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The Brotherhood

The Brotherhood were UK Hip Hop's big hitters in the mid-90's. Originally released as founding artists on the Bite It! label they were later signed to Virgin. They released a number of 12" singles, EP's and mini albums, with the main album 'Elementalz' being released by Virgin to critical acclaim, but low levels of sales. They split with Virgin after a turbulent label experience and the death of their manager Marts Androps (who was also the manager of Roger Sanchez).

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Jack Flash

At least two artists record as 'Jack Flash'. 1) An English hip-hop artist
2) An Australian folk-punk band 1) Jack Flash is a hiphop artist that embodies individuality, honesty, raw talent and intelligent music. Born in 1986 and raised in Huddersfield, an industrial multicultural town in the North of England, Flash began writing lyrics in his early teens, quickly gaining a reputation amongst his peers at a local level through his eagerness to grab any mic in his vicinity and win over even the most difficult of crowds.

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Fraksha

Earning his stripes in the UK’s underground live circuit, Fraksha has proven himself to be one of the UK’s finest MC’s. Founding member of UK hip-hop collective, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Nine+High" class="bbcode_artist">Nine High</a> and part of Australia’s first grime crew, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Smash+Brothers" class="bbcode_artist">Smash Brothers</a>, Fraksha has honed his craft and sold out two mixtapes – a testament to his tenure in the UK scene. Since moving over to Australia in 2006, Fraksha was invited to join Aria Award winning, <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Bliss+N+Eso" class="bbcode_artist">Bliss N Eso</a>, on their sold out tour, ‘Get Loose’ – certifying his entry into the Aussie Hip-Hop scene.

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The Nextmen

The Nextmen are critically acclaimed DJs and producers working with a range of hip-hop artists. Dom Search (aka Dominic Betmead) and Brad Baloo (aka Brad Ellis) often express a funk and reggae influence, and they have worked with many urban artists from the UK, US and Jamaica. The two members also run their own independent record label, Custom Records, a joint venture with Fat City Records. Their name is a reference to the Afro-American term "next man", which is explained on Urban Dictionary and can be heard in use in the song Find A Way (lyrics at OHHLA.com).

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Killa Kela

Killa Kela (real name Lee Potter born in 1979) is an English beatboxer from West Sussex.
Kela began beatboxing in his teens with the 360 Physicals crew. He was discovered by DJ Vadim when he sent a tape of his beatboxing to Vadim's now defunct label Jazz Fudge. His first release was a mixtape with Mr. Thing called "Antistatic Mouthwash". Since then, Kela has been a member of the Isolationists, Rock Steady Crew and The Scratch Perverts.

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Lowkey

Lowkey (born Kareem Dennis 23 May 1986) is a Poet, Playwright, Political Activist and award winning Hip Hop Artist of mixed British and Arab descent who has received airplay on numerous major radio stations including BBC Radio 1, 95.8 Capital FM, Kiss 100, Choice FM, BBC 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network and toured internationally, performing to crowds everywhere from Glastonbury and Trafalgar Square to Germany and Amsterdam. Background

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Professor Green

Professor Green is a rapper from East London, currently signed to Virgin Records, after Mike Skinner's The Beats label closed, and ended a run of his own radio shows on BBC Radio 1. Having fortified his name storming through the hip-hop battle rap circuit, 23 year old East London native Professor Green is set to drop his debut album on Mike Skinner's The Beats label (via Warner's). Growing up on the Northwold estate in Upper Clapton, Green's familial situation saw him being raised by his grandmother while he traded up school attendance for just hanging on the estate, like kids do.

Motley

Motley is a rapper from Manchester, UK. He released his debut album, Separated At Birth, with Hash Browne in 2007. Hairy Nandies (EP) in 2008, Burches Know mixtape in 2009, and a new album to be released in 2011. He also features on Party at My Place (feat. Motley) by Bliss N Eso.

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