Playing tracks by
Blade, Kobalt 60, Hardnoise, Demon Boyz, 3 Knights (Huntkillbury Finn & Shaka-Shazzam and more.
While much fuss is made about US hip-hop's golden era, it's very easy to forget that the British rap movement basked in similar glory around the same time. Quantity wise, the output might not have been equal - and understandably so, given the sheer size of the US and its obvious head start in the rap game - but in terms of quality, the UK had its fair share of recorded gems. Taking inspiration from DJ Ivory's Hear No Evil mixes, and more importantly the deliberate absence of a track listing, Aroe has forged an anonymous compilation of landmark classics, forgotten treasures and elusive rarities. What unites each track is that they're all culled from British rap's back catalogue, a vinyl heritage that may prove more extensive than many would first realise. Whether it sparks a sudden interest and new quests among the vinyl junkies with the will and the wallet to identify and acquire each record remains to be seen. Hopefully, what it does do is serve as a worthy salute.to UK Rap history.