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The Glasgow hip hop scene received a shot in the arm this month with the launch of Come Correct. For residents NCE and AC, the club is a chance to bring hip hop to the masses, while still satisfying the hardcore fans.
The first guest to grace the booth at Come Correct isn't a local hero. Instead, continuing the tradition at Trash for appearances from hip hop elder statesmen, the legendary Grand Wizard Theodore is set to lug his crates over from New York on 20th April, which, following visits from Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc, completes the triumvirate of old skool originators enshrined in the seminal Wildstyle pseudo- documentary, the primary source for hip h0p historians. Like Flash and Herc, Theodore is currently enjoying something of a renaissance thanks to increasing interest from a new generation of fans and, given the rise of trick-heavy turntablism, today's hip hop crews owe a particular debt to the Grand Wizard thanks to the fact
DJ Sneak and his Chicago house mates: from left Gene, George and Derrick
The scratching phenomenon, as invented by the Grand Wizard
that he is widely acknowledged as the first DJ to scratch a record.
'Hip hop today has risen to a whole new level,’ says Theodore, ‘but a lot of people have taken it out of the original context. The old skool guys like myself, we lived it. We are hip hop. I definitely see myself as an educator; you have rappers making millions of dollars off of what people like me helped to create, without even knowing where it all came from back in the day.’
This attitude will, no doubt, be welcomed by Glasgow's hip hop fraternity, as the chance to see Theodore's peers has been tarnished for some by their tendency to update their style in front of a crowd desperate to check out original DJ techniques and classic beats. 'l'm not afraid to use new skool technique,’ continues Theodore, ’but it depends on the crowd. If I’m playing for a bunch of teenagers I'll keep it up to date. but for a crowd who know the old skool, like I hear you have in Scotland, I'm gonna use the original breaks and the disco breaks. I‘m gonna keep it real old skool. You have to know where hip hop has been to really know where it is going.’ (Jack Mottram)
stuff, we want what Sneal: plays "
Admittedly, what Sneak plays rocks. Like Danny Tenaglia and Carl (or, he can count among his fans the most cynical industry types through to the nouveau ravers. His mash~up of house and disco, and abiirty '\‘.’Jll‘ Carmere’s techno With Dunn Duran classics for example, is an antesor‘e sonic spectacle.
'I like to give eyetyhr‘rrly 53 9‘0"“ show,’ he says. 'lt you pay rri'ri‘ey to see me play, you’re gonna get your money’s worth. You'll leave saying "Sneak fuckin’ rocked it again", every
decks unless I feel that I can do the Job. If I put myself next to the top 100
single time, cause I won't get on the. r
Edinburgh. Tribal Turrlition at The Venue, Sat 22 Apr.
Let's tare it being a DJ isn’t brain surgery, nor is :t global charity work, and there i"ii't a Nobel Prize invol/ed Yet the way that soiiie jocks pontiticate about their place in the global scheme of things, you can begin to wonder. DJ
Sneak, hos/ever is '.l.'i’l(*." no illusions
regarding himself, or any other DJ for that matter. ’l'm Just about the pazty, man. l’m a liVing, walking party' Brilliant, we say.
’l'm going to play where it counts, and not just the big gigs that you're supposed to, like I used to,’ he explains. ’All these DJs that are shit and getting the big dollar now7 I mean, whatever! They won’t be around in three years time »— people are gonna
DJs in that UK magazine (in I)! last November), I'll eat 'ein alll I'll send 'em to school! That chart was crap, man. I'm not saying that I'm the best DJ in the world, by all means don't put that
say “we're tired of that fuckin' ('lznpsr‘. i
in ’cause I'm not I'm ;rrst one of the
ones who know how to rt~ rt well, you know7 If you ierr t‘liilml that one DJ who rocked your world at a party, I want that DJ to he me' (Simone Baird)
Goings on beyond the dancefloor UP UNTIL NOW, Glasgow has been safe from the free bar revolution sweeping the less salubrious drinking dens of the UK. Strawberry Fields has seen fit to change the state of play, however, with their Sunday night promotion. The (un)lucky punters hand over £15 at the door and, in return, can drink as much as they like for the rest of the night without a single penny crossing the bar. RUMOURS ABOUND THAT Subculture at Planet Peach on Saturday 22 April could turn into something a bit special. Harri, Domenic and guest Ralph Lawson Will be ceiebratirig the launch of the mix CD Subversions, and it seems that the party wrll continue after the club. Regulars are advised to keep an ear out for people using the words 'bus' and 'secret location' in the same sentence. Not that we hire to hlov.’ the surprise, or ariytlurg POPULAR BROUGHTON STREET hangout The Catwalk will be closed from now until at least mid-May for some refurbishment and cosmetic work. New owner cum Edinburgh venue magnate (well, nearly) Warren Deighan plans to make the bar 'a little more practical, with the colours more warm and the furnishing more soft'. A reopening party is planned for Thursday 11 May, but since the builders are only just in, that's not a definite date. We’ll keep you posted. EDINBURGH S VAULTS TANS should high- tari it to the venue as it closes for good on Saturday 22 April All clubs there \‘Jill either l)"lll‘rlSl1€‘lel ever, or moving to another venue As riientioned last issue, The Vaults has been bought and is being completely renovated by Warren Deighau Rurmurs that the new venue will be up and lLll‘lHrg hy summer are whimsical fantasy, we’re afraid, Warren has agatn cortftrtzze'l ‘iia? the vvork won't be coirrntete t???" at least the end of the year. So you‘ll Just have to be patient FOR THOSE WHO like to know all about the drugs that they take (although we certainly don't advocate that you take anything stronger than a vitamin), The Book Of E should be right up your alley. Penned by the founding editor of Muzik magazine, Push, and the American writer Mirielle Scott, the book is a history of ecstacy, its impact on both British and American society, and features interviews with regular users and drug workers. It also cites bits of Scottish club history, like the infamous Hangar 13 in Ayr.
Secret bus thingies: Harri, Subculture
l3 ~21 Apr 2000 THE “ST 69