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Hip-Hop History: Bringing the past, present and future together

Hip-Hop History, The Inn On The Green, Ladbroke Grove, London W10 – 22nd August 2010:

It’s events like this that make me believe that there is a good future for British music. Organised under the auspices of the Octavia Foundation, the recent Hip-Hop History event in west London was, first and foremost, a great idea. For a music geek like myself, the idea of having an evening devoted to the history of a genre as fascinating and eclectic as hip-hop was an intriguing prospect in and of itself. Add to that discussions and performances featuring some of this country’s most interesting established and up-and-coming MCs and I’m so there…

The evening started with a trip back in time with local boy Kevin Davis, who was part of Ladbroke Grove’s earliest hip-hop crew, thirty-odd years ago. Explaining that hip-hop in the UK goes back a lot further than many people would think, Davis discussed the tight-knit connections between the London and New York scenes of the time and talked about the parties his crew put on in the west London area.

(Incidentally, I was interested to learn from Davis’ fascinating talk that the dancer and actor Danny John-Jules (better known to most of you as the Cat in the cult TV comedy Red Dwarf) was also a hip-hop DJ on the west London scene in the 1980s and owned the UK’s first set of Technics 1200s – the decks of choice for every DJ worth their salt these days!)

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