27th February 2010
HomeGrown (The Story of UK HipHop) exhibition closes this month and what a fantastic success it's been! The opening night was real busy. Godfather of Manchester electro scene, Greg Wilson (the first man to ever mix on british tv!), DJ'd on the night alongside Mikey D.O.N (from NW legends Krispy); 2nd generation UKHH talent Jehst & Mical Parkinsun passed through too, and many more old-skool heads representing; Benji Reid (from MCRs original breakdance collective Broken Glass), & Cookie Pryce (from London Urban Cookie Crew)!!

Opening night saw all major exhibition contributors interviewed for Urbis' own posterous site page: Alex Fakso (grafitti) / Al Baker (Manchester) / Beezer (Bristol) / Normski (London) / Paul H (HipHopConnection)

Special Guest Visitors Baba Israel & Jonzi D dropped a live beat-box & breaking performance the following day. Unity Radio interviewed selected contributors. Channel M interviewed Beezer

BBC1xtra's DJ Semtex filmed the show on October 19th & posted his commentary, "Ever been to a museum & felt like they don't represent you or your heritage? This is the total opposite. This represents my childhood... Shit, I'm even part of the exhibition!"

"This is a must for anyone who claims to be a hip-hop fan. This is the first hip-hop exhibition that documents the rise and impact of hip-hop in the UK. Some of the exhibits are actually jaw-dropping if you witnessed some of the events, or moments within the hip-hop timeline"

Legendary cult film-maker Dick Fontaine (hip-hop history film Beat This! / grafitti flick Bombin') came to MCR to give a talk on his seminal films in an Urbis-linked event. Unity Radio interviewed him at HomeGrown in November

In January passing through HomeGrown whilst in MCR was none-other than Rodney P, London Posse mouthpiece & absolutely 100% confirmed godfather of UKHH!! And here hosting Eyes Down: the Haiti Fund-Raver @ BOTW London rapper Ty commented,

"Basically, I am sitting on a couch, next to a big picture of myself in the exhibition. Amazing to see something that has shaped my life up until now documented so well!! As well as can be expected!!! Tips hats to the peeps that put it together."

Sadly, this was to be one of the Urbis' last major new exhibitions as the new year tragically saw its funding pulled, resulting in imminent closure & eventual re-emergence as the National Football Museum!! It was great while it lasted peeps. God Bless Urbis & Good Luck to all who sailed within!!

A Big Personal Thank You to Andy Brydon (curator/deadline fascist), Caroline Ashworth and Lisa Risbec (Press & Publicity & Cakes) for all their efforts & assistance, communication & patience. Not forgetting the shows designers and the whole crew who put it together. Respect!!