Links to urban music features from across the IDEASFACTORY hubs ...
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Interview with hip hop legend Africa Bambaataa
Discussion on why UK urban artists need to take more risks
Journalist Patrick Neate answers questions on his hip hop tome Where You're At
Interview with Polish producer duo Skalpel
Discussion on the links between rap and porn
Profile of Ian Wallman, the Neptunes frontman turned producer
Interview with Allan Irvine, one of Scotland's top breakdancers
Windows of opportunity from the Diesel-U-Music competition
Half label, half training programme, Incubator Records supports Birmingham's music talent
Review of a performance by hip hop dance group Puremovement
Websites and organisations
This BBC digital radio station aims to be the home of new
black music. The website offers downloadable audio and free
samples and the facility to make music online, as well as
advice on how to make it in the industry and a messageboard.
Reggae site with monthly news updates, hundreds of pictures,
concert and CD reviews and dozens of interviews.
Website of the station that lays claim to being Europe's first
urban radio network, broadcasting R&B, soul, reggae, garage,
hip hop and soca. Place requests, access a variety of community
services, charts, events listings and DJ profiles.
Show co-promoted by Sonya Skinner for UK signed and unsigned
talent. The night is hosted by Ras Kwame of 1Xtra's 100% Homegrown.
Music Tank: Urban Music Business Speed Dating
At the Prince's Trust Urban Music Festival 2004, MusicTank
ran a speed-dating event for urban music business entrepreneurs.
This extensive site features a summary of the advice given
by music industry professionals.
Hip hop and rap news from all over the world with interviews,
features and downloadable audio.
UK Hip Hop: The Story and Database
Huge, detailed resource.
The Urban Music Seminar (UMS)
UMS is a series of free events that aim to inform and educate
young people with aspirations of working in the music industry.
The website features education listings, online forums, a
photographic gallery and funding details.
London-based, not-for-profit, organisation that aims to provide
a platform for aspiring singers, rappers, MCs and performers
of urban music. The website features details of courses, the
National Talent Search and the Urban Voice album project.
The Urban and Urban UK sections of this music site aim to
give exposure to UK unsigned urban artists, as well as providing
news, reviews, charts and forums.
US styles and ideas magazine, documenting the interconnected
worlds of music, fashion, film, art, politics and today's
multi-ethnic youth. Published six times a year.
The world's original monthly rap magazine with music and club
reviews, features and exclusive interviews with top artists.
Blues & Soul Magazine
Covers all the latest UK and US urban music info, including
news, charts, reviews, events and clubs, as well as in-depth
interviews and editorials on influential artists past and
present. Published fortnightly.
New York-based bi-monthly music and lifestyle magazine that
showcases tomorrow's cultural trends highlighting the best
in music, film, fashion, art and literature.
Comprehensive online presence of the magazine with news, articles,
events listings and forums from the UK urban scene. Also featured
are extensive interviews with unsigned artists and future
One of the UK’s longest serving monthly music magazines
containing the latest urban and underground music breaking
on to the scene.
US magazine covering the latest in music, fashion, politics
and sports, Vibe chronicles all urban music including
rap, dance hall, reggae, new jack swing and R&B.
US urban lifestyle monthly publication that covers all aspects
of hip hop culture, focusing on music, style, sports and politics.
Monthly US magazine, The Source covers the music,
culture, style, trends, people, politics and places driving
the hip hop movement.
Website of the UK-based urban underground magazine, with archived
articles, music and video downloads.