Capturing Southampton’s Hip hop Heritage

If you have been involved in the city’s Hip Hop scene at any time since the 1980s, then the Southampton Hip Heritage needs to hear from you.

A new project launches this week to capture Southampton’s Hip Hop culture. The call is going out for people to contribute their stories and photos to build a picture of this important, but largely unrecognised, thread of the city’s recent history. With the music at its core, the scene embraced, breakdancing, fashion, and street artists.

To kick off the archive, on 30th and 31st of March two on-line panels of local MCs, producers street artists will talk about the growth of the Southampton’s scene and its importance to today’s Hip Hop culture.

In April there will be an online discussion between Southampton and people involved in the Hip Hop scene in Boston USA, which has a similar Hip Hop history.

Free access to both events is by registering for details on our sites home page form or contact us directly.

From the street corner to the world stage, over forty years hip Hop has grown into one of the world’s most prominent musical genres and distinctive cultural forms.

Tony Gumm says: “In Southampton, Hip Hop was a largely underground culture – it grew out of teenagers in schools and youth clubs becoming ‘breakers’ and graffiti artists, and then MCs and producers. It brought together young people from both sides the city, and Southampton became a centre of Hip Hop culture in the South. It’s the platform for what so many young artists in the city are doing today. If we are talking about Southampton as a City of Culture, it’s important to explore our Hip Hop scene.”

Mark James: “This is the first time it’s being documented as a single resource and we have a chance to celebrate an under appreciated part of that story, and the communities and the context. This project will rediscover the foundations which underpin the thriving music scenes in Southampton right now and we’re really interested in hearing more from those leading hip hop forward today, just as much as the originators who paved the way before them. We want people to come forward and share. We are looking for sounds, stories, videos, pictures and memorabilia. As well as our on-line archive, we hope to produce an exhibition, some live events and filmed documentary later on”

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Notes to Editors

  1. The project is being run by Southampton Festivals, a ‘for love not profit’ limited company.
  2. The project is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund through Southampton City Council as part of the Mayflower 400 programme commemorating the voyage of the Mayflower in 1600.
  3. For more information contact Tony Gumm info@southamptonhiphopheritage.com