RapReviews.com :: Welcome to UK Hip Hop Month 2015
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Normally it would be up to one of our writers from the United Kingdom to introduce
our "UK Hip Hop Month" at RapReviews to any new readers out there. After all why would
you trust a Yank to explain something so decidedly English with a capital E? Yet as much
as any landlocked Midwesterner could ever hope to, I have a deep abiding affection for
England. I owe it largely to growing up with Doctor Who on public television as a youngster, but I learned a lot of things your
typical U.S. non-Anglophile would not as a result.
* Biscuits are cookies and crackers, not just things you smother in gravy.
* Most of the world calls soccer "football," not the other way around.
* Jelly babies are not in fact babies - they are a chewy sweet treat.
* A "torch" is a flashlight, "curry" is a cuisine not a spice, and never mind the
bollocks, you're just talking about your cajones.
I could go on but I think you get the gist. I've naturally always been a fan of UK
rappers, though I often times get the impression the United Kingdom is not naturally
a fan of them. It seems as if hip-hop is treated at times like an unwanted import
from an unruly former colony. It hasn't stopped the music and culture from thriving
there though, and we're going to feature it again this November like we always do.
One more thing - Guinness is ALWAYS better fresh off the tap, but if you
have to buy it in the store, buy it in the can - it's closer to the fresh pub poured
pint you'd get if you were to go out for a night with your mates.
Week of November 3rd:
Ayar: Off the Corner
Doc Brown: Empty Threats
Krept & Konan: The Long Way Home
Dominic Owen: Boom Bap
Roots Manuva: Roots Manuva: Bleeds
Week of November 10th:
Ghetto: Freedom of Speech
Scor-Zay-Zee: Aeon: Peace to the Puzzle
Stig of the Dump: Kubrick
Week of November 17th:
Estelle: True Romance
Lewis Parker: The Puzzle: Episode Two - The Glass Ceiling
So Solid Crew: They Don't Know
Week of November 24th:
Emcee Killa & Grim Reaperz: Zapatista
Ghostpoet: Shedding Skin
Illinformed: The Mould Tape
Originally posted: November 3rd, 2015