Hip Hop won't stop: The definitive UK/ Ireland Hip Hop Guide
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The original Superstar DJ is over in the UK for the summer, playing Kendal Calling in July as well as "Hip Hop People, Places and Things" sets Warrington (also July), plus London's Scala on 28th August and Gateshead and Birmingham in September. Tickets start from £20, rising to £27.50 for London and are selling fast.
Oddisee has added Manchester and Bristol July gigs with Moonchild just prior to his Innervisions Festival London appearance at KOKO on 5th July. Tickets from £17.50 for the Bristol/ Manchester gigs, £22.50 for the Innervisions London gig.
It's been a couple of years since the New York rapper hit these shores, but August will put paid to that, with gigs in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Brighton, Glasgow and Bristol from 4th August, priced from £10 to £15 for his Jazz Cafe gig in Camden.
Back for his annual London gig, Gang Starr man Premo plays the Jazz Cafe in Camden on 13th July, with tickets priced from £12.
The Wu-Tang man plays Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Hull (no London date, yet) from 7th June, with tickets costing around £22.
It's rare that Fiddy tours the UK, and not only that, but you get a special "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" 15th anniversary set in London's O2, plus Manchester and Birmingham arenas. Tickets on sale now.
Black Star featuring Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli return to the capital, playing the Eventim Apollo on 8th July with The Pharcyde and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Tickets cost £35.
Wiz Khalifa plays Camden's Roundhose on 1st July, playing "Kush & Orange Juice" in full. Tickets for his first UK gig in almost 3 years cost £35.
Run DMC will play their first UK dates this century(!), with a Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig announced for 5th July. Expect to hear the classics: "It's Like That", "My Adidas", "It's Tricky", "Run's House", "Walk this Way" etc. Tickets on sale now, from £38.50.
Masta Ace returns to London after his November gigs with the Juice Crew. You can catch him at the Jazz Cafe on 18th May, with tickets priced from £15.
It's Like A Jungle Sometimes
Perhaps our favourite name for a Hip Hop club night, It's Like a Jungle Sometimes takes place weekly at Cargo in Shoreditch every Thursday night. Tickets cost just £2 if you get "The Message".
Akala has announced an autumn UK tour, playing London, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Brighton, Leeds, Cardiff and Manchester from 28th October.
J Hus has announced a spring UK tour, playing Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Glasgow, Nottingham, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Hatfield and Oxford from 1st May.