Amsterdam might not be as globally recognised as an incubator of hip-hop culture in the same way as Atlanta or Compton, but the scene in the Dutch capital is no less dedicated. The annual Appelsap festival testifies to that. This year, the event brought some of the U.S. and U.K.’s wildest rising artists to the city — as well as well as a healthy sprinkling of homegrown talent — to give Dutch hip-hop and grime heads the party they deserve.
The photos here, by London’s sharpest shooter Vicky Grout, capture the on-point looks for the festival’s artists and attendees, but also reveal the diversity at the core of Amsterdam’s hip-hop community. In Appelsap’s 2015 book, So Fresh It Hurts, author Karin Amatmoekrim described the city’s scene: “We are undoubtedly talking about black culture,” she wrote. “[But] the hip-hop scene’s core was Surinamese, Dutch, Italian, Ghanaian, Moluccan, and Egyptian.”