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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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