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.


I am throwing a 30th birthday party for myself at The Book Club on Friday 15th November 2013.

We'll be in the basement from 8pm-2am.

I've partnered with a night down there called The Get Down and I have some of my good friends playing too.

Chris Read (BBE Records)DJ Matman (DMC Champ)DJ Khalil (Livin' Proof)

Expect Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Boogie and more.

Everyone is welcome, and where possible, please RSVP so that I can get an idea of numbers. I'll be reserving a big area for us all. Please also extend this invite to anyone I may have missed. Really hope you can make it!

Much love, Nick x

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.