Immaculate Reception presents The Scottish Hip Hop Show.
The Scottish Hip Hop Show is a 6-part radio series showcasing artists who are contributing to and pushing forward the vibrant hip hop scene in Scotland.
The Scottish Hip Hop Show is generously funded by Creative Scotland and Audio Content Fund.
Accompanied by original music from Stanley Odd’s Dunt, Series Producer Delaina Sepko chats with Mistah Bohze & NC Epik, Becca Starr, Bigg Taj & Spee Six Nine, Empress, CRPNTR and Vagrant Real Estate about their careers and music. Some of these artists were there at the beginning when hip hop took hold in Scotland in the 1980s. Others are relative newcomers. Together, they represent the breadth and depth of Scottish MCs, beatboxers, engineers, producers and DJs.
Hearing from the artists themselves, this series challenges the idea that Scottish people can’t rap, shouldn’t do it in their regional accents and explores why Scottish hip hop is still marginalised despite its almost 40 year contribution to the world’s most popular and profitable musical genre.
Bigg Taj & Spee Six Nine
Spee Six Nine – an MC – and Bigg Taj – producer, MC and beatboxer – have been working together for over 15 years and in that time, have released numerous mixtapes and albums featured on BBC 1xtra and BBC Asian Network. Spee’s punchy and witty lyricism is a perfect match to Taj’s Indian-influenced hip hop beatbox style. Together, they have supported legendary hip hop artists including Dead Prez, Dilated Peoples, MF DOOM and Method Man from Wu-Tang Clan. For their collaborative album Verses 2 the duo were nominated for the SAMA Best Hip Hop 2015.
Signed to In Black Records, Becca Starr is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, sound engineer, singer and rapper. Before she turned her creative efforts to rapping, Becca was the vocalist and lyricist for Scottish synthwave group The Van Dammage. In 2018 she released a full-length collaborative album with Scottish MC Wee D called Illogical and has featured on tracks with Loki, Steg G & The Freestyle Master, Wee D, MVCC and Mega. Her debut self-produced album Speak No Evil is due for release in 2021.
Empress is an MC, writer and educator. Off the back of her first EP Turning Tables she was nominated for the SAMA Best Hip Hop 2017 and in 2018 appeared on the BBC’s Frontseat Freestyle. In 2019 Empress was a featured artist for Steg G and the Glasgow Barons The Air In Between album and Barrowlands performances as well as a Glasgow headliner for Queens Of Art, the first UK all-female hip hop tour. She has collaborated with artists The Freestyle Master, Steg G, Solareye, Macapella, CCTV and Loki. In 2020 Empress released her first solo full-length album Love Wins.
CRPNTR is a Glasgow-based MC and wordsmith with a rich, melodic lyrical style who brings his experience as a frontman and singer for heavy metal bands to his energetic stage performances. In 2016 he released his debut album You’re Going Where The Days Go with Scottish label Skoop Records and in 2017 followed up with a collaborative album called Buoy with producer Ardeer. He has worked with Scottish producers Konchis, Tzusan, Physiks and Turkish and has extensively toured the UK and Europe.
NC Epik & Mistah Bohze
With nearly 30 years of experience as MCs, producers, and DJs, NC Epik and Mistah Bohze have been around since hip hop took hold in Scotland. Hailing from Glasgow’s southside, they have an extensive back catalogue of music made together, individually and with Scottish hip hop groups The Sentinalz and Toy Control. They have supported almost every major hip hop artist to perform in Glasgow including Redman and MC Mell’O’. Around 2011 they started record label Southside Deluxe to release their own music and provide a platform for Scottish artists such as Grace Clones, Loki, Dunt and Scatabrainz.
Vagrant Real Estate
Vagrant Real Estate is an Aberdeen-based producer and DJ working across several genres, from hip hop and R&B to grime and UK rap. In his production work he has collaborated with artists such as Blay Vision, Remtrex, NoLay, Mayday and Ransom FA and also branched out worldwide by laying down beats for international MCs such as Florida’s Eyesayge, Buffalo, NY-based YNX 716 and Reno K.O.Q. from Queens. His work has been recognized by national and global platforms such as BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Ministry of Sound, DJ Mag, i-D Magazine, Wordplay Magazine, Word Is Bond Magazine, BBC Introducing and BBC Jazz Nights. As a DJ he has performed in venues across Aberdeen and has provided guest mixes for Reprezent, Birmingham’s Hot 92 FM, FutureCurse and MisDigest in Barcelona. He is also the host of monthly hip hop show HEAT KONDUCTA on Keakie.
As producer, drummer and writer with alternative hip hop group Stanley Odd, Dunt has toured internationally and released multiple albums to critical acclaim. His production on Solareye’s All These People Are Me won SAMA Best Hip Hop 2018 and his collaborations with SHEARS’ dark electro-pop has seen national radio plays, a place on the LIST Hot 100 and BBC’s UK-wide Introducing ‘Hot List’ for 2020. Dunt’s music has also featured on both Vic Galloway’s “25 Scottish Artists to Watch in 2021″ for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Rapal’s “Artists to Look Out For in 2021”.
Delaina is a researcher, radio presenter and broadcast producer. She trained at Sarm West in London under Grammy and Brit Award winning music producer Trevor Horn and was honoured in 2005 by the industry publication Music Week as a finalist for the Woman of the Year award. She has worked with a range of artists including Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Tinchy Stryder, Get Cape.Wear Cape. Fly, Alex Wilson, GoldieLocks and Transglobal Underground. In 2020 she opened Immaculate Reception, an independent production company based in Glasgow, to create original audio content. Delaina also presents and produces the weekly hip hop show Beats & Breaks at Sunny G Radio.
Kirsty is an illustrator and digital designer working for a global digital marketing agency in Edinburgh. Since being a kid, she has been a massive hip hop head. Kirsty believes that hip hop provides access to healing and can boost self-expression, reflection, processing, and coping skills for emotional regulation. In recent years she has become a vinyl enthusiast and sneaker collector. She has always wanted to work on a hip hop project making TSHHS a dream series of creative content for her to be a part of.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Colleen has been in digital marketing for the past 8 years working with global brands in all areas of digital marketing. In 2021, she went freelance under the name Scunnered Digital to focus her efforts on Scottish projects, local non-profits and passionate SMEs. As a hip hop fan, TSHHS is an amazing project to have been involved in.