Scotland’s first Hiphop and Grime conference took place on 31st July, the day event being online but the evening lined up six Scottish-based performers, quite a showcase, for a socially-distanced audience inside on the upper floor of SWG3. Respect due to Richy Muirhead and the rest of the team at Scottish Alternative Music Awards for making this happen, and for many it was the first indoor live gig they had been to in around 18 months.
Several of the performers were visibly nervous but the reaction from the crowd (seated in groups of no more than two chairs taped together) soon put them at ease and there were some great, if short, sets.
Highlights for BM were probably BBC Introducing-endorsed BEMZ, who gave up some rapid but insightful tracks including the autobiographical ’26’, Mistah Bohze who despite his decks failing gave us a masterclass in rapping and toasting from a man with decades in the business, and previous SAY winner Nova Scotia the Truth, who gave us some oldies from ‘Re-up’ and even further back, plus at least one track from her latest release ‘What Would Nova Do?’
There were also great sets from India Rose, Chef and Clarissa Woods, and the event went as far as it could to give us the live experience that everyone has been craving – the event certainly showed the depth and diversity of rap talent in Scotland and was well worth coming out for.