Mixtapes From The Underground is a fully live, improvised, Hip-Hop collective based in Dublin, Ireland.
Since their inception in 2006 they have become renowned for their incendiary shows and have garnered a strong reputation among Hip-Hop heads and music fans alike.
Acting like the DJ to the emcee, Mixtape organically shifts the music in and out of styles, from Hip-Hop to Dub to Afro-Beat and everything in between, creating an electric atmosphere as the band and emcees flow effortlessly around each other.
Constantly honing their performance skills, they have played venues and festivals the length and breadth of the country and have opened for the some of the true architects of Hip-Hop including, De la Soul, Pete Rock, Pharoae Monche, Ice-Cube, The Ultramagnetic MC’s, not to mention Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Grammy Award winning jazz/hip-hop pianist, Robert Glasper.
Festivals include the AKA Kilkenny, Bray Jazz, Body & Soul, Kilkenny Arts, Down With Jazz, and Cork Jazz, where they were recipients of the Best Irish Group in 2012.
Mixtapes have released several beat tapes of live and studio material and hope to have their debut full-length record out in the coming months.
The band line-up is Dennis Cassidy – Drums, Daragh O’ Kelly-Keys, Shane Latimer – Guitars, Bill Blackmore – Trumpet, DJ Ragharry – Turntables, with emcees Raven & Jamel plus an ever expanding list of special guests.
“Genre busting…A scorching collision of Jazz and Hip-Hop” – Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
“Excellent” – Una Mulally, The Irish Times
“Killin’’ – Robert Glasper, Blue Note artist, Grammy Award Winner