Derby Hip Hop History: What Was Out There?

Although Derby has had a hip hop scene for many yeImage of wall covered in graffiti in Derby.ars, the history of the scene has been quite hidden. So young people completed a heritage audit. A piece of work to find out if there was Derby hip hop history out there, and if there was:
What was it – a photograph of a hip hop event, flyer for a hip hop night, a memory of a hip hop event?
Where was it – in a museum, exhibition, library, newspaper report, private collection?
Was it public – could people find it easily or was it a memory in someone’s head, a hip hop flyer in someone’s house, a photograph in someone’s photo album (like the photo of graffiti right)?

The answer was very little Derby hip hop history was public! A lot of it was hidden away in memories and private photos. Full results of the heritage audit available soon.

We searched online for Derby hip hop, and used resources including ‘Picture the Past’ a website with hundreds of images of the East Midlands. After searching for hip hoYoung people at Derby Local Studies Libraryp in Derby with no results, we widened the search to Derbyshire and then Nottinghamshire just in case. There were no images relating to hip hop.

local studies group 3We did a group visit to Derby Local Studies Library which holds records on Derby going back hundreds of years. Young people worked with library staff to search their archive including index cards and catalogue cards (images left and right). They did not find any records of Derby hip hop.

We spoke to people from Derby hip hop past and present. We knew they had memories 20170628_203222of Derby hip hop but very little was written down anywhere or recorded. We interviewed some of these people for this project including Baby J, BFG, Skinny Man, Kyalo, JD, and Eyez (image left). Interviews available soon.

We knew Deda Dance had held many hip hop events over the years and one member of HHC7staff had hundreds of photos (image right). Digital copies of these photographs are now available online on this website. View these photographs.

15We were also in touch with someone who had a collection of photos of graffiti in Derby parks going back about 15 years (image left). Digital copies of these photographs are now available online on this website. View these photographs.

One of the people we interviewed – Kyalo (image right) – had a collection of flyers of Derby hip hop Young people interviewing Kyalo.nights which he had saved over the years. Digital copies of these flyers have been donated to this project and will be available on this website soon.