Live and fresh footage from the 4our pillars jam where Hijack made a surprise appearance to rock tha house!!! The show took place on nov the 23, 2013 at gallery in crucifix lane, London bridge, check out the action as it went down!!
2013 Fresh clip from Kamanchi Sly’s forth coming Hip Hop album The Holy Grail
Ice T’s directorial debut “Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap” premiered in London in july 2012. Ice T commenced a worldwide tour at West Londons Hammersmith Apollo where he was joined by rap legends Chuck D, Melle Mel, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and UK rap legends Hijack for a one-off performance. “After 15 years of not seeing us it was only right and fitting to give the true HIPHOP fans a show to remember” said Kamanchi Sly of the Hijack -”Ice T personally called us and asked us to join him on stage with the Hip Hop icons Melle Mel, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Raekwon and Ghostface Killah from Wu tang, it was the correct line up of true great Emcees and a night never to forget”.
The group performed a series of incredible freestyles over beats provided by Dj Harry Love and performed an awesome P.A of the killer classic “The Badman Is Robbin” which had the crowd jumpin’ hard. Hijack are at present recording new material for a long over due album to include appearences by Chuck D, Ice T, Melle Mel, members of Wu Tang and Grandmaster Caz.
Greatness as an Emcee can only come from a thorough analysis of the greatest Emcees in Hip Hop. In my opinion the greatest of the first generation were Grand Master Caz of the Cold Crush Brothers and Melle Mel from Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five. Listening to the” Wild Style” sound track will give you an insight into the lyrical prowess of Caz, for Mel it has to be one of the greatest social commentaries of all time on the inner cities “ The Message”. This record changed Hip Hop forever.
These brothers laid down the foundations of Emcee vocal cadence, tone delivery, intelligence, passion, style, bravery, flair, originality and creativity emulated by the Hip Hop World.
In 2012 most people who pick up the microphone and claim to want to be an Emcee either imitate Jay Z, Eminem or Lil Wayne. This is ridiculous because these artists have carved out a niche for themselves with a style that they themselves have taken years to perfect. Hip Hop culture has a long tradition which goes back at over three decades with many great artists who have contributed to what we have today. To pick up the mic without knowledge of that rich history is in my opinion disrespectful. I truly believe any artist cannot be a true great without understanding and studying the origins of the culture and those who laid the foundations for the art of Emceeing.
The first lesson of any young artist wishing to be a true great is to study the most important documentary of the culture..Charlie Aherns..”WILDSTYLE”, this is in most people’s opinion the truest representation of the art of Emceeing which shows artists delivering their rhymes in block parties and out in the park long before the arrival of the CIA, MTV and the corporate record companies.
Today I had a tough choice to make..I was enjoying listening to the classic Nautilus joint by Bob James on my Technics 1200 deck (or vinyl player as my young nephew calls it!) when i realised the track just has too many dope samples in it..which part should i use???
I found a sick part to loop so I got all excited..but oh no!! What drum machine to hook up??? Damn do I go for the gritty raw sound of the SP1200 TO GIVE IT THAT CRUNCH?????
Naa!!!! Lets give it that sonic BOOM BAP!!!! Im gonna hook up the MPC 3000 and get busy, we got an album to do “The Holy Grail” Peace!!! HIP HOP LIVES!!!!
Its been a few days since the passing of one of the architects of Hip Hop Culture, Mr Jimmy Castor whose legendary anthem “Its just begun” set off a sonic backdrop to what has become one of the world most important artforms. Hip Hop in all its forms from B-Boyin’ to emceeing, scratchin’ grafitti and poppin’ has become a global phenomenon, spreading across all of the worlds continents, uplifting youth culture wherever it has been met with open arms. I first got into Hip Hop as an eleven year old, comin’ from a tough part of south london, growing up on a council estate. The music and the dancin’ took over the imagination of me and my mates who all either became breakers in crews, grafitti writers, emcees or beatboxers. Being poor and with little funds it enabled a generation of kids from poor families to find a way to express themselves without the need for spending much money. It gave us and identity, it was who we were. My mum thought i was crazy the way i jerked by body to crazy electro beats by Afrika Bambaataa, wearing trainers with fat laces, and a pair of ski goggles around my neck. After every summer we would return to school with a whole lotta new moves, battling anybody who would dare to step into the ring in the “electro-room” at lunchtimes..entry was 15 pence!!