22 August 2016

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The Get Down… what you sayin’?

The Get Down

There’s been many attempts to capture the essence of Hip Hop on film, Krush Groove, 8 Mile, Wild Style and some others did great jobs, but there hasn’t ever been anything like The Get Down!

Stylish, slick, artistic and compelling.

Accurate, while being a mile off at the same time makes this series totally entertaining (or testing) for all, whether you are a Hip Hop head or a civilian just tuning in. And what a soundtrack! Well done Nas.

6 episodes in part 1 covering the early years from 1977 and featuring Flash and Herc how we all imagined them to be.

Graffiti, B-Boying, DJing, Rapping… it’s all there, all represented brilliantly with a love story threaded though it.

We love it. And while it’s easy to pick holes in it, why would you? Why not celebrate something that is celebrating this thing you love?

Business Insider spells it out:

Netflix was right to greenlight this project with this crew, however expensive. “The Get Down” artistically rides the line between original storytelling and raw, lifelike historical narrative, and that’s refreshing to see. Like it or not, hip-hop is a culturally dominating global force. Yet still it’s Made in America, right there in the Bronx. “The Get Down” gets that just right.

See the rest of their review here.

The Guardian lets you know who’s hating on the series:

Perhaps fans are seeing something critics aren’t – or perhaps they don’t care about Luhrmann’s indulgences and slack storytelling. Or maybe they’re just blinded by the killer soundtrack. Still, we’ll have to wait for those final instalments to see if The Get Down really can boogie.

See their article here.

Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes?

19 July 2016

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Shameless plug!

Some of you may know we are also owners of a music sharing site called CloudDJ.

It’s a simple alternative to Soundcloud and Mixcloud, etc with much lower fees and lots of space for your mixes and productions.

There is a free account which allows you 350Mb file sizes and a 2Gb capacity.

The PRO account allows 1Gb file sizes and 20Gb capacity, and it costs just £1,50 per month, or £15 for the year!

You can follow users, chat and comment on tracks. There’s also a cool embed and share facility too.

The purpose of the site is to gain feedback from like-minded DJs and artists so we all improve skills in what we love to do.

If you are looking for a change to the norm, check out CloudDJ.

End of shameless plug!

Here’s some of the great content on the site so far:

17 July 2016

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Happy Birthday to Guru


July 17th was Guru’s Birthday, many people’s top 10 rapper, one half of many peoples top 10 Hip Hop group Gang Starr. Hip Hop Royalty NO DOUBT!

Keith Edward Elam Worked with the best of them, Jeru, Nujabes, M.O.P., Big L to name just a few. His solo projects Jazzmatazz 1, 2 & 3 make for great easy listening when a bit of Jazz is required.

April 19, 2010 was the day Guru passed away after a cardiac arrest resulting in him falling into a coma, he was 48 and Cancer was again the cruel taker of life but his monotone flow and lyrical genius still blesses everyone’s playlists to this day and beyond. Timeless creativity was the product of DJ Premier and Guru, and they delivered it in bucket loads.

What we wouldn’t give to wish him Happy Birthday in person once again. RIP Guru.

Here’s 6 of our favourite’s feel free you add yours in the comments.


15 July 2016

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France needs a break


France is getting battered by angry demonstrations, police brutality and terrorist attacks. The country must be at it’s wits-end. Our thoughts go out to everyone who suffered in the horrific attack last night.

It took terrorism to a new level, demonstrating the terrorists don’t even need guns or bombs anymore, just a fucked up mentality and a (probably) fake drivers licence.

All we can do here is highlight to the world how important France is to our culture. Since day one France has been the second largest hip hop community out there. It all started early on with HIPHOPaired, their earlier version of Yo! MTV Raps.

In the mid-90’s things got even stronger, this was thanks to the influence of Mathieu Kassovitz’s film, La Haine, which is essentially a French Do The Right Thing and its fresh hip-hop soundtrack included pioneering groups such as Assassin and NTM.

The French hip hop scene is still booming today, especially in Paris, which has a dope underground scene and where most of the country’s prominent rappers come from.

Here’s a selection of the best in French Hip Hop.


13 July 2016

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25 Years and nothing much has changed


It’s 25 years since John Singleton gave us Boyz N the Hood. An Oscar nominated film marking a cinematic and cultural shift in the early 1990s where this movie particularly helped Hollywood shed it’s rose-tinted glasses and show us the real stuff.

A number of hip hop artists (Ice Cube, DJ Pooh, etc) appeared in the introspective which still sadly isn’t far off the mark for youngsters growing up in underprivileged areas today, the #BlackLivesMatter movement clearly demonstrates this sad fact.

No doubt you are reading this a seasoned Boyz N the Hood vet, but if you haven’t experienced what some of us feel was the first movie to show us what life was like in South Central LA check out the official trailer below and make sure you put it on your watch list.


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