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If you love hip hop, it doesn't get any bigger than this

Author: Michelle Pirovich
Tuesday, 27 May 2003
Big Dada - 'The most progressive British hip hop label ever' represents the highest of calibre in underground hip hop; Roots Manuva, Ty, Mike Ladd, Saul Williams, Abstract Rude and TTC. In conjunction with Big Dada, TranZfusion brings you the blooming works from the Big Dada roster.

The videos

Roots Manuva "Witness The Fitness"
Mercury and Mobo nominated Roots Manuva goes back to his old school to get fit. True. Never work with kids- What, even when you can outrun them-

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Ty "We Don't Care"
Ty is gonna blow up when his new lp drops this Fall. He's been touring with legendary afrobeat drummer Tony Allen and guesting shows from The Roots to Blur. This "homage" to special effects - keep your eyes peeled - tells a lyrical message like no other.

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New Flesh "Lie Low"
After their second album "Understanding," New Flesh return with an instantly accessible blast at all the haters who have dogged their career, plus a chorus which lodges in your head and bounces blissfully around for days. Part 2 (one of the few hip hop producers doing something new) Juice Aleem and Toastie Taylor fuse elements of every British black street style into something that could only come from their camp.

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Gamma "Killer Apps"
Gamma return with a blazing new single two years on from their debut album, "Permanament". Exemplifying the new bouncement style currently taking off in the UK, "Killer Apps" is a posse cut featuring the whole of the group's Shadowless crew (Tomo, Defisis, Infinite Livez and Jack Tarr). Uptempo, rough and raw, with speaker-blowing sub-bass, it's a sharp-edged, Jamaican-tinged bomb - hardcore in every sense of the word. The word concept video takes a new twist in "Killer Apps" - A Must Watch!

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TTC "De Pauvres Riches"
Everyone's favourite insane French hip hop group with a slice from their debut album "Ceci N'est Pas Un Disque" ("This Is Not A Record"). "De Pauvres Riches" charts the lives of France's bourgeois-bohemians. As Teki Latex describes it "She's been listening to politically conscious rap for such a long time "because the system we live in is, like, so, so unfair" and this, it really annoys her. It's not her fault if her parents are lawyers". Watch the hip hop video tricks devolve into visual mayhem. You won't need subtitles to clock the references visually.

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New Flesh "Stick and Move"
The most infectious bass line you're gonna hear will stick in your head like sweet candy. And what on earth is going on in the video- Sticky sweets. Hip hop treats to make you move in your seat.

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The tunes

Majesticons, "Brains Party" - from the Beauty Party LP.
"Listen to 'Beauty Party' and hear irony die in a whole new way," says Majesticon lawyer and founder, Jay Wakowitz. "Majesticons are about the ultimate post-Jiggy experience. Beats in the Valley beyond Bling. Some cats want loot, others want power and some are so far-gone they just want more beauty." "Brains Party" is cooler than Jazzy Jeff's "Summer Madness" and if the lyrics sound familiar... well, so what- Mike<
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