The Hip “Coffee” $Hop – Bogota Coffee Shop (March 2022)

The Hip “Coffee” $Hop event took place on Saturday 19th March 2022, at The Bogota Coffee Company coffee shop located in the The Hub area of central Milton Keynes. The concept was put together by DJ Kraze One with the aim of promoting Break to the beat’s historical content in a social setting coupled with live DJ sets and performances from local artists. The event was also supported by DJ King Fisher and Space + Sound events.

The Hip “Coffee” $Hop event flyer by DJ Kraze One, 2022.

The Hip “Coffee” $Hop ran from 7-11pm and was hosted by Justice with DJs King Fisher, Kraze One and Ill Repute (aka D.S.P) selecting and playing a variety of sounds. There were several live performances that took place during the evening, some of which have been edited and uploaded to you tube. The first footage in the video directly below features beatboxers/rappers Rezon & Paranoia. Continue reading

Break to the beat live – The Broughton 2021

On Friday 24th September 2021 Break to the beat in association with Elysium Events and Arkade Graphics organised a Hip Hop culture event at The Broughton Hungry Horse pub and restaurant located in Broughton Milton Keynes. The management at the venue contacted Break to the beat after visiting the Milton Keynes Hip Hop Culture Part 1 exhibition held during July & August 2021 at MK Gallery.

“Break to the beat live” event flyer by JMC\Elysium events, 2021.

The event entitled “Break to the beat live” featured several DJs, rappers and performers from Milton Keynes’s Hip Hop community against a back drop of graffiti artwork created by local artists for the summers Hip Hop culture exhibition. The below video was assembled from footage filmed during the event. Continue reading

Milton Keynes Hip Hop Culture Part 1A (MK Gallery Exhibition 2021)

During the months of July and August 2021 Break to the beat, Arkade Graphics and MK Gallery collaborated to host an exhibition highlighting Hip Hop Culture that evolved in and around the city of Milton Keynes, England between the years 1980 – 1990. The exhibition that was held at the MK Gallery Project Space in Central Milton Keynes featured artwork by local graffiti artists, footage of local Hip Hop crews and displays of memorabilia such as records, cassettes and flyers from the above dates. Local DJs and artists from the city also supported the event by demonstrating the various artforms associated with Hip Hop culture. In this series of articles Break to the beat aim to recreate the exhibition online and give visitors to the website:

  • A visual incite in to the exhibition
  • Detailed background information on the artists included
  • Document the various impromptu performances by local artists that supported the event.

MK Hip Hop Culture Part 1 – MK Gallery Project Space, 2021.

Before we go in to specific details the below video was created to capture the exhibition and its contents as it appeared visually to the general public. The soundtrack to the video was recorded in 1987 by MK Hip Hop crew Double Deff Chillers who’s performance from the same era was screened at the event. Since the exhibition took place in summer 2021 Break to the beat have documented the achievements of all the artists covered. Further information on the various artist/crews can be obtained by clicking on the orange hyperlinks contained in this article. Continue reading