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Five For September

Words by Vicky T Follow @vixx24
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How did it get to be autumn already? The nights are darker earlier, the mornings are lighter later, and soon there’ll be conkers on the pavements and mince pies for sale at the all night garage. Don’t let it get you down though, because […]

September 14th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

Five for July (and a few extra)

June came and went in the blink of an eye, whilst the site was having a bit of a makeover. And it’s looking very handsome I’m sure you’ll concur….So here’s the pick of the crop of summer so far: a few long […]

July 13th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

No Hype Just Pure Dope – Five for May

Words by
Vicky T

ACTIVIST: Critical Acclaim
So happy I stumbled over this (via the very reliable Global Faction). Some would probably argue this is more spoken word than hip hop but I’ve never really understood that distinction. Whatever. This is a great example of the incredible talent working in the UK […]

May 20th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

No Hype Just Pure Dope – Five for April

T.S. Elliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month”. Miserable bastard clearly needed to get out more.

What’s not to like? The days are longer, there’s bank holidays in it, and this year there’s also a bunch of brilliant tracks to play in the sunshine.
Here’s five of the best: from me […]

April 16th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

No Hype Just Pure Dope – Five For March

March is here! Spring has sprung, the sun’s streaming in through the windows, and it’s time to crank up the speaker volume on some fresh new tracks and remind your neighbours why they hate you. And oh my goodness, what a lot of goodness there is out there at the […]

March 3rd, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

No Hype Just Pure Dope – Five for February

It’s all about the old school this month, so turn up the volume for some new releases by some of the grand masters.
Sadat X
One of the most distinctive vocal styles in the history of hip hop, the Brand Nubian veteran is back to show and prove to anyone that he […]

Best of British – a round up of some of the best home-grown hip hop from 2014

UK veteran, Verb T, released Medicated Dreams on High Focus records last year. As the title suggests, it’s an introspective affair and these tracks are not going to get the dancing started. Still, there’s something haunting about the production on “Dreaming of a Life”, and the subtle percussive hiss in […]

January 29th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

Five for 2015: No Hype Just Pure Dope

Words by Vicky T

New year, time to blow out the cobwebs and refresh the playlists.

If there’s one thing worse than listening to people who know nothing about hip hop banging on about how rubbish hip hop is, it’s listening to people who haven’t bought a hip hop record since […]

January 13th, 2015|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments

The Top 5 Current Female UK Hip Hop MCs

* Words by Vicky T

Female MC’s seem to be finding their voice in the UK, producing tracks that are conscious and thoughtful, incisive and steely, or just downright infectious. Once I started thinking about this, whittling it down to five was a nightmare; there’s a lot of women who are […]

October 19th, 2014|Music, No Hype Just Pure Dope|0 Comments