Now if you like your Hip Hop music to be a mix of uptempo raw beats with hardcore rhymes, then may I suggest some "Golden Era" UK Hip Hop from the late 80s and early 90s??
OK so the UK readers amongst you will probably know most of the UK joints we're gonna drop here, but we're hoping a few of our fellow Hip Hoppers from the United States, Europe and afar will have a listen and appreciate some of these dope British tracks. Plus I know my boy Kwote One from Australia likes his tough UK stuff so this goes out to you also Kwote!
The quality of early UK Hip Hop was pretty damn incredible on looking back 2 decades ago - the taste here was for mostly fast pace hard beats with raw rhymes and a hardcore attitude which was not absent, but certainly not as present in the US Hip Hop records of the same era. Groups like Gunshot, Hijack, Demon Boyz, Caveman, Hardnoise, London Posse, and artists like MC Mello became household names amongst the UK crowd. But under the mainstream (if we can call it that) there were also a handful of other crews and groups producing hell-a-dope hip hop. Names like Fresh-ski & Mo-Rock, D to the K, Katch 22, Unanimous Decision, Dashy D & Cuetips, Powerlords, and many others.
On listening to some of these records today, it's amazing how dope the UK groups were. No phony US accents, no beat-biting, just raw underground talent. I hope you enjoy the Best of British joints below.....and for more superdope UK Hip Hop then check out AROE's awesome CROWN JEWELS mix CD, with the second CD in this series coming soon. And from what AROE tells me this will feature some seriously DOPE STUFF!
GREAT BRITISH BEATS
Cash Crew - Microphone Maniac 12"
PD3 - Breaking the Silence 12"
The Force - Mission Impossible 12" (flip side to the Cash Crew above on Vinyl Lab records)
D to the K - Slow Jam feat Mello (V/A Hard Core 1 LP)
Trouble - I Get Hype 12"
Bomb the Bass ft Merlin - Megablast Rap Version 12"
Crazy Noddy & Dj Fingers (Sindecut) - Sindecut's Rockin' 12"
Prime Rhyme Masters - You Need Discipline 12"
Hijack - Murder in the First Degree orig version (Orig Horns LP)
Powerlords - E Man 12"
Black Radical mk 2 - Witch Hunt (The Undiluted Truth LP)
Mello - Words Spoken 12"
Fresh Ski & Mo-Rock - It's Working (Long Awaited Paroxysm EP)
Gunshot - Clear From Present Danger 12"