BASS FESTIVAL: Hip Hop 360 | 10TH – 28TH NOVEMBER 2016

The UK’s only Black and Asian Arts commissioning festival, BASS Festival returned for its 11th year as Punch Records produced a month long Hip Hop festival taking over the city of Birmingham to celebrate and explore Hip Hop Music and culture through the theme Hip Hop 360.

Throughout November we celebrated all aspects of Hip Hop; the Music, Culture, Fashion and Dance and took over venues across the city to bring the best of US and UK Hip Hop to the city!

THU 10 NOV – DJ JAZZY JEFF
LAB11, DIGBETH

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We launched the 11th year of BASS Festival with a lesson from the Master of the Decks, DJ Jazzy Jeff – the room bounced and the energy was high as he delivered a set full of classic Hip Hop! Hip Hop heads and newbies united for a night complete with dance offs and sing-a-longs!

FRI 18 NOV – DIAMOND D VS LARGE PROFESSOR
SPOTLIGHT, DIGBETH

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Top NYC producers Diamond D & Large Professor took us back to the origin of Hip Hop with their 45 Soundclash set. The room partied to the beats these Hip Hop heroes were laying.

SUN 20 NOV – ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT
BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL

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Robert Glasper brought his fusion of Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B to the city as he wowed the crowd at Birmingham Town Hall over a very special night performing tracks from the much celebrated the Robert Glasper Experiment’s Artscience.

TUE 22 NOV – STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES
IMAX, MILLENNIUM POINT

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Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia brought their film Radio That Changed Lives to the city for a Birmingham Premiere to showcase the story of breaking legendary artists such as Eminem, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and The Fugees. We explored the early days of Hip Hop and its influence on the world of music, youth culture and style.

THU 24 NOV – RODNEY P: YESTERDAY, TODAY & FOREVER

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CUSTARD FACTORY

We brought the best Birmingham MCs together for a secret Cypher at the Custard Factory in Digbeth, BBC Midlands Today came down to the see the action unfold and you can catch up with all of the bars that we captured on our Facebook Live Stream.

RODNEY P, TY, CHILDREN OF ZEUS AND IMAN ROOTZ
HARE AND HOUNDS, KINGS HEATH

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The pioneer of UK Hip Hop Rodney P, curated an evening: Yesterday, Today & Forever to celebrate the best of UK Hip Hop. With performances from Rodney P, TY, Children of Zeus and Iman Rootz delivering a night of variety across the Hip Hop spectrum and shining the limelight on some of the best performers in the UK right now.

SAT 26 NOV – DJ SEMTEX 
SIX EIGHT KAFE

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Following years of rocking the biggest crowds and presenting a hit show on BBC 1Xtra, DJ Semtex has produced the Hip Hop bible – Hip Hop Raised Me. Semtex came to the city to talk about getting into the industry, how the book came around and some stories of working with the biggest names in the industry.

MON 28 NOV – SLICK RICK
O2 INSTITUTE BIRMINGHAM

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Closing BASS 2016 Slick Rick. The Ruler returned to the UK for the first time in 30 years and the night marked his first ever performance in Birmingham. Hip Hop’s greatest every storyteller played a set full of his biggest hits including La Di Da Di, Children’s Story and collaborative tracks with Outkast and Mos Def. We were blessed to have one of Hip Hop’s finest in the city and it’s clear to see the impact that he’s made on all aspects of Hip Hop.

During November, we welcomed Hip Hop heads, dabblers and newbies all alike and together we celebrated and explored the importance of every aspect of Hip Hop culture.

Big thanks to everyone that came out to a show, supported us online, the venues, artists and teams – see you for BASS 2017!

Photography: 
Shivniv Photography – @shivniv01
Myah Jeffers – @MyahIsMyName

 

 

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