This will get you a free track and a place on the mailing list.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
This is a post to say:
Thanks for your visits, we're now past 20,000 (Next landmark 100 posts)
I'm going to a Yorkshire Terrierz gig tonight courtesy of http://www.leedshiphopscene.co.uk/ so look out for a write up of that on this and that site.
Big up to http://www.xchannel.blogspot.com/ which is a new and most excellent aggregator for music blogs. Go add yourself if you're a blogger, it's upped my site visits. Cool.
Here's a cool blog about Graf, check the instructions for how to do a Throw up, might go practice in me cellar.
Here are couple of tunes for you to tide you over, get your fix of UK Hip Hop here:
Jehst - Nuke Proof Suit
Stig of the Dump - Ill Billys ft. Subliminal
The Brotherhood - One
Friday, 26 October 2007
If you haven't already, go to Kid Acne's Website and try to work out how to get on the mailing list. If you do then you could get emails from him and I wont have to tell you what he says in them. Here's a sample:
Reet good. That's enough about him, let's do listen to something else now. This music isn't a secret or anything so don't think that I think that I'm magic or special for posting it, just have a listen and write me a nice comment about something because I miss getting comments.
Atmosphere have made a nice summery song for you to listen to. You may also like to bemoan the lack of a British summer this year (or the fact that it came and went at Easter) OR you may like to construct one of those false hazy day memories and pretend summer actually occured here. Nice anyway.
Still on a feel good vibe (Thanks to HHC for reviewing a thouroughly unsuitable track for a Hip Hop mag for bringing this one to my attention) is Andrew Thompson with his 60's sounding ditty 'In This Town'. Your mum will like it.
If you were Ed OG and you just had made a new crew and you needed someone to do a sing-song rap chorus and you didn't have enough dollars to get Nate Dogg or Cee-Lo, who would you get? Yeah you would, it's Devin the Dude who makes Special Teamz 'Long Time Coming' fun.
Big Shug is from the Gang Starr camp so it makes sense that DJ Premier would give him a few beats. This year he has and it sounds like this: Big Shug - Play it (download it then play it and it will sound like it should)
Modulok is from Canada and he makes moody but not angry far out alternative rap music. This one is called 'Jungle made of Glass'. Y Society also do a similar line of more leftfield underground Hip Hop. The MC is Insight and the beat maker is the superbly named Damu the Fudgemunk, yeah! They have a track full of almost wrong sounding, nearly clashing notes (and raps) called 'Never Off (On & On).
Future Cut have a done a remix/versus thingy with Fallacy (who I touched (no homo - I shook his hand really)the other week, how good?!)(I use alot of brackets don't I?)(Maybe I should go into shelving) I think the vs. means ft. but anyway its called 'Drug of Choice'.
Sorry the tracks aren't all id3 tagged up, I forgot to do them, do it yo' delf
Y Society - Never Off (on & on).mp3
Atmosphere - Sunshine.mp3
Modulok - Jungle made of Glass.mp3
Future Cut vs. Fallacy - Drug of Choice.mp3
Special Teamz - Long Time Coming ft Devin the Dude.mp3
Big Shug - Play it (DJ Premier).mp3
Andrew Thompson - In this Town.mp3
Thursday, 25 October 2007
From: North London
Record Label: Dented
Worked with: Foreign Beggars, DJ IQ, Shamless, Plan B, Verb T, Dubbledge & Stig of the Dump...
Other info: Has a mixtape out called 'The Eat Up' and is currently touring with Verb T & The Last Skeptik.
Sample Track: Where It All Started
Name: Young Kof
Record Label: URBeatz
Worked with: Nutty P, Logic, Lowkey, Alex Blood, Instinct, Karizma...
Other info: You can go to his myspace and download a whole mixtape for free.
Sample Track: 80's Baby (Calvin Harris Remix)
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
We're hoping to start another video soon for the track 'tin soldiers'. We believe the concept is fantastic and since the video is going to be animated the possibilities for what we can do are endless. Should be big. We're really looking forward to this one!
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Also the other week I heard 'Dynomite' by Bazuka. If you remember the band Len (of 'Steal my Sunshine' fame), then you may remember their follow up single 'Cryptik Souls Crew'. That track was basically a replayed version of 'Dynomite' featuring raps by the bands members. This is also pure disco funk and you should also check it.
I’ve had my ears tuned into UK Hip Hop for some years now and I thought that was pretty broad minded since Hip Hop is generally considered by the uneducated masses as America’s baby. Over the last few months however, I’ve gradually been drawn towards the vibrant sounds of my neighbouring towns, Leeds in particular. My original statement is a result of my dabbling in what’s bubbling just below the surface.
Last Thursday night the HiFi club in Leeds played host to ‘Leeds By Example’; a showcase for up and coming Leeds Hip Hop artists. Thanks to LeedsHipHop.co.uk for the free ticket and compilation CD, much appreciated!
The night kicked off nicely with tracks and freestyles from the 9 Lives Clik. Chief Wiggum (congratulations on the baby) and Eliphino opened up nicely and got the assembled heads bouncing some. The highlight of their set was Wiggz and Sammy D trading a capella rhymes.
Next up were Junkyard Tactics (known by Channel U viewers) who brought the energy for sure. J. Bravo is a lively MC who blatantly enjoys being on stage with mic in hand. Amongst other tracks they performed ‘On Road’, ‘Takin’ Ova’ and a really bouncy track that I really want to get my hands on, unfortunately I don’t know what it’s called.
The biggest act of the night was Breaking the Illusion. BTI were two of the original four bods who set up the UK’s most successful Hip Hop label; Low Life Records. Unfortunately things seem to have turned sour between old Joey Brains (Braintax) and Tom (MC from BTI) as can be heard on BTI’s track ‘Joe’. Just to go off on a tangent for a minute: It seems BTI are not the only ones who have fallen foul of Braintax, it looks like Chester P of Task Force now has beef about money/record labels/payment etc and rumours are Joey and Mystro fell out on tour. Anyway…back to Leeds and BTI. BTI (now one man) was accompanied by a 3 piece band who provided an interlude and a highlight of the night. Their Hip Hop instrumental medley consisted of Snoop’s ‘Gz and Hustlas’, Busta’s ‘Woo Ha’, NERD’s ‘Lapdance’, P Diddys ‘Bad Boy For Life’ and loads of other classics in a straight up rock but still Hip Hop style, in a word: elating. Unfortunately Tom lost his voice after a couple of songs but kudos for him for still completing his set somewhat hoarsely. My favourite track was ‘Mr. Bouncer’, it got me bouncing and singing along in my oh so excellent patois.
Guess how many mans there is in the crew Northern Hostility? They literally upstaged anyone else that night with their 26(ish) strong posse, there may have been more of them than audience. A shout goes to the guy who did a very long freestyle, I liked him. Then I went home to bed because I had to work the next day.
The Leeds scene is very much in it’s infancy but through sheer determination and a big dollop of skills it is making itself a sound and a niche. The benefits of supporting your local scene is that you are bound to find like minded individuals and you can experience it live and for next to nothing; now who doesn’t want those things? A masochistic hermit maybe but last time I checked Sitemeter I didn’t have any readers under such a category. Get out in your town or nearest city and find out what’s going on, whether you like Hip Hop or people who play moogs you’ll find it and you’re like as not to enjoy it. Go. Do it. Now. Or whenever there’s a gig next.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Trouble funk again so I won't bother you with the same old same old. I'll just tell you why I've posted this; because it's influential in Hop Hop. The Beasties sampled this on 'Car Thief' and DJ Skribble used the introduction on 'Everybody Come On' which Stanton Warriors mashed with Mr. Reds 'Can U Feel It' to create the radio friendly breaktastic 'Everybody Come On (Can U Feel It'.
Saturday, 6 October 2007
Jazzmatazz - State of Clarity
Jazzmatazz - Living Legend
Jegsy Dodd & The Original Sinners - The Day the World Stopped Working
Jegsy Dodd & The Sons of Harry Cross - 8000 Miles Away
US3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Anyway, he's had a good career, not a particularly popular career (I do think he is a bit of an idiot and most of the time I can't stand him) but he has repped UK Hip Hop (not so much now) and he has been shot (so he is as legendary as BIG, Pac, Jam Master Jay, Big L, Scott La Rock et al) and he does play hot tracks about seven times in a row and he does pimp cars out and he does get big rappers (whose records he only ever plays when they're on the show) to bow down and kiss his pinky ring; so it's not all bad is it?
Happy Birthday Big Dog.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
5. Local Hip Hoppers Dot to Dot’s (couldn’t really hear if that was their name, you know hip hop sound systems are rubbish), Chief Wiggum, awesome beat boxers Mega Mouth and Balls Deep and crew Don’t Talk to Strangers repped the city. DTTS were blighted by numerous problems; they had forgotten a backing track and only had the vocal track (they should have lip synched) and then the power on the stage went off leaving them to rhyme freestyle for a hot minute. Sadly the girl they had brought along to sing was drowned out by the beat due to the lack of experienced rap gig sound engineers.
4. Sinical of DMC fame gave us the pleasure of a pleasantly technical DJ set.
3. Broke ‘N’ £nglish played their game where they freestyle about 3 topics suggested by the crowd. One guy who seemed to have paid his entire ticket price to make this happen lunged to the stage and made sure they heard him shouting ‘orange, orange’. Now orange, as we all know, is a word that doesn’t have any proper rhyming words. Yes Eminem did rhyme it with ‘syringes’ but that didn’t really work and it was annoying to boot. Basically B’N’E obviously have encountered this guy’s counterparts before as after ending a line with ‘lozenge’ Strategy totally berated the ‘t**t [who] asked me to rhyme orange’! Backed up by DJ/MC Konny Kon they gave a good, energetic show. Check out their myspace and their radio 1 podcast (that was the first time I heard them).
2. Task Force slightly annoyed the security by announcing ‘the rowdy part of their set’ (after a pretty rowdy first half) and encouraging people to do all sorts of unruly things such as starting a mosh pit, pogo jumping (a la the punks) and stage diving. Heads took them up on their offer and the big ol’ bouncers begun to bounce very angrily. The show was stopped after they dragged one guy outside and Chester P announced that he was getting stomped outside, this notice concluded in half of the gig-goers and half of the artists and their entourages rushing the security out the back. Task Force were accompanied onstage by Inja (and his big grin) and DJ Louis Slipperz and they basically rocked in a truly rock ‘n’ roll style.
1. Fallacy was there (and he shook my hand)! Pretty much all night UK legend Fallacy was stood at the back of the stage admiring the energy of Broke ‘N’ £nglish and Task Force. Task Force passed the mic for a guest verse at the end of their set.
Big up to New Bohemia who know how to throw a party and how to book a good handful of artists. Check out their myspace to see the other events they have organised in Leeds. It was a shame I had to go at 2.00 am because DJ Format had just kicked off his set in fine style with ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, maybe next time eh?
Broke 'N' £nglish - Manchester Sh__
Task Force - The Last Tune
First up; some Chali 2na related stuff: I found this remix yesterday of Z-Trip’s ‘Mass Hysteria’ featuring Chali on sideload yesterday, it’s pretty cool so have a listen. Also Aceyalone’s (pronounced A C alone) latest ‘Eazy’ also features 2na and that’s cool too.
The other week I went to see ‘Superbad’ and although I didn’t think it was that amazing, it did have some very funny parts. It also featured The Coup’s ‘My Favourite Mutiny’ which is a favourite of mine and is available for free download at their website along with ‘We are the Ones’, both off their ‘Pick a Bigger Weapon’ album…some legally free music for you.
Whilst we’re on the subject of free and legal music Kid Acne from Sheffield, Yorkshire has made his ‘South Yorks’ track free to download when you join his mailing list. And check this out: In the highly esteemed HHC Richard Watson wrote this: “A self-explanatory Boogie Down Productions classic takes a Lancashire detour on ‘South Yorks’”. NO! It doesn’t take a Lancashire detour, South Yorks means South YORKSHIRE, dumbo, two entirely different counties. How stupid can you be?
That tune by Kid Acne is almost a cover song and on my astral wanderings through the blogosphere I found this Klaxons cover of No Diggity. It’s brilliant but I wish they had sung the rap too.
Jay-Z is apparently bringing us a new album; his first concept album entitled ‘American Gangster’. It sounds entirely original and is something to do with a film. Has he not got enough money and enough pies for his fingers? Anyway the track ‘Blue Magic’ is worth a listen. Thanks to whoever blogged this in the first place.
Have you heard of Hieroglyphics? No…not that ancient writing from Egypt but the Hip Hop crew. They’ve been around for a while and make some classic boom to the bap Hip Hop with samples and everything. Their track ‘Classic’ samples a well known classical piece of music (although I don’t know what it is but I do recognise it) and you need to listen to the end of the track that comes before it on the album ‘Full Circle’, you’ll know why when you do.
Here’s a bit of a classic track; the track that really made people sit up and take notice of 50 Cent. ‘How to Rob’ basically goes through all the big rappers and how 50 would rob them, good eh?! This is a bit of a taster of something I think I’m going to do to follow up the hugely popular Top 100 Rap Singles. It could possibly be called something like modern classics and will include all those Wu-Tang joints and big tracks from the 90’s, ya know the sort.
My man over at Eclectic Hermit did a bare funny post about the Mysterons so you should go there after listening to this to read it and to download some more goodies. Here’s ‘Moving Coils’ to whet your appetite for instrumental Hip Hop in the vein of RJD2 and Aim.
Last one: (and thanks to ‘Put Ya Boots On’ for this) Demon Boys’ ‘Glimity Glamity’ is a classic piece of UK Hip Hop, I prefer this track to the Hijack and Hardnoise stuff and it’s got that classic Hip Hop dance-ability about it.