Kraze One (Part one)

Since the early 1990s Kraze One has been an active participant in several of Hip Hop’s elements and has contributed to a number of different projects as a graffiti artist, rap vocalist, turntablist, producer and events organiser. In the first of a series of articles aimed at documenting Kraze One‘s contributions to local Hip Hop culture we will focus on his founding years during the 1990s and the various projects he initiated while living in Buckingham located on the outskirts of Milton Keynes.

Kraze One – Buckingham, 1994.

Kraze One discovered Hip Hop culture as a youth during mid 1980s and in his early teens began experimenting with graffiti art and participating in street dancing. In 1991 at age 15 he formed Hip Hop collective UnderCover Prophecy (UCP) with DJ Delta and DJ Trail One. The formation of UCP and the creation of the name tag “Kraze One” marked a change in his relationship towards Hip Hop culture as he began to participate in several of it’s elements. Continue reading

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 The concept was put together by DJ Kraze One with the aim of promoting Break to the beat’s historical content in a social setting coupled with live DJ sets and performances from local artists.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

True Element (Chapter 4)

Welcome to the final chapter of the True Element story. In this section we will document a handful of reunion shows and the creation of several spin off recording projects that allowed True Element to evolve after circumstances beyond the bands control forced them to retreat from the live scene. collective will was still the driving force behind these final projects but this time the  inspiration was also based around reuniting and jamming just for fun. During this period True Element reconnected with some of their older affiliates, incorporated several new members and compiled a final recording project as the True Element MCs.

To read chapters 1, 2 & 3 (parts A & B) please visit the below links: 

True Element – Campbell park 2012.

As documented in the previous section True Element stopped performing live in March 2006 which is when all professional activity with the band ceased. The first reunion show came about as a result of a charity event organised by Killa Joul that took place in Buckingham during the summer of 2008. Killa Joul had organised a venue and compiled a CD of music by local artists. True Element‘s recording of “Natural selection” was included on the CD and several members reunited to perform at the event. All the reunion shows documented in this section included the core members of the original line up that were able to participate with support by musicians and vocalists from the wider community. For the Buckingham performance core members Aniis Le Neve, Kraze One, Big Jules and Flute Loop were accompanied by guitarist Ade Street, Drummer Real Deal and guest rapper Paranoia MC who had been working with DJ Kraze One on a separate recording project during this period. Continue reading