Can you help capture city's hip-hop heritage?

southampton hip hop heritage project logoA new heritage project launches this week to capture Southampton's hip-hop culture, with a call for anyone involved in the city's scene since the 80s to get in touch.




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The Southampton Hip Hop Heritage project is calling for people to contribute their stories and photos to build a picture of what it says is this important, but largely unrecognised, thread of the city's recent history, which embraced not only music, but breakdancing, fashion and street art.

Spokesperson Tony Gumm said: "In Southampton, Hip Hop has largely been an underground culture - it grew out of teenagers in schools and youth clubs becoming 'breakers' and graffiti artists, and then MCs and producers.

"It brought together young people from both sides the city, and Southampton became a centre of Hip Hop culture in the South. It's the platform for what so many young artists in the city are doing today.

"If we are talking about Southampton as a City of Culture, it's important to explore our Hip Hop scene."

For more information and to register for various online and offline events, check the project's website at

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