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    Based in Birmingham, UK, we hold a residency at Bulls Head, Moseley on the 2nd Thurs of each month.


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Heems (Das Racist) to play The Institute Birmingham

We are seriously hyped to announce we’re teaming up with Birmingham Promoters to bring Das Racist‘s HEEMS to The Institute Birmingham in March! Himanshu Kumar Suri aka Heems is an American rapper from Queens, New York. Best known for being part of the alternative hip hop group Das Racist, Heems is also the founder of … Continue reading


Killer Mike to play The Rainbow Birmingham

We’re teaming up with Birmingham Promoters to bring Atlanta’s finest Killer Mike to Birmingham! Killer Mike made his debut on Outkast’s ‘Snappin’ and Trappin’ from the unforgettable ‘Stankonia’. After nearly a decade in the rap game he has released five critically hailed records, and also appeared on the Grammy-winning song, ‘The Whole World’. His track … Continue reading

WATCH: Sigmund Frued – ‘Renticles’ [video]

Fan Dam main man Sigmund Frued of Abes Oddysee has just dropped a brand new video for ‘Renticles’, filmed by Ed Florance. Check it below, then download the track for free here.  


Took us a while, but finally here our the photos from our UK Hip Hop Special back in September at the Bulls Head, Birmingham. FANTASTIC DAMAGE: UK HIP HOP SPECIAL, a set on Flickr.

Speech Debelle to play HMV Institute Birmingham

Former Mercury Music Prize winner, and creator of one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of the last few years, Speech Debelle has announced she will be touring the UK in November. The 28 year old South London resident returned with her much anticipated follow up record ‘Freedom of Speech’ earlier on this year, … Continue reading

Despot confirmed to support El-P

We are super hyped to confirm fellow native New York rapper DESPOT will be joining EL-P for his Birmingham show! Despot has rapped acclaimed verses on releases by Das Racist and Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, performed in front of crowds of all sizes and musical tastes, and made enough money to purchase a diamond-encrusted ring shaped … Continue reading

WATCH: JJ DOOM (MF DOOM x Jneiro Jarel) – Guv’ner [video]

Sick new video from the MF DOOM & Jneiro Jarel collab, JJ DOOM. Check out the bizarre split screen action in this clip directed by Ninian Doff as part of RizLab project #4. This track ‘Guv’ner’ is taken from the duo’s new record ‘Key to the Kuffs’ which is available now via Lex Records.

WATCH: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – ‘Shame’ [video]

Sweet new joint from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, featuring BJ the Chicago Kid. This is the follow up video to ‘Thuggin’’ directed by Jonah Schwartz and presented by Madlib Invazion and DD172 Films. The tracks included are ‘Later That Night (Bonus Beat)’, ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Shame’ all from the Shame EP, available now via Stones Throw … Continue reading

Fantastic Damage Mixes Vol. 8: RAMO

So, it’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a new mix for y’allz. This one is by RAMO – Fan Dam regular and head honcho from Say Nada. Sick sounds!     Tracklist: HARMONIC 313 – DIRTBOX ARP 101 – KORG’ A ‘TRON WAAJEED – PROUD METAPHI – OVER HILL DAM-FUNK – … Continue reading

Soweto Kinch hits the streets of Birmingham

Whilst meandering through Birmingham city centre this fine afternoon, we happened to come across none other than local jazz/hip-hop hero, Soweto Kinch. What was he up to? Just freestyling in the middle of the street with a few of his friends, of course. This went on for a good couple of hours. The man has … Continue reading