About SSU: Who Are We?

Scotland Stand Up is a long running platform dedicated to promoting and covering Scotland's ever-growing hip hop scene.   

Established as a blog by Steven 'Scuba' Duncan in 2009, SSU has grown to become Scotland's leading ongoing multimedia source for hip hop. SSU also briefly sponsored Scotland's most popular battle rap video channel during the early 2010s. Several events were hosted under the SSU banner, but the channel went on a hiatus in 2012. 

Journalist Jonathan Rimmer relaunched the blog page the following year with a focus on features, interviews and in-depth music and event reviews, with Scuba adding video/audio content and regular music posts. Leo 'Makar' Zawadzki later joined the team to add various video content to the mix.  Other writers have joined to contribute reviews.

In 2017, Jonathan edited, designed and produced Urban Scot, a 16-page magazine devoted to Scottish hip hop music and culture. This November, the team are set to relaunch the SSU monthly podcast.


SSU would be nothing without the team taking valuable time out of their lives to create content. We also support various media partners, blogs and channels that give the hip hop scene coverage. When it comes to other people's support and contributions there are too many to mention, but we send a big thanks to everyone who has written or appeared on our blog/podcast/youtube channel over the past eight years. 

You can follow SSU on TwitterFacebook and Youtube. You can watch old SSU sponsored battles on Versetracker. Read more about our main contributors below:



Jonathan Rimmer
Editor/Podcast Co-Host

Jonny runs SSU and puts together or edits the bulk of content. He hosts the Fresh Cuts series on BBC's The Social and has written about the scene for the likes of The Skinny, The National, Sunday Herald, Clash, Wordplay Mag and othersCheck out his: Twitter and Website.





Steven Duncan
aka DJ Scuba Steve
Founder/Podcast Co-Host

Steve has been DJing for over a decade and has played atgigs all over Scotland. A long term advocate of the scene, he launched the original SSU Blog in 2009 after bringdaruckus.com disappeared as a resource, resolving to continue the good work that Chris Torres was doing at the time. Steve hosts most of the podcasts, audio interviews and live sessions from his studio in Fife. Check out his: Twitter and Personal Podcast.


Leo Zawadzki
aka Makar
Camera Man/Video Editor

An emcee, graffiti artist and film-maker, Leo runs the Just a Minute video series, where Scottish rappers have to freestyle to camera over the course of a minute. He's also a talented battle rapper and has featured on Don't Flop and elsewhere. He is based in London but regularly pops up to Glasgow to tag. Check out his: Twitter and Youtube Channel.




Hannah Westwater
Reviews/Features

Hannah is a freelance journalist and blogger based in Glasgow. Having started writing reviews for fun as a young teen, she has written about music for a handful of publications. Check out her: Twitter and Blog.
Stephen Butchard
Reviews/Features

Semi-competent music writer and journalism student. Stephen likes good rap, rum and burritos. He has also written for the likes of Louder Than War, The Skinny and The Scotsman. You can contact him at verymuchmusic@gmail.com or @ his Twitter.

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