Ko Rockin' It returns to Hull, with DJ Defunkt bringing a few friends from the Big Smoke to celebrate a night of Hip Hop culture...in 2017's City of Culture.
Between 2002 & 2005 DJ's Frend and Defunkt, both studying in Hull at the time, put on a regular Hip Hop night that forged itself into Hull's music
history. Wanting something different from the mainstream nights pumping out the usual chart rap/RnB or the more underground nights that came with a 'no smiles and backs against the wall' policy, the plan was simple: a celebration of hip hop culture, inviting full representation of the 4 elements (DJing, MCing, Break dancing & Grafitti). 'Keeping Hip Hop fun' became the night's unofficial motto. The Infamous Ko Rockin'It Open Mic, hosted by local Hip Hop meastro Reality?, became a key feature of the night and a platform for MC's/rappers new and old a like. Championing the positive in hip hop, while making sure to represent music from the burgeoning UK scene at the time, the event was a hit and its reputation grew rapidly, with the small venue packed out time after time, with locals and students alike.
Since leaving Hull to travel, Defunkt ended up living in London. Here he's continued to represent the hip hop he loves and has had the opportunity to DJ with a range of rappers on the local scene...and has been waiting for the opportunity to bring them up to Hull, back to where his DJing journey all began...
Check this vid to see what a Ko Rockin'It party looks like:
Presenting, live on the night (in no particular order):
PREZ '96 aka PLAYA ONE
THE LEANO aka ARJI
... Plus more guests TBC
PREZ '96 aka PLAYA ONE
Hailing from London, Mr Prez came to Hull to study and got involved in the local scene through the Ko Rockin'It open mic sessions. Since then he became the MC/rapper for Hull electronic wizard End of Level Baddie, under the alias of 'Playa 1', playing shows and festivals the UK over. Now, he's going back to his golden era 90's hip hop roots, with new alias Prez '96. Check out his new material '21 Gun Salute' here:
THE LEANO aka ARJI
Another Londoner who found himself studying in Hull, The Leano showed up on Defunkt's first Hip Hop night at the Adelphi 'The Jam', which became Ko Rockin' It. Along with DJ Frend, who had also been attracted by the DIY hand-drawn flyers for the night, he stepped up with his mic and brought new energy to the stage...The Leano was officially KRI's first MC/rapper! He quickly made a name for himself locally as a master of freestyle, effortlessly drawing references and inspiration from the things around him; film & popular culture, Hull's environment, books, politics. Not only did he become part of local musical collective 'The Project' and begin releasing his own material with local producers, he went on to become two time battle champ at the two MC battles held by KRI. The legend returns to the city that has held a place in his heart...
Caspar Grant is a London based MC/Producer originally from Birmingham, creating experimental hip hop and psychedelic bass music. From 2005 he was half of the progressive rap duo H.L.I. along with fellow luminary Wasif Scion. Having performed live up and down the country for many years, sharing stages with the likes of GZA, Akil of Jurassic 5, Akala, Anti-Pop Consortium and DJ Vadim, the group honed a sound as raw and energetic as it was forward thinking and released their debut Omniglyph in 2011. The record, containing features from Juice Aleem, Thavius Beck, Mike Ladd and Kashmere, received resoundingly positive acclaim, described as “one of the boldest sounding releases ever in UK hip hop”.
He's currently preparing to release his debut solo LP Capricornucopia, check out the latest release here:
Joshua aka King Kreol is a young rhyme prodigy and one third of Black/Other. A grime inspired 'boom bap' styled social commentator, when he's not writing and rapping he's busy on the frontlines as a respected activist, fighting for a better world. Check out the first release 'Babylon' from his debut album here:
...and you can here the whole album, 'The Context' with cuts provided by Defunkt here:
Aka Hadiru Mahdi, has been on the London scene for years, initially as one of the key rappers from the live hip hop squat scene collective 'Shop Floor Sessions'. More recently he's been one third of Afro-centric, jazzed out hip-hop group Black/Other, and is currently making a name for himself in London’s booming spoken word scene.
Check out this from his debut EP navigate in:limbo:
...and the album and other material here:
THE INFAMOUS KO ROCKIN'IT OPEN MIC
All MC's, rappers, writers, freestylers step up, step up! The premise is simple; Defunkt lays down the instrumentals, and the words do the rest. This is a friendly and forgiving platform for anyone wanting to step up into the live realm in a supportive atmosphere - leave your negative vibes at the door!
OPEN FLOOR FOR ALL B-GIRLS & B-BOYS
Our DJ's hold a selection of classic breaks on wax! The Adeplhi may be tiny, but we've seen some serious moves here over the years - come make the circle!