Monday, 19 June 2017

Original Gangster Tee Shirt

Well, STYLE WARRIOR may now be just an old, happy memory of sadly-missed era of the finest of designed and produced shirts that catered to us maturing hip hop people but not any more.

As a one-off, LOVEGROVE has come back to us with this great design in a retro-nod to the 1970/80s era of our collective televisual childhood with a very cool twist.

Sold as either a t-shirt or a hoodie in blue or black you need to purchase one quickly as there is only another week left until availability runs out.

Nip over here to buy yours now.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Hip Hop Connection Magazine - Issue #1

I recently found a stash of long-lost Hip Hop Connection/HHC magazine up in my loft the other day.

For anyone not familiar with HHC let me briefly explain.
This magazine hit the newsstands in July of 1988 and was something completely new and mostly unheard of at the time. A magazine all about hip hop.
Let me tell you that I was absolutely gobsmacked when I first saw it and literally threw my money at the shopkeeper in that little newsagent in Guildford (opposite Surrey Police HQ, if you want to know).
I salivated at what the cover promised. Salt-N-Pepa! Wee Papa Girl Rappers (it does get better...)! EPMD! Stetsasonic! Tim Westwood! AND the chance to win a drum machine!

This was it, I thought. My whole life had led up to this point. The music I had been listening to exclusively for the past 6 or 7 years had finally made it into print. Things were going to start happening now.
Bear in mind that this was months before The Source had even begun so to say our generation were starved of reading material was an understatement. Sure I had some books which alluded to (some more than others) the history of hip hop and would snap up whatever I could find. But to see something that actually dealt with the current was almost mind-blowing. We were easily pleased back then.

From the off celebrated London photographer, NORMSKI was involved snapping some legendary figures in the scene. This wasn't some home-made, cheaply-photocopied fanzine (cough, more of which another time). No, this was the real deal, full-colour shizzle and only cost a measly £1.

I now present to you Issue 1 in all it's glory in what I am hoping will be a semi-regular feature on the ABU blog.
I know what you're thinking - where's the penpal section? Alas, you'll have to wait until Issue 4 where the legendary CONNECTIONS page began. Amidst the inaugural batch of hopefuls are 'Mandy' and 'Flen' who appear to have super-glued their hands to their chins (this would become the de rigueur hip hop pose of the '80s).

Own up, people. Am I likely to find any of you lot lurking in these pages as a spotty teen?


Download HHC Issue #1 Here

Mister Reeps

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Computer Vs Mobile

Just out of interest, I want to see the consensus of how you visit this page.
It basically comes down to either on your computer/laptop/tablet or via your Smartphone.
The PC version will give you the full experience whereas the Smartphone view is with an emphasis on the text.
You get one vote only so if you use different methods choose the one you use most/


PC or Smartphone?

Desktop / Tablet / Laptop

Friday, 19 May 2017

The Pioneers Hip Hop Show

For anyone on Facebook this post is structured just for you.
The next Pioneers Hip-Hop Show (hosted by Whirlwind D) is almost upon us.

Coming on your internet-streaming device on 22nd May at 9pm, this one promises to be a good 'un as it is delving into the year of 1986 and playing some choice cuts.
This month The Pioneers Hip Hop Show travels back to 1986 for a selection of classic and lesser-known hip hop gems. This month sees the return of our Groove Sales Chart and we feature some fresh brand new music, including some B-Line exclusives...Oh and we have a serious prize this month - test pressing business....more info to follow....
Tune in next Monday. A download will be available on Mixcloud soon after.

N.b. Big up WORDZ for using his post for this post 😉

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wall Writers (2016)

Here's some screenshots from the great Wall Writers documentary. If you're a fan of real old school graffiti culture then this will be right up your street.
Bear in mind the film's title because we're going back, way back to the early 1970s and even the late 60s to when writers started out of street surfaces. This is to say way before trains and even before the various styles took hold. We're talking rudimentary actions here when all you had was a marker of some sort.

Narrated by John Waters (the legendary transgressive film director) this is an interesting journey back in time.
The writers are now well into their 50s and 60s now and some have wonderful recollections of their teenage years (as well as one writer with a truly harrowing experience) where they fumbled around before hooking up with others who also got down with the ink.

Personally I've always admired TAKI 183 who seemed to just do his thing for a short while then just disappeared back to live the life of an average schnook. He wasn't the first but he certainly influenced many who came after him. He's a very unassuming guy who seems almost bemused by what he helped create and it's nice to see him on screen still plodding away.

In case you can't find a copy of the doc, here's one for you to borrow. But please return it as others will want it after you.
And lastly here's some tasty links to whet your appetite.

Wall Writers " Graffiti In Its Innocence" Q&A - YouTube 

Throwback Thursday: The Aerosol Autographers 1971 - 12ozProphet

Graffiti in Its Own Words:

Martha Cooper's quintessential photos of NYC:


Getting Up: Subway Graffiti in New York by Craig Castleman (1982)

Honouring the Bench at 149th St. & Grand Concourse:


That Wild Style Baby Sample

Being a bit of an audio nerd does tend to get on my nerves sometimes.

You never know when a certain sound is going to spark off a day's worth of investigating the source.
I'll hear a brief sound then wonder where I've heard it before. Or sometimes I'll know immediately as in this particular snippet.

Listen to the first couple of seconds of this advert from Aveeno.
That baby gurgle sound. So far, so normal. For me though, as soon as I heard this on the tv I immediately thought of the movie, Wild Style.
There was a record produced in low quantities especially for the DJs in the film which consisted of specially-made funky instrumentals intended for the MCs to rhyme over.


One of these tracks - Baby Beat - begins with a baby expressing the same happy gurgle as the baby in the above ad and then progresses into the breakbeat.

They do sound remarkably similar though, don't you agree?
It makes me wonder where it came from in the first place. The baby noise must've been taken from some sound effects record and played over the track whilst the Wild Style recording sessions were going on back in 1982.

I'd love to know where it began.

Here are both the baby samples side-by-side.
But where does the source come from?
Who knows....

Thursday, 30 March 2017


Tonight (Thursday), the ABU Podcast returns to burn.
Two hours of funky hip hop, breaks, electro and the usual idiocy you've come to know and love.

Trot along to this link at 9pm and press play to hear the show.
In fact the link will be live a little before that to give you time to download it to your device if you want to get it ready to roll at the official show time.

Big thanks to DJ SUPER JB for providing a devastating mix for tonight's show.
And a massive thanks to LG for his input into the above flyer.

Chatroom:  Click Here

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