What a week for indie rap fans.
First legendary duo Cannibal Ox announced their first album since The Cold Vein, now legendary hip-hop record store Deal Real is temporarily returning.
Although it wasn’t the store’s first home, it was when Deal Real moved to Soho’s Noel St that it started to become a hub for the UK hip-hop scene. It later moved to the nearby Carnaby St, where the store started to take on a more international feel. It became famous for its in-store events, which saw the likes of GZA, Mos Def and Kanye West [pictured above] pass through the shop, as well as open mic events held for up-and-comers.
Deal Real sadly closed its doors in 2007, but will be resurrected as a pop-up on Record Store Day Saturday, April 18, at the nearby location of 14 Newburgh St, with workshops, in-store singings, performances and broadcasts of archive footage from past in-store events. Visitors are told to “expect definitive line-ups of some of the most established UK and international artists, alongside the freshest up and coming talent”, with details to follow on Carnaby.co.uk and a soon-to-be-relaunched Deal Real website. [via Clash]
Check Kanye West, Mos Def, Skinnyman and more perform in Deal Real’s various locations below.