THTC IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE A BEAUTIFUL NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HYPER D LEGACY PROJECT, AN ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO CARRYING ON THE MEMORY OF STEVIE HYPER D, A DEEPLY INFLUENTIAL ARTIST AND THE HIDDEN INFLUENCE IN THE GLOBAL MUSIC SCENE. TO INTRODUCE US TO THE PROJECT, HERE IS JAMIE OF BEATCULTURELDN.
I first heard Stevie Hyper D in September 1997 on a Telepathy tape with none other than his personal DJ Nicky Blackmarket. Up to this point, I had skirted around the edges of the jungle world and been firmly and resolutely a hip-hop kid. However, something changed that day on the walk to the school bus stop. I was totally blown away by his presence on the mic, the flow and the vibe he created. I quickly got into drum & bass and followed Stevie on tape packs.
Having only been to under 18s raves, you can only imagine the excitement when I had managed to get access to a One Nation at Bagleys in April 1998. We were all 16 and we were going to the daddy of the rave scene. I knew Stevie was on tour and not booked but this was it, I was on path to getting to see him some point soon.
It was in July 1998, when we all decided to brave it or blag it into Desire. This time I knew I would see him, having just missed him at One Nation that previous April. Of course this was not the case, as Stevie passed away literally 5 days before. I wasn’t to find out until the day of the event. I was devastated that I would never see him.
I spent the following years learning the craft and culture of London music. Particularly jungle / drum & bass, of course garage, pirate radio, raves, clubs, fashion, DJs, MCs, producers, UK hip-hop, grime then later on and in reverse Soundsystem culture.
My passion for ‘our version of hip-hop culture’, as I like to call it, spawns from the first interaction I had with a Stevie tape way back in 1997. It was the catalyst for a lot in my life and led me to starting BeatCulture as a blog in 2010.
Darrell (Stevie’s nephew) and myself have been working together for 5 years to the day as of 10th September. We met up after I finished working on London 2012 within the organising committee.
Darrell approached me after stumbling across BeatCulture online. He was impressed by the knowledge on the platform, as well as the links between historical content and new content.
Photo: Dayv Mattt / Rewind: Toronto’s Jungle Scene In The Late 90s
Alongside Matthew from Audio Compound and Uncle Dugs from Rinse FM, the trio were getting ready to drop the audio documentary ‘Junglist Soldier: The Life & Times Of Stevie Hyper D’. I was yet to hear the piece but, after an hour of sitting with Darrell and finding out the true extent of Stevie’s wider influence, I was further captivated by the Hyper D story and legacy. Darrell was keen to have me on board in some capacity. Immediately, I was hooked and had to be involved despite the gargantuan task in front of us.
I now had, alongside my music experience, a background in large-scale production and complicated projects. I firmly jumped in head first to work out how we could start what has become The Hyper D Legacy Project.
Over the coming weeks, we will peel back the layers to the project and show the fans what we have been planning over the past 5 years.
This phase in the process is the creation of a brand and range that would represent Stevie properly. Famed for creating the ‘Junglist Soldier‘ moniker, we set about to create a clothing line with none other than THTC entitled; ‘Original Junglist Soldier‘. The design of the logo is based on an iconic photo of Stevie taken by Jesse Holborn in 1997.
All will be revealed in the coming weeks but, in the meantime, here are three designs for you fans to get your teeth into. The Hyper D logo, the OJS logo and the original Hyper THTC tribute design.
Skibadee, Orafice Vulgatron (Foreign Beggars), Navigator modelling HYPER D and Original Junglist Soldier – Photo Credit: Chelone Wolf
Profits from the sale of the merchandise go towards the Hyper D Legacy Project and Austin family.
Massive thanks to Fatman D, Skibadee, Navigator, Bionic, T.R.A.C and David Boomah for coming out.