Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Rise of Graffiti Writing - From New York To Europe


I'll begin by wishing a Happy New Year to anyone who still visits the blog!

What I have for you here is a series of ten videos detailing the rise of graffiti from its NYC roots to its eventual worldwide dominance in this Germany-produced project.
I haven't seen this yet but a quick glance at some of the videos shows figures as LEE, Charlie Ahearn, Futura 2000 as well as some more important European luminaries.

This is the blurb (as translated via Google Translate)

From the beginnings of New York in the 1970s to the outbreak of the paint virus in the mid-80s in Europe: in ten episodes, the documentary series traces the history of graffiti culture. Starting from Graffiti's mother city, New York, early-hour writers tell how the movement sloshed from the United States across the pond to Europe in the 1980s, and from 1983 onwards, from Amsterdam, Paris, and London, like wildfire all over Continent spread. And the story continues...
Here's the link >>>>>
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/RC-015348/the-rise-of-graffiti-writing/

Many thanks to DAYLE for spotting this.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Annual No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam 2017


It's the return of the annual No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam live from Norwich tonight.
These always get rammed with plenty of ageing, balding, b-boys throwing their stuff down on the dancefloor whilst the acts do their thang and the DJs provide the soundtrack.

The usual suspects are on offer this evening and I'm looking forward to Waxer and I combining our forces working together as the Dynamic Duo of discs behind the wheels of steel and playing a great selection of 'knees-up hip-hop'.

Free entry as always. Kicks off at 7pm.
Sat-Nav enthusiasts, this is for you; The Rumsey Wells Pub, NR2 4AF.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issues #5 & #6


In Full Effect! Bus' Dis!
Here we go in our continuing saga of digitizing the past with the next next two issues of Hip Hop Connection magazine - issues #5 & #6 from June & July 1989.

More articles focussing in on the who's who of hip-hop of the day (Big Daddy Kane, Lakim Shabazz, Monie Love, Ultramagnetic MCs) and a spotlight on some of the lesser-known acts, too (MC Einstein, Kiss AMC, Prince Lover Dalu, London Rhyme Syndicate).
July's edition has a graffiti special as it covers the Bridlington International Street Art competition with artists from all over Europe.

The sections I'm most interested in though are the Letters and the Connections pages. It's interesting reading some of the names and finding people I now know.
Talking of which, Issue #6's Connections has a certain Mancunian from a certain Mancunian group who had a vinyl release of their album as recent as last year (on Style Warrior Records)
Download issue #5
Download issue #6


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Japanese Kold Sweat Tee

The LOVEGROVE designhouse is powering ahead and definitely Right & Exact lately.
There seems to be a brand new idea making it's way to fruition almost every week these days and it's never a duff one either.

Up for grabs at the moment is this excellent riff on the classic UK rap label, Kold Sweat but given a Japanese twist.
As always they're always only available for a brief time so if you want one then Put Your Brain In Gear and go to this link: https://everpress.com/kold-sweat-japanese-version
You're Borderin' Insanity if you miss out of this and you'll be Living In The Land Of The Lost so go now and get it.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Sumthin For The Regulars



This is a little freebie but strictly for the Blog Crew - those of you who visit diligently even though the posts these days are sadly thin on the ground. Yes, something for those who don't frequent Facebook and instead insist on keeping that time-sucking banality out of their lives - though I can hardly talk.

Hip Hop: The Illustrated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music, and Graffiti was originally published way back in 1984 and never received the distribution it should have. Less sales meant that the book subsequently became sought-after and now goes for such astronomical prices as up to £350.

Thanks to the age of digital everyone can now have a chance to read it - well, just you select few, not that Facebook or Twitter rabble, yeah?

PDF version
https://www.mediafire.com/file/a9wmmo0sxfc7qgw/SH_HH.pdf

Epub Version
http://www.mediafire.com/file/88b6mwfkr9dupnb/Hip_Hop.epub

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Halloween Podcast Flashback!

If you've never heard the infamous 2011 ABU Halloween Podcast then you're in for a ghoulish treat!

Get your lugs around the 13th episode.
Best experienced with snug headphones in a darkened room preferably with a roasting fire.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

67 ABU Show October 2017

We're back! 
This Thursday sees the return of the ABU Podcast.
And not only that but we're being broadcast back on Disco Scratch Radio.
It's like old times!
Join us tomorrow for two hours for classic and new hip-hop, electro and funky breaks and a goodie bag full of other tasty treats that you will not hear on any other generic 'rap music' radio show.

Listen here from 9pm for the show.
In fact, you tune in to Disco Scratch Radio at any time now as the music runs 24/7.
Whenever you need a good hit of some hip-hop dopeness just go to DSR.
N.b. Go to the site NOW to find which of the audio links works best for you.

If you can't make i on Thursday then the link to stream/download the show will appear below as if by magic.....

Things to look out out for this month:

  • Two songs from the 'Oi, That Ain't Hip-Hop' Dept
  • An alarmingly-quick pitch-bend during a mix
  • A hipster with a very envious 'vinyls" collection
  • And of course, The Legendary ABU Guff Sound


Friday, 20 October 2017

ABU 67 Coming Soon


Oh yeah.....this.
Coming soon......

The Man Who Forgot He Was a Rap Legend


Think about the older generation of rappers. How many can you name that are living the lifestyle they once wished they had in their rhymes? Not many is it?
There seems to be this thing in hip hop that the younger ones don't seem to pay homage to the masters which is completely contrary in other music genres such as rock where it's seen as almost a rite of passage that you must know about those who came first.

One such artist from the old school seemed to disappear off our collective radar years ago in the mid-1980s after a modest career rhyming over the top of maverick producer, Mantronik's futuristic hip-hop beats.

T La Rock was a very affable type of guy with a commanding voice and complex rhymes for years and then...? Where did he go?
I must confess that I had no idea until I read this piece. And while very shocking it is also a great life-affirming piece of journalism which has given me even more respect to the man, Tee Elle Ay Ara Oh See Kay.

https://www.gq.com/story/the-man-who-forgot-he-was-a-rapper

A Stable Sound Episode 8: The Nautilus Special


Bob James' Nautilus is one of hip hop's best jazz-funk steals. It seems you cannot go wrong with this song whenever you try to sample it. It oozes the funk with it soft Rhodes keys throughout and then when the drums do their thing just raises to another level. Any part of it can be sampled and sound good.

Cut Chemist is certainly one of the song's better fans and here is his Stable Sound Podcast which highlights Nautilus and brings together the many artists that have flipped it including Eric B. & Rakim, Jeru The Damaja, Onyx, A Tribe Called Quest and more.



https://www.mixcloud.com/Cut_Chemist/the-nautilus-special/
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