In England, a country fanatical about beats, homegrown hip-hoppers are criminally underrespected. While speed garage, drum'n'bass, and the much maligned trip-hop—all children or grandchildren of hip-hop—hold sway over the British masses, those who choose to practice the primordial sounds face an uncertain financial future, not to mention public ignorance. Yet U.K. hip-hoppers press onward, releasing vinyl, mixtapes, and CDs with little formal distribution, relying on a small cadre of fans for their rent money. A recent spread on "U.K. Rappers and Their Rides" in British... More >>>