QBoy meets hip hop heroes

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Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently – meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.

His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.

The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy.

This is the rapper’s first radio production credit.

He pitched the original idea to document the influential career of the rap trio, being a long time die hard fan himself for many years. During the production he went to New York to interview them.

“Meeting Salt-N-Pepa has been my dream since I was a teenager,” said QBoy.

“They are my idols and biggest musical inspiration – I always have tried to be as entertaining yet political and meaningful as they were.

“I’m glad my idea got picked up because I’ve always wanted people to realise how much impact they had on hip-hop and mainstream pop music, especially the younger generation who might not know much about hip-hop’s history.”

Made in Manchester Productions Creative Director Ashley Byrne told RadioToday.co.uk: “Salt N Pepa are currently enjoying a revival in the United States thanks to a major VH1 reality series and we are delighted that they’ve taken time out of their busy schedule to speak exclusively to Made in Manchester in New York about their lives and legacy”

The programme will also include an interview with the DJ Spinderella at her home in LA as well as Trevor Nelson, Omar, Jill Scott and Ciara.

Made in Manchester Productions’ first production for 1Xtra follows hot on the heels of the company’s critically acclaimed ‘Laughter and Tears: The Les Dawson Story which was presented by Jo Brand and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 in October.

Ashley Byrne added: “We are proving once again that Made in Manchester can work right across different networks and genres. With commissions for the World Service, Radio 4, Radio 2, 1Xtra, ITV and BBC Local Radio, we are showing that there are no no-go areas for this company.”

Salt-N-Pepa – Push It will be broadcast on BBC Radio1Xtra on 23rd January 2008.