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Legends of Rap 8: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde Live 

Originally formed in 1989, from South Central Los Angeles. The original four members of the group are Imani, Slimkid3, Bootie Brown, and Fatlip. DJ Mark Luv was the group's DJ, followed by producer J-Swift and then J Dilla. Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde LIVE now features SLIMKID3, Jswift, LA Jay & K-Natural. 

The group is best known for the hit singles "Drop", Passin' Me By" and Runnin', as well as their first album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde and it’s follow up: Labcabincalifornia

Associated acts: The Roots, J Dilla, Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Souls of Mischief, Hieroglyphics, Korn, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul


Scorzayazee Gangsta Wraps (TAKE THE THRONE) Rough Trade Instore

Join us on Saturday 1st October at Rough Trade Nottingham for the return of local legend and Nottingham Hip Hop lynchpin Scorzayzee. Since his early days with the pioneering Out Da Ville to last year’s ‘Aeon: Peace To The Puzzle’ Scorzayzee has consistently utilised his intricate lyricism to address a number of societies injustices. His latest project Gangsta Wrap ‘Take The Throne’ sees him takes aim at the monolithic fast food industry. A daunting task for one man alone, Scorzayzee will be joined on the night by his crew GM Unit for a live set and copies of the Gangsta Wraps (Take The Throne) 12” will be available on the night.


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Legends of Rap #7: KRS ONE

Legendary New Yorker and Hip-Hop pioneer KRS-One and his DJ Predator Prime will be performing live at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms on July 4th. Aside from being one of the most prolific and intelligent MCs to ever grace the stage, KRS-One is also a producer, philosopher, and activist.

The Bronx-born rapper has released over 20 albums to his credit since his debut single 'South Bronx' 30 years ago in 1986. His hit singles such as ‘Step into a World’, ‘MCs Act Like They Don’t Know’ and ‘Sound of da Police’ are classic Hip-Hop tracks which have endured the test of time.
He tours the world regularly as “the greatest live emcee ever” (The Source) and as a public speaker, addressing hundreds of students, fans and academics at a time on a variety of historical, philosophical and political subjects.

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Legends of Rap #6 Saul Williams

Saul Williams has recorded with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, performed alongside Hip-Hop legends such as KRS-One, Nas, The Fugees and has made countless film and television appearances. Following the release of his 6th studio album Martyr Loser King, Williams is touring the UK this summer. Next stop, The Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.

We're wrapping things up at the Rescue Rooms at 10pm, but the evening doesn't stop there, Gangsta Wraps are having an after party with the Kold Chillin crew at Rough Trade after the show

Kold Chillin are Nottingham's longest running Hip-Hop night. Although they used to hold their events at The Old Angel, they've shifted their crates over to Rough Trade. 100% vinyl, 100% Hip-Hop! Check it out!

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Legends of Rap 5: Pharoahe munch

There are some things in the world of Hip-Hop that are as good as guaranteed. Wu-Tang will always be for the children, DJ Premier will always be the king of the scratched hook, and Pharoahe Monch will always deliver a memorable show.

Backed by turntable titan DJ Boogie Blind and talented UK band Ezra Collective, with Kamron of Young Black Teenagers fame acting as an engaging hype-man, Monch expertly navigated the mixed crowd of older heads and younger fans through sixty-plus minutes of intricate verbal gymnastics, pounding beats and brilliant showmanship.

Arriving onstage with minimal fanfare, the Organized Konfusion lyricist spent a few moments silently pacing back-and-forth like a boxer on fight night, focussing on the task at hand before launching into an urgent blast of the Black Thought-assisted “Rapid Eye Movement” from his recent “PTSD” album

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Legends of Rap 4: Talib Kweli

The name 'Talib Kweli' is Arabic, meaning 'the seeker' or 'student of truth and knowledge'.

Born October 3, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, Talib Kweli is an American MC known as one of the most prominent rappers in underground hip-hop, and is critically acclaimed frequently, despite not being commercially successful. Kweli first gained recognition through Black Star, a collaboration with fellow MC Mos Def. He released his solo debut album Quality in 2002 and has since released 2004's The Beautiful Struggle, 2005's mixtape album Right About Now, 2007's Eardrum, 2011's Gutter Rainbows and 2013's Prisoner of Conscious. He has also released two albums with Hi-Tek under the name Reflection Eternal and a collaboration album with Madlib in 2007 plus two albums with Res under the name Idle Warship.

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Legends of Rap 3: Method Man and Redman x M.O.P.

It’s old school – what they call “pure” hip-hop, “before the shiny suits and cars” – with turntables and microphones, but delivered at such ear-popping pace that Method is soaked in sweat after a few songs. A stellar setlist rampages through their own classics, including How High and Da Rockwilder to late Wu rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya, and several unscripted Wu songs, performed after the curfew to repay the euphoric crowd reaction. There’s a moving moment when Method calls for respect for hip-hop’s fallen – naming each artist individually. Redman brings the house down when he dedicates the show to “all the real rappers, who are tired of the bullshit played on the radio”. Then he reveals that they’re working on a third album. If they can take this form into the studio, the results should be storming. - The Guardian*****