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Top Picks: Hip Hop 2018

Top Picks: Hip Hop 2018

We don’t know about you guys, but as the sun forces it’s way from beneath the clouds that often occupy the skies of the UK, a soundtrack of hip hop is the perfect accompaniment for these longer, drawn out days. Whether it’s the classic sounds of lyrics over jazz-inspired sounds or the more alternative options of the likes of grime, we’ve got your back on the hip hop front. From London to the Northern cities of the UK and all the way to the Netherlands, this popular genre is set to take over your summer days.

Kool G Rap
22nd June
The Jazz Cafe, London

Cited as the inspiration behind the likes of massive names in rap such as Eminem, Notorious B.I.G, Nas and more, Kool G Rap is set to deliver his pioneering bars to a crowd in London’s Jazz Cafe Venue. Known for birthing the multisyllabic rhyming schemes frequented across rap styles today, witnessing Kool G Rap live is witnessing a hip hop legend live.

Oh My! Music Festival
Saturday 30th June
Arena Park, Amsterdam

With a lineup that boasts the likes of American rap heroes Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, T-Pain and more, as well as afro beat tints from the likes of singe and emcee Stefflon Don, Amsterdam’s massive festival dedicated to the genres of rap, hip hop and beyond is not to be missed by any fan.

Lovebox Festival
Friday 13th - Saturday 14th July
Gunnersbury Park, London

Hip hop royalty will be heading to this year’s Lovebox Festival, as none other than Wu-Tang Clan take to the stage at London’s Gunnersbury Park this year to celebrate 25 years since the release of their seminal record “Enter The Wu-Tang”. They’ll be joined by some more contemporary reps of the style, with Childish Gambino, grime don Skepta and so much more.

Das EFX
Friday 10th August
Brixton Jamm, London

Early 90s duo Skoob & Krazy Drayzy make up the Jamaican influenced sound of Das EFX, and since their critically acclaimed sound has sold out multiple shows and venues in the North of the capital city, it’s the turn of South London to host this dynamic twosome as Das EFX make their Brixton debut this summer.

Bishop Nehru
Monday 6th, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th August
The Fleece, Bristol, 24 Kitchen St, Liverpool, Band On The Wall, Manchester

Following a collaboration album with rap champion MF DOOM and tour support slots with the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Wu-Tang Clan and Nas, Bishop Nehru’s smooth jazz beats and 90s style sounds are not only a nostalgic trip for any classic rap fan, but also a modern twist on the styles that forced the style into the mainstream. Catch him live as he heads out on a UK tour early this August.

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