Category Archives: uk hip hop

Rapping Lowdown (BBC, 1989)

Meet Def G, Lady Rockski and MC Sonix (aka Chris to his mum), as they gave a British perspective on the state of Hip-Hop in 1989, plus Ice T in concert! Taken from BBC2 youth programme ‘Rapping Lowdown’. DJ Dave Pearce (then of GLC Radio) also gives his perspective.

A little time capsule of innocence and loveliness in it’s own way. Too-Hype Posse in effect! Featuring MC Kaos, described by one of his posse as ‘the cassette’!!!

Wonder what happened

Best Ever Spring Singles No.4 – JC-001 ‘Never Again’ (1993)

This track, a glorious hybrid of Hip-Hop and Ragga, was initially released in the spring of 1993 on Anxious records (Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics’ record label). It, along with other tracks in 1993 such as ‘Informer‘ by Canadian rapper Snow, were part of this brief ‘hip-hop/ragga’ sub-genre of hip hop.

A sublime piece of british hip hop that never got the mass appeal it deserved, but is now surely a cult item and uk hip hop ‘nugget’, this ferocious rap (by the one-time ‘worlds fastest rapper’ (1992 Guiness Book of Records) – though he isn’t anymore) is both a scorching attack on racism (see a sample of the lyrics below) and a celebration of mixed race and inter-racial respect. On top of that, JC-001 manages to include in the production a brilliant sample of The Specials ‘Ghost Town’, the speeded up horn refrain sitting on top of a chugging beat.

Sick of the moans tell us to stick to our own,
when I’m already a genetic mixture and tone,
a cultural collage,
a mixed race in charge against the one-colour montage,
I’m built to barge against a protected mentality, to protect my family when?
Will the fear disappear, never again!

(JC-0001 ‘Never Again’)

One of the best, most underrated uk hip hop singles ever. Considering how many fantastic UK hip hop singles were overlooked in terms of chart success, (Blak Twang’s ‘So Rotton’, 1159’s ‘Free Man’) this is in very good company. Still, it is a great pity this monumental track did not reach a wider audience – it got just 2 weeks in the UK singles chart, its highest position no higher than 67.

A classic piece of UK hip hop;