About HHBITD & Crew

Hip-Hop back in the day is a leading brand name when it comes to showcasing and representing 80’s & 90’s Hip-Hop culture.

With a loyal and engaged worldwide growing audience of 400k followers, HHBITD stands out above its competitors by expressing its ethos of ‘preserve the culture’ with weekly radio shows and regular events. Our vision is clear – join us in celebrating & preserving yesteryear.

We are active DJ’s on the Hip-Hop scene, be it playing at our residency spots or DJ’ing for some of the biggest names in the industry like; The Roots, KRS-One, Mos Def, Jeru the Damaja, Onyx, Method Man, Redman, Guilty Simpson, Percee P, Jurassic 5, Chali 2naApollo Brown, Skyzoo, Illa J, La Coka Nostra, Camp Lo, Smif-N-Wessun, GZA, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, Blak Twang,  The Beatnuts and many more.

To book any of our DJ’s or discuss packages, email: drez@hhbitd.com

We are based in London, Essex and the South Coast of England, UK.

Meet the crew….

DJ Mined aka Minedbeats – A 90’s inspired beatmaker who loves his rhymes, denim, stylish waistcoats and loves all the latest DJ gadgets.

DJ Echo – A DJ that has been on the pirate scene for years, spinning on the likes of Freak FM and more. Not only is Echo a good DJ, he is an excellent host too. Over the years he has dabbled on the production side of things and is know for some serious head-nodding mash ups!

DJ Paydro aka Papa Smurf – The owner of a serious vinyl collection that spans multiple genres. His knowledge is deep and knows the sample(s) in all Hip-Hop tracks cos he’s got the original on vinyl, lol. You can catch Paydro on Itch FM on the last Monday of every month.

DJ Madhandz – Our scratch expert. A lover of the Independent, underground scene and an avid supporter of UK Hip-Hop music. Another vinyl head. He has featured on many albums and singles cutting up the sounds with his Madhandz! You can catch Handz on Itch FM on the second Monday of every month.

La Shantee – The first female of the crew who joined the Westside HHBITD radio family as the shows social media expert. She did some hosting too, in particular the popular ‘gig guide’. Currently La Shantee is using her skillz behind the camera.

Sire – The MC of the crew and a big WWE lover. He is also a fan of the UK Hip-Hop music scene. 

Mr Gizmo – DJ, graf head, producer and photographer. Possibly the smartest dressed crew member, although DJ Mined will argue that. Don’t forget to check his show on the first Monday of every month on Itch FM.

Noisiboi – DJ, producer, gym fanatic and personal trainer. Not only is his Hip-Hop knowledge extensive, he is also signed to some major House and Techno labels too. You can catch him on stage spinning beats at a summer festival in the UK and check out plenty of his beats on any streaming/download platform or on his own Bandcamp page at https://noisiboi.bandcamp.com/ and on his monthly podcast “Hip Hop Lives Here” on Mixcloud.

Mr Fix aka Caffeine and Hip Hop – A scratch DJ with a huge love and respect for the Southern Texan sound…and of course coffee too. Another keen vinyl collector who loves his CDs and tapes. If Fix isn’t shooting hoops in his local park, you can catch him on Beat Bangaz Radio every Tuesday,  Wild1 radio every Wednesday, Save On radio and PharcydeTV every Thursday and Vibesolate FM on a Saturday night.

DJ Rumz – He loves dropping tracks with the original samples or breakbeat. Rumz is an ill scratch DJ and is the regular Saturday night feature at the cHIP sHOP in Brixton, London. Also tune in to his radio show on Westside on the last Sunday of every month.

DJ Trix – An international DJ who has competed in the DMC finals so loves a little scratch. He spins underground tunes and rare gems too. Catch Trix on the 3rd Monday every month on Itch FM. He runs his own station too, Vibesolate FM

DJ D-Zine – A veteran on the DJ scene and Westside radio. In fact, he runs a lot of workshops on Westside so is responsible for nurturing the next generation of DJ’s. A sicc scratch DJ that drops a fine selection of party tunes when playing out. Check D-Zine on the 3rd Sunday on Westside.

Gerson – His dedication to the culture is unquestionable. He moved to London from Porto so he could see more live Hip-Hop acts! An administrator on the Hip-Hop back in the day Facebook page.

Ghost – A young head with a strong passion for the golden era. Hailing from Wellington in New Zealand Ghost is another adminsitrator on the Hip-Hop back in the day Facebook page.

JLD – The newest addition to the Facebook administration family. J brings in a wealth of social media experience and fresh ideas to the table.

Tobatron – An award-winning illustrator and artist with an eye for the peculiar. He is a regular contributor to publications such as The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Esquire, Empire and Time Out. He’s the main HHBITD designer and the brains behind our Wild Style inspired logo.

DJ Flex – The latest DJ to join the ranks. Flex is a veteran of the West End clubbing scene and has been DJ’ing from his early teens (yes you read that correctly. He is the ultimate DJ nerd and not only knows about the latest DJ gadgets, he buys up the goods too! Catch Flex in a club near you or check him out on Westside radio

Drez – The founder of the HHBITD movement and another vinyl head. Catch him on Westside radio every month and the first Monday of every month on Itch FM with Mr Gizmo. Drez also spins at Dirty Bones and Bar Topolski and is a regular DJ for Soundcrash, The Jazz Cafe and Camden Assembly.