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Skittles – In For Me

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Skittles is one of Manchester’s biggest movers, right now. Signed to Estate Recordings and constantly touring off the back of his debut album ‘Poor with £100 Trainers’, Skittles is making sure the world knows who he is. This is the latest video from his album and is filmed by Manchester badman, Scott Hallows. It features well known Manchester heads Tonn Piper and Strategy and also gives you an extensive tour of Market Street.

Air Adam Photography Presents… Manchester Marauders Exhibition


It’s been a couple of years in the works, and my boy, Air Adam has put in one hell of a shift in bringing this project to fruition. Manchester Marauders is a celebration of Manchester hip hop, through the lens of the scene’s most renowned photographer. Adam managed to gather together forty-nine members of the Manchester hip hop community and capture their images in order to create a piece paying homage to A Tribe Called Quest’s classic album Midnight Marauders.

The work will be unveiled at the opening night of the exhibit at Manchester’s 2022nq gallery, where 12″ x 12″ prints will be available to purchase. There will also be DJs on the night, including – we are honoured to say – NouGold’s DJ A-UP, Lee Majors (More Bounce) and more. Furthermore, there will by a cypher on the night, which will consist of the Marauder MCs, themselves.

(Manchester Marauders teaser by Gez Miley)

As well as the option to purchase a print, Adam has screen printed a very limited run of Manchester Marauder tees. If you would like to purchase one, contact Adam through his Facebook page.


A pat on the back and a round of applause for Air Adam for not only creating this event but for being  an essential pillar of the Manchester hip hop community.

Facebook event: Manchester Marauders exhibition

The Mouse Outfit ft. Black Josh & Lyricalligraphy – Know My Face

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More visuals coming your way from The Mouse Outfit. This joint is straight from their debut album ‘Escape Music’ and features the tag team of Black Josh and Lyricalligraphy (Ape Cult) riding over an up-tempo, funky rhythm. Dope rhymes to compliment the dope track. Make sure you check out the NouGold podcast from October 2012 where Black Josh, Lyricalligraphy and the rest of Ape Cult are the special guests. 

The Mouse Outfit ft. Dubbul O and Sparkz – Slicker Than Average

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Quick off the back of the success of their debut album, Escape Music. The Mouse Outfit provide a brand new track and video featuring long-term collaborators Dubbul O and Sparkz (Voodoo Black). Chilled vibes and a boom bap rhythm provides those traditional Mouse Outfit sounds. As per usual, Dubbul O and Sparkz supply a masterclass in the art of rhyme to complete the package.

Download the track

Purchase the album ‘Escape Music’

Black Josh ft. Wordz of Wizdom – Bong Life (Video)

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Featured on this month’s NouGold podcast, it’s the brand new track from Black Josh – ‘Bong Life’. This is the second video release from Josh’s mixtape ‘Blick Flair’s Ape Mountain’, and the subject matter is as expected. It’s yet another strong release from the Manchester hip hop community, which keeps going from strength-to-strength. Ape Cult dun did it again!

Download ‘BlickFlair’s Ape Mountain’

The Bluntskins LP

The Bluntskins album - great Manchester hip hop The day is here – The Bluntskins LP is finally with us. It’s not just one for the smokers amongst us, as it’s a dope hip hop record in its own right. The beats are laid down by none other than Pro P, and the microphone duties are shared between Cheech and Bill Sykes. The tracks range from bangers like ‘Roll Up’ and ‘Smoke Dat Piff’ to chilled joints, like ‘Mellow High’. Manchester is proving, once again, that when it comes to high quality UK hip hop this is the place producing it.

NouGold Pocast [July 2013]


We’re back, in the heat of the summer madness, and we’ve brought you some underground hip hop sounds to brighten your day further. With all the best in new independent hip hop from around the world, you are sure to find something to groove to. Take a listen as Bedos and A-UP take you on a tour of what’s golden.


Track listing:

Action Bronson, LL Cool J , Lloyd Banks – Strictly 4 My Jeeps RMX

The Bluntskins – Roll Up

Skyzoo – All Black Walls

Black Josh ft. Bayroo Burner – Bong Life

Tut-piece – Follow The Dollar

Shad + Skratch Bastid – Homie ft. Cadence Weapon

Joey Bada$$ ft. Collie Buddz – My Yout

Ezko – Wake Up

Rapsody ft. Wale – Dark Knights

Flipphone – Show You Suck

Bones The Beat Head – Pacaya

Hiatus Kaiyote ft. Q-Tip – Nakamarra

Wrekonize ft Bun B – Easy Money

Chance The Rapper ft. Vic Mensa & Twista – Cocoa Butter Kisses

Omas – Taken Over

Omas – Taken Over

Omas (DJ and Producer)

Omas is the DJ for TNC as well as a producer in his own right. I first met this charming young chap when we were promoting our own hip hop nights in Manchester, way back in 2005. Anyway, this new joint is a free download, available from Blunted Astronaut Records, as a taster to get you in the mood for Omas’ 7″ release on their label later in the year. The killer drumbreak and the stupid-nice samples are crafted together in expert fashion and is a must download.

Omas: Twitter


Black Josh – THC

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Manchester is not slowing down with the release of high quality hip hop, nor is there a drought of smoke-related music. Black Josh of Ape Cult is here to provide a little of both. With psychedelic visuals and a gritty boom-bap rhythm, how can you not dig this?


Chuckz – Manchester [Anti Rap]

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Manchester is not slowing down with the constant emergence of young MCs. The latest kid to make the break through is Chuckz, who I saw hold his own amongst Manchester’s finest MCs, at the Antwerp Mansion. Here Chuckz delivers the goods and lets you know where he’s from. Keep an eye out, we’re expecting big things from this kid.