Monday, 29 September 2014

DJ Diablo Underground Hip Hop Podcast Episode 1 2014

I haven't done anything Hip Hop related apart from a couple of Funhouse sets in over a decade. So for all my friends & music family & everyone else in the last 10 years that have asked me for a Hip Hop Tape, CD. Mini Disc, Mp3 whatever...Here You go....
One Love...Banana Klan Rock The World!!!

DJ Diablo Underground Hip Hop Podcast Episode 1 2014 by Dj Diablo on Mixcloud

DJ Diablo Underground Hip Hop Podcast Episode 1 2014.
The first in a series of new podcasts focusing on the golden eras of Hip Hop, Roots Reggae, Dancehall & Funk. Each episode will go back to a time in a specific genre when the tunes were flowing, classic after classic. The first podcast starts off in the present, 36 Chambers of brand new Hip Hop cuts from the last year. Enjoy!
One Love
Diablo (Banana Klan)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

DJ Diablo " The Hip Hop Archives" Podcast Series....Coming Soon

It's been well over a decade since I've done a Hip Hop mix & recently I decided that it was the right time to take things back to where they started for me. I've been so busy on the Reggae & Dancehall tip over that time that the music I grew up on was left to one side. So dropping towards the end of the year will be the first in a series of Podcasts "The Hip Hop Archives".
The first episode will focus on the 1993-1996 period as I thought this would be a good place to start but through the series I'll be spinning tunes from the birth of Hip Hop on wax in the late 70's & early 80's right through to the late 90's. Each episode will run for 2 hours & concentrate on a specific time during the Golden Era Of Hip Hop. "Representin' It's Illmatic".

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


This Sunday, Roots Manuva brings back The Banana Klan & his bass heavy series of Dub College nights for a Carnival reunion at The Book Club in Shoreditch, London. Previous sessions have been jam packed & this is gonna be a roadblock for sure. Featuring Roots Manuva himself doing a rare DJ set & his Banana Klan family, along with suprise special guests bringing the Sound System vibes this is one not to be missed! Peep the flyer for details & check out The Dub College Reunion mix below with myself & Mr Manuva at the control tower. One Dub One Love.

Banana Klan Dub College Reunion Mix 2014 by Dj Diablo on Mixcloud

Saturday, 7 June 2014


Good documentary on the foundation of UK Hip Hop....Blade, Blak Twang, Mud Family,The Brotherhood,Mark B, Harry Love, MC Mello, Bury Cru, Fallacy, Gunshot,Krispy, The Creators, DJ Vadim, Disorda,Phi Life Cypher, Supa T, DJ 279,Taskforce, Roots Manuva, Aspects,DJ MK, Rodney P, Icepick, Funky DL, Kela, 57th Dynasty, DJ Supreme, DFXO, Scratch Perverts and more...

BOMBIN' (1987)

First broadcast in 1987 on the UK's Channel 4, Bombin' was directed by documentary filmmaker Dick Fontaine and was a sequel to his earlier 1984 documentary "Beat This!", once again taking a look at how American hip-hop culture was making its way over the pond to the UK, this time using the lens of the graffiti and tagging subcultures.


Bad Meaning Good is a BBC documentary originally aired on TV in 1987 and put together by Tim Westwood.The documentary provides an insight into how the culture emerged in London and who the key figures in the scene were.The video features Pride, Daddy Speedo, Fly Boy Dee, MC Crazy Noddy, London Posse, Trevor Nelson, Sipho, Run DMC, DJ Fingers, Cookie Crew, Wee Papa Girl Rappers and more...
R.I.P. Sipho

SCRATCH (2001)

A feature-length documentary film about hip-hop DJing, otherwise known as turntablism. From the South Bronx in the 1970s to San Francisco now, the world's best scratchers, beat-diggers, party-rockers, and producers wax poetic on beats, breaks, battles, and the infinite possibilities of vinyl.


Rhyme & Reason is a 1997 documentary film about rap and hip hop. The filmmaker interviewed over 80 significant artists in rap and hip hop music. Rappers, such as Kurtis Blow, KRS-One and Chuck D, to west coast rap icons Ice-T, Dr. Dre, and MC Eiht, to several current rap hitmakers, including Wu-Tang Clan, The Fugees, and Sean "Puffy" Combs were interviewed.


From the Boogie Down Bronx and beyond, the history of the B-Boy. The Freshest Kids is a documentary produced by Eric Jones and Quincy Jones III that was released in 2002. This film shows the foundation, the evolution and international growth, and many other aspects of the dancing element of Hiphop, and its importance within Hip Hop, through interviews, footage from back in the days, live shows, and more. The Freshest Kids is an essential film to understand b-boying, and to realize the elementality (The condition of being composed of elements, or a thing so composed) of this culture.

Friday, 16 May 2014


A factual report about unsung DJ's who contributed to the foundational principals of the music known today as Hip Hop. This documentary transports you to a journey back to the early underground disco days of the streets and parks throughout New York City. Narrated by Chuck D, this is an excellent documentary about the DJ scene in New York City in the late 60's & 70's. Although the documentary claims that Hip Hop did not start in the Bronx but in Brooklyn & Queens (which has caused much debate)it is still an incredible piece of film.
Rest In Peace Grandmaster Flowers
Rest In Peace Pete "DJ" Jones


Another classic documentary by Henry Chalfant. From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale tells a story about the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York Salsa sound, continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and, in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm.
This documentary is not focused so much on the Hip Hop but tells a good story of the latin influence in the Bronx through the years.


If you've ever seen the movie "The Warriors" you'll love this! The original documentary shot in the South Bronx in the late 70's interviewing the members of the original gangs of the Bronx. Featuring The Savage Skulls, Savage Nomads, Black Spades & more......

Thursday, 15 May 2014


Underground documentary features rare footage of the South Bronx gangs from the 1970's and returning years later. Another classic documentary showing the environment and politics that lead to the birth of Hip Hop.


Another absolute classic... This documentary alongside Wildstyle were the 2 most influential pieces of film about Hip Hop & the culture at the time. Made by photographer Henry Chalfant to run alongside his & Martha Cooper's legendary "Subway Art" book it features some of the original graffiti artists & B-Boys of that era.....Essential viewing.


If you haven't seen this then check it out, still the best Hip Hop movie ever made. Wild Style captures the essence of Hip Hop in its early days and is the movie that inspired us as youngsters to be part of the Hip Hop movement..... The Blueprint!!!