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Revisit the golden years of British hip hop with new Essa documentary

It’s been 20 years since Essa, then known as Yungun aka Essa, released landmark album The Essance.

It’s receiving its first release on vinyl thanks to First Word Records, and they’ve released a deep dive documentary about the album which we’re very happy to premiere below.

The film features contributions from Doc Brown, Kyza, Mr Thing, Devise, Harry Love and Micall Parknsun and is a magical insight into a key moment in the timeline of UK hip hop.

Lyricist, lawyer and Londoner Essa has earned praise over the years from artists such as Nas and Mark Ronson, as well as performing and recording with legends like De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, Guru, Slum Village and Pharoahe Monch.

This 15-track album is considered one of the greats to emerge during UK Hip Hop’s “golden era”; a vibrant time for the genre when artists such as Ty, Jehst, Roots Manuva, Klashnekoff, Skinnyman, Task Force, Doc Brown and Foreign Beggars were garnering huge fanbases, and an eco-system of shops like Deal Real, club nights like Kung Fu, labels like Lowlife, and stations like Itch FM were prevalent, while BBC 1Xtra was a mere infant.

‘The Essance’ includes production and features from luminaries such as Harry Love, Mr Thing, Lewis Parker, Kyza, Devise & Ben Grymm, to name a few.

Stream and buy the album here.

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