The season of soppy Christmas songs, mulled wine and mince pies has arrived which means…Christmas is basically just around the corner! But that also means that you should get going and hit the shops for Christmas presents for your beloved. Have you bought everything you need already? No? Is the person you want to buy a gift for a music enthusiast, particularly Hip Hop and Grime? Yes? Then you should look no further as I got you covered with amazing gift ideas.
Hip Hop Raised Me – written by DJ Semtex
For those of you who don’t know DJ Semtex: The DJ is hosting the weekly Hip-Hop show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Throughout his career, which started in 1992 already, he has interviewed the likes of 50 Cent, P Diddy, Jay-Z, Eminem – in short, he has worked together with the biggest stars the Hip-Hop scene has ever seen. In his book he genuinely describes how the genre itself has shaped him as a person and how it has affected the society in general, from the early 70’s until now. You can expect to find outtakes of interviews, rare contact sheets and brilliant photographs, and much more! This book is a must-have for every Hip-Hop lover. Even though it was published last year already, this one is a timeless gem. You can purchase it here.
Eskiboy by Wiley
In the early 2000’s Richard Kylea Cowie aka Wiley started a musical movement in East London which would soon change and re-define the music scene of London, and later of the UK in general. Throughout his career, the MC has sold over 4 million records both in the mainstream and underground scene – but most importantly: He has laid an important foundation for many MC’s. Eskiboy tells the story of Wiley‘s early beginnings, from childhood traumas to creating the first Eskibeat and white-label vinyl to the rise of Grime. It features rare photographs, lyrics and contributions from close friends, turning this one into an item not-to-be-missed in every UK music enthusiast’s bookshelf. You can purchase it here.
The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint by DOROTHY
Dorothy, a UK based studio producing conceptual prints, products and artworks, have mapped out the history of hip-hop to the circuit diagram of a classic old-school turntable – their third addition to their collection.
The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint features over 700 MCs, DJs, producers and more individuals who have been crucial to the evolution of hip-hop. Old School legends such as DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash can be found on it, as well as present day superstars such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar right through to the UK grime and rap scene, including Wiley, Skepta, The Streets, Stormzy and Krept & Konan.
The Hip-Hop Love Blueprint is screen printed metallic gold onto a cobalt blue uncoated stock and is available to buy here. This will be a fancy addition to your room, without a doubt!
Vinyl Record Player by 1ByOne
Do you have a friend who is all about nostalgia and loves vinyls? If only he or she had a record player at home!
This Record Player from 1ByOne does not only allow you to play your favourite old-school records, but also allows you to transform the audio into MP3 format files. Talk about advanced technology! To top it all off, it comes with front stereo speakers – a good sound guaranteed! If you want to connect it to your home sound system, though, you can easily connect it via the available RCA output. This record player combines both nostalgia and the present, and all that for only roughly £50. Your friend/family member will love you forever after unwrapping this gift from you. Purchase it here.
Vinyl: Gang Signs & Prayers by Stormzy
It only makes sense to buy your friend or family member a record in case you decided to get them a record player. But even if you didn’t, I’m sure they will love it! Stormzy‘s debut album Gang Signs & Prayers has been one of the best, most thoroughly composed Grime releases the world has seen this year, including features from the likes of Ghetts, J-Hus, MNEK and many more incredible artists – and it would sound just as good on a record player! Purchase it here.
I hope I could give you a little inspiration for your Christmas shopping list. Hint: I love receiving Christmas presents myself 🙂