Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence- Bob Marley Way – Brixton, South London 29.07.12

Bob Marley’s eldest daughter Cedella Marley attended the Marley Mellow Mood’s Re:generation Celebration street party in Brixton for the re-opening of Bob Marley Way, alongside headline act, chart topping UK rapper Devlin.

Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley and London based hip hop star Maverick Saber were surprise guests at the Marley Mellow Mood’s Re:generation Celebration event in Brixton yesterday for the re-opening of Lambeth’s Bob Marley Way.

Regeneration Celebration - Celebrating 50 years of Jamaican Independence

Art of Rap World Premiere ICE-T, Chuck D, Melle Mel & Raekwon Hammersmith Apollo 19.07.12

The Art of Rap World Premiere ‘Something from Nothing’ was special for many reasons. Ice-T makes a compelling directing debut with this documentary, and it was a rare sight to witness Ice, Chuck D, Melle Mel and Raekwon on the same stage.
The Q&A featured the perceived lack of female rappers in the film, As Ice Ice T explained this was not true but all deserve the right to have their voice heard right..MC Lyte and Salt(Salt & Pepper) add significant contributions giving their influences in the genre. Also did hip hop pave the way for the for the first black president? See Ice T’s answer to thisquestion here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU_2IrwE_vM The lyrical skill on display in this film is awesome as well as inspirations behind the albums. For example while Chuck D was making Fear of a Black Planet he was listening to Sly and the Family Stone. Rakim would listen to sounds from an open window in the neighborhood, when writing rhymes he would use 16 dots on a page then the ideas would flow. The photography and visuals are just amazing too…the New York and LA landscapes have to be seen to be believed. All though there are some significant names missing and through various circumstances, this documentary shows the sheer innovation and energy of these artists.

'Art of Rap' Film Premiere

Win a Signed Copy of Serena Williams Biography ‘Queen of the Court’

“You know I was always really very, very good,” Venus said at the time, grinning. “Serena, on the other hand, wasn’t very good at all. She was small, really slim and the racket was way too big for her. Flip the Script likes to celebrate talent and determination as well as a good read. This autobiography is just that.

The Serena story is incomplete without discussion of her relationship with her sister and tennis double partner Venus, who she describes as her best friend. Serena writes that in spite of her family’s belief in her capability during her formative years, outsiders, including players and the media, focused their attention on Venus. As a result Serena lived under Venus’ shadow for a long time. However, the underestimation of her abilities only motivated Serena to prove her detractors wrong.

In spite of the one year and three months age difference between the two sisters, Serena describes Venus as being very protective of her. Besides seeing Venus as a protector, Serena also sees Venus as a motivator. If there is one defining characteristic that defines Serena, it is her resilience in the midst of adversity. The autobiography is an honest account of Serena’s journey, from her humble beginnings as a three year old struggling to grip a standard sized tennis racquet on the Compton tennis courts, to her triumph as an eleven times (and counting!) Grand Slam winning tennis icon. To enter just complete the contact form at flipthescriptbook.com, good luck! Closing date 10 Aug 2012.

Hip-Hop on Trial! First ever global debate on hip-hop, but what do you think? Barbican UK

The event synopsis – Hip-hop doesn’t enhance society, it degrades it. Hip-hop divides the intellectual establishment: is it the authentic voice of the oppressed, of all the “wretched of the earth”, one that turns anger into poetry and political action? Or is it a glorification of all that holds back the chances of oppressed minorities? The advocate for the motion was Eamon Courtenay, advocate against was Michael Eric Dyson who had the audience on his side from early on, mainly through a very compelling delivery. Eamon supported the view that the ‘black man’s image has been destroyed by Hip Hop’ while Michael argued that what we think and what is the case is very different. It was emphasized that this event would encourage open date and it delivered there. Krs-One made the point that with regards to enhancing or degrading society, that ‘they can’t give us powers we don’t have’. And surely in support of Benjamin Zephaniah’s view that it is in fact politicians who are degrading society, who could argue that the genre is not in fact poetry and a social media in itself?

Rev Jesse Jackson, Civil rights activist & baptist minister , was clear that hip hop exposes contradictions i’e Iraq war and conflict with dubious motives, while there was another argument that we are ‘too hung up’ on language. Surely lyrics should not be taken in a literal sense but as a metaphor and a reflection of a democratic society? do we want to be told what to listen to and when…? John Sutherland, Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London has the last say for now: “90% of everything is crass”. W

Hip-hop on trial Panel Member

e really should focus on the 10% a little more. What do you think?

Celebrating Classics with the Pharcyde Bizarre Ride II 20th Anniversary

Welcome to the second installment of our celebrating classics series! After the release of the outstanding debut ‘Bizarre Ride II’ in 1992, The Pharcyde played their first London show at famous Jazz Cafe in July 1993. Now first of all we like to keep everything to do with a band we respect…see the ticket from this show at facebook.com/flipthescriptbook  Those were the days when tickets were customized! not the generic boring ones used today! Secondly, apart from the outstanding vocals, jazz samples and fresh beats on the LP, the artwork was just amazing. Delicious Vinyl is a label we always loved and still do so it was a given to go and witness (for £8.00!!) the very first live show in London.

Now to celebrate Bizarre Ride II 20th Anniversary Flip the Script has dug deep in the archives and uploaded a rare recording of this special gig for “yo listenin pleasure” http://soundcloud.com/flip-the-script/pharcyde2-ed

We also managed to catch Fatlip’s Dj set in London in February where apart from playing a diverse selection of tunes, he rocked the place with a live version of ‘Passin me by’-  priceless.



Flip the Script book now stocked in the new Photographers Gallery!

We are pleased to announce that the ‘Flip the Script’ book has been added to the beautiful new book store in the Photographers Gallery. The Photographers’ Gallery Bookshop sells an extensive selection of photography books, cards, magazines and merchandise and a unique range of camera equipment. For those that are not aware the newly built space is the UK’s first public gallery dedicated to photography. We strongly recommend a visit if you are around Oxford Street (16-18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW)

Estelle Portrait for Flip the Script

Sacred Music: Sacred Spaces – A Love Supreme 21.06.12

A mesmerising re-envisioning of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme was performed last night. Big Respect to Chaser Productions for putting this on! We were and still are in awe.. The Chapel at Kings College (The Strand, London) proved the perfect space for this experience: 

John Coltrane - Re-envisioning -A Love Supreme

Ansuman Biswas melodic Indian instruments,  Crispin Robinson (+ 2)  Bata drums,  Juwon  Ogunbe – voice  Maya Jegede  kora / harp,  Neil Charles  contra bass, Nikki Yeoh  piano,  Orphy Robinson  –  steel pan /marimba  Pat Thomas  electronics,  Rowland Sutherland   flute,  Richard  Spaven  drums,  Steve Williamson tenor saxophone,  Shabaka Hutchins  bass clarinet.


Celebrating classics with Main Source – Breaking Atoms (1991 Wild Pitch)

Every so often we like to celebrate classics…Main Source’s land mark album ‘Breaking Atoms’ from 1991 features in the music hall of fame. But even better is this live recording now up on Soundcloud!!  http://soundcloud.com/flip-the-script/main-source-large-pro-k-kut
For those that were not around to witness one of the most respected groups of the 90’s, Flip the Script gives an intro!

Main Source was a Toronto and New York based hip hop group comprising of Toronto’s Sir Scratch and K-Cut, and Queens’ Large Professor. The group’s first album, Breaking Atoms, featured conscious tracks such as “Looking at the Front Door,” “A Friendly Game of Baseball,” and “Watch Roger Do His Thing,” as well as the first on-record appearance of Nas on “Live at the Barbeque,” which also featured Joe Fatal and Akinyele. Here are some archive shots from the Flip the Script archive, were you at this gig?? https://www.facebook.com/flipthescriptbook

Adventures in the land of music with Robert Glasper, Bilal & Lalah Hathaway

” Shows should be an experience. At some point I’ll make you laugh, cry or bop your head.”

From Guru’s Jazzmatazz project to Soweto Kinch, there have been several noble and notable attempts to find common ground between jazz and hip hop. Few, however, have been as successful as those of Houston-born pianist Robert Glasper

The Robert Glasper Experiment features Casey Benjamin on sax, soprano sax, synths and vocals, Derrick Hodge on electric bass and electric guitar, and Mark Colenburg on drum. The list of people he has worked with includes; Bilal (pictured after the Barbican show)Mos DefThe RootsJ DillaErykah BaduCommonTalib KweliLalah HathawayMaxwell and Q-Tip.