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Southbound @ the Matrix, Reading
Southbound @ the Matrix, ReadingThe saga begins in November 1999 with local Reading DJ's Tuco and Leks (360 Physicals) running a small hip-hop night in an even smaller basement room of a Caribbean restaurant (Cumbers) in Reading town called Livin' Proof. One of the first to perform at the nights were the Bracknell crew SONS OF THE TRIBE and North London crew 'BOUT TIME. From the early stages, all involved knew that things were on the up for the local scene. The jams attracted with ease local: B Boys/girls, writers, mc's, DJ's, producers, and rudeboys.
   
Cats eating at restauraunt table Southbound crowd Cumbers goes off MC Dash and Reveal DJ Leks

'The feel good Saturday night vibe' became a trademark for the jam, the combination of cheap (or smuggled) drinks and hot food served upstairs along with the best in hip hop tunes both old and new. By the time the likes of JEHST (YnR), SUPA T (CONartists), UNIVERSAL SOLDIERS (Tongue Tied) AND REVEAL (Phu Good Men) the small room was packed with punters coming from the neighbouring Basingstoke, Woking and Farnborough, making it almost impossible to move around the small room rammed with heads.

DJ M-Ski Katie Brown Killa Kela Lee Ramsay of Out Da Ville Lee Ramsay of Out Da Ville

The announcement that Cumbers was closing down did not affect the popularity or the success of Livin' Proof. The summer jamboree at the brand new Oracle shopping centre was proof of that, when they brought TASKFORCE to Reading town for the second time. The outside afternoon was a success, with local MC's: EMDEE (Reading), REALMS OF RHYME (Basingstoke) and KILLA KELA HUMAN BEATBOX (Jazz Fudge) playing to a mixed crowd. KILLA KELA accompanied by the ever-vocal DR VOX tore the crowd apart with their own brand of banter and humour, not to mention their raw talent and tailored routines. The crowning glory was when CHESTER P HACKENBUSH (unfortunately minus FARMA G) blessed the booming sound system with a sample of tracks from the VOICES OF THE GREAT OUT DOORS EP and some heavy-duty freestyles. Unfortunately the Monday afternoon shoppers didn't take to the hip hop too well and the event had to be shut down early much to the disappointment of the Reading youth that nearly caused a riot.

Mc Dash of Realms Of Rhyme Out Da Ville Reveal and The Rapist Scor Zay Zee of Out Da Ville 2Co Text Message

After the success of the Cumbers and the summer jamboree the Livin Proof crew lost their venue and had to move their skills to the larger club MATRIX, READING. With the absence of DJ LEKS on the promotion side the night had a name change and became SOUTHBOUND, with DJ TUCO as sole promoter.

Suprisingly still maintaining that small club dirty vibe that became a trademark for these events they've brought down TASKFORCE for the opening night, RODNEY P who tore the place up with a record capacity in the third room. BRAINTAX, HARRY LOVE and MYSTRO, and Nottingham's OUT DA VILLE.

Chester P Hackenbush Task Force Universal Soldiers Universal Soldiers More pix of Braintax and Mystro @ Southbound

The busy open mic sessions are hosted by DASH (REALMS OF RHYME) AZRAEL (REALMS OF RHYME) and EMDEE. Resident DJs include DJ TUCO, DJs LEKS, and occasional sets from DJ ZUES. 

On the Thursday nights when the performances take place the £1 a drink plus the heavy selection and bona-fide artists and the most up for it crowd in the country make the Southbound a must for any true head in the south…

Written by Craigy Montana. (Rum smuggler)

Email DJ Tuco: dj_tuco@hotmail.com :: Peep details of Braintax and Mystro's show here, or the more recent Low Life Showcase here.

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