Classic Material & Mama Presents... The Coup LIVE @ The Jazz Café

The Coup

The Coup & Boots Riley come to Camden Town's Jazz Café in October. Myself and Chris Read on support duties.

Tickets available here.

The Coup is a band from Oakland, CA. Their music is an amalgamation of influences, including funk, punk, hip hop, and soul. Because of the lyrics of leader and frontman Boots Riley, they are often put into the category of political hip hop. The Coup is politically communist in its music and aligns itself with other radical music groups such as The Clash, Dead Prez and Rage Against the Machine. The group’s music is characterized by aggressive, yet danceable bass- driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, hopeful, and often witty lyrics- with a bent towards the literary- that critique, observe, and lampoon capitalism, American politics, patriarchal exploitation, police brutality, romance, working at fast food places, and being at cocaine parties with rich people, among other things.

Classic Material & Mama Presents… Gift of Gab LIVE @ The Jazz Café

We have teamed up with Mama again to present Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) live in concert at London’s Jazz Cafe. Myself, Chris Read (BBE Records) and Matman (DMC / Droppin Science) to support.

Tickets are now available. Purchase here.

Classic Material Edition #16 Bonus Tracks (Download)

Last year we rounded off our series of Classic Material mixes with a mix covering the years 2001 to 2005 which didn’t feature as part of the original CD series. The  intention had been to supplement that with a final mix covering the years 2006 to 2010, but time ran away and that idea has been parked for the foreseeable, so, to wrap up the series, here are the bonus tracks that were intended to go along with that mix: A selection of remixes of music released between 2006 and 2010 produced by Chris Read back in 2009 /2010.

Listen / download here or via the widget below:

Classic Material & Mama Presents... Akil from Jurassic 5 LIVE @ The Jazz Café

Hot on the heels of Jurassic 5 announcing dates for 2014, Classic Material & Mama Presents are delighted to bring Akil the MC to The Jazz Cafe in January for an exclusive London solo show. In the 6 years since J5 last toured Akil The MC has not missed a beat and will be performing a mixture of new material as well as classic J5 tracks.

Myself & DJ Chris Read to support.

Buy tickets here.

Bonafide Magazine features Classic Material x Normski Prints


Big shout to Bonafide Mag for featuring our range of prints in their 8th issue.

The full range of prints - as seen on our t-shirts in collaboration with Foot Patrol - can been purchased via our online store here.

Print spec:

- Embossed & signed by Normski
- Printed on 200gsm matt stock
- Measure 420mm x 297mm (A3)
- Comes rolled in tissue paper in a card tube

In the words of Bonafide Mag... "Dope, with a capital D"!

Footpatrol x Classic Material x Normski T-shirt Launch: Recap Video

We are is pleased to present our second collaboration with Footpatrol and renowned UK street style photographer Normski, a collection of t-shirts bearing Normski’s original photographic works: insightful black and white portraits offering a window into the world of hip hop artists and street style in the late ‘80s early ‘90s. This year’s collection features 5 icons of the era photographed in their heyday: De La Soul, Ice Cube, Guru, Dr. Dre and Eric B.

Thanks to everyone that attended the launch party at the pop-up store in Soho, London on August 15th. It was a blast!


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Normski exploded onto the public stage in the early 90s as presenter of the groundbreaking BBC2 programmes ‘Def 2’ and ‘Dance Energy’, broadcasting the previously under-represented elements of the UK’s black music & dance music scenes to a new audience.

Throughout this period and for many years prior, Normski had been documenting UK club culture and the rise of hip hop culture in the UK through photography. As a key figure in the UK’s early hip hop community, Normski enjoyed unrivaled access to the rising stars of the home grown scene and high profile touring acts from the US, both subjects which feature heavily in his work from the period.

Over the last three years Classic Material, a project founded by UK DJ/recording artist Chris Read and DJ/promotor Nick Armitage, has been celebrating 30+ years of recorded rap music through a series of events, exhibitions and limited edition products paying tribute to the genre’s defining moments.