30 years of hip hop

Catch this while you can. A comprehensive review of the most hip hop people of the past 30 years.

[1XTRA RADIO SHOW: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00jfbhq/]

Three decades after The Sugarhill Gang released Rapper’s Delight, BBC 1Xtra decided to celebrate the impact that the music form has had on popular culture.

Fear not, the two-hour-long show doesn’t take itself too seriously. Someone should give Zane Lowe and Westwood a joint show. They’re hillarious!

Hudson Mohawke’s Overnight

I’ve been wanting to blog about this producer for ages, in fact since the first time I heard Benji B play Overnight  on his Deviation show on BBC 1Xtra.

Hudson Mohawke’s style  is simultaneously dirty and delicious. It’s been labelled ghetto tech, which sounds perfectly fine to me. When you hear the dark, bassy flows you can totally imagine some genius holed up in a room in the wrong side of Detroit.

So it was a bit of a surprise when I logged on to his MySpace page to find that actually Hudson Mohawke is a young white guy from Glasgow. It’s amazing the amount of shit hot electronic that comes out of that city. I really should go back and pay a visit sometime soon.

If you fancy checking out Mr Mohawke in action, he’ll be playing at Plastic People on Thursday 5 March.

Fried chicken lovers – UK grime stars Red Hot

The first time I heard this track played on BBC 1xtra I fell on the floor with laughter. The attitude mixed with the subject matter is a pretty hilarious combination!

For those of you who don’t know, a “junior spesh” is a child-sized portion of food; like a low budget version of a Happy Meal. Jay Z and Kanye might rap about jets and jewels, but for Red Hot, rising starts of the UK’s grime scene, life is all about cheap fried chicken.

My favourite lyric: “give me some tissue in case of mess”. Love it! It’s all about the homemade mayo baby!

As Red Hot explained on Tim Westwood’s show last night whereas people in EastEnders go to the pub to chill out and others might hang out at the golf club for young inner city kids the fried chicken shop is where it’s at.

If you don’t believe me just try to count the number of greasy fried chicken boxes that litter the streets around east or south London.