1 Aug 2017

Film: Hip-hop in Hull with Redeye Feenix and PlayaOne

From the Beats Bus to Humber Street Sesh, hip-hop is taking Hull by storm.

Redeye Feenix (aka Steve Arnott), Hull’s first MC to be signed to a US record label, couldn’t be more into Hull 2017 if he tried. His performance was one of the highlights of the hip-hop strand of our Where Are We Now? festival earlier in the year. Since then, Redeye has been holding a new series of hip-hop workshops for young people across the city, and just last month he launched his latest venture, the Beats Bus, at The Big Malarkey Festival.

Redeye and PlayaOne gave us an insight into Hull’s hip-hop scene and told us all about the Beats Bus…

The success of the Beats Bus has brought it to Wansbeck, Paisley, Priory, Ainthorpe and Hall Road primary schools so far, giving over 200 children the chance to take part in hip-hop workshops.

Following the workshops, eight hip-hop stars in the making were chosen to take part in further sessions where they wrote, rehearsed and recorded a track which they’ll perform at Humber Street Sesh on Saturday.

Dedicated to their success, Redeye has also secured the youngsters a gig at Kardomah94 on 22 Aug and Freedom Festival on 2 Sep, with radio interviews with West Hull FM and BBC introducing (9 & 10 Aug).

Find out more about the Beats Bus and follow the young people’s journeys on Twitter.


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