Review: @DJMissCBrown ‘s Infrastructure To Industry

The event kicked off with Miss C Brown VJ–ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent hip hop videos from a range of artists, from the likes of RU1 Fam to Giggs. This show­cased the dif­fer­ent artists that are out there, that not many have heard of. This was fol­lowed by the pan­el, con­sist­ing of 5 judges, tak­ing their seats.

The judges were given a num­ber of ques­tions to dis­cuss through­out the night, fol­lowed by con­tri­bu­tions from the audi­ence. Although some answers became heated, the dis­cus­sions tackled the prob­lems arising with­in the hip-hop com­munity, provid­ing solu­tions and altern­at­ive per­spect­ives on prob­lems and the­or­ies. The first ques­tion, which dom­in­ated a large amount of time was, ‘What is Hip Hop?’ After many thoughts and con­tri­bu­tions, no set answer was given, how­ever dif­fer­ent answers were offered to provide an idea to the con­cept as a whole. This was much more developed than just the ori­gin­al ‘4 Pil­lars of Hip-Hop’ thought that had dom­in­ated the the­ory in its earli­er days. The talk intro­duced a fifth ele­ment of Know­ledge, among­st oth­ers.

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The dis­cus­sions that fol­lowed included see­ing hip hop as being broken up, with each of the 4 pil­lars asso­ci­ated with things oth­er than hip hop, for example, graf­fiti asso­ci­ated with skate­boarders. This gave the view that each pil­lar was a busi­ness in it’s own right, with sep­ar­ate indus­tries for each of the pil­lars, rather than one col­lect­ive unit under the term ‘Hip Hop’. Examples were also given of people who would take aspects of Hip Hop but not know it ori­gin­ated from Hip Hop itself. This included people who may ‘Bboy’, but would not know it ori­gin­ated, or was a part of, Hip-Hop, and would just dance because they liked it indi­vidu­ally.

With­in the break there was a spoken word poet, who pro­duced a very thought-pro­vok­ing piece of poetry. This seemed to enter­tain much of the crowd, and cre­ated a dif­fer­ent vibe to what was cre­ated through dis­cus­sion, as it was a good break from the issues.

After the break there was another dis­cus­sion, with top­ics such as, ‘Is Grime Hip Hop?’ This was answered well; Hip Hop was cre­ated in Amer­ica, and has spread its ideas world­wide. In England, we have taken the Amer­ic­an idea of Hip Hop and spread it fur­ther. How­ever, Grime was cre­ated in the UK; it is UK music where Hip Hop was Amer­ic­an. Although it can fall under the cat­egory of Hip Hop, but rather an Eng­lish ver­sion, it can also be seen as a sep­ar­ate entity itself.

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There were a num­ber of dif­fer­ent people attend­ing the event, from artists and pro­du­cers them­selves to radio hosts and pro­moters. This allowed a num­ber of dif­fer­ent thoughts to have their say in the dis­cus­sions, all from dif­fer­ent view­points. Not every­one was loc­al either; some had trav­elled from vari­ous loc­a­tions across England to get to the event.

Alto­geth­er the event cre­ated a good net­work of people with sim­il­ar, yet ori­gin­al ideas that could def­in­itely help the UK Hip Hop industry grow. I am sure that there will be many who are look­ing for­ward to the next event, with more ideas to bring forth.

Keep up to date with the event and move­ment on the Face­book Page. 

By Rohun Bat­ra

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.

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