Monday 6th til Friday 31st July – Hip Hop Month – Unity Radio
This July, Unity Radio, champions the elements of Hip Hop culture, celebrating Rap Music, Graffiti Art , BBOY skillz and Turntablism, with weekly on-air and digital features in, ‘Rap Week’, ‘Graffiti City’, ‘Rock on’ BBoy’s + BGirls, and ‘Cut N Scratch’ week’s as we launch Unity’s Hip Hop Month.
Join DJ Vital on a special Hip Hop breakfast takeover at 7am Monday 6th of July, running all week to Friday the 10th. Expect to hear Big Beats and bigger basslines as Vital cuts up the biggest Hip Hop anthems with Classic gems from Hip Hop’s golden era.
To kick off the month, we are very proud to announce the airing of a 6 part mini-series, from New York City’s Rap legend and, ‘TEACHA’, KRSOne!! Broadcasting from Monday the 6th to Saturday the 11th of July, KRS shares ‘The Truth about Hip Hop’
The special mini-series was created by Unity Radio’s, Arts Council England Funded, Hip Hop Digi Factory, in association with Bare Noize Records, and filmed in the Unity Hangar, during a celebration of Hip Hop Culture, hosted by Unity’s DJ Roesh, alongside music students, and the City’s finest BBOYs, Fresh Skillz, and pioneer Graffiti artists, ONEK and AKSE p19, who prepared the walls to welcome NYC’s finest, all keen to hear from the Rap legend as he shared, ‘The Truth about Hip Hop’.
In our first episode, Lawrence Parker, AKA Blast Master KRS One, talks about ‘Defining Moments’ in his life as he shares a first-hand account and concise history of Hip Hop, including the socio-political circumstances surrounding New York’s Black Youth community which, gave birth to the urban creativity and expression which would eventually spread across the world like wildfire.
KRS One, recounts his childhood, the famous block party’s held by Kool Herc, his meeting and union with Youth Worker Scott Sterling, who he met as a homeless man on the streets, and the fall of Boogie Down Productions following the labels disappointment at sales of their last album, ‘Sex and Violence’. KRS One, also goes on to pay homage to real Hip Hoppers, such as Guru and Dj Premier, who embraced and supported the sound of Boom Bap during the launch of his solo career, which brought a resurgence in Graffiti and BBOY popularity, maintaining a spotlight on NYC, in the face of West Coast fever.
Catch the daily episodes across Daytime, or head to Unity TV to see the exclusive Film.