Scottish hip-hop

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Scottish hip-hop is the regional manifestation of the British hip hop culture in Scotland, comprising the five elements of MCing, DJing, beatboxing, graffiti and b-boying.[1]

History[edit]

In the 1980s, elements of hip hop culture had spread to Scotland.

In the late 1980s artists such as Two Tone Committee, Krack Free Media, Dope Inc (first proper Scottish hip hop artist on vinyl) and into the early 90's with Zulu Syndicate, Major Threat, and UTI (Under The Influence) laid the groundwork for a Scottish Hip Hop subculture, rapping consciously about their own lives and problems in their own voices rather than emulating American rappers of the time.[2][3] In Glasgow, Steg G & the Freestyle Master were producing work that added a west coast twist to Scottish rap.[2][3]

In the early 2010s, a defined scene became more visible in the mainstream for various reasons.

Firstly, the emergence of "written" battle rap as a defined artform led to greater exposure of the scene as whole, thanks to the creation of battle events in both Edinburgh & Glasgow by Werd (S.O.S) & Nity Gritz.[4] This even culminated in a Scotsman becoming the de facto UK battle rap champion when Soul became the Don't Flop champion in 2015.[5]

Several artists within the hip hop community also became galvanised by the Scottish independence referendum, 2014. The likes of Loki[6] and Stanley Odd championed the Yes vote. The former emerged as an activist and cultural voice on behalf of the hip hop community, while the latter went viral with their single "Son, I Voted Yes".[7]

Elsewhere, several acts within the scene broke into the mainstream. The likes of Hector Bizerk and The LaFontaines earned prestigious slots at the T in the Park festival, as well as widespread critical recognition. Meanwhile, Young Fathers, a hip hop group from Edinburgh, achieved UK-wide success with their album "Dead", for which they won the Mercury prize. While Edinburgh's Madhat McGore pushed the music further down south, working with English acts and appearing on Charlie Sloth's BBC Fire In The Booth.[8]

Breakdancing[edit]

From the inception of Hip hop culture in Scotland, break dancing became a popular dance form. Castle Rocks was Scotland's biggest ever bboy competition and attracted competitors from Korea, Brazil, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway etc. and across the UK. It was established in 2005 and ended in 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Rap | Feature". Flickermagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Galloway, Vic (15 April 2012). "The urban myth". The Herald. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Brooks, Libby (30 April 2014). "Rhymes and reason: Scottish rappers take on voter apathy". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ Rimmer, Jonathan (1 December 2014). "BRISTO BATTLES ROUND UP". SSU Blog. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Chris Mitchell (26 April 2015). "Soul Crowned New Don't Flop Champion". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Rimmer, Jonathan (24 March 2014). "Independence & Hip Hop: Loki and the Referendum From an MC's Perspective". Scotland Standup Blog. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Stanley Odd - Son,, I Voted Yes". Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Madhat McGore Fire In The Booth". Retrieved 3 July 2013.