let's face it, he's not a man known for his brevity.
All that and a bag of chips as some of us used to say in the '90s.

 More soon...




Saturday, 3 April 2021

Plastic Attack Quiz Booty

A little while back the legendary Plastic Attack Radio Show held their very first Hip-Hop Trivia Quiz. Twenty unbelievably difficult and completely nerd-appropriate questions of the highest calibre.
Being an unashamed fan of rap minutiae in general - I didn't choose the trivia life, it chose me - I was looking forward to this evening being in the company of my fellow geek brethren.
To prepare, I had recently boned up on Subway & Spraycan Art, David Toop's The Rap Attack, every early issue of The Source and Hip Hop Connection I could lay my hands on and listened to every piece of vinyl in my collection - including the wack UK remixes for every De La release from the late 80s.

I jest. I dropped the De La records. I'm not that desperate ;)
Anyway, long story short there was a tie-break by the end of the evening with me and long-time ABU fan WOCK both achieving the same highest score. Unfortunately, like Highlander there could be only one and we were given a special bonus question. We were read a lyric from a fairly esoteric Ice T album song and had to name the track.
I barely managed to type the answer into my email message before my finger was hammering the 'send' button off to the Plastic Attack HQ.
I tells ya, it was more tense than an X Factor final except I didn't have the gorgeous Nicole Scherzinger cheering me on and instead I had my 4 year old Shih Tzu, Pip, staring at me like I was raving mad as by now I was rocking on the sofa and shrieking and slapping my thighs like a pantomime dame.

The Plastic Attack top dog, big man, numero uno honcho and head cheese, DJ Laz-e read out the winner and I damn near fell off that sofa. L'il old Mr Reeps was crowned the winner of the inaugural
Plastic Attack Radio Show Quiz 2020.

A quiz of this magnitude needed to have some pretty damn impressive prizes and it did not disappoint. Pulling in favours from his multitude of names from his trusty black book Laz-e got donations from many, many faces in the industry
Here then is a breakdown of everything I received in one big-ass box that came this morning courtesy of my postlady.

Here's a group shot of all that booty

This is a great cap from STYLES

The first of a few goodies from Ken Swift's BREAK LIFE

Three tees from DJ Elemental

More BREAK LIFE merch from Ken Swift - some nice chisel-edged markers for those 'creative' moments, and a very cool pair of autographed and personalised sunglasses

The legendary Egyptian Lover donated a couple of fantastic prizes - the first being this double CD of non-stop tunes from the master himself

Dope beanie hat from Ken Swift

Ultra-rare collection of rap radio performances collated and mastered by Irish Craig and designed by graphic supremo LG


This is an awesome 7" single from The Egyptian Lover that not only looks amazing - a triangular 45?! - but he has very kindly customized the whole package, too

BreakLife stickers - mo' food for the record box

DIG MAG complete collection - a visual and literary heaven for the avid record collector with tales from fellow vinyl hoarders of obtaining that elusive piece of wax


Rare Tim Dog CDs - obviously produced before he passed away/ran away (delete as appropriate). And two CDs from DJ Flip & Freezemaster Slick and Prozack Turner

More DJ Flip & Freezemaster Slick merch courtesy of All City Records of Dublin

Crazy rare 45 from The Oddysy ft Chuck D, DJ Johnny Juice & Son of Bazerk. And signed by one of my favourite DJs, Johnny himself. Insane!

All City Records again with some nifty instrumental hip-hop from Kutmah

Big-up to DJ Undercover of Hijack (yes, THE Hijack!)  for this signed copy of Doing What We Wonna Do

Back again! More DJ Flip & Freezemaster Slick pressure courtesy of All City Records

 New Jack Hustle's All City Anthem on
All City Records. Top Trivia: this single was mastered by none other than Thes One of People Under The Stairs

The final prize out the box is this gorgeous print of the 'Ultramagnetic MCs gig that never was' at Cafe Oto in Tokyo, 1990 courtesy of Martin 'LG' Lovegrove.

Apart from these prizes pictured above I also received a personalised outgoing voicemail message from the truly legendary G.L.O.B.E., and an equally-distinguished figure in the music industry, Man Parrish will master any track I produce in his state of the art studio.

I am truly blown away, not only by the fact that I was the winner of the quiz but by the generous donations and time given by each and everyone who took part in it.

Lastly a huge thank you and a massive b-boy hug to my fellow record-hoarder from across the border, Eric / DJ Laz-e for organising all of this. I know that he had a very worrying time getting this all together as there were so many moving parts involved but it all worked out and I am eternally grateful.
Right, I'm pooped. I need a brew!

Here's to Xmas 2021 at

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 17 & 18


More HHC mags this week - June (#17) and July (#18) 1990.
We've got Overlord X and Norman Cook's 10 favourite tunes, features and interviews with Blade, Gunshot, Outlaw Posse, NWA, Silver Bullet and a buttload of others. Remember Kash Da Masta? He's showing us all his favourite things in a photoshoot reminiscent of something out of Just 17 magazine.

HHC were never afraid to dip their toes into the more commercial side of rap and there are some articles on Technotronic, Snap! and MC Tunes if that's your bag.
Who wants to win an electronic personal organizer from Abbey National? Not so much a competition as a frankly blatant plug for this once ubiquitous high street chain.

A Tribe Called Quest fans will enjoy the song by song breakdown of the group's debut album in issue 18. And who remembers the ragamuffin hip-hop phase? It's all here.

June 1990 (17)

July 1990 (18)

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues 11 to 16

I realised that I hadn't posted these issues to the blog (or anywhere) since I scanned them two years ago.

So here they are, issues 11 (December 1989) through to 16 (May 1990). Plus I have recently scanned issues 17, 18 & 19 which will bring us up to August 1990.

However there is one missing and that is #14 (March 1990). This is not due to me not having it but rather I DO have this copy, but it is STILL SEALED. I would've been buying two copies of HHC back in the day and using one copy to cut up and pull out posters with the other copy being kept in the 'good' pile. I must've battered the sod out of issue 14 then by all accounts.
I'm not going to open up this one just yet as this is obviously my retirement fund. Maybe in the future, who knows...
Top Trivia: Issue 15 (April 90) features a letter from one Louis Theroux writing under the alias, King Lou-E. He mentions this in his recent autobiography, We Gotta Get Theroux This.  His disparaging comments about UK hip-hop artists will prove to bring a huge backlash in a future issue (namely #17, June 1990 YO! letters page).

Anyway, here they are. More issues to come very, very soon.


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