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M20 Collective’s Pop-Up this Friday, Antwerp Mansion: Interview


This Friday sees the M20 Collective bring a weighty show to Antwerp Mansion:

Live: 8 GOLD RINGS * APE CULT * The Haydn Funk Project – Salutation Dub Collective.Johnny SlyKolo Tamam* John Ainsworth + ANDY ADAMS * INNAVOICE * + more

DJ’s: *So Flute’s DJ Yadava * @Gravy Deluxe *

IN ASSOCIATION WITH: * KeepItBright *Messyletsgetmessy*Onashileartgallery*DoNotBend Productions*Hot Mess Vintage*

As well as :Live Art/Craft Activities/Fashion exhibitions/Raffle + Fun n Games and more details TBA

Live visuals courtesy of Prefix Studios 

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Curious to find out more about the next generation hub of Manchester music, I threw a few questions at the collective’s extremely amiable Yemi.

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Yemi Bolatiwa - Pic: M20 Collective
Yemi Bolatiwa – Pic: M20 Collective

Fill us in on Friday’s event!

This Friday’s event commemorates a year since we first came together as an integrated arts community project. We collaborated with Shudehill studio to create a free entry festival that celebrated music, art, fashion and design in the NQ. It was a great success, and proof to us that creative communities in Manchester need a hub, a network where they can get together to do these things more:


So a year on we’ve done an array of events and shows with a very similar vibe from small and intimate shows to late night events at Kraak.

The M20 Pop-up aims to bring together all the people we have met and collaborated with in the last year, providing a platform for them and for us to show how far M20 collective has come and how much development has been made.

The main short term view is to get arts council funding as a community project. This Friday will be raising money towards the awareness, creative experimentation and execution of M20 collective initiatives, and registration as an official CIC.

View the Facebook event here.

What have been your achievements so far? Who have you had involved? 

Its hard to say in short who we have worked with, especially without missing out too many people but we’ve worked with Solomon Grundy in Withington and hosted a range of local artist focused live music events at their venue, they’ve been a great help.  

We’ve hosted rooms at Pangaea festival with the Manchester University along with MMU art students, and many up and coming MCR urban scene acts and RNCM musicians who are also featuring this Friday.

Not to mention art collectives such as Generic Greeting and Peanut Gallery to name a couple. Our appearance on all.fm raised our profile and got us better connected with the more local side of south Manchester.

Deepo and a couple of 8 Gold Rings. Pic: M20 Collective
Deepo and a couple of 8 Gold Rings. Pic: M20 Collective

We also want to support other collectives; the Secret Garden project is one that we’re keen on backing and raising awareness of, as well as creative workshops for schools in south Manchester.

Our biggest achievement so far I would say is the growth of our following and the fact people are sticking with the initiative and supporting the movement of collectivity and arts.

Beef, at Kraak Pic: M20 Collective
Beef, at Kraak, March 2014  Pic: M20 Collective

What do you think you can bring to the Manchester scene? 

A better ethos about artistic skills; we believe in creativity not being just one thing. It is expressed in many different ways and all expressions of creativity be them thinking or a physical execution are interconnected and when people get together in an environment that is less about watching and focusing on one thing, and is more about stimulating your sense and socialising along side performance or exhibition, it’s a genuinely great phenomenon that doesn’t get as much attention as it should. It’s devalued almost.

The good news is our movement along with many others is happening more and more everywhere, even before we joined so we just want to help the whole thing from our area.

Do you think there’s enough going on in South Manchester i.e. M20 to call it a scene, or is it all a little too disparate?

There are small communities and groups of people that could do with being better connected and knowing each other, not just in a “bump in to each other at a party way”, but in a let’s do something, let’s start a project, let’s make something together way which needs to happen more everywhere.

We appreciate this is hard, easier said than done, but we hope to provide this platform for people.

Poet Chris Jam performing at Kraak, March 2014. Pic: M20 Collective
Poet Chris Jam performing at Kraak, March 2014. Pic: M20 Collective

Where do you envision M20 Collective being in 5 years time?  

It’s hard to say, it’s a development project that grows organically, step by step.

Ideally we would have got funding, found a base and a hub, a space for people to come and connect and enquire about connecting with other people in a creative way from construction of urban spaces, to putting together of live creative arts festivals, and a nationwide presence.

Perhaps expanding into food cultivation and other such creative skills that just a bigger a creative social space with a prominent place in the northern environment. But to get there we need to keep putting on events, raising awareness and spreading the positive vibe that we genuinely believe is more fulfilling than getting any personal financial flourish.

What better way that to get by, keep stimulated, creative and meet new people? We all need to work and pay our rent, but investment in our minds and sociality is much more rewarding.


DJ A-UP presents the rest of A Tribe Called Quest


My brother from another / DJ partner in rhyme at In The Loop / fellow Groovement writer, DJ A-UP, has been working on this Tribe mixtape for quite a while. Rather than going the simple route with Tribe standards, he’s prised out samples, remixes and the like of some of his favourite tunes. It’s an out and out banger of a mixtape, as is the case with all his previous releases.

Check his previous mixtapes, as well as the Nougold podcast with emcee Bedos,  on his Mixcloud.

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Listen on Mixcloud (DL link here too)

The Rest of Quest by The Nougold Podcast on Mixcloud

A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour Intro
Kool & The Gang – Who’s Gonna Take the Weight
.A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God
A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God (Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God (Organ Mix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Bound to Wreck Your Party
BUN ft. Phife Dawg – What’s The Deal?
Mint Condition ft. Phife Dawg – Let Me Be The One (Ummah Remix)
Phife Dawg – Bend Ova
De La Soul ft. Q-Tip – Buddy
A Tribe Called Quest – Jam (Instrumental)
Consequence – The Consequences
A Tribe Called Quest – We Can Get Down
Bill Cosby – Martin’s Funeral
A Tribe Called Quest – Stressed Out (Raphael Saadiq Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest – Peace, Prosperity and Paper
A Tribe Called Quest – Money Maker
Craig Mack – Get Down (Q-Tip Remix Instrumental)
Mobb Deep ft. Q-Tip – Drink Away The Pain (Situations)
Phife Dawg – If Men Are Dogs
Phife Dawg – Dear Dilla
Slum Village ft. Q-Tip – Hold Tighhht
Beastie Boys ft. Q-Tip – Get It Together (Q-Tip Remix)
Q-Tip – Q-Tip For Preisdent
Biz Markie – Nobody Beats The Biz
Steve Arrington – Beddie-Biey
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love
A Tribe Called Quest – Lyrics to Go (Tumblin’ Dice Remix)
Hiatus Kaiyote ft. Q-Tip – Nakamura
Common ft. Q-Tip, Pharrell & Erykah Badu – Come Close Remix
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
Janet Jackson – Got ’til it’s Gone (Q-Tip live verse)
A Tribe Called Quest ft. Erykah Badu – Doin It (I.C.U) (Edit)
Apache – Gangsta Bitch (Instrumental)
A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation (Instrumental)
Black Ivory – You and I
Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up
Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (Drumbreak)
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Tiger ft. Q-Tip – Who Planned It
Phife Dawg – U Know U Want It
Q-Tip – Work It Out
Q-Tip – Work It Out (Remix)
David T. Walker – On Love

Blog/Video: Wu Tang after party with Will Not Be Televised & In The Loop


As with all things Wu related, you’re never quite sure what to expect when it comes to something which potentially should be the ‘Wu Tang after party hosted by Raekwon‘. Promoters Will Not Be Televised put Raekwon on at Antwerp Mansion around a year ago, where he came on a did a brief PA – to pull this off as well, to coincide with the full clan dropping into Manchester, is the typical sort of coup that WNBT specialise in. Back at the Mansion, we’d stuck Triumph on at the end when Rae was going off stage, and he nipped back on with a grin to run through a minute or so of it – I always said this entitles us to put Raekwon in brackets after our names now, but haven’t put this on flyers officially yet.

Here’s what happened last time (props to Nanny Banton, who manages to be at the front of both these videos – and in the RZA pics below, too):

“He disrespected me, and my man he punched him in his mouth.”

So yesterday DJ A-UP, mic don Bedos and myself (who all run Manchester hip hop night In The Loop) hooked up in town to have a good chat with Chalk and Aver of local outfit TNC (to find out more about Chalk’s about-to-drop debut album), to be followed at some point with a Raekwon interview. What actually followed was eight or nine hours waiting on Rae to give us a bell – eventually Masta Killa offered to join him, and we decided to hold off until the after show to conduct the interviews. Needless to say, this never happened. Man, I never even got my (or Air Adam‘s) albums signed things were so hectic.

raekwon gorilla

What did follow was pretty sick, though. Shouts to Pete Cannon first of all, who had to leave early and couldn’t spin for the Wu when they eventually hit the club at around half one. Myself and A-UP assumed this meant we were up, only for the RZA to enter the up-close-and-personal DJ space on the stage. ‘Hi,’ I managed, not quite sure what to do – were we doing Wustrumentals? Someone had just told me Raekwon wanted his new track. RZA, I slowly realised, was shouting ‘Gimme Kanye!’ in my ear – dude wanted some tracks from Yeezus. I nodded smugly, then started panicking when the Serato search box yielded no results. ‘Yeezus? I don’t have it, man. It’s on the other computer’.

Have you ever had the RZA raise his arms in despair at you and lock you with a dead stare, like ‘what the fuck?’. I did, last night, a good three times or so, and I thought that was my hip hop career ended there and then. I looked towards Bedos for reassurance, but he was pissing himself laughing.

bedos ghost
Bedos and Ghostface liven it up…

Meanwhile, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (and intermittently, Cappadonna and Masta Killa) were stood on stage waiting for some music to start. Rapidly feeling like I was about to single handedly ruin a Wu Tang show, I managed to drag Ice Cream onto the deck and get the record cued for the Abbot. Over the next few minutes, RZA quickly learned to not ask me anything, as he just got a blank stare because I couldn’t hear a word he was saying – Gorilla is probably the loudest stage in the world.

Eventually we get into the flow with Slick Rick, and then it was A-UP’s turn to make sure the RZArector was okay on the wheels.  I think in total the Wu were up there around 45 minutes – Rae was all smiles and nods of appreciation, even asking our names, Ghost was a pillar of disinterest but perked up when Apollo Kids came on – at one point he stopped a record with his hand and RZA wagged his finger at him, like ‘No, man…’. Raekwon was a gent throughout, and it was pretty funny how he kept turning around to see just what Robert was up to on the turntables. Peep ten minutes or so of the party at the end of this post.


The RZA's selections.
The RZA’s selections.








RZA is a master of polite ignoring. One guy was jumping up and down next to him, and at one point shoved his wax in RZA’s face – a single finger held up ensured the man relented, as if a calm came over him. He even did the monk joined-hands and nod to another guy.

We did get a grin off the RZA when A-UP found some Dawn Penn (‘Have you got any reggae? Have you got ‘No, No, Noooo’? What about Sizzla?). Then we asked him for a pic together, he said ‘Sure,’ then walked off stage before we managed it.

So, massive thanks and shouts to my partners in loop, Bedos and DJ A-UP. These guys never stop. Shouts to Will Not Be Televised for pulling it off again (looking forward to next time), and shouts to all the crowd who were asking A-UP and Bedos for pictures afterwards. Shouts to Raekwon for making us feel welcome on the Wu stage. And that guy, did you ever get your record signed? ‘Cos I didn’t.


Groovement Interview: KILLER MIKE // FEB2013

Bedos (In The Loop) x Killer Mike

Agent J sits down with Killer Mike at the Roadhouse, Manchester to talk chicken, beef, family and records. Bedos (our host at In The Loop) is giggling in the background and in the pic above.

Many thanks to Mike for his time, Siggy the tour manager and Todd at One Inch Badge.

Listen on YouTube

Podcast: NouGold // August 2012

Download NouGold [August 2012]

If you didn’t know, I co-host a monthly underground hip hop podcast with Bedos (he’s in London today, but he’s going to Africa on Sunday, for a bit) and this is our latest episode. It’s packed full of brand new underground hip hop joints from up-and-coming artists like Sinitus Tempo, Curtis King, SkyBlew, 0hbliv, Stalley, Ground Up, The Mouse Outfit, Sparkz & more.  Dope new hip hop from the next generation of hip hoppers.

NouGold: iTunes // website 


Podcast: NouGold Podcast [July 2012]

After a longer than anticipated break, the NouGold Podcast is back and firing on all cylinders, with emphasis on the FIRE! This month’s episode brings to you a gruff and grumpy Bedos, current hip hop topics and a hell of a lot of high quality hip hop. This episode features new music from the likes of Curren$y, Black Josh, Dubbul O, Joey Bada$$, TASK1ne, Damu the Fudgemunk, Jansport J, Mac Miller, Schoolboy Q & more.


Podcast: NouGold // March 2012


It’s B to the E-D-O-S and DJ A-UP, back with another slice of hip hop goodness. Prepare yourselves for all of the dopest music from the new golden era of hip hop. Music this month comes from the likes of Joey Bada$$, Clear Soul Forces, Curtiss King, Sincere Vega, Green Street, Deepo, L Digz, Twizted Roots, Mystro, Boombaptist, 7even Sun, 1995 & more.


Podcast: NouGold [January 2012]


Here is the latest episode of the NouGold podcast brought to you by myself and my homebody Bedos A.K.A. Beddy Boop. As usual, this podcast is full of music from underground hip hop’s young and talented artists bringing you those golden sounds. Expect jazzy and soulful hip hop and more boom and bap than a TNT sandwich.


Podcast: NOUGOLD // 14NOV11

Download: Nougold Groovement 14NOV11 320

NOUGOLD // 14NOV11 by Jamie Groovement on Mixcloud

Nougold bring you the best of the Nou Golden Era of Hip Hop over at http://nougold.co.uk each and every month.

Bedos is the host extraordinairre of Manchester live hip hop night IN THE LOOP and also fronts THE MOUSE OUFIT.


DJ A-UP ran with the C’mon Feet crew in Manchester for years, booking the best in UK hip hop and beyond. He’s now a resident selector at IN THE LOOP, as well as contributing to the Nougold, Groovement and The Word Is Bond blogs.