Hip Hop Ringtones
We would like to offer you a selection of Truetones and
polyphonics. So far we have about 50 tones from UK labels
including artists like Blaktwang, Roots Manuva, Herbilizer etc.
All of this content is official from the label directly and is
As the site grows it is hard to keep it running for
free. Any financial help you can offer will help with the
and Chat Forums
New forums developed and are in testing right now. Get in
there, secure your user names and see whether they work or not...
This section is to big up all those unsigned crews out
there. If you think you have what it takes send
me your shiz.
Artists & Releases
Check the details / reviews and features on releases I have been informed of...
Hip Hop Lyrics Archive
We are trying to compile something
approaching a comprehensive UK lyric library, but we need your
help to add more.
Numerous heads have
been in contact from outside the UK so there is now
a small section for all that overseas ish.
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2005 Update - New site...
For ages this site has been too hard to maintain and too time
consuming to keep as up to date and comprehensive as I would like. As
the volume of UK Hip Hop ever expands something has had to give and this
website has not been what it should be over the last few months. To this
end I have been trying to develop another site which could hopefully
fulfil my ambitions for the site, but this has also meant that the
current site has been neglected. Head on over to
and check it out. Be sure to let me know what you think, either by
dropping off your comments in the forums, or emailing me. Once you login
to the main site you will have the ability to submit news, links and
reviews, so be sure to test out the functionality. Further to this, if
you have any knowledge of CSS and Mambo CMS and wish to help out be sure
to hit me up.
As you can tell it is becoming increasingly hard to run this site on
a shoestring as bit of the site drop off and stop working. Firstly there
is my time and I simply can't devote enough time to do the site the
justice it deserves as well as holding down a job and running several
other sites as well. This means that the updates are not as frequent as
I would like and it also means that some artists who send me material
get looked over and I can only apologise for that. The only thing I can
suggest is that acts make it as easy for me as possible and I will do my
best to get your stuff exposed. The other side to this is the pain that
jumping from free server to another as their terms and conditions change
or when that change their minds after they see the bandwidth. As you
will see the forums have died, but there are plans for a re-instatement
when I find the time. I had been asked if I have the old threads, but
unfortunately it is all gone and we'll have to start from scratch.
Additionally the web space donated by Universon for the sounds has died,
so they are offline again.
So look down for the item on Recruiting as any help would be
appreciated. If you like what britishhiphop.co.uk is doing and as my
pockets are getting a bit thin anything you can do to support this site
would be greatly appreciated.
2002 has been a really hectic year fir
British Hip Hop. Numerous people have dropped LPs,
including towards the beginning of the year Wolftown
were ruling for Wolves and Roots Manuva dropped two
albums and hit the lower ends of the charts. Then
towards the end of the year Blak Twang and Lewis Parker
both dropped long awaited gems. Singles have been strong
too with the title going to MK, Harry Love, Supa T, Kyza
and Jehst for the Its All Live track. Low Life Records
have been indie of the year again with releases from
Braintax's Biro Funk and Jehst's Return Of the Drifter
and the Low Life Starters From Verbal T and Chester P,
as well as copious touring from Task Force and Mystro.
New Crews such as Iron Bridge from Telford and the Lost
Souls from Brighton have made their mark on the scene
and stalwarts like Rodney P and Disorda have kept the
airwaves alight on Radio 1 Xtra and Itch respectively.
The industry and media has been all over Hip Hop with
the launch of new services and magazines have been fat.
Big Daddy and Big Smoke may be having problems, but when
they do come out they lead the way. Undercover is trying
to emulate them and Indellible is flashest by far, being
a DVDzine. Suspect-Packages.com has ensured that anyone
can get their hands on all the UK releases.
Look out 2003...
Over the past few years the site has grown
beyond my wildest expectations and I now find it
impossible to devote all the time required to keep this
going and up to date. We are always interested in
receiving reviews, articles or interviews to post on the
site. Being run totally not for profit we can't offer to
pay you, but any work would be fully credited. Email
me for more details, or to submit samples of your
work for publication.
2002 Audio News
thanks to Universon who has hooked Britishhiphop.co.uk
with some serious webspace and we now have all of the
old audio back online. It is low quality streaming Real
Audio, but the tracks are quite listenable. The links
are found in the body of the text, so if you want to
find them, you had better get reading the history.
June 2001 Update
Unfortunately Xoom/NBCi deleted my account and so all the sound files have
gone. They didn't care that many of them were legal and licensed. So for
the time being none of the sound links will work. I aim to fix it, but it
might take a while. Anyone know of some good space (that will not delete
the files), to store the sounds?
I hope you have been
checking the artists section for
interviews and features. We do need help to cover everything so if you
want to contribute send in
your reviews and any other stuff you want posting up. We do need more demos
for that section, so if you are an unsigned crew that needs some exposure
and publicity get your details to us. And finally we need to try and build
a community in the forums
where hopefully everyone can help each other out, so get posting. Remember
we need you to help us make this site what you want.
I know it has been a long time since I updated this front section. As you
will have noticed the
been revamped, to become fully searchable and also is now gaining record
label info too. Much thanks Spoon. And remember people, to submit
any information you may be aware of. A big thanks to everyone who has
passed by and dropped off nice comments or even better helped out in some
2001 is turning out to be a
pretty decent year, what with Mark B and Blade reaching the
lower end of the top 40 with the 'Unknown' single and LPs from Ty, Phi
Life Cypher and Skitz as well as videos from the Champions of Nature and
Out Da Ville. Other great records include Braintax and Jehst on Low Life
and Blak Twang, Evil Ed and Task Force.
There is now set up a set
of Message Forums
for you to meet heads and chat, as well as a growing Artists
Section featuring a mixture of reviews, release info, profiles and
interviews, so peep that and if you have anything to submit send
it in to us. And because so many people thought the database was a shop
I have added a facility to purchase merchandise in your local currency via
one of the worlds largest and trusted online retailors.
This thing is outgrowing
me, so if there is anyone out there who would like to do reviews, write
articles or conduct interviews or just generally keep the contents up to
date get in contact and help me out.
I still aim to help heads
out as much as possible, but may have to be a bit harsher and not reply to
everyone. It could well be the case that you message would be better
placed in the forums.
For example if you are going to email me and ask what you should
rap about, I'm going to tell you not to bother, because if you don't know
there is no point.
I had been meaning to do this for some time now. There seems to be
plenty of sites out there offering bounteous reviews of UK Hip Hop
records and a few dishing up the latest news (later on I aim to lead you
to both), but there didn't appear to be any that drew all these disparate
entities together or that offered a general overview and chronological
history of the genre in this country. What follows is not meant to be
complete, but is my experience of growing up in one of the UK's urban
jungles and being deeply influenced by Hip Hop and its associated
culture. It is however meant to showcase those who have for so long gone
under acknowledged and broke.
Due to numerous requests I have
posted this early and there are obviously quite a few omissions, like the
Brotherhood, Dave the Ruf, Mr 45, Damaged Goods, Deliverance, Asher
D & Daddy Freddy, Cold Cut, Funky DL, Mighty Ethnics, MC Buzz B etc. I hope to
more details when I have time, so check back. But there is only so much I can
do. If you spot any errors or HTML problems please let
me know and if you have any requests for content or ideas/submissions send
them to me here. As I can only
write about what I know there will be a lot of regional information missing that
I am not aware of. If you want to contribute an article about your area of the
country I'd be happy to post it up here, along with any pictures or
Let me know what you think by
signing the guestbook
or emailing me direct.
Also follow the links to the
most complete UK Hip Hop Discography and help provide a service by submitting
details of anything missing or anyone who deserves recognition or respect.
Finally we have just added
the facility for re-directs, so if you are frustrated with your
complicated URL and don't like the pop up windows or frames of other
re-direct services use ours for free: http://www.britishhiphop.co.uk/your_site_name.
Email us your details.