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Live Report: Scottish Beatbox Battles @ Nice N Sleazy

Scotland's best noisemakers gathered a fortnight ago for the first major Scottish beatbox battle event of 2017 at Glasgow pub Nice N Sleazy. The free event attracted a loud and enthusiastic crowd, comprising a mix of hip hop heads and casual passers by.

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Irn Brz Rap Battles @ SWG3: Live Review, Video Highlights and Interviews

In terms attracting wider UK talent, Andrew Mackenzie's Irn Brz is the leading Scottish rap battle league at the moment. Last year's debut card featured Don't Flop leading lights Cojay and Chris Leese.

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BBC Scotland: Fresh Cuts Episode 4 - Scottish Battle Rap

On the latest episode of Fresh Cuts over at BBC The Social, SSU editor Jonny breaks down Scotland's battle rap scene for the uninitiated.

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Multimedia Report: Break Even Showcase @ Flying Duck June 21

Extra Seconds Events' Johnny Cypher has secured a bi-monthly spot for hip hop at The Flying Duck. The first event on Wednesday featured a variety of well-known acts, such as T3xtur3 and Ill Papa Giraffe.

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Interview: Ashtronomik talks about his hip hop youth work in Glasgow

n his new series for BBC The Social, Jonathan Rimmer speaks to artists using hip hop in positive ways to empower their local communities. First up is Ashkan Farzan aka Ashtronomik, a rapper and producer who works with teenagers in the south of Glasgow..

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Album Review: Togo Fam - The Family Album

Representing the exciting Glasgow label Subfriction Records, Togo Fam is a new crew featuring a mix of veterans and up-and-comers. Editor Jonathan Rimmer reviews their debut record.

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Live Review: Temple of Hip Hop Sessions @ Box, Glasgow, June 9

DJ and producer Steg G is a monumental figure in the Scottish hip hop scene. Not only does he invest time running workshops across the city, but he is also one of the only people to actively promote local talent via his weekly Temple of Hip Hop show on Sunny Govan Radio.

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Interview: K9 Kev and Rory O'B chat ahead of their slot at Oban Live Festival

Most people would struggle to name a single emcee from a rural area and the only renowned ‘folk rap’ artists tend to be parodies. But what’s refreshing is the sense of pride K9 Kev & Rory O'B attach to their heritage.

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Soundcloud Goodies: Feat Gasp, Kid Robotik, SWVN, EVIL and Ill Dando

Soundcloud Goodies is back - some of the SSU team give their thoughts on the month's new Scottish hip hop tracks or at least the ones uploaded to Soundcloud

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Album Review: Asthmatic Astronaut - This Is Not Pop

'This Is Not Pop' is probably the most coherent collection of Scottish hip hop released in 2016.