Month: August 2017

PA Posse feat. DJ Countdown, SADE & New Flesh 4 Old – Drinking Tea with the Lads

Drinking tea recording session

As those of you who’ve read my book will know (and if you haven’t copped it, you can get it here. And if you have copped it and haven’t read it, sorry for the spoilers. And if you have copped it and it hasn’t arrived yet, that’s because the printers screwed up a whole batch and the replacements only arrived today – apologies), my favourite time as a fledgling rapper was recording the posse cut ‘Drinking Tea with the Lads’.

It was after Countdown had left ‘Prehistoric Ages Posse’ and Dan and I had morphed into ‘Progressive Agenda’. But obviously we were still all friends, as he’s in full effect on our Headnods & Broomsticks EP. We hired studio time, spent days recording a whole EP, and planned a posse cut that would be distinctively Yorkshire in flavour Continue reading →

Posted by drewhuge in Audio, Self-Publishing, Wiggaz: The Book

YZ – Taggin’ It Up

YZ tape cover

So, I already published the interview with Tony D that was part of a big Trenton retrospective that I wrote for Hip-Hop Connection. I’d forgotten until I saw the cuttings the other day, but it was a spliced up piece containing quotes from Tony, Wise Intelligent and YZ, rather than separate interviews. Which makes me feel even better about disinterring this stuff and presenting it wholesale.

For me, YZ didn’t quite hit the heights on the albums that his talent deserved. Sons of the Father and The Ghetto’s Been Good to me were more than solid sets, but just slightly held back by a touch of filler, not uncommon for albums back then. However, the YZ EP, for me, deserves to be discussed in the same terms as Intoxicated Demons or All Souled Out.

Of the three Trenton interviewees, I think YZ was the trickiest to pin down, set a date with and then actually get on the phone. But it was worth the effort, even if we ran out of time with about 15 questions left. Still, that’s a sign that he wasn’t monosyllabic. Of course, I was the ideal person to interview YZ because, with the weight I’d put on at this time, clearly the gateaux had been good to me.

Stay tuned for that Wise Intelligent piece coming soon to round off the Trenton Trilogy of Terror.

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Posted by drewhuge in HHC Classics, Interviews

Wiggaz With Attitude: You can cop that.

Wiggaz With Attitude final book cover

Normal blogging service will resume as soon as this book is launched. For those waiting for it to actually to be available before plumping for it – you can now pre-order it from the links below. If you’ve been kind enough to pre-order it, I’ll be signing and shipping those copies over the weekend – I truly appreciate your support. If you’ve ordered Fat Lace back issues or the Cover Art book, they’ll be shipping with it.

Signed paperback copies are only available from me here.

If you’d rather buy from a ‘reputable’ retailer (or take advantage of your Prime account)…

UK customers can get the ebook here –

and the paperback here –

For those in the US, the ebook can be ordered here –

And the paperback here. Again, thanks for your support. We trying to eat out here!

 

Posted by drewhuge in Wiggaz: The Book

The Regulator Show with Rob Pursey & Superix… and me

I had a fantastic time dropping down to London last week to make an appearance on Soho Radio’s excellent The Regulator Show. Basically, I could talk about hip-hop for about 17 years straight with Rob Pursey and DJ Superix without getting bored.

We kept it strictly 80s – Peso, Just-Ice, Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, King Tee, Disco Four, Fresh 3 MC’s, Jamose, Afrocentric classics and more – while talking about my book, experiencing hip-hop in the north in the 80s and how we fiended for rap radio. Yep, this is some foundational business, so we tipped our hat to some UK classics as well.

Peep the show, and follow those dudes over here. Basically, it doesn’t matter what genre or era they cover, they’re authorities on it.

Posted by drewhuge in Audio, Interviews, Wiggaz: The Book

At The Party

Apologies for the silence on the blog for the last week. I’ve just been finishing off all the stuff around the Wiggaz book launch and, along with my man Dan Greenpeace, making moves for our hip-hop memorabilia project. There’ll be a home page coming in the next week or two with more details on that. And I also found time to have a couple of days off and eat my own body weight in confit duck and boquerones. Lots of classic interviews, audio etc. coming up in the next few weeks and, if you’re in the area, this is the spot to be at on Thursday…

wiggaz launch party poster

 

Posted by drewhuge in General, Wiggaz: The Book