Back when I was 19 I took a job in a bank and met a guy called Dave. Dave was a good mate a nice bloke but had a bit of an edge about him, someone you wouldn't really fuck with. He got me into hip-hop. He got me listening to NWA, Tupac, Eminem, those type of gangsta rap and commercial stuff. See, when I was younger I always loved music but spent the majority of my youth listening to Bob Marley. I also had a hankering for my Dad's record collection, Dire Straits etc. Hip hop to me was something I wasn't a fan of. I remember a mate used to listen to Cypress Hill all the time, I thought it was shit! (I don't anymore!)
Roll on a few years and I left the bank and took a job in the government. There I met Dave. Not Edgy Dave, but Dave (later known as Dai). I got Dai on to this forum for this very thread. He took rhe moniker Daimond D, a man who seriously knows his underground Hip-hop. Now Dai is where I truly learnt about hip-hop. He leant me album after album of quality underground Hip-hop. MF DOOM, Jehst, Farma G, Non Phixion, Braintax amongst others. He introduced me to 36 Chambers, Public Enemy, MF Grimm, Nas all the greats and a lot of shit you'd never here unless you knew what you were looking for. He promoted a live event in Bristol called Funkified, where he would try and get the biggest and best talent either from America or UK based. He got Q-Bert to play a couple of times, my mind was fucking blown! DJ Yoda was a bit of a regular back then too, until he got too expensive! So that's really where my love of underground hip-hop started, back when I was 24. I was listening to stuff that had been out 10/15 years prior and loving it. 90s early 2000 hip-hop is still where my heart lies.
(By the way, Dai is still alive even if I speak like he isn't! ).
From 24 on I've seen loads of gigs, De La Soul countless times, DOOM, GZA (worse gig ever!), Lord Finesse, Ghostface, Edan etc etc, awesome nights out I'll never forget.
I don't spend time in this thread anymore due to life etc and not having much time to listen to music. Recently my life changed though and I'm finding it theraputic to be back looking at posts in here and seeing some familiar faces. This thread introduced me to so much good music I would never of found on my own. Back in the day, as said before, it was buzzing with new releases and hot debates. I remember when we tried to get its own sub topic!!
Ive not listened to much hip-hop recently, being so out of touch I just missed so much shit. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread though from now on.
big up the rllmuk hip-hop crew!