Tag Archives: Demon Boyz

Yo! To The Twilight Firm Documentary Trailer – DJ Devastate / Rodney P / Kamanchi Sly etc.

Short trailer for the forthcoming documentary “Yo! To The Twilight Firm” highlighting the impact of the Tottenham-based production outfit in the 80s and 90s through their work with the Demon Boyz, Loose Ends, Caron Wheeler and more.

If Ain’t Rough… – Demon Boyz

1988 footage of the UK’s Demon Boyz performing their classics “Northside” and “Rougher Than An Animal” on Tim Westwood’s late-night N-Sign Radio television show.

Live Review – 4our Pillars

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Photo By Karen “InchHigh” Dabner McIntyre

Venue: The Underdog Gallery, London  Date: 7 December 2012

UK Hip-Hop has definitely had its fair share of ups-and-downs over the years, from industry indifference and a constant battle for attention with our Stateside counterparts, to low sales and an often unsupportive British music press. But regardless of the obstacles and adversity homegrown artists have endured throughout the decades, Hip-Hop culture has thrived in the UK, from the early days of London’s 80s Covent Garden scene to the numerous present day events held throughout the country seeking to keep the torch alight.

With this in mind, the organiser’s behind London’s 4our Pillars night (namely 90s Britcore favourites Son Of Noise) are also looking to do their part to ensure the traditional elements of Hip-Hop remain intact on our shores, whilst also celebrating the foundations of the British Hip-Hop movement.

Held at London Bridge’s intimate Underdog Gallery, this event was about so much more than just a crowd of people passing the time under one roof as they waited for the headlining artists to hit the stage. This second 4our Pillars session felt more like a family reunion than simply your standard Hip-Hop night.

Surrounded by impressive graffiti pieces from ArtJaz, Gasp and Dep, a mixture of fans, friends and artists rubbed shoulders as DJ Devastate of Demon Boyz fame and Hardnoise’s DJ Mada dropped an impressive selection of golden-era gems from the likes of Schoolly D and Main Source.

Highlights of the night included the mighty Killa Instinct tearing the place up with their 1992 Music Of Life classic “The Bambi Murders”, Son Of Noise themselves delivering a dose of their own distinctive brand of hardcore Hip-Hop, plus Caveman’s MCM and Hijack’s Kamanchi Sly passing the mic for an impromptu freestyle session with Germany’s DJ Stylewarz spinning some classic breakbeats.

An electric performance from UK b-boy crew The Soul Mavericks set off camera flashes from all directions, whilst Rodney P and Skitz were also on-hand to ensure the momentum continued.

With people having travelled from Wales, France and Italy to attend, the 4our Pillars crew succeeded in their mission to deliver an event grounded in Afrika Bambaataa’s ethos of peace, love, unity and having fun. The venue was filled with positive vibes and a genuine energy, with everyone in attendance clearly there out of a shared passion for true-school Hip-Hop.

Some technical sound issues and last minute line-up changes did nothing to dampen the collective enthusiasm of the crowd, with the spontaneous, organic feel of the entire night only adding to the feeling of being at a monumental old-school jam.

An overall brilliant experience and a testament to the timeless talent that made up the 80s / 90s UK scene, 4our Pillars may have been born out of the need to pay homage to the history of British Hip-Hop, but on this particular night we witnessed some new history being made as well.

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Footage of Kamanchi Sly and MCM freestyling at 4our Pillars.

Watch The Sound Mixtape Download – DJ Ideal & Fidel Cutstro

Dope Hip-Hop reggae mix full of blends, cuts and classic back-in-the-day vibes from the likes of Mega Banton, Demon Boyz, Capleton and more – push up ya lighter here.

Young, Gifted & Black – Demon Boyz

Vintage 1988 footage of North London’s Demon Boyz performing cuts from their classic Music Of Life album “Recognition” on Tim Westwood’s “N-Sign Radio” video show.

“Northside”

“Rougher Than An Animal”