Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 02.10.04

Two legends of UK hip-hop in the building! Mark B & Tommy Evans hit the Roadhouse, on a cold dark October night in 2004, and undeniably turn up the heat! They are joined on stage by Mikey DON and Da Wiz from local legends (and Chorley's finest) Krispy

Tommy Evans came from the same Huddersfield clique that also included Evil Ed and Jehst. Together they set up (Young’n’Restless) Y’N’R Records in 1999. Initially releasing a series of their own EP’s, they then went on to release a slew of records that would help establish other UKHH artists such as Asaviour, Cee Why, Kashmere, Kyza, Micall Parknsun, Ricochet Klashnekoff, Sir Smurf Lil’, Supa T, Usmaan, Verb T and Yungun. The best of his own EP’s and collaborations to date were collected together on ‘The Turbulent Times Of Tommy Evans’ LP (2003) before releasing brand new LP ‘New Years Revolutions’ (2004). The following year Tommy Evans converted to Islam and became a devout Muslim. He gave up making music altogether and left Y’N’R Records to Jehst.

Mark B & Tommy Evans ‘Move… Now’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOMseHAfvXM

DJ Mark B named his own label after the South West London borough of Kingston, where he was from. On K-Boro he released his own beats, worked with rapper Delirious on his 2nd release ‘New Skool Dean’ (1998). The following year Taskforce debut ‘New Mic Order’ LP (1999), for which Mark B produced all the beats, became an instant classic. This was a strong time for independent artists & labels. UKHH had bubbled under throughout the mid-90s but by now had announced its’ return.

Mark B & Blade 'The Unknown' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zj2UOSQYw

Mark B is probably best known for ‘The Unknown’ (Wordplay, 2000) LP with Blade which spawned mainstream crossover hit with ‘Ya Don’t the Signs’. They’d worked together before on ‘Hitmen For Hire’ LP (Jazz Fudge, 1998) and would again on ‘There’s No Stopping It’ EP (Wordplay, 2001). The K-Boro label went on to release Tommy Evans ‘Move… Now’ (2004), then Delta ‘The Lostralian’ LP (2006), right through to the final release with Dialect ‘Fresh, Wild, Fly & Bold’ (2011)

Sadly, Mark B passed away on January 1st 2016. I only then discovered this night on a hard-drive. I had scanned the 35mm negatives last year but had forgotten about them until now
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