The Large Professor

This is one of the best acknowledgements  I could ever dream of.  Nothing like Kanye West and some Fashion designer, but something real and natural, call it a acknowledgment to your contribution to Hip Hop  and the great legacy of one of the purest groups to ever record on vinyl that is Main Source, although my contribution was tiny it meant a great deal to me and my brother Mikey D.

I was always a fan of both Main Source albums.  Large Professor as we all know is one of the greatest producers of this genre, not only did  he help develop its sound, but inspired thousands of up and coming beat makers and producers to take up the art.  He helped me develop, and yes inspired me greatly in digging for records and learning the craft of making music with samplers.  As I started working on my films, I would Analise projects such as the second Main Source LP.  Not much was known about Sir Scratch and K-Kut in comparison to Extra P but going through the Album its plain to see that their knowledge of music and production placed them amongst the greats.

This lead me to meet Mikey D in NYC who at that time was not the Mikey D you see on facebook right now.  He really wasn’t feeling that Main Source LP.  I think that was to do with a lot of personal issues he was dealing with at the time.  Its been said though sometimes great artists produce some of their best pieces in those sort of times.  Mikey a battle M.C who thrives off being the underdog in my personal opinion wrote and put together a timeless classic.  After talking to Mikey about that record, trying ever so hard to get him to try and see the record how I saw it, he agreed to come to the UK to perform the whole Album.  Originally It was to be be him and K-Kut, but Kev could not make the tour for legal reasons.  He granted me permission to act as the groups DJ for the tour.

Mikey was well received here in the UK to his surprise  i think. maybe inspiring him some to really get his act together and build him self back to the artist he was for many many years before. Thus founding his Elements of Hip Hop Project.  In April last year I was in NYC working on my project Looking for the perfect beat.  I received a call from Mikey asking me if I would like to go to Canada with him.  Kev heard I was in town and he was doing a show scheduled to perform along side Large Professor and Cormega.  He thought it would be a great idea if me and Mikey could go and then be the surprise act.  Not as easy a planned,  thinking it was a 8 hour journey turned into a 12 hour drive.  We got held at the border, searched and interrogated we was allowed to enter the country providing we left by Saturday night. Large didn’t make it either. On the journey we picked up a now addiction to Subway Cookies.

Although Me and Large Pro had met once before it was brief, we have never really got to work.  He was and is very aware of my work and what I do and I heard he supports it.  But the video above only confirms that if you put hard work in, that you will get recognition.  Not just me, my brothers Kev K – Kut and legend Mikey D.  Extra P, take my hat off to you.



Gangstar Promo video

I found this on youtube the other day, Promotional video for the group Gangstarr. Shot whilst making their second album Step in Arena. One of the best produced Hip Hop albums to date.

One of the albums that definitely inspired me to forge King of the Beats.


Mr Thing doing what he loves to do

I don’t normally post on my personal blog anything that i’m not working on, but this morning I saw this.

I know there are many people who still don’t use that facebook thing. This is something that should be shared and viewed by all the masses in internet land!!

Me and Marc go back a long time, He is with out a doubt in the top 3 greatest DJ’s this country has ever produced. Always a pleasure to see him in and out of work.

Press play and enjoy.


Unstoppable : The roots of London Hip Hop. Film coming

Here is a project that I’m really proud to support. Many years ago i was at B-Boys for life event. I saw this guy writing so many things down. He kind of looked like a hip hop train spotter to me. So i walked up to him and asked him what he was doing. He introduced himself as U.Net Gisseppe Pipitone, a writer from Italy.

We hung out for a few hours, and from that I shot a video about him that ended up on myspace. We kept our friendship and years later he approached me about writing a book about the London Hip Hop scene. Although I’m not from London, I still know a lot of the Golden Era artists. I introduced him to a number of people and he went on his mission.

forward a few years later. Me and Giuseppe speak again, and from our conversation he goes on to a new adventure turning this into a film. Its great as I was film maker and he a writer, recently im start to write and he’s making a film.

For the first time in a good few years we met again in London last weekend. 7.06.13. I got to meet the team and was asked to help oversea some of the Augusts filming with the crew.