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UK Hip Hop: International
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1979-1985
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1985-1990
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Grand Central Records / Fat City
Grand Central RecordsBasically it all started around 1995 with Mark Rae owning the Fat City record shop in Manchester. He hooked up with Steve Christian, and they set up Grand Central records. One of their aims was to prove that UK Hip Hop producers could top any in the states, and they might well be on the way to achieving this goal. 

They have built up a network, doing work across the seas with big name US rappers like Jeru the Damaja, YZ, Qball & CurtCazal, AG, Afu Ra. 1998 saw their debut album "Northern Sulphuric Soul" released on their own label. They are definitely on a more indie/dance related tip, the album being a mixture of Hip Hop, Trip Hop, and Soul. There are some awesome hip hop tracks on it though. Hip Hop heads should listen out for 'Anything U Want' (feat Q&C), 'Now I Lay Me Down' (feat YZ), 'Bring The Drama' and 'Flip The Mic', which some have said is Jeru the Damaja's best track. Another US MC collabo to peep is 'Play On' (feat. Jungle Brothers).

Grand CentralAlso signed to the Grand Central Records label are Aim, which is basically Andy Turner. In 1999 he released 'Cold Water Music' which is again a downtempo mix of Trip Hop and Hip Hop. Some of the tracks on this LP to check for are 'The Force' and 'Ain't Got Time To Waste'. There are also some fairly decent Hip Hop tracks on 'Central Heating 1/2'. They are compilations of the various other artists on Grand Central, who include Gripper, Fingathing, Funky Fresh Few, Only Child.

Also very closely linked to Grand Central is the Fat City label also coming out of the shop. The best way to get into that is to listen to 'Heavy Loungin', a kinda compilation of their best stuff. Again there are several of quasi Hip Hop tracks including 'Through These Veins' by Funky Fresh Few and Afu Ra. 

Based on info provided by fudge fingaz, if you have anything else to add to the story get in touch here.

Visit Grand Central on the web: www.grandcentralrecords.co.uk

Intro Early Doors:
1979-1985
False Dawn:
1985-1990
Underground Years:
1990-1995
The Renaissance:
1995- 2000
The Future:
2000 & Beyond
Artists &
Discographies

 
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