Monday, 4 June 2012
People we don't know that touch and influence our lives in some way.
When someone we know in real life passes away, it cuts in a different way.
Alex Black was someone the majority of you reading this probably won't have known.
But it wouldn't be right to not put something on here about him.
In Bath's Hip Hop scene, which myself and Tarl were very much active in over the years, Alex was one of the unsung heroes.
Him and his partner, Ant, set up a night called Beat Pimps in the mid 00's, around the same time I set up StoneGruve Social.
We were never rivals - that's not how we rolled as promoters, and never have since.
We had the same brief, the same friends and tried to create a platform for the same people. To put on some great Hip Hop nights for the benefit of our respective crews, who were mostly previously ignored.
Numerous Hip Hopper's passed through Bath & Bristol through these two nights, and local DJs & MCs got to rock in front of home crowds, mostly for the first time.
Alex was very much a part of making this happen.
I hadn't seem him for a while - me & Tarl have both been in London for quite a few years now, he was down in Brighton. But he was very much always part of the same family. No-one we knew had a bad word to say about Alex. Friendly & genuine bloke, he did it simply because he loved it.
I personally didn't even know he was ill. He had heart trouble which ultimately took him from us, at an age way way too young - which is the thing that cuts the most.
Salute Alex, you will be missed mate, may you rest in peace.
Our thoughts go out to his nearest & dearest.
Bobby & Tarl x