Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Strictly Business Presents...Jeru The Damaja

Representing the Gang Starr Foundation, Jeru The Damaja is hitting the UK shores on the 6th December 2012 (one day before the 4our Pillars jam).

As well as the Dirty Rotten Scoundrel there is a whole heap of talent on the bill performing alongside him and this is all being produced and promoted by my homies the Strictly Business boys.

“The sun rises in Finsbury Park on the 6th December as The Silver Bullet sees [Strictly Business] set the stage. The Lords of the Underground smashed it in Sept and this month we’ve got the dirty rotten scoundrel himself…JERU THE DAMAJA ||| Brooklyn, NY – Gang Starr Foundation ..Since his 1994 debut instant classic album The Sun Rises In The East, Jeru has continued to command respect from everyone with even a vague interest in hip hop – never compromising a shed of credibility in carving an 18 year career consisting of 5 top albums and regular incredible collaborations with Guru and DJ Premier.” Go buy your tickets here (BE QUICK) because is very limited and please check the Strictly Business event page......"

Here's some more info on the lineup:

PHOENIX DA ICEFIRE w/Black Chronicle & DJ Deceptakut

He tore the stage up with M9 back at Strictly Business #1, has recently worked with Chemo, Klashnekoff, Keith Murray, Dan Gough from Terra Firma to name a few. This boy is back and means business…

DJ DISTER - Berlin - Born 2 Roll [FULL AV SET]

His night Born2Roll has now invaded Berlin with that golden era hip-hop mentality and regularly hosts the cream of U.S rappers. Now this turntable wrecking, train-bombing beat junkie has come to London to remind you why you loved the boom bap in the first place. Expect a razor sharp mix of hip-hop, funk, soul, and Latin beats, from old to new.

GALAXY HIGH - Grand District

The Swedish born activist, artist & cultural ambassador Galaxy High will hit the stage to showcase his soon to be released EP Blast Ave which ft. Pete Rock, CL Smooth, DJ Premier & Gift of the Gab. Expect a unique blend of Jazz infused with African Rhythms & Senegambia sounds.

SONNY DELIGHT & DJ EveR - Strictly Biz Co-founders & Resident DJs

They'll be diggin deep into their 20-year collection to bring you the best strictly dusted classics & surprise instrumental business.

MUSKUT BEATS - Filth and flaunt / SK!NT

Hackney Based DJ/Producer Muskut Beats has supported Skinnyman, Dr Syntax, Stig of the Dump & Warrior Queen. He’ll hit the decks to bring you the best of best beats, rhymes & baselines all wrapped in a badass bow.

Support this occasion as this is REAL hip hop!

4our Pillars - Part 2

After a bright and humble start, the organisers of the Four Pillars UK jam are pushing the boat out for their next one.
Being held on Friday 7th December in SE London this looks like the 2nd best jam of the year*.

Details are as follows:
"This is the second 4our Pillars 100% Hip Hop party following on from our launch party held in June 2012.

What we do is bring you the best in Hip Hop. Come see for yourselves.

This time we have an epic line up with live sessions by the UK's legendary Rodney P, MC MellO, Kamanchisly, MCM and Britcore crew Killa Instinct.

DJ Devastate (Demon Boyz), DJ BigTed, DJ StyleWarz, Bunny Bread, DJ Harry Love and DJ Mada (Hardnoise/Son of Noise) will be on the wheels of steel.

The Soul Mavericks (BBoy Crew) will also be throwing down in the cypher again!!

Aerosol Art on the walls of the gallery will be provided by the talented ArtJaz

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance as space in the venue is limited.

Please spread the word and support the cause.

See you there.

Hip Hop lives"

The venue is:
The Underdog Gallery,
Arch 6 Crucifix Lane,  

Already the response from the ABU! and Disco Scratch posses is strong so expect to see a big turnout.

The 4our Pillars Facebook Event Page

The 4our Pillars Facebook Group Page

*Rumsey Wells, Norwich - news to follow

More From The ABU Gallery

I was recently sent this great design from the man, WARZ - the driving force behind the wonderful StylE Warriorz RevengE blog - and I have decided to include it in the ABU! Gallery (see also here and here).

A brilliant piece and I love it. Cheers once again, Mista Warz.

I'm sure you've all checked out his site and visit on the reg-reg for rare UK rap mixes, forgotten DJ mixes, DJ Shadow rarities and just the all-round sort of stuff that gets the ABU! thumbs-up.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

From Here To HHC Fame!

I thought that I was a funny fecker back in the old days. This was when I went by the name of DJ WHIZDOM and sent a letter into esteemed UK hip hop mag, Hip Hop Connection (HHC).
Funny thing is, I don't even remember Lenny K doing either of these.

I've got 20+ cassette tapes volumes in a cardboard box entitled 'Whizdom Cuts It Up' which I'm scared to revisit and trying my best to avoid, too.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

LG's Takeover Show #2

As I was at the Finesse gig (see previous post) I had to miss the Disco Scratch radio show on Thursday. And it was the turn of DS-regular and Tesco-enthusiast, LG.

I got a chance to listen back on the show and it was just as I expected. A mish-mash of new and old hip hop, breaks, library funk and spot-on movie and comedy dialogue - I felt right at home!
Also it features an exclusive - the absolute dynamite mix from Websta's Heroes Of UK Hip Hop Mix Swap mix, previously only available to the few who were part of this mix swap last year.

You have to check this out. If you heard LG's first show then you know what to expect.

This was the 99th show on Disco Scratch which means next week

Listen to the show here or download to your chosen music player for later.

The New ABU! Banner

You may have noticed the new banner which adorns the top of the blog.
This was designed exclusively for us by legendary Surrey writer, Banzai. If you are a member of the ABU! Facebook Group then you will have already seen it being used there.
I decided to keep the same branding on both sites as frankly it is so dope.

This is a great banner and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Keep on keepin' on.


Lord Finesse Norwich Gig - Review

The Lord Finesse show last Thursday in Norwich was just what a hip hop gig should be.

Beginning in the city's first-choice shop for dope sneakers, Main Source, was an in-store preview evening for the re-launched Patrick Ewing kicks - sadly not for me, they're like feckin' moon boots. As the city's b-boys congregated to the sounds of Sure D and Just-1 on vinyl duties we awaited the presence of Finesse's dj. Boogie Blind arrived sometime after 8pm, plugged in his Serato and laptop and got busy on the decks. Sadly the touted in-store of The Man himself failed to materialise.

Now this is someone who has been going since before (sadly) over half the audience on the night were even born. The majority of the ticket-holders were students or at least that age group while the real old heads were sadly a small bunch.
Nonetheless, as Finesse said a few times throughout the gig that he would perform better on the energy that the crowd were giving him as it would give him something to feed off. This luckily was in abundance and the man rocked.

DJ Mike Smooth no longer being a part of the Lord Finesse camp was replaced by DJ Boogie Blind of The X-Ecutioners who acted as half-DJ, half-hype-man keeping the crowd amped.
Finesse hit the stage with no flim-flam or smug entrance and kept it all rather courteous checking out what the crowd was willing to give him, no doubt.

The night consisted of 2-hours of the the finest The Bronx could give us with top Golden Age selection after selection making me think of a few cuts that I'd not heard for a while. The only break Finesse had - of sorts - was when he let his man Boogie Blind aka The Rubber Band Man aka All My Money's On Him go to work on the turntables.
Well, he let him do his thing for 3 or 4 minutes then Finesse and BB got down to some serious double-team action. The Lord works in mysterious ways and proceeded to exemplify a real showman at work by demonstrating his skills on the 1's and 2's. Eric B, he ain't.

At one stage there was a history lesson on where Big L fitted into Finesse's career and he told us the anecdote of how L got a third party to tell him how dope he was which led to a proposal of L spitting lyrics in front of him in a record store making Finesse more or less sign him on the spot.
This was all interspersed with Big L's demo's booming out over the club system rather spookily and made you wish for a different outcome to what befell this extraordinary wordsmith.

A couple of strange moments at the Norwich gig aside - drunk student attempting to crash the stage and a supposedly dope MC pulled onto the stage to help Finesse out who was embarrassingly nothing near what his mates believed him to be - this was quite possibly one of the best gigs Norwich had ever seen of someone of this calibre. This is the founding member of the DITC crew who, as Finesse said during his performance were equalled only in terms of production in the 1990's to Wu Tang. Who could forget how deep and masterful the Diggin' In The Crates posse rolled: Finesse, Showbiz & AG, Diamond D, Buckwild, Big L.....

This was 90's hip hop at it's best. And with Finesse meeting and greeting anyone who wished to straight after the show, he showed he was someone who respects not only hip hop but his fans, too.

DJ Boogie Blind with Norwich's ageing B-Boy crew

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Lord Finesse In The UK

The Funky Man from the Diggin In The Crates crew is visiting the UK this week and is dropping into Norwich this Thursday.

I mean, it'd be rude not to, right? See you there!

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