Monday, 31 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
At 35 tracks, yet only 50 minutes long, this is like a collection of snapshots giving insights into the world of Tom Bombadeal. What strikes me is that, despite this being set in an imaginary world, this album really captures many aspects of modern day life – and it makes me glad to be alive.
As you saunter through The Shire with Tom you meet the Sun, the Moon, trees, a witchdoctor, a troll and many more characters some voiced by rappers Elemental, 777, Dizraeli and Teej. Tom’s production is beautifully folksy making this as un-Hip Hop as Hip Hop gets – it’s extremely refreshing and in the short time I’ve owned this album I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve listened to it.
‘Further Into The Woods’ is out now on Tea Sea Records and I can’t urge you enough to go pick this up from them or Suspect Packages. But be warned, if you do buy it; be ready to be stripped of all your rap inhibitions. Play this one for yer kids.
Here are two new tracks from the combination of peeps in the above equation.
The first track is 'No Matter' by Knew Jeru'slum, so that's Johnny Alpha and Watson G on spits with nice production from Miss Tofelees. 'No Matter' is all about sticking at things despite trials and tribulations - something serious for you. This track is taken off their forthcoming LP 'Jerus and Gentiles' which will be released on Don't Talk To Strangers.
The second track's not so serious. This one is 'Sweet and Sour' by Johnny Alpha, featuring Watson G and produced by Miss Tofelees. If you're into Chinese food, or just food in general, get this track playing whilst you cook up a storm (or get on the phone to your local takeaway). 'Sweet And Sour' will feature on the Miss Tofelees album 'Mist Over Leeds' which will be out late 2009/early 2010.
"Anna Meredith (who you might have seen recently on TV teaching Goldie how to write orchestral music) is one of the UK’s hottest up and coming composers - she has written two BBC Proms and last year was commissioned for the Last Night of the Proms.
Our new piece will be performed on February 19th and 20th 2010 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a specially created 20-piece orchestra, plus the Vocal Orchestra (my 8-piece beatbox choir) embedded within the ensemble.
This will be a challenging modern classical work recognising the human voicebox as a musical instrument in its own right, and also a chance to create the first full notation for beatboxers.
I’ll be blogging and tweeting throughout the whole process, and all the latest info, photo, video, blog posts and links to buy tickets can be found on the Concerto’s project page."
Go here for more info.
First off, ‘The 30s Edition’ is more bearable than ‘The 80s Edition’ (which was still dope) and it’s a real light listen, especially if you want to have a bit a laugh at the sort of jaunty music they used to make. Yoda makes for additional comedy as he scratches samples and drops ridiculous beats over the original tracks.
Stand-out selections are ‘Cheesecake’ by Louis Armstrong (pure hilarity) and Moondog’s ‘Lament 1, Bird’s Lament’ (the original sample from Mr Scruff’s ‘Get a Move On’). Speaking of sample sources, Thelonious Monk’s ‘Black and Tan Fantasy’ (of Wu-Tang Clan's ‘Shame On A Nigga’) fame also crops up. You’ll also enjoy the one-two combo of Fats Waller’s ‘Reefer Song’ and Cab Calloway’s ‘Reefer Man’ for the possibly unintentional drug references.
DJ Yoda never fails to entertain, he also makes me want to buy all these records for myself. ‘How To Cut & Paste: The 30s Edition’ is out now and available on itunes and on CD.
Whether you like classic Metal ('Money & Mates'), choirs singing over scratched and broken beats ('Krush Style' - a rework of The Cinematic Orchestra's 'Night of the Iguana'), foreign Jazz-Rap ('Toxic Psychosis is not Enlightenment') or downtempo Hip Hop Soul ('Filsofia Musical') you should open up your leftfield and enter into The Guvnor's world of Hip Hop psyhcadelia by downloading 'Last Breath' for free:
Certified Banger: Can you tell us your necessary background details so we can build on basics for the rest of the interview?
Leady: My name is Leady and I have featured on Mixtapes such as UK Runnings, HHB Radio Mixtapes, Certified Banger 'On The Radar', I have worked with the likes of Filthy Rich, JabbaThaKut, Beit Nun, Baron Samedi, Joe Gutta, Lunar C, WydeBoi, EXP, and plenty more.
CB: What are your current or upcoming projects?
L: Currently I'm working on my solo project 'Toxic Nonsense' as well starting possible joint projects with the likes of Manchester based Producer X-FIRE or Huddersfield producer Kegzi. Obviously I have a track featuring on the current Certified Banger 'On The Radar Vol.4'. Also I will be featuring on a project that will be released by E.L.D.E.R.S, a coalition of MCs from the states, Canada and the UK put together for working together, and promoting each other as well, so with that said, keep eyes open for the debut from E.L.D.E.R.S - 'The Black List'.
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Wednesday, 26 August 2009
'Rain Blood' and 'Reflections' can be yours - they're just a click or two away so do the download thing and get some of that hardcore British realness.
'White Noize', the group's first LP, will be out on October 5th. You can expect every track to tackle "particular issues" and the album as a whole "aims at raising awareness of what is really happening with our youth, particularly black youth as statistics show that they are the most affected in an environment which is not only void of support but almost void of any spiritual, moral guidance." - deep stuff as usual.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Forget the usual "if you're in the area" thing - even if you're not get there and get the first train in the morning home. Jehst, Micall Parknsun, Jack Flash with Extra Curricular and Kidkanevil? Be there. 30th October. Leeds. The Vault, 123 The Headrow. Brrrrrap!
Organix again. This time Dweller, Day Two, Jay Madden (of SK Crew/Tactical Thinking, check their single which is out this week), Scrabble, Mal, Sherbet, Gadget, Baron, Pez and 777. Check out www.myspace.com/organixhiphop for more! Here is the vid of Wizard and Scizzahs deciding on the winners:
The rest of the LP, unfortunately, falls flat. It’s not that Hinds can’t spit – he can, but the tracks just don’t grab the listener and a lot of the production seems kinda out of tune. This is a collection of pretty competently made Hip Hop (and I hate to be the one who says this) but musically and conceptually it just does not stand up in the current scene.
‘The Need To Be Heard’ will be about in September or October on Ill Flava Records so you can make your own judgments on this CD then.
Mr. Witts is from Stroud (I’ve just been on Google maps, it’s in Gloucester between Birmingham and Bristol) so he’s got the relevant regional accent – all good when you’re trying to stand out from the crowd. He does his own production and the 11 tracks on ‘We Ain’t Rich Yet’ are all a one man job – apart from the additional sung female vocals by Aimee Bea Ballinger.
Over what sound like non-sampled productions with a healthy amount of bottom end Mr. Witts raps seriously about the realities of life. For a debut DIY release this is a fine attempt - a little more originality in concept and subject matter to match the more inventive beats wouldn’t go amiss next time but this is a solid release no less.
‘We Ain’t Rich Yet’ is available from Mr. Witts himself by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crikey! Have I just witnessed the best UK Hip Hop video ever? I think so! Scratch Perverts, Shlomo, Foreign Beggars, Dr. Syntax and Stig of the Dump all feature on this groundbreaking short - more like this please!
Caruana’s newest album is a pastiche of amusing snippets, bits and bobs and rapping over happy time beats – TC certainly keeps things interesting. With less than half the tracks resembling traditional rap songs it’s fun for the whole family.
The title track sees Tom rapping about fishing over a sample previously heard on a Beatnuts track, single ‘Someone Else’ speaks volumes of truth about the personalities we all choose and ‘Wonderlust’ featuring Vecks is straight up head bob Hip Hop. Elemental features on ‘Blind Bob’s Vengeance’ which is a breakneck speed pirate themed track – top stuff.
For lots of laughs head over to Tea Sea Records and order yourself a copy of ‘It’s So Different Here’ – don’t take your bloodclart selves so seriously UK Hip Hop heads. This LP is the follow up to 'Welcome Aboard' (available free from Buda Beats or on CD from Disorda at Suspect Packages) and if you really get into the mood of things Tom's holding a colouring-in competition so people can colour in the front and back cover and send them in to me, the best one will get printed as a limited edition reissue - the page to download the artwork is www.teasearecords.net/competitions.
First off, and overall, it’s a great album and one worth your moolah. Secondly, if you didn’t like the lead single ‘The Lion’s Den’ featuring Ms. Dynamite, don’t let that put you off – it’s definitely my least favourite track on the album.
The title track is an enticing instrumental with enough variation to keep a beats and breaks fan happy. ‘Round of Applause’ is fully vocalled up by long time collaborator Dynamite MC as he chats breezily about a good-looking lady. The quality of the vocal contributions on the LP is second to none – the cutesy voiced Betty Steeles provides a chilled and less mainstream alternative to Lily Allen on ‘Whisper Up’ and Kivanc puts down some sung melodies on ‘Love Someone’ – both of these tracks rock a great reggae vibe. Singer Jonny Tarr, ragga rapper Jimmy Screech and songstress Lindsay West also feature on excellent and differing tracks covering Hip Hop Soul, Dancehall and Big Beat Trip Hop productions respectively.
‘Stay at Home’ doesn’t sit with the rest of the album with it’s dancy, clubby sound although ‘Red Setter’, another instrumental vaguely reminiscent of the 90s 2 Step garage craze, is a nice brief excursion.
The Nextmen make music as close to easy listening as Hip Hop gets – ‘Join.The.Dots’ is not a strenuous listen and it’s one you can pop on with your non-Hip Hop mates – even they’ll appreciate it. It’s out now on Universal and can be bought just about everywhere.
Monday, 24 August 2009
Age: – Collectively 79 years old, mostly in favour of Jonny Alpha, don’t be fooled by his Oil of Olay looks.
From: Hudds and Halifax
Track on ‘On The Radar’: ‘Dreamcatchers’ ft. JND
Tell us the story behind the track: The track’s produced by Eliphino (9 Livez), and features one of our extended fam, JND. He's dope and always comes with some freshness, so we asked him to jump on this as we’d been talkin collabos for a minute. I watched a film with the same title, and thought it’d be good just to write to a title, get three different perspectives on the word. We took too long from start to finish with gaps inbetween movements on it - a year must be a record!
Record label: Don’t Talk to Strangers fam.
Who you roll with: The main fam are Bane, Mury Poppinz (No Pretense) Chief Wigz, Optics, Spida Lee, Brutal Artistry, Mega Mouth, Ball-Z, Deadboy,TCB, Guvnor, Mikey 3D...We like to think were pretty tight with a certain Miss Tofelees (Biggin’ her up so we get more beats!)...couple of mans further afield like Iz-real, Naryckin, Turtle hands. We're working a bit with Whichcraft too(the artist, not the pastime!).
Favourite album: Jonny - Personally, I’d throw Gravediggaz '6ftDeep' up there, along with 'Illmatic' (Watson – “me too” and 'Baduism')
Describe your style in three words: Watson - “Completely – Mixed & Diverse,”..Jonny – “True – imaginative - Poetry!” Belinda – “Timeless – soulful – real”
Past/Present/Future projects: You can check the DTTS myspace for all previous releases and who's whos. As far as Knew Jerus goes, our album ‘Jerus & Gentiles’ will be the first project, out very early 2010, featuring production mostly from Miki B, and featuring beats from Guvnor and Eliphino, Our first single on Download only –‘Non-Apologetix’ came out a bit ago ft. Manchild from Mars Ill Available on i-tunes, next single is a Double A side 12” Hibernation ft. Pigeon John, and on the flip No Pretense ft. Prince Po – Elevation.
We got an album entirely over Guvnor beats in the pipe line for 2010, an EP called ‘Plastercine’ ft. Some very special guests, and we’re each working on solo material too, keep check on the DTTS myspace for schedules, and other interesting ish happening - we’re busy bees!
Watch out for a couple of guest spots from us here and there...watch out for WYdeboi’s EP!
Watch out for the DTTS releases in the next 12 months, it’s getting BIG!
‘Relevant’ is where I get into the EP; a rapid guitar riff with the half time dubstep beats – quality. ‘Go This Way’ will keep your head nodding and whilst it’s not as original as ‘Relevant’ it’s still pretty good on account of Dabbla’s ill lyricism.
‘The Puppa Murc EP’ is out on September 21st on Dented Records and I’m fully aware that many folk are gonna feel ‘Wave 2 Da Floor and ‘Bitch’ – go buy it and see for yourself! Listen to 'It's Not Relevant' now on the Certified Banger Podcast.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
If you haven't already then I'd strongly advise you pick up a copy of Shamless's LP 'Smokers Die Younger' and the 12" of The Thunderclaps' 'Judgement Day' - two hard and related releases for you.
The beats are pretty modernistic and entirely unlike J5’s selected productions. ‘Fish Outta Water’ shouldn’t be held up against any of his group’s work but even if it wasn’t many of the instrumentals on it would be considered weak. What they do achieve is to provide Chali the opportunity to show his diversity and versatility.
There are some pretty odd choices of guests too – Damien and Stephen Marley and Beanie Man stand out like a sore thumb. Talib Kweli drops probably the most lack-lustre and off beat verse of his career on ‘Lock Sh** Down’ but Anthony Hamilton lends some suitable soul on ‘Don’t Stop’ – one of the LP’s highlights (and probably one originally intended as a J5 cut). Elzhi’s opening verse works well on ‘When Will I See You Again’ which isn’t a bad track. ‘Comin’ Thru’ is another J5-esque one which sounds pretty fresh and ‘Righteous Way’ is a great exploration of how love and life go round in circles.
‘Fish Outta Water’ sees Chali spit the type of verse he is lauded for, some awful beats (that blatantly say “We want the mainstream)some good beats, some strange guests and some great ones – overall, it’s patchy with some standout moments. I still love Chali 2na though.
'Fish Outta Water' is out now on Decon and is available to buy now.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Tricksta is about to do it again - the latest in the UK Runnings series is set to be a big one and a must for every UK Hip Hop fan's collection. I'm not going to say anything else right now except for this: look at the tracklist:
01 - Blak Twang - So Hard
02 - Kyza – Dirty
03 - TBear – Flexasize
04 - Mr Drastick - I Spy Pussy
05 - M9 - Wrong Growth
06 - Stylah - Please Listen
07 - Sonnyjim Feat Jehst & Cappo - God Complex
08 - Asaviour & DJ IQ Feat Dubbledge – Nextweek
09 - Salvo Feat Kashmere & Chester P - The Info
10 - Lowkey - Long Live Palestine (The Last Skeptik Remix)
11 - Streetz Feat K.Ners - Get Away
12 - Manny Moscow Feat LATE & Jai Boo - Flows & Bars
13 - Raggo Zulu Rebel, Big Cakes, Teach, Logic & Manic - My Pain
14 - Haka Presents DVS & OC Jigga - London Is Calling
15 - The Colony - New Rules
16 - LATE - Supply & Demand
17 - Joker Starr Feat Micall Parknsun - Stay On The Move
18 - Jabba Tha Kut Feat Supar Novar - All Alone
01 - Cobane - I Need More
02 - Nasah from Mud Fam - No Long Ting
03 - Jyager Feat Foreign Beggars & Kashmere - Frozen In The Night
04 - Kroscene Feat Kid Rad – Greed
05 - Big V Feat Mailk & Dreadful - That’s Danger
06 - Unfriendly Neighbours – Swagga
07 - Conman Feat 10Shott - Pay Up
08 - Undercurrent Feat Grit Grammar – Paratroppers
09 - K9 - Code Red
10 - King P Feat Yogi - Won't Stop
11 - P.A.C - What U
12 - AC Feat Terra & Genesis Elijah - Bad Luck
13 - Million Dan - Hip Hop You Don’t Stop
14 - Ramson Badbones & Jetsun Beats - Hit Da Deck
15 - Iron Braydz – Lost
16 - OC Jigga - Caller ID
17 - Skandal – Spaceship
18 - Willo Wispa - Same Ol' Same Old
Friday, 21 August 2009
Download 'Stop Stressin'' here for free or download the whole 'On The Radar Volume 4' instead - there are 20 more tracks on it!
Here's some future-head nod for your ears courtesy of Chima Anya, Astrosnare and Jason McDougall - love it, can't wait for Chima's album. You can download this track now!
His inspiration was Small Professor's 'Small Pro vs Large Pro' (download that here), you can download Tom's instrumentals here, and Large Pro's acapellas here.
The second free track taken from Redbeard's forthcoming 'Tha Bearded Wonda' LP is produced by Jon Phonics and features S.K. and Sam Stealth and it's called 'Bad Mannaz'. Phonics keeps the beat menacing during the verse before it explodes into some dirty bassline in the chorus. S.K. brings his unique madness to the mix.
The dirty versions of these two tracks can be heard at Redbeard's Reverbnation page.
'On The Radar' contributors Delusionists have been busy boys - they've hooked up with Slim Pickens to bring you a new track by the name of 'The Movement'. It's free to download so get on it now! It features a nice headnod beat and some sick lyrics - what more d'ya want? Love the fact that he name checks Nastro Azzurro.
Producers, don't forget the Delusionists remix competition - remix 'Parallel Worldz' and have your track featured on the CD of their 'The Prolusion' EP. Click here for more detail!
Scorzayzee - 'Spinning Round'
Scorzayzee - 'Busy Road (remix)'
Scorzayzee - 'That's Entertainment'
Check this - a genuine rap video to remind the youtube generation what's what! Orphans of Cush are Kyza, M9 and Cyrus Malachi and also possibly Masikah so beware of words you'll have to look up in the dictionary!
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Here's the unedited, not pushed for space version of the review just in case you're interested:
Charismatically rapped real life rhymes that never fall flat over weighty production from the likes of M-Phazes and Apa-Tight. High quality but limited guest verses from YNR associates leave Mr. Parknsun plenty of time to shine with his consistent and dynamic verses. ‘All 4 Hip Hop’ sounds like the anthem it should be, tracks like ‘Still Here’ and ‘Come Again’ covertly push this thing forward whilst others offer the indispensably classic sounds of Hip Hop.
The published version can be found by clicking here.
Keeping up the DMC angle, we also present the greatest archived DMC photos you’ll ever see, including James Brown live in London in ‘88 and behind-the-scenes footage of the legendary Royal Albert Hall stage set-up. Oh, and we also grabbed DMC champ DJ Switch to put together a 30 minute mix of the best new rap songs released this month."
Also be sure to check out my review of Micall Parknsun's latest album in there.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
'We Don't Want Them' - Lowkey, The Last Skeptik, Eslaam Jawaad & Get Cape.Wear Cape.Fly (live video)
Farma G drops in with a split persona on the heavy ‘The Anthem’, Micall Parknsun raps as hungrily as ever on ‘The Land Of The Lost’, Verb T rocks over the jazzy but hard ‘The Dungeon’ and Jack Flash examines himself on the piano-led ‘Sound Of A Genius’. Ramson Badbonez brings golden bars as usual on the punchy ‘Jammin’ On The Street’ and SonnyJim and Conflix wrap the album up with ‘King’ – sure to give you a long-lasting screwface. Other UK MCs who appear on equally as awesome tracks are Baron Samedi, 777, Unfriendly Neighbours, Ed Strong, Enlish (on the very true to life ‘Jealous Type’), Rup, Influx and Vecks and Scizzahz.
Tragic Allies, Erg One and Singapore Kane kick things off for the Americans on the threatening ‘Run For Cover’ (a joint production with Kelakovski) and Random gives one of the best lyrical performances on ‘New World’ as he tells the story of an African being taken into slavery. Verbal Kent and Wizard keep heads moving with ‘Fast Forward’, the album’s non-cheesy love song. Other US rappers to feature are Lil E, J-Black, Mike Mass and Altruisms.
The compilation features 23 tracks of the artists making light of their everyday lives over some big US influenced productions - it's like the illest after hours cypher between a bunch of mates only seeking to have a good time. 'Heavy Rotation Vol. 2' is a lot of fun without being silly and it's easy to tell that this has been made as a result of a love for the art.
Things can get pretty ig'nant as the boys rap about everything you'd expect them to - girls, sex (these two come up often), cash, Hip Hop and life stories all get covered in the forthright Crackhouse style. Despite there being a certain sound, each MC brings his own style - for example, Instance has his gravelly tone, No Change demonstrates the ability to rap with the melody and El-D has the tight multisyllabic rhymes. The tracks don't get boring either, each has it's own sound with neighbouring tracks, the rock infused 'Tour Bus' and sing-a-long ballad 'City Life' being a fine example of the variety Crackhouse Recordings is capable of.
The Capitol 1212 boys also inform me that they are "currently finishing off a bunch of new tracks and writing and recording with some great people... such as Tenor Fly, ED OG, Mike G(Jungle Brothers), Dizzy(Ugly Duckling),Cadence(Raw Produce),Time Machine, Profisee, Danny Diamond, Serocee and Mr. Bang On.
This week, Truth of Rapsploitation and a dope emcee in his own right drops by to chat to Vice about everything from free downloads to Skype! Here's what to expect music-wise:
1. Masta Ace - Brooklyn Masala
2. Sonnyjim & Kosyne - EG Professionals (prod. Kelakovski)
3. Pseudo Slang - Omelette
4. Lewis Parker - Sunflight
5. Soundsci - Remedy*
6. Amor Jones - My Addiction
7. Truth - Take Time**
8. Common - Funky For You (Prod. by J.Dilla)
9. Truth - Heavyweight f. Conflix & Sonny Jim**
10. Art Of Fresh - Get Free
11. Truth - Numbers**
12. Raze Brooks - Burnin' f. Reach
1. d. C. - My Lonely Room
2. Elaquent - Above & Beyond (Teal)
3. Elaquent - Neon Glow (Turquoise)
4. Vice - Legendary
5. Vice - Sunshine
6. Raul Supreme - Midnight Soul
7. Myke Forte - Alleyway Breaks
8. Myke Forte - Fallin Up
9. The Roots - What They Do
10. Myke Forte - Break It Up
11. Raul Supreme - R2D2
12. LG & Biscuit f. Micall Parknsun & D.Ablo - Life
* = Available as a free download! Go to www.mainingredient.blogspot.com for more info (Props to Crate Escape Records)
** = Truth's 'Procrastinat (K)ing' is available for free download! Go to www.rapsploitation.co.uk for more info
The second exclusive track from 'On The Radar Volume 4' comes courtesy of Chosen Spokesmen and top UK producer Chemo. Chosen Spokesmen are a collection of artists including Blick Kid (Beat Maker/MC), Gadget Boy (Beat Maker), Modulation (Beat Maker/Beat Boxer/MC), Danger The Sargent (MC) and Mr Flex (MC).
The version of the track featured on 'OTR Vol. 4' didn't include the cuts in the chorus so here's that new version. Look out for this track in other places in the near future but remember where you heard it first. Stay tuned for some more Chosen Spokesmen music at Certified Banger.
All you have to do is download the acapella, do your remix thing and then email it to email@example.com by 31st August. That gives you a couple of weeks so dust off the old MPC, fire up the computer, dig out that sample and get to work.
If you want to know more then get straight at Mr. Ben Black for info at any of these places: twitter.com/MrBenjaminBlack, myspace.com/delusionists or beatslayingabout.com.
Monday, 17 August 2009
The use of autotune on 'Abnormal' is almost too slick to be a joke, but best believe, he hates autotune so it's OK. Whilst you and I might not agree with 'Test Your Faith', it displays Suus's thinking side as he speaks out on something often avoided in Hip Hop. 'Not 30 Something' is pretty funny as Suus takes on Dre's Jay-Z beat. Sinima's 'Not Alright' is exemplary of the rising production talent that Suus has drafted in for this release.
This is good already and if Suus keeps on, who knows where he'll be when he hits 20? To his credit, there are limited signs of immaturity here - this definitely will appeal to an older audience.
Incisive is for fans of the likes of Sway who still do the Hip Hop thing but with the modern London state of mind. Incisive is a pretty entertaining MC who may yet do big things.
If you like what you hear be sure to check out the rest of their website, if you carefully there are more free things to download.
Here's a new Life MC track. It features Skuff of 'Delegates of Culture and the production is by the Krate Krusaders. Life MC has an new album out soon entitled 'Life Beyond Rap' which features Ill Bill, Chester P, Si Phili, Skuff and Inja and of course with beats by DJ Nappa.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Sure, R'n'B and Hip Hop's history is littered with similar stories. Take Will Smith's hits for example - all very popular old tracks (that only he'd afford sample clearance for). But the difference in this case? All very popular GREAT old tracks, for example Diana Ross' 'Love Hangover' being converted into 'Freakin' It' or The Clash's 'Rock The Casbah' making it to the charts as 'Willenium'.
So who are the main culprits now? Well T.I. set it off with 'Live Your Life' which sampled the awful 'Dragostea Din Tei' by O-zone. Now Flo-Rida has followed with 'Sugar' which samples Eiffel 65's 'Blue (Da Ba De)' (I know...!) and last year Wiz Khalifa nicked Alice Deejay's 'Better Off Alone' for his terrible 'Say Yeah'.
It's sampling gone mad and it needs to stop. Or is this what folk have always been saying about rap records? Do you know of any more examples like this? Let us know your thoughts. All I can say is I'm looking forward to when they tap into the rich Europop vein that is Aqua of 'Barbie Girl' fame.
Friday, 14 August 2009
Ewan Hoozami (see what he's done there? Love it.) has hooked up with rapper Whichcraft to conjure up (alright, that was bad, I know) a couple of tracks. Whichcraft appears to be from the US and if I've found the right one on myspace he's from NY/Charlotte, NC.
The tracks come on that Def Jux/Epitaph type vibe - quite alternative/indie, pretty dark and paranoid. If ill lyricism about things of the night from a guy who actually might be a vampire is your thing then check out these tracks. Ewan Hoozami's beats probably served to further fuel the MCs psychotic vocals - a perfect match.
There are strong connections here with Geordie crew Dialect (and if you checked their 'D.Day' set then you'll want to hear this) with Peta Max and Chattabox both mucking in. Mylo also brings Sam Otis of Bristol crew Lowercase (and also of The Swamps with Chattabox and Mylo) and a whole host of other blokes including Bristol rappers B'Tol and Chalk MC on the raps and Shanksy, Joey Blitz, Rola, Mr. Monk (of Fat Club), Herboy and Flipz on the boards.
Anyway, the beats will keep your cranium violently bobbing and the raps will make you wonder who wronged these guys and which mental disease has them in its steely grasp - great stuff, if you like that kind of thing!
The production, all by DJ Rogue, is a nice mix up of Reggae, Dubstep and Hip Hop and 'Self Harmony Vol. 1' is up for free download for you. If you're around Bristol and you can track him down you might even be able to get a CD version off him - track him down!
If you're into the Bristol Hip Hop scene then why not go join their forum 'Hijack Bristol' - it's full of good stuff like this.
Masta Ace is the king of the concept and this track is no exception - him and Ed name drop aload of rappers with Lil' and Young in their rap name and it's just darn entertaining!