So, Inja’s back and this time he’s brought his compadre from Delegates of Culture, Skuff. While still riding on the success of the former’s huge single, “Hat Low“, they’re releasing more hip-hop-dubstep-electro-funk madness but this time in the form of a full length album.
These two guys are super skilled and amazing live performers who ooze confidence and seem to take the whole thing with a stride and glide that many others lack. I know both these Mc’s personally and can tell you from the heart that they are the real deal.
That’s right, it’s the return of the fifth most popular thing to ever grace the Vice music blog – the column in which famous people review new music. Today we have London Mayor (and Oxford classics graduate) Boris Johnson tackling the latest LP by Cambridge UK hip-hop outfit Delegates of Culture. (Yes, we know this album is a bit old but we gave Mayor Johnson the CD about six months ago but he’s been too busy planning an underground airline to replace the Jubilee Line to send us a review until now.)
After ten years of larking around together and occasionally throwing out a record or two, Delegates of Culture have put together their second full-lengther. Now don’t get it twisted –they’ve been putting in work with their ‘Headcleaners’ mix CDs, solo/duo releases and Cambridge Hip Hop nights but now it’s time to get serious. And serious they have got.
Cambridge’s finest step forth on this LP to remind us all why we should be paying attention to their lot in the first place. With Inja’s album having made a nice impact last year and a ton of work for the various members of the crew in recent months (including mixtapes, open mics, an Inja and Nappa 12” and more) this new ‘Patchwork Gideon’ LP is their latest sonic assault and shows them at their very best.
Matt Grant hooked up with the crew to chat on their background, Cambridge, freestyling and future releases. Conducted in June.
Having earned respect for their fine releases and energetic freestyle sessions, these boys are fast emerging as one of the most talented and original groups in the UK – Noizemag hooks up with crew member Toe for a quick chat…
If your on the ball with your hiphop you’d already know who the Delegates Of Culture are as of the year ’00. However at the same time I wouldn’t be that shocked to find out you don’t have a clue who they are… frankly the Delegates don’t get enough props! Hopefully your ignorance will end very soon, because this second full length CD by the Delegates is heavy like your grandma’s knickers full of lead-shot.
The Delegates of Culture formed during the summer months of ’99 – they brought themselves together from two Cambridge based collectives (Mental Minds & Co-Lab.Oration) in order to take their music to the next level of distribution and depth. Their collective aim is to make better music each n’ everyday – taking beats more tight and polished but still retaining the spontaneity and energy of freestyle delivery. This dream of creating progressive hiphop sounds have blended themselves well within their debut demo CD – and soon will be unleashed upon the wax-hungry public during summer two triple zero.