Tuesday, 27 January 2009

UK HIP-HOP IS DEAD? Part 1

"We might give out, but we will never give in" - Supar Nova



DJ Fingers outside The Spats Club.
Spats85'
DJ Fingers (of the Sindecut/Family Quest) and his Tottenham DJ Crew the Mixmasters took over the runnings of one of the first UK Hip Hop club. It was a daytime club, the age raged between 12-25, and many of the performers and party people became the cream of the UK Black music industry.

"A great club-night. The little sign about unlocking phones used to have the sign for the club on it, with a little pair of dancing feet in Spats on it. You could feel the bass from the street level on a Saturday afternoon." - Skore (TRC)

"I won a breakin comp on sataday afternoon her back in 83-5 won a tenner prize money.....tiny laminated dance floor...spinning on my elbow was the clinching move!! woz way under age too!" - Masika



Mr. Bongo's R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop specialising in Underground Hip-Hop music, loads of re-issues and rares. Anyone who was anyone travelling to the UK did in stores or signing in here. Latin music upstairs.

"Sad man, I remember the mode2 on the celing" - Cruelvapours

"I wonder what happened to mine and mode2's celing pieces????
they was up in there for years...K-line-Mode2 memories" - KeenOne-Roc-Awe



Deal Real 2 R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop, DJ MK (Kiss FM) and Tony Vegas (Scratch Perverts) worked here.


FIRST RATE, TONY VEGAS, MR THING, DJ RENAGADE AND PRIME CUTS
IN DEAL REAL RECORDS LONDON PRATICE SESSION

This used to be my saturday morning hang out, you couldnt get there too late or the best 12s were gone. A lot of paper round money got dropped in there. - Relay (ID)



Bond 2 R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop clothes shop,Graffiti mags and up market Hip-Hop clothes were availiable here. A kool guy called Nicky worked here.

"Spent lots of my hard earned cash in there over the years" - 3RD Man

"I prefered that end of the street, you used to see more hunnies that end because of the studio round the corner." - Able214 (Galiss haha! The Kool Skool)



Uptown Records R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop, specializing in R&B and Commercial Rap.



Scenario Records R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop, selling Underground Hip-Hop.



The Beat Hut R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop shop run by DJ Ill Out and his family
http://www.ishiphop.com
http://www.myspace.com/beathutltd


Dj Premier & Panchi from NYGZ @ Beat Hut London
DJ Premier MPC 2000xl Signing @ Beat Hut London



DealReal 3 R.I.P.
One time Legendary London Hip Hop shop specialising in Underground Hip-Hop music, loads of re-issues and rares. Anyone who was anyone travelling to the UK did in stores or signing in here.

"S%>ness, everytime we're up in London we make a stop in there." - Jannerisms

"This place looked well nice when it first opened . Shame it has gone." - AllStar$$


SuparNovar & Big Ben 'Never Give In' @ Deal Real with Speach

4 comments:

End Level Boss said...

I remember my first outing to 4* in 1989 to choose my 15th birthday present - a pair of Troops. They were dope. That's when 4* was up Inverness Street. After being there he moved down the high road, just after the bridge over the canal, on the right, down in someone's basement. I got some very fresh Filas there in about '91. After being there he moved to the plot just over the road from the tube station.

Anonymous said...

Read the original article:

http://craigsolo.blogspot.com/2008/04/record-shopping-in-londons-soho.html

Mark 563... said...

Reading this all the way from Australia makes me sad.

Reminiscing about Saturday afternoons record shopping in Soho.

A special RIP to Mr Bongo. I was proud to play a minor role - Saturday staff - in the later years.

Check these flicks from the Mr Bongo closing party:
http://runtheline.blogspot.com/2008/07/back-in-day-part-11-mr-bongo-closing.html

Big-ups to the Kool Skool - it's been a long time, fellas.

Hopefully catch up with y'all next time I'm in the UK.

One,

Mark 563

The Kool Skool said...

Easy Mark,
I know right? Those are jokes flicks, I hope Oz is good to you!
Peace