It's that time of the year again, when BBC's 1Xtra digital radio station dedicate a weekend to what we all love most, hiphop. As usual, the timetable of shows is a packed affair of great shows catering to a variety of hiphop heads, from fans of yester-year to those of the more mainstream persuation. Here's the official press release to be sure you don't miss out:
Friday 29th September
7pm – 10pm – Semtex kicks off this year's Hip Hop weekend with a look at what is to come over the next 60 hours – featuring cameo appearances from contributors to the weekend and snippets of the shows to come.
10pm – 12am – The Life & Times Of… Busta Rhymes – A veteran of over 15 years in the business, Busta gives Rodney P an exclusive insight into his time as a pioneer in the Hip Hop game.
Midnight – 2am – "Over To You… Raw" – Your chance to control what we play in the Hip Hop Weekend – A late night look at the raw world of hip hop from a listeners perspective… Hosted by Rampage
2am – 4am – Hip Hop Scandal – The most controversial tracks that have hit the hip hop market – a run down of the joints that have caused drama, ended careers, started beef and have caused a fuss at Government level!! Hosted by Grouchy Greg from AllHipHop.Com
4am-6am – Turntabalism – Blakey teams up with 4 giants of the turntabalism game.
Saturday 30th September
6am – 9am – Hip Hop's Big Breakfast – Dev gives you nothing but BIG hits!
9am – 12pm – The 1Xtra MVA's – Ace & Vis host The 1Xtra Music Video Awards with a difference.
12pm – 3pm – Over To You – You request it, we play it…themed hour by hour – first hour old school, second hour UK, third hour freeplay!! Hosted by Mistajam
3pm – 5pm – Rodney P & Skitz's A-Z of Hip Hop – A unique look at the complete alphabet of Hip Hop.
5pm – 7pm – 2Pac Remembered – Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 2Pac's death, a 1Xtra listener wins the chance to join Semtex in LA for the exclusive chance to retrace some of his steps and speak to some people who played a part in his life.
7pm – 10pm – Saturday Night Mixtape with Semtex – something special with 4 of the UK biggest hip hop artists – Pirelli, Jehst and Swiss & Asher D
10pm – 12am – The Life & Times Of… Diddy – They don't come much bigger than Diddy – Label Owner, Producer, Artist, style Icon, Fashion House Boss, Restauranteur – he has been an beacon for the changing face of hip hop which saw it go from just an artform into a multi million dollar business. Rodney P finds out the TRUE story behind the success.
12am – 2am – 1Xtra Live – The Roc A Fella After Party – Hot off the back of their sold out UK tour, the Roc A Fella crew party hard, UK style. Features a performance from Memphis Bleek and 1Xtra Dj's Rampage & Semtex..
2am – 4am – I'm In Love With A Stripper – Lil Jon – The King of Crunk hits the UK's digital airwaves with his ultimate top 15 Strip club tunes and the guide to strip club etiquette – expect it to be loud…
4am – 6am – DJ Drama – Hip Hop's most influential DJ of the moment hooks up with 1Xtra for his own BIG 2 hour mix session.
Sunday 1st October
6am – 9am – Vibrations – DJ Fitz brings us the best in inspirational hip hop.
9am -12pm – Broke 'n' English from Manchester. The biggest hip hop outfit from the North west – Strategy, DRS & Konny Kon – come live from their home town.
12pm -3pm – Basement All Stars – A host of stars choose a defining hip hop track that has helped musically shape them.
3pm -5pm – Hyphy – The hypest hip hop phenomenon on 2006 – DJ Semtex goes to the heart of the scene – San Francisco's Bay area to find out what it is all about – features E40, 2wiceberg Slimm, Backside, DJ E Rock, Souls Of Mischief and Wolf Pack.
5pm -7pm – 100% Homegrown – Ras Kwame hosts a special broadcast with 1Xtra's Hip Hop team hitting the road and representing from 4 areas of the UK with thriving hip hop scenes. Rodney P checks out Scotland, Semtex goes up to Manchester, Blakey travels to Brighton, and Skitz travels to Wales, for what promises to be a very special show.
7-8 – Hip Hop Poetry – Hosted by Ty – The UK's best writers showcase their work
8-10 – Hip Hop Hall Of Fame – Ice Cube – Following on from the Hall Of Fame's Chuck D's inaugural reception last year, 1Xtra salutes the artist and actor Ice Cube. Today Ice Cube is as well known for his work on screen as his work behind the mic, Cube breaks down the journey he has had to get to this point including the heady days with NWA, representing for the West Coast, and managing to be a performing artists and Hollywood actor.
10pm -midnight – The Life & Times Of…Jermaine Dupri – The number one producer of his generation…self made millionaire by 21; production credits list is huge and is spearheading the ATL Snap revolution! In between all of this, JD also manages to head up the Virgin Records Urban Dept.
12am -2am – Hip Hop All Over The World – Celebrating the true global nature of hip hop, DJ's from around the world rep their ends, tell us what the scene is like where they are from and play a track from a local artist.
2am -4am – 1st Play – A unique showcase for all budding music makers –
Twin B selects the best of the tracks we have collected on the road over the previous few weeks and gives them their debut radio airing.
4am -6am – Xtra Talent – Your chance to end the Hip Hop weekend – shout out to all budding DJ's, Mix DJ's and MC's with skills.