Monday, 28 February 2011
The 5th and final instalment of Mr Caruana's remix project is now up for free download from his website. This time, 17 tracks from the legendary Digging In The Crates crew get a re-working, grab it from this link:
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Here is the Video for 'Love Me!' the Free Dowlnload Single taken from the forthcoming 'The Samson Lok Files' Mini Album, also Free to Download from 28th February 2011!
This video is Directed by Kieran Malko, and features production from Paris based Keor Meteor. Mixed and mastered by The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Download 'The Samson Lok Files' from 28/02/11 Here- http://www.knew-jeruslum.bandcamp.com/
Friday, 25 February 2011
Wizard is probably as prolific as any producer in the country. That Work may be only his second solo album, but that ignores various projects with KidEight & Scizzahz, a large number of instrumental releases and regular production for a whole host of MCs up and down the country. With this release he aims to prove that he is also as versatile as any of the competition.
No MC manages to feature on more than a single track on this album. This is often a drawback for producer albums, as the sheer amount, and variety, of different voices and styles prevent a cohesive theme or sound from emerging. That proves to be the case here as well, particularly as Wizard seems keen to change production style almost as frequently as guest vocalist.
Not that the album is without it's highlights though. Sonnyjim, who hardly ever spits a weak verse, brings his A-game on 99%. Jack Flash shows that even when in cruise control, and working with fairly uninspired subject matter, he is more engaging than most. Both the production on this, and Thabo's ever soulful crooning, would genuinely not feel out of place alongside any chart-destined smooth Hip-Hop/RnB track of recent vintage. The IRS also show up, to round the album off nicely, with Cold City. However, probably the highlight for me is delivered by one of the least heralded guests. The highly underrated Truth brings the album's most insightful lyrical performance on These Times.
The other side of the pond is also well represented here. Wizard provides some crunching electric guitars for Thesaurus Rex to drop punchlines over, on album opener WWF, and Little Brother affiliate Joe Scudda warns people to keep their hands out of his pockets on Playing With Me. However, one of Wizard's biggest miss steps here is the remix to Ill Bill's Remove The Gag. The lightweight drums on this synth-driven track give a rather bland backdrop for probably the 3 highest profile guests on the album (Ill Bill, Wordsworth & Verbal Kent). Another below-par effort is the highly generic R&B stylings of Carlos Montana & Joey G-Zus on Lay You Down.
Overall this album doesn't quite live up to its predecessor, due to a dip in the overall consistency of both the beats, and the guest verses. It is also affected by the curse of producer-led albums, having a "compilation feel", as the variety in guests prevent the project from finding a sound of its own. Whether or not it's actually the case, it makes you feel as the listener that Wizard simply threw 17 of his most recent tracks together, rather than setting out from scratch to come up with a cohesive album. That Work works better as a shop window for Wizard's production, showing that his range has expanded over the last couple of years, and anyone looking for beats can go to him for more than just underground bangers.
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
New single from The Planets, following up from their recently released collaboration EP with Roc Marciano. As the title suggests, and as is always the case with these guys, their deen is the foremost topic lyrically. In fact the new album will be called Deenology, so expect more of the same to come.
Tom Caruana presents: The Rough Versions Remix Series: Vol. 2-4 (MF DOOM, Brand Nubian & J-Live) (free download)
I recently posted the first volume of Tom Caruana's 5 part remix project, The Rough Versions, which featured Large Professor remixes: Tom Caruana presents: The Rough Versions Remix Series: Vol. 1, Large Pro (Free Download)
Here's the first track from Atmosphere's upcoming album 'The Family Sign', which drops in April. Over reggae-tinged production, Slug breaks down some female issues that I'm sure many will relate to...
Atmosphere - Just For Show by rhymesayers
Monday, 21 February 2011
One of several live hip-hop bands who have sprung up over the last couple of years, Kings of the City drop a new video. Klashnekoff drops in to drop the third verse on the track. The moody guitar-based track is matched with catchy hook. Not completely sure about the vampire flex in the video though...
The track is also available to download for free from the group's bandcamp page, and while you're there, there are a few other free bits and pieces that are worth checking out as well.
Just stumbled across this nice little bandcamp freebie. I hadn't previously heard of Leddie & Smoggy, who are from Middlesborough. Features a sped-up chorus, and dope guitar sample. Get your listen and/or download on below:
After the recent release of his album "Ready To Diet",Nugget shows no sign of slowing down with this taste of things to come,produced by Tony Mahoney,Nugget drops some serious bars on this
You need to grab this now you wont be disappointed,and if you need beats contact him here
Free download here
Check the tracklist below
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Saturday, 19 February 2011
Skuff produced one of my favourite LPs of all time in 2006 with 'End of the World News' so I'm always ready to listen to what the man's got to say and he delivers plenty of outstanding rhymes over bootlegged beats including Nas' Purple, The Game's Dreams and Outkast's B.O.B as well as a couple of random homegrown bangers. Skuff flips hooks and rhymes from the original tracks, hence the title of this free mixtape 'Deep Covers', as well as delivering his usual autobiographical steeze and extensive vocabulary. Not many MCs can use such a vast range of words while still being entertaining and applying so much emotion to there vocal delivery. Download 'Deep Covers' for free HERE or follow the above player. As Skuff states on the bandcamp page 'this album will probly never be finished' so expect more of the same somewhere in the future....
It's been a long time since we've had some 'music from the corner', but here's a quick freebie that the boys have let loose via Bandcamp. According to the notes, this was the last track that they ever recorded together as Taskforce, back in September 2009.
Friday, 18 February 2011
Yet another mixtape from Ramson Badbonez. The concept here is pretty straightforward, Badbonez spitting over Dilla instrumentals. Don't expect any carefully crafted songs here, not one of the tracks even reaches as far as 2 minutes long. That said, Badbonez over beats as good as this for free, can't be a bad thing now can it?...
Sons Phonetic are back with this banger produced by the mighty Mook and featuring irish legend RiRa,taken from the 12 Labours album which is out now,look out for the review coming soon.
Connect with SP here
The album opens with a haunting piano loop and some excerts of classic hiphop from Wu Tang and Big L among others and this sets the scene aswell as showing what LD's influences are before the song The Beginning of The End kicks in and he proceeds to drop knowledge over the downtempo beat.
Next up is Metamorphose and i found this to be a highlight because some of the rhyme patterns and schemes are exceptional.
With only one feature from the impressive Tommy Hand and the majority of production handled by G.I. this gives the project an extremely cohesive feel.
Jonnyboy provides two beats and these are also top quality especially Far From The End.
In short if youve ever heard the term "irish hiphop" and been turned off dont let it make you miss this as you need this in your life.
You can listen and download the album sampler here
Then go to the fan page where you'll want to buy it
Check him out battling here
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Producer Henry tha 8th and MC YTV team up to form Freedom of Press. Verbal Combat features Sensa, Jack Flash, Nugget, Tenchoo and Flex Digits as the title and line up suggest the song is one long beatdown, giving Dont Flop favourites Tenchoo and Sensa a good opportunity to shine off camera. Henry tha 8th provides a dark and simplistic beat which allows the MCs to throw punchlines at eachother.You can D/L the EP Yet to Verify here for free....i think.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
The debut single from Tricksta's album 'Out Of Darkness Cometh Light' due out summer 2011.
Be on the look out for the single dropping soon on itunes in April which includes a drumstep remix by the legendary Juttla
Trying to use music to help those that most need it.
With production from Otee and DJ Wickstarr and featuring the likes of C-Mone you can get it here
Filmed/ Directed and Edited by Devilz- Speciez
Monday, 14 February 2011
This well travelled MC spits with all his influences around him. Barbados born, New York & Toronto raised talent and now residing in the UK, Fdot1 is a name to be on the look out for. As he preps and gets the ball rolling for the release of his debut album ‘Money MusicK’ album dropping in May.
Here's the first single off an upcoming mixtape from North-East/South-West tag team Chattabox & Samuel Otis 'Hard Graft'. If their free mixtape from last year, 'Stupid O'Clock', is any indication, this should be well worth checking for.
Here's the first leak from Cyrus Malachi's upcoming album 'Ancient Future'. The track features some head-nod inducing keys and horns, courtesy of Nottingham's Endemic. Vocal features come from the other side of the pond in the form of Ruste Juxx & the late Killa Sha.
This is followed by "Light it up" which is surely on its way to being a anthem for weed heads everywhere and im sure a lot of people will recognize elements of the beat to and im glad to know bizzy bashin's still in fashion.
After the energy that came before it calms down slightly for "Holy Smokes" featuring Bang On (Big Dada) and Sly Moon (COTD) and i love the way the beat changes up on this.
"For Goodness Shakes" probably has one of the strangest musical backdrops on the EP but thats no bad thing as Shakes off the wall lyrics really come to life on this one including "A penny saved is a penny lost,make sure your pennies drop at any cost"
Next up is "Bad Taste" where on the second verse we're treated to some storytelling Bill Shakes style and it doesnt disappoint.
The fun continues with the grimey "Smoked Out" where he goes into great detail about what he does when hes not making hip hop bangers,in less able hands the references would be overkill but the originality of the lyrics through out the EP always keep it highly entertaining which takes us to the Children of the Damned featuring "Kings of Trash" where each emcee takes turns to desecrate the mic booth with no hook just lyric after lyric of that trademark COTD sickness which ends things perfectly.
In short if you dont buy this you deserved to be bodyslammed to a car bonnet like a bizzy in blackburn!
Cop it from the Blah Records website and also grab the free downloads there if you havent already
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Kentucky group Cunninlynguists are set to release there 4th studio album 'Oneirology' on March 22nd. Having reached acclaim through their inventive concepts, moving lyrics and breathtaking beats 'Oneirology' looks too continue the trend and features Tone Def, Freddie Gibbs and more. With their near classic back catalogue I look forward to hearing the latest offering from Natti, Deacon and Kno. Keep your eyes peeled for the first single which should be available tomorrow.
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Click Animosity member Gage is back with the first single from his solo album the Desolate Lands. After the critically acclaimed group effort Feeders of the Flames last year he shows no signs of slowing up. Featuring Click Animosity member Rhetoric and un-official member Reverend Kane and hiphop legends Hell Razah and Vast Aire this is uncomprimising,authentic hiphop with no gimmicks.
Coming soon on Metal Barz Records and produced by the man behind the label DJ Extremidiz dont sleep on this.
Oooooh Shit. Title track from Raekwon's upcoming album. Classic Wu right here. Large...
Friday, 11 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
CB: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with Certified Banger, can you fill in those who may not be aware of you with some history?
CYRUS MALACHI: yeah man no doubt, i first was heard on m9's debut mixape ''High Fidelity'' which dropped in 2007, i then was introduced further to the game with the Triple darkness debut album''Anathema'' which dropped in 2008, later that year i was heard on numerous cameos off the M9 sophomore mixtape/project 144,000, the following year in 2009 i was part of a group some were deeming a supergroup Orphans of Cush, we dropped a mixtape ''White Noize'', then in july 2010 i dropped my first solo mixtape ''The Isis Papers'' vol 1, which will be followed up by a Vol 2 in March 2011, then the following month my solo debut L.P ''Ancient Future'' will drop 11th April...
CB: The new album "Ancient Future" is out on April 11th how does this differ to your previous work and who have you lined up for production and features?
CYRUS MALACHI: It fundamentally differs firstly because its the first album ive ever done solo, so people are gonna get to know more about me as an artist, also i touch on some very personal life experiances, a side no one has seen much of, it is insanely lyrical,ridiculously concentrate hip hop steeped in symbollism, positive thought, knowledge and wisdom, the horrors of street life but at other times
its simple,clear,relatable,understandable, emotive and powerfully moving...feature wise there is a strong American Prescence on the album, something i know some over patriotic fans might not like, but i dont share the belief of fuck the yanks, i wave the uk hip hop flag all day, coz thats how i came up, but the world is much bigger than this island and we have to realise that, and above all America gave birth to this music we love so working with the finest emcees from over there is an honour regardless of what some people may say, and as well as that i have a least 10 tracks on my album which only feature myself so i dont think anyone will be able to say i couldnt hold it down solo, i got The Wisemen on there a siick detroit based Wu Tang branch off group led by the lyrical and production mystro Bronze Nazereth, i got one of hottest rappers on the US underground Ruste Juxx reppin Duck Down records, the Wu Elements producer and Emcee Darkim Be Allah and the late great Killa Sha R.I.P which was a special honour coz i grew up listening to that guy , man....UK got Kyza Smirnoff, Melanin 9, Iron Braydz, Cipher jewels, also got a hot US female vocalist on there by the name of Letia La'rock....beats, Beat Butcha, 7th Dan, Diplimat, Anatomy, Noize Theivery, Endemic, Jon Phonics and Morph.
CB: You and No Cure Records in general have been making a lot of moves in America lately, considering most artists this side of the Atlantic struggle to make an impact there what do you think has been key to this success?
CYRUS MALACHI: I think the key is its real hip hop first of all, people recognize real shit wherever you are, also i rap about the street instead of glorifying it, i show the horrors of it and brothas can relate to that, people say i have a deep baritone vocal which has quite a lot of force to it, i came through the same mystery schools of thought a lotta American rappers have, and i make very traditional hip hop not anything derrivitive like some weird funky house electro shit with bars put on top of it just good pure hip hop, and one more major factor is the very astute work of No cure Records owned by Endemic, who has the business acumen,drive, passion,connects and networking skills to make big things happen for his artists.
CB: Is there any plans for a tour to coincide with the release?
CYRUS MALACHI: Not as of yet, but i would love to tour man especially for this album..
CB: Okay youve worked with some great artists,is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
CYRUS MALACHI: For sure man, erm, Raekwon, Roc Marciano, Sean Price, REKS, Slaughterhouse, Vinnie Paz, Rass Kass, Shabazz the disciple, Killah Priest, GZA, RZA, Tragedy Khadafi, Black Milk, Apollo Brown, Black the Ripper, Klashnekoff,Phi Life Cypher, Chester P, the P Brothers and he legendary Hackney based Uk crew 12 Stone, to name a few
CB: So whats next for Cyrus Malachi?
CYRUS MALACHI: What ever the universe throws a me bro, all i know is in the last few months iv had some shit happen to me that made me realise I was born to do this, i truly believe that.
CB: Is there anything youd like to add?
CYRUS MALACHI: nothing much, just KEEP HIP HOP ALIVE...
Cyrus Malachi on Twitter
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777 and Beit Nun unveil their latest offering, a collaborative project showcasing the ever-evolving styles of both artists, in this unspoiled collection of ideas, emotion and sound, creating a project that is upmost refreshing, yet exceeedingly complimentary in both style and direction...
This 4 Track project consists of 3 main singles with added features from Outerspace's Pacewon and The soulful voice of Jane Ellis.
Also a remix put together of the Pacewon single by Jabba Tha Kut.
The 3 singles are dope and gotta be checked folks.
This will be released (Digital release only : 21/02/2011)
Look out for it.
Before you do though heres the tracklist:
01. Beit Nun - Let Me Be
02. Blessed House - Drunken Masters Part II
03. Chattabox And Rola - Seize It All
04. Verbal Contact Ft Jefferson - Rumble
05. Double Deuce - Fly Spittin Freeverses
06. Chad The Lad - Triumph and Despair
07. Disiple, Evil Eyez & J Toker - Ode To The Realest
08. Uppacut&WordzLike - Fo'Mo'
09. Sensa - Haters
10. Werd (S.O.S) - My Perspective
11. Frid - It's Not Over
12. Instance - Keys Open Doors ft. Jack Flash
13. Suus - Backhand
14. Jefferson Price - Can't Leave
15. The Elevatr - Arch Nemesis
16. Gorilla Tactics - One Hell of a Drug
17. Spee Six Nine - I Make Moves
18. Prose - Life Times
19. The Primate Response Unit feat Switches - The Cypher
20. Scizzahz Ft Sonnyjim and Koaste - Moving On
Leak from the bottomless crates radio show, tune in every Wednesday night http://www.thebottomlesscrates.com/ this will be featured on the Verified EP
for free download of the YET TO VERIFY EP go to http://ytvmusic.bandcamp.com/
Production & Cuts by HENRYtha8TH
The Guardian newspaper recently did a feature on 'the rising stars of UK Hip Hop'. Weather you agree with it or not i felt it was worth posting on the blog:
'UK hip-hop was once the stomping ground of champions such as Roots Manuva, London Posse and Skinnyman. But nearly a decade on, after grime's ever-expanding success a new wave of rappers is emerging. They don't have press shots. Most still have other jobs or play out their rhymes in their daily hustle. But they're united in redefining UK hip-hop as we know it.....'
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
Rhyme Asylum on fire in the booth with some massive bars
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
A very nice little freebie for you here... Badhabitz, one half of production duo the Krate Krusaders has remixed 17 UK tracks from the past few years, many of which are bona fide classics. Krate Krusaders' production is always on point, so this is a free project well worth checking out. If you need any more convincing, have a look at the tracklist below, and see which tracks have been given a reworking:
In the week of the ‘Rewd Awakening’ release we caught up with Rewd Adams to talk about everything from the history to the future, Radio 1 to religion and Prison to Plan B……….
For people who don’t know your history can you please tell us where it all started for you in terms of first putting the pen to pad?
I tried a little bit of drum and bass mcing when I was about 20 under the name Creeper. It kind of got semi serious to the stage where I was performing at some up and coming jams in London. I went away for a bit ‘on a holiday’ then when I came back I was less into the drum and bass and more into UK hip hop. Some guys that I was running with put me onto guys like Jehst and Taskforce. From then I thought yeah I want to be doing this. It was about 2004 when it all started.
Im not a fan of labelling MCs into categories. I much prefer to hear where they came up from and let people build their own assumptions. Please tell us your background in music in general?
I don’t really come from a musical background at all. I grew up listening to DnB, jungle UK music and my Dad was banging out a lot of rock and roll like Cream and people like that. I grew up on UK stuff. Right now I listen to a lot of soul and old RnB. Things like Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Earth Wind And Fire.
Going back ‘Project A' was your first official release and saw you putting your vocals to beats by the already well established producer Chemo. How did this connection come about?
I met Chemo through Manage who was my next door neighbour back in the day. Chemo was engineering for Manage and Wordsmith. From there we started recording....
New G Rap produced by the UK's very own Leaf Dog of 3 Amigos
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Monday, 7 February 2011
Some very expensive looking visuals for my favourite track off Nas & Jr Gong's colloration album from last year, Distant Relatives.
Saturday, 5 February 2011
Here is this months fix from Disorda. Sonnyjim is the guest this time...
Somerset producer Beatnick Dee has been working with LA rapper CO$$ and has produced two tracks for his forthcoming LP 'Before I Awoke' which is set for release in April on Tres records and also features production from Exile and Flying Lotus. UK/US collaborations are rare and more often than not dissapointing so I was pleasently suprised to hear such a well made and cohesive song, sounding more like a shared effort than a random teaming up of top notch talent. You can stream 'Through The Flames' on the player below and download it for free HERE. Blu (Johnson and Johnson and Exile collaborator) closes the song with a exceptional verse that drifts between the low end samples and dusty drums.
CO$$-'Through The Flames' Ft. Blu (Prod. Beatnick Dee)
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Ive been a member of Akai MPC Forums for a while now you can here alsorts of madness over there from the beautiful to the idiotic. Nym, another long term member, presents his instrumental LP 'Warm Blooded Lizard' the album is one of the most consistant, imaginative and inspiring pieces Ive found there or anywhere else for that matter for a long time. The album features and was inspired by spaghetti westerns and films of that genre, Nym aims to evoke the emotion and atmosphere of those movies he does that and much more creating huge soundscapes that never seem to stop evolving. Its a mere $5 but entirely free to stream so do the old 'one click hustle' and have a listen on the player below to 'Lesser Known Good' and follow the links to his bandcamp where you can buy the album.
Hastings' Wizard dropped his second producer album a couple of days ago via his bandcamp page, apparently a CD version should be coming very soon. Big guestlist onboard here, as expected, from both UK and US, including Sonnyjim, Jack Flash, Ill Bill & Ramson Badbonez. I haven't checked this yet myself, but will do shortly, Wizard is nice with his. Review soon come...
Really lovin this video, dark undertones and some dope lyricism, just a pleasure to listen to
You can buy this track for 79p from Itunes Here