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Links to urban music features from across the IDEASFACTORY hubs ...

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.

Bashment Vibes
Reggae site with monthly news updates, hundreds of pictures, concert and CD reviews and dozens of interviews.

Choice FM
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.

Live UK
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.

Raw Roots
Hip hop and rap news from all over the world with interviews, features and downloadable audio.

Sonya Skinner

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.

Urban Voice
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.

Hip-Hop Connection
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.

RWD Magazine
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 talent.

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.

Undercover Magazine
Website of the UK-based urban underground magazine, with archived articles, music and video downloads.

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