Sunday, 14 December 2014

Xmas Break

Y'all can kiss my mistletoe

Thanks for the support, guys & gals. No matter if you check every week or once a year, it's all truly appreciated. In this small but fragmented British hip hop scene it's good to know we are all about taking this pursuit with a pinch of salt and a smile.

We're taking a break over the Xmas period but will be back with more news, views and the long-awaited ABU Album Volume II in the new year.

Jingle balls.

Me love you long time.


Xmas No Half Steppin 2014

The annual No Half Steppin' Xmas Jam in Norwich is almost upon us (next weekend to be more exact) which will feature live PAs from:

The Dookie Squad
The Mantis Chapter
Whirlwind D
The Juice MCs 
Chrome & Illinspired

with DJ support from JUST-1

Should be a nice little early Christmas treat. Get down there from 7pm!

Street Sounds and Morgan Khan 1986 ITV Documentary with Hugh Laurie

1986 TV documentary about UK Soul and Electro Hip Hop Dance Music label Street Sounds and its' owner Morgan Khan, hosted by Hugh Laurie (!).
Includes tour of London dance music vinyl record shops, the Limelight Club, the Streetsounds Office in Ealing, West London and more!
This is a great piece of UK history. Worth the admission alone just for the scene of Morgan singing his little heart out with a Sinatra standard or Hugh Laurie and some Jesuit priests enjoying hardcore hip hop in a West End club.

Know Your History!

Imagine the possibilities if hip hop never had it's massive jump-start during this event in NYC.....

Sunday, 30 November 2014


ABU 2015 coming back stronger than ever.
Peace & respect to ALL crew and longtime-supporters.


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Grandmaster Flash in Norwich

Tomorrow evening (Thursday 13th November) I shall be extremely ecstatic whilst simultaneously feeling extremely bored and pissed off.
Why? Well, I shall be in the same room as Grandmaster Flash, one of the godfathers of hip hop - something I have never experienced before. However, from almost everyone I've spoken to about Flash these days I seem to hear the same sentiments, "don't waste your money", "he's a sellout/nob/diva"....etc.
I've seen and heard him in interviews and whilst he does come across as brash and maybe a bit too over-confident he has been in this game for a long, long time. Attitudes change as do his audiences and he has to adopt his musical range to accompany that. Maybe. Or does he genuinely love just every style of music?

I'm not attending this gig expecting to be blown over by his talents but rather just to be able to tick a personal box on my virtual hip hop wishlist off. The Message was the first 12" I ever got (via my dad who bought it for himself) so this means a lot to me.

The warm-up acts are Chrome and DJ Format who are no strangers to playing in Norwich and will get a big crowd response I'm sure anyway.

Review afterwards.

No Half Steppin' November with WAXER

Yes folks, it's almost time for this month's No Half Steppin' in Norwich and we are lucky enough to feature the UK hip hop flag-flying, ghost-hunting, otter-enthusiast and long-time supporter of ABU, WAXER from Disco Scratch as this month's special guest DJ.

Together with DJ Just-1, Chrome, Illinspired and myself, this Saturday is a guaranteed sureshot. Kicking off as always at 8pm in The Rumsey Wells pub (downstairs), this free event should not be missed.
Waxer has a massively eclectic musical knowledge and has stated that he will not be just playing the crowd-pleasing favourites but a good selection of 'Marmite' songs, too.

Come on down and say hello!

R.I.P. Big Bank Hank

Big Bank Hank

We've lost yet another one of our pioneers of our culture. One third of The Sugarhill Gang, Henry Jackson aka Big Bank Hank has sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 58.
I don't need to tell you all about his history as you wouldn't be visiting this blog if you weren't aware of the Sugarhill Gang.

What I will say though is that a lot of people seem to think Hank 'stole' his lyrics to Rapper's Delight from Grandmaster Caz ("Check it out, I'm the C-A-S-A, the N-O-V-A, And the rest is F-L-Y"). This is incorrect and Caz has stated on more than a few occasions that he happily gave Hank his rhyme book and told him he could use what he liked.

Regardless, Rapper's Delight is still a great song I think and sounds fresh even today.

Friday, 31 October 2014

ABU Halloween Podcast DOWNLOAD

Thanks to all that showed up last night to listen in. It was the busiest yet!

Here's the link as there's still time to listen before the end of Halloween if you really want to get into the 'spirit'.

Note: The first half of the show is usual business whereas the scary stuff is after the 60-min mark.

The tracklist is below.........


30 Oct 2014 - Halloween

01  Stetsasonic - Just Say Stet
02  Eric B And Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
03  Caveman - Fry You Like Fish
04  LL Cool J - I Need A Beat
05  Marcus Brigstocke & Bellatrix
06  Public Enemy - Can't Truss It (Almighty Raw 125th Street Bootleg Mix)
07  Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 - The Message

Funk Trunk
08  Lalo Schifrin - Ape Shuffle (1974)
09  Orange Krush - Action (1982)

10  Malcolm McLaren - Duck For The Oyster
11  Nice & Smooth - Dope Not Hype

Roots Of The Roots
12  Visage - Fade To Grey

13  Tuff Crew - Old School Jackin Rap (Feat. Prime Minister Dope)

Halloween Section
14  DJ BC - King Of Halloween
15  The Omen - Ave Satani
16  Knights Of The Turntables -  ''Dub'' (The Knights Fly To Mars & Venus, With Their Dog, Woodpecker & Cat!)
17  Goblin - Profondo Rosso
18  Gene Page - Blacula Strikes!
19  Paris - Devil Made Me Do It
20  Run DMC - Raising Hell
21  Les Baxter - Devil's Witchcraft
22  Schnoogly - Ghostbastods
23  Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy, Pappy mix
24  A Nightmare On Elm Street (Main Theme)
25  Spectra - Tubular Bells
26  Dana Dane - Nightmares

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