The rise and rise 
of Scottish rap

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THOSE who claim that hip-hop and a Scottish accent don’t mix have yet to hear Hector Bizerk.

The Glasgow two-piece with the mantra Drums. Rap. Yes (also the name of their debut album) drew enthusiastic crowds during last year’s festival run, proving that you don’t have to be headlining a main stage to pack a punch.

Punch might be the right word, as Hector offer fast-paced, punchy lyrics sprinkled with a dose of Glasgow and music scene in-jokes courtesy of MC Louie and backed by drummer Audrey’s beat.

Hector may not be averse to social statement (Fat Cat, Banksy Did It) but there’s a melody and a playfulness to it all that may even convert unlikely hip-hop fans.

The duo played a free open-air gig at George Square last month, but their first gig of 2013 is a return to roots, headlining Nice ‘N’ Sleazy.

Expect plenty of chanting, flag waving and proclamations of being happy to be there — and that’s just from the audience.

Hector Bizerk play Nice ‘N’ Sleazy on Saturday (January 12). Doors 8pm, and tickets £5 from 333 0900.