The Last Tapes

A Flava of the Month special at subterania in West London, with Common and Monie Love, kicking a freestyle towards the end of the night.

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This is a classic from the archive, at the end of DJ 279s Flava of the Month, TY and Kosher (Bloodhounds/Baskerville) jump on stage for a completely unrehearsed freestyle. Youngbloods take note, this was an awesome 5 minutes.

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Slum village performs at Scala in London on June 1st, 2000. It was the 4th Birthday of ‘Scratch’, which had become quite the Thursday night event. Jay Dee wasn’t there that night, but it was really cool, and really loud. ‘Raise it up’ had just come out and these dudes really killed it.

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So I’ve been thinking of putting some of this stuff out there for for while. I’ve got a huge archive of footage from gigs I filmed in a round London’s hiphop scene from about 1996. As I recall not too many people were filming back then (compared to now). I figured with the wonders of modern technology I’d share some of it.

This recording came about courtesy of DJ Big Ted, who would occasionally allow me into the studio at Choice in Brixton. It was a pretty cool evening, and happened a week before the infamous Busta Rhymes gig at the forum (he didn’t show, there was a riot at the venue). All the emceess represent in the session, but I think Cel One of the Gutter Snypes, killed it for me.

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The Last Tapes: Rodney P

February 3, 2011

Rodney’s been putting in work for over 25 years. Remember seeing him in the BBC2 Doc “Bad Meaning Good” which was an insight into the emerging UK rap scene. Along side his Bionic, The London Posse were few groups in the UK rap scene who didn’t rhyme in an American accent. It seems ridiculous to think about it now.

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The Last Tapes: Skinny Man

February 3, 2011

Diggin in the crates for this performance from Skinny Man at Jonzi D’s Apricot Apricot Jam, he did this week’s after doing battle at the FKO Raw Freestyle competition. Tweet

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The Last Tapes: Jonzi D x MC M’ello

January 1, 2011

I remember years ago the South Bank Show (ITV) did a thing on hiphop and at the end of the show as the credits rolled Jonzi D and MC M’ello did a freestyle. No disrespect to these MCs,  M’ello was a real UK rap pioneer. This was a around the time you would record anything [...]

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