Thursday, 31 May 2012

May ABU Takeover Show.... TONITE!

Tonight's show will feature a one-hour special on MCA/Beastie Boys for the first hour. After that it'll be business as usual albeit in a condensed form.

Go to at 9pm. Choose a username and jump into the chat.

The show can be heard automatically when you land on the webpage. However there are a variety of ways to hear it:

Windows Media Player:
Real Player:

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 28 May 2012

ABU Podcasts - We Cannot Be Stopped!

I've re-upped the remaining ABU shows that were ripped out of existence from the now-departed file-sharers they were then residing on.

Feel free to grab them whilst you can:

ABU Shows - REUP

07  March 2011 (Mantronix) - 07 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - Disco Scratch Takeover Show 3

09  May 2011 (Westwood)  - 09 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - Disco Scratch Takeover Show 5 (DSR49)

10  June 2011 Mike Allen Special -
11  July 2011 (Lego)  - 11 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - ABU! DS Takeover Show (DSR56)

12  September 2011 (Floppy) - 12 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - ABU! DS Takeover Show (DSR59)

13  October 2011 Halloween Special! - 13 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - ABU! DS Takeover Show (DSR60)

14  November 2011 (Cloud) - 14 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - ABU! DS Takeover Show (DSR61)

15  December 2011 - 15 Ageing B-Boys Unite! Podcast - ABU! DS Takeover Show (DSR65)

16  January 2012 - Mixcloud version includes track-by-track listing

The current shows will now be hosted on my own private server so anything from this year is safe, bruv.

Crazy Eddie Murphy Sample Source

Big shout to DJ JUST-1 for showing me this. It's one of those crazy moments in sampling history.
You all know Kool G Rap's 'It's A Demo', right? Hmmm, where does that intro come from?

I've been watching Eddie Murphy's Delirious stand-up show on and off for damn near 25 years yet I NEVER realised this!

Sounds familiar, right? Now check THIS out.......!!

Go to 1 minute 48 seconds

Friday, 25 May 2012

Wild Style Wallets - Again

You know I posted about those Wild Style wallets the other day for £6? Well, I just noticed that the guy selling them has put the price up to a ball-breaking, extortionate £20.99!



Tuesday, 22 May 2012

4 Pillars Launch Gig - Upcoming

My man Lovegrove (see also this previous post) of Style Warrior has designed the flyer for an upcoming hip hop gig in London.

4 Pillars is the name, bringing together the original 4 elements of hip hop - and no, I refuse to acknowledge that 'beatboxing' is a fifth or even 'knowledge' as yet another (sorry Bambaataa, we need some quality control, old son).

The following is from the official Facebook Event Page:

'Bits, Bits, Doo-Dads Here And There'
"The 4 Pillars are the foundation of Hip Hop; each pillar represents one of the following:

Aerosol Art, MC’s, DJ’s and last but by no means least, B-Boys.

Many people claim to be involved in Hip Hop but only seem to represent one or two of the 4 pillars. Hip Hop cultur...e is EVERYWHERE and has touched EVERY genre of music. If the truth be told, Hip Hop is more than a culture; it’s a way of life and what we aim to bring to you at the 4 Pillars party is a night of pure Hip Hop in its true essence, whether you’re from the old school or the new school, we are one and all are welcome.

'You Do Doodle On The Paper'
In attendance are some very rarely-seen stalwarts of the early UK scene such as Kamanchi Sly of Hijack, DJ's Renegade & Mada as well as Son Of Noise, MCM of Caveman.

The legendary writer MODE2 of The Chrome Angelz (TCA) will be creating aerosol art alongside  Airheads, Hatch and Jaz. It will be auctioned at a later date and the proceeds will be donated to The Prince’s Foundation for Children and The Arts.
Mr LG will also be selling some of his own artwork (see the pics on the right-hand side for examples of his canvas work) on the night.He has a wicked sense of humour which is evidenced in his work with no small love of classic hip hop movie history


There will also be live B-Boying from the Soul Mavericks on the night, too.

The date for this initial launch jam is June 22nd 2012 and will be held at the Underdog Gallery, Cricifix Lane, London SE1 3JW.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Cold Cold Cash

I recently picked up one of these on eBay for just a smidge over a finski. The only way of carrying your ends for any self-respecting b-boy!
Yes, I'm a sucker for any Wild Style merch and would probably spend my last penny on a WS-branded teabag or something.

There's still a few left.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Style Warrior In The Mix - Soon Come

In case you're one of the very few that are NOT coming down to The Rumsey Wells this Saturday then instead, prepare to kick off your shoes and relax your feet to the super-dope sounds of Style Warrior's own, Lovegrove as he provides a slick dose of music.
LG will be laying down a 45-minute mix of old school UK classics on DJ Step One's ‘Infinite Hip Hop’ show this Saturday 19th May, on Kane FM.
The show runs from 6-8pm and you can catch it live on 103.7fm (if you're within 20 miles radius of Guildford) or check out the stream on

Tuesday, 15 May 2012


You must ALL remember Darlene Ortiz. She was Ice T's partner and was immortalised on the cover of his second album, Power back in 1988. And also featured on the rear.....

Here is the proof that she's stil smokin' some 20 years later.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Gone Too Early


It's Sunday night. I'm having a quiet moment contemplating the loss of MCA. It's been a week and yet it still hasn't fully sunk in yet.
I've been listening to a few Beastie Boys tracks over this time and thinking about the whole situation.

I was a fan since 1986 and loved them straight away. The tabloids tried to dismiss them whilst other jealous types snidely wrote them off just because of their colour. Of course they were wild and boisterous when they first came out because they were young, they were in the worldwide spotlight and they were given free booze!

Anyway, like I say, I've been having a think and realised just in the last 10 years or so we've lost many great people who've been taken from us before their time.

R.I.P. to the following.

Michael Jackson
John Hughes
Brittany Murphy
Farrah Fawcett
Guru aka Keith Elam
Patrick Swayze
Gary Coleman
Corey Haim
Ryan Dunn
David Carradine
Nate Dogg
Whitney Houston
Florence 'Flo-Jo' Griffith-Joyner
Heavy D
Biggie Smalls
Steve Irwin
Amy Winehouse

No Half Steppin Jam - May 2012

Sorry for inundating you with this, the third post in a day but I've been a bit slack in updating the blog as of late.

This coming weekend is the return of the brilliant No Half Steppin' night from Sure Shot Productions. It takes place as always downstairs at The Rumsey Wells pub in Norwich and kicks off at 8pm.
This month has resident dj JUST-1 with special guests ILLINSPIRED aka Billy Illa on the decks and taking time off the mic - although I can't see him leaving it alone ;-) - and also REPO 136 will be on the wheels of steel, too.

It's always a great evening of proper hip hop and funk with none of that "handbag hip hop" (® DJ Just-1) with plenty of classic joints and maybe a smattering of some "80's techno" (® chubby emo/hipster bint) otherwise known as Electro-funk.

It's free entry as always so drop in, you're all very welcome.

ABU! Takeover On Hip Hop Sessions - MAY 2012

It was a hard act to follow with the legendary Paranoid Parker the previous week but ABU! got busy in the mix last Tuesday in the Future Radio studios together with DJ JUST-1.

The first hour was a selection of rare 12"s from Just-1 and there were some real killers, including my favourite, Stunt Of The Block from Tragedy out of The Superkids.

01  Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey
02  D-Nice - Scott Made Me Funky
03  Lord Finesse - No Stoppin' (Demo)
04  Phill Most Chill - Be Intelligent
05  Tragedy - Stunt Of The Block
06  Unique - Die Hard

07  Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Midnight Wrecka
08  Latee - Not My Style
09  DJ Too Tuff - Danger Zone
10  Godfather Don 0 From The Mental
11  Dooley-O - Lord I Swear
12  Mixmasta D Ft Flipside - Scoobydoobywahwah
13  Scientifik - Slicker Picker-Upper

01  UMC's - One To Grow On
02  Master Ace - Movin On (Remix)
03  Diamond And The Psychotic Neurotics - I'm Outta Here
04  LL Cool J - You Can't Dance
05  Eric B & Rakim - Eric B For President
06  House Of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)

07 Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Live At Union Square
08  Pieces Of A Dream - Mnt Airy Groove
09  Orange Krush - Action
10  Vaughn Mason - Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
11  The Spy Who Loved Me Soundtrack - Bond '77
12  The Magic Disco Machine - Scratchin'
13  2 Live Crew - Trow The D
14  Man Parrish Ft. Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)


Paranoid Parker Takes Over The Hip Hop Sessions

It was a truly great evening with Mr Parker, Norwich's own dancefloor-killer taking over DJ Just-1's weekly Hip Hop Sessions radio show the other week.

A dope selection of tracks were selected with Double P giving some lovely shouts sporadically throughout the show.

Good ole boy.



Tues 1st May 2012
Paranoid Parker In Session

01  Grandmaster Melle Mel - Step Off
02  Grandmaster Caz - Wild Style Rap
03  Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
04  D.E.F. Featuring D.J. Three D - D.E.F. Momentum
05  Sir Mixalot - Square Dance Rap
06  The Real Roxanne - Bang Zoom
07  Roxanne Shante - Queen Of Rox
08  UTFO - Roxanne, Roxanne

09  Biz Markie - Goin Off
10  Davy DMX - Clap Ya Hands
11  Overlord X - 14 Days In May
12  Hijack - The Badman Is Robbin
13  The Demon Boyz - Northside

14  London Posse - London Posse
15  Micron - Eastenders Rap
16  MC Chill - MC Story
17  **Super Star** A-Mar* Featuring Jay Bee Rock ‎– Grasshopper Meets The Master
18  Joeski Love - Pee-Wee Dance
19  Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick - La Di Da Di
20  BDP - I'm Still #1

21  Jungle Brothers - Jimbrowski
22  Professor Griff - Last Asiatic Disciples
23  PE - You're Gonna Get Get Yours
24  LL Cool J - My Rhyme Ain't Done
25  Run DMC - Rock Box
26  Marley Marl & MC Shan - He Cuts So Fresh
27  DJ Todd-1 - That's The Way

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Vision On.... continued

I recently had another entry for the ABU! Gallery. This time from young Ramses.

At first glance it would appear that the artist has assigned the talents of a youngster to perform the illustration. Either that or stuck a pen up his nose and moved his head erratically.

Now, what strikes one immediately is the bold and rather striking Ageing B-Boys Unite logo at the head of the page. Note the 'face' in place of the dot for the letter 'i' and also the fact that the end letter is missing. The depicted 'face' could almost be a latent 'Smiley Face' from the late 1980's with it's repetive form of music known to the youth as 'Acieeed House' music. Add to this the fact that he has quite literally 'dropped an e' (from the aforementioned word) and one may summarise that the artist was a former abuser of recreational drugs. The finished article, I speculate, is the artist wanting the world to know his seedy past but perhaps only cryptically.

Moving on, I am especially enthralled by the subversive manner in which the artist has called upon the seething war between two of the largest sports companies that provide the hip hop scholar with their beloved pumps. In one fell movement he has forced the viewer into the problematic and thorny issue of deciding which of the two camps are indeed the footwear of kings?

Connected to the shoes is the main character who here, is holding a piece of vinyl with the stereo stylus still attached. What this is saying to me is simple. The deejay will provide music however and wherever - regardless of whether the stereophonic equipment is self-contained or not. Genius!

I am responding with a generous degree of belly-laughs as I read the caption "REPPO 1936" as it alludes to a particular favourite artist of mine from the 'gangsta rap' fraternity, namely Boogie Down Productions. The artist has taken to heart the adage 'The P Is Free' and decided to help himself to an extra letter JUST BECAUSE HE CAN! This audacity only excels the fact that Ramses is surely not to be messed with as his views certainly aren't that of the average b-boy and in fact is keen to unsettle the viewer in a way the beloved Banksy can only dream of.

Bravo, sir.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Beastie Boys Raising Hell In London Video

I saw this video (on the Tim Westwood Youtube channel) and had to share it.

It's handheld camera-shot footage taken from the 1986 Raising Hell Tour of which Run DMC and LL Cool J were part of.
You can feel the raw energy of the night with the Beastie Boys going wild onstage and the whistle posse being in FULL effect!
Check out MCA's crowd-diving moment and the reaction of the guy wearing the UK Fresh t-shirt. Def Jam honcho, Lyor Cohen looks to square up to him and diffuse the situation before it blows up.

Also in attendance is the ever-youthful LL as well as a happy Russell Simmons.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Adam 'MCA' Yauch

R.I.P. Adam 'MCA' Yauch 1964 - 2012

This sad news is just filtering through at the moment.
So sad. So wrong. So unnecessary.


ABU.... Vision On Stylee

You may wish to open this page up in another tab whilst you peruse the ABU! Gallery.

This nice, retro design is courtesy of the man like J-MC of the DCP Posse
Note the richness of his composition, urging the viewer to stop for a while and delve deep into one's past, searching long-lost thoughts of a simpler time. It conjures up a swelling feeling of euphoria in which two worlds collide; that of Spectrum 48k lo-fi design and Lego bricks.
The feeling of claustrophobia is especially prevalent with the deep, thick border that encases the piece which I suspect is this artists' own metaphor for the hipsters that swarm around and engulf ageing b-boys at hip hop events.

This next entry is from the notebook of a Mr Hayhooooooe.
He has decided to opt for the age-old stylings of paper and pen. Yes, very outlandish I agree but still manages to capture a robust yet fragile feeling of fleeting rhythm with the curvature of it's lettering.
I am especially in awe of the cheeky confines of the latter part of the design with an arrogance displayed in the numbering, forcing the viewer to intake a deep breath, practically feigning a uncontrollable brevity in which the end comes almost too soon. Ah, such is life. I applaud you, Hayhooooe, ho, ho. Bravo.

And this is from me, innit.

Think you can do any better? Come on readers, have YOU got a talent for pen and ink or are a digital enthusiast? Then send something in and who knows, YOU might make it onto the hallowed pages of ABU!
We welcome all entries but sadly they cannot be returned to you.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

ABU April Show Intro......REVEALED!

As no one successfully guessed the music I used in last month's ABU Show intro, then here it is.

Saboteur was a classic game from 1985 and came out on the Spectrum and C64. I was dyed-in-the-wool Speccy-head so this was the only version I either knew or cared about.

Containing minimalist audio (read: none) save for the occasional crunching of fists, feet or shurikens, the gaming experience was heightened purely because of this. Darting your head towards the smallest whisper of noise as you made your way up and down ladders.

And there was a sequel; Saboteur 2, in which the protagonist was a slinky female ninja if I remember correctly.

The software house that produced this - Durell Software - were also responsible for a wealth of many other games, not least of all, Turbo Esprit (1986), a driving game which was another big favourite of mine.

Ahhh, happy days! 
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