Gems of hip hop knowledge

Alienness (MZK) – The Bronxstyle

Alienness (MZK) – The Bronxstyle

Bboy Alienness refocused a generation through this seminal dance text of the 2000s. Inspiring a new old school, Alienness pushed the emphasis from power moves back to movement with feeling and groove: "I can teach a chihuahua to stand on one hand but I can't teach that dog to catch a groove" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-XUKDbTQAI

Little Simz – ‘Boss’

Little Simz – ‘Boss’

In 'Boss', Simz describes her rise to the top and asserts herself as a formidable artist in a predominantly male sphere. Inverting the masculinist language of the song title, she issues a warning shot: "I'm a boss in a fucking dress" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nobyMYOD5Bg

Spekulativ Fiktion – ‘Google’

Spekulativ Fiktion – ‘Google’

Spek details the Local Geological Record that tracks the first animal to walk on land (and it's in Ireland, where CIPHER is based!). Dropping some intensely local knowledge, he highlights the importance of heritage: "its feckin’ timeless, like the Tetrapod Footprints on Valentia Island" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqAX-riCwCQ