"Die little squirrel die little squirrel die". When i first saw this album on their Bandcamp i thought it was a joke.... how wrong i was. This is a real Hip Hop lovers album. None of that commercial waste, just pure raw music.
Monday, 31 January 2011
If I was ever asked by a big label, let's say Def Jam, to name an artist who I thought had a realistic chance of blowing up with the right backing (haha), I might be tempted to suggest the artist formerly known as Skandal. Not because he is a personal favourite, but because he is that relatively rare thing; an MC who makes polished sounding, reasonably accessible music, whilst actually possessing some talent. What I mean by this is that he doesn't make the sort of music that you have to be a hip-hop nerd to appreciate. You're not going to find too many dusty jazz samples here, for example. I also remember him stating in an interview that he studied the art of writing catchy hooks from 50 Cent records. This shows, even stretching to using autotune on 'Go', which may well attract some criticism. However, the bottom line is that guy can spit, and his passionate delivery is demonstrated pretty much throughout Rewd Awakening.
Upon reading 'The Sun' newspaper today I found a mention worth posting here. It was in the Bizarre section of the paper.
'Some of UK hip-hop's oldest stars have joined up for a one-off concert to show The Brrrap Pack how it used to be done. ROOTS MANUVA, BLACK TWANG and SKINNYMAN, who inspired TINIE TEMPAH, TINCHY STRYDER and PROFESSOR GREEN, are at the Jazz Cafe in London tonight for a charity event'
The event in question is a charity event to raise money for Zain bio medical treatment charities. It features those mention as well as Klashnekoff, Rodney P and Skitz as well as a few others.
If your in London go support the cause!
Cyclonious is a rapper whos name has been cropping up a lot lately. I fisrt heard him on his track 'Whats a postcode' and have been impressed since. I feel he raps with a vibe thats been missing from a lot of rap lately. He brings honesty and also positivity to a gritty street narative.
Here is a new tune 'Against The Beast' taken from his new FREE DOWNLOAD called 'Escape to Reality' avalible here - http://www.zaskia.co.uk/music/cyclonious-escape-to-reality
Im hoping to do a review of the download once ive listened more but for now enjoy the video. Not the highest budget video but i definatly feel Cyclonious has something about him and fits nicely into the current rap scene in this country.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Some political vibes here, as Poetic Pilgrimage and Iron Braydz's former partner in rhyme Mohammad Yahya discuss the recent events in North Africa, amongst other issues.
London based producer K-Nite 13 readies his debut album 'The Drawing Board LP' for release with the leak of two tracks. 'Angel' features Skriblah of Terra Firma fam serenading over a soulfull sample and classic hip hop drums find it here. Hit the play button below to hear 'Salute' featuring TB, Skillit and Pyro (dude seems to be poppin up everywhere). Another pitched up vocal sample accompanies a bumpin drum pattern. TB delivers the hook with bags of bravado keeping you locked into the track. The Drawing Board LP will be available from feb 7th and features a host of UK Talent including Loudmouth Melvin, Black the Ripper, Scorzayzee, Tony Dangerous and many more.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Mury Poppinz (of No Pretense) has been in a dark, dark place exorcising some demons to bring us the promo video for his track 'Bruce Banner Movement'. Produced by The Scarlet Pimpernel , 'Bruce Banner Movement' is the first leak from his forthcoming Free Download & CD album 'Corporal Mortification'.
With a strong concept running throughout the LP, Mury P is creating some seriously intense, hardcore Hip Hop! with further production coming courtesy of Brutal Artistry, Pheend Supreme, Melph, Junior Disprol, Cyber Ninja, Jack Danz, Megamouth & Jig-One. 'Corporal Mortification' will be darkening the airwaves very soon.
Friday, 28 January 2011
Thursday, 27 January 2011
I'm not sure exactly when this dropped, but I only stumbled across it earlier this week. Prolific remixer, and one of my favourite producers, Tom Caruana has come with yet another project of remakes. Here, 13 of Large Professors tracks are given the treatment, some of which were previously available on Caruana's remixed version of Extra P's Main Source album, which is no longer available as far as I can tell. As with any TC product, the production is top draw, although I've never been the biggest fan of Large Pro's bars.
After producing tracks for a number of UK artists, Stealf ‘The Producer’ unleashes the first track from his forthcoming debut album. Here he provides an anthemic beat for Blackwall Street producer/DJ/rapper Nu Jerzey Devil. The beat is really well produced and helps the crossover potential of this song. I like this track and I’m very intrigued to hear what the rest of the album will be like. ‘I Am Stealf’ which features the likes of Jadakiss, Ruste Juxx, Joell Ortiz and Wordsmith and a string of superb UK emcee’s including Konny Kon, Deeze, Dap-C and Wolftown Recordings artist LATE. Stealf has already proved he is a producer making moves but this single is his best work to date.
Support real artists and purchase Stealf Feat Nu Jerzey Devil ‘Rain Bring Pain’ on MP3 from this direct iTunes link for only 79p!
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011
I took a while to get round to listening to this release which in hindsight was defiantly my loss. The release is free (much like most music output nowadays) but defiantly doesn’t have a throw away vibe to it. This is a fully finished full sounding project. Its always difficult to know what to call a ‘free download’ but for arguments sake and for how it made me feel Im going to refer to this as an album and a decent album at that.
From the start to the finish the beats are real strong. This is normally something that lets a lot of rappers down in my opinion. They have the bars and flows but the beat choice just doesn’t do them justice (like a lot of Nas tracks). However the beats don’t fail to impress on this. Production duties are split between Loudmouth Melvin and Knite 13 and Mentalist suits everything he rhymes over and brings interesting and thought evoking rhymes.
This is defiantly the UK rap that speaks to me. It’s not glorifying anything stupid; it’s not all crazy metaphors about death and the darkest most imaginative way to skin a cat and most importantly of all its honest. This is the way I think UK rap should be made. An honest narrative with wisdom without being preachy. That combined by some nice bravado and some concept tunes.
Pyro barz, Loudmouth and Skillit provide impressive guest verses and numerous singers show up on the hooks. If I have to make a criticism id have to say the hooks do sometimes let the songs down. Mentalist comes so strong I feel some of the hooks are a little disappointing. Perhaps he should have handled some himself. However saying that some of the sung hooks are very decent and carry the track well such as the uplifting track ‘Sacrifice’.
Basically this is a very solid release, a solid sounding album and well worth the minimal effort of clicking a link to download it. I feel this is the type of release that wont age with the current music trends and I could go back in a year or two and still find enjoyment in listening to. The hand 2 mouth camp is looking as strong as ever lately and if you have been sleeping on Mentalist (like I was) then wake up and download this.
DOWNLOAD LINK - http://www.mediafire.com/?ceeka4538p25fgg
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Monday, 24 January 2011
New tune to check here from the Associated Minds camp. This is the second single to be taken from Mudmowth & Metabeats' forthcoming album Sledgehammer Kisses. If you don't remember, the first was the Sonnyjim & Skamma featuring Maaad Tight.
MUDMOWTH & METABEATS - Let It Breathe (Dirty) by AssociatedMinds
Sunday, 23 January 2011
M.A.B - Abnoxshuz From U.K To U.S Vol.1 Available For FREE Download Here
Now here's some freeness you really should take advantage of. Barely 6 months after it was released on CD, Clarity has made his latest album, Over The Great Divide, available to download for free. Produced by Bad Habitz, who is one half of The Krate Krusaders, Clarity brings some paranoid, esoteric lyrics with a relentless flow throughout.
In related news, Clarity and fellow Krate Krusaders collaborator Crucifix have a joint album coming soon, entitled Self Assembled Messiah, which promises to be well worth checking out when it drops.
New video here from UK veterans Phi-Life Cypher. Exactly what you'd expect here, an energetic beat from Nappa, and rapid fire lyrics from Life and Si-Philli.
Bonus track taken from "Trading Standards remixes"
directed by carlos campbell
edited by redbeard
twitter - sonnyjim01
Saturday, 22 January 2011
Abu Nurah [USA]
Beba Duh [Bosnia/Denmark]
Tyson Tyler [New Zealand]
+ Many More!
Download it here
You can buy it here and be sure to check out some of his battles here and the album sampler here.
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Genesis Elijah speaks on his come up in the industry and explains some of the reasons behind his content and approach to his work. Giving some insight into his background and how he hopes to question the powers that be from a laymens perspective. Codeemphasis provided the visuals for this candid interview shot in South London.
I know the track was posted here before but this one is the official video. A little later than many would have hoped but a nice video to fit a nice concept which looks like it might become a regular thing.
This is the remix of the Swiss track - Bad Boys. If you havent heard the origional then its worth checking on youtube. Its definatly a good tune. Anyway here is the the remix featuring the cream of the current UK rap scene.
This features Black Twang, Klashnekoff, Black The Ripper, Akala, Lowkey and AKS.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
For those who haven't been paying attention Northern Ireland's Father Jack has been dropping a free instrumental every month for rappers to get busy on. Get your ears around these! Any rappers wanting to work with Father Jack contact him through email@example.com
Free Beats For Rappers by Father Jack Music
The new single from BVA Mc of 3 Amigos off his EP which is dropping 25th of Feb. and can be got here and also buy the 3 Amigos album there if you havent already
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
This is a track from the upcoming compilation, "Weapons of Mass Awareness" dropping on
RedPhone Records in 2011. "Music Box" features the three original members of Rebel
Ronin, a hip hop group originally based out of Hawaii. The track is produced by
RhythmMonster and the release cover art is done by Tha Soloist.
Rebel Ronin myspace
RedPhone ☎ Records - Facebook
In 2008, with the UK hip hop scene burgeoning, Kulez was riding the same train from Norwich to London along with fellow rap hopefuls Arkaic and Eurgh, climaxing in his minor underground hit, “Welcome To Africa”. This Zimbabwean-born MC was making his name heard around the battle scene, competing overseas in Scribble Jam as well as supporting major artists such as R.A. The Ruggedman, Jehst, and even dubstep pioneer Rusko. However, in 2009, he seemed to fall off the face of the map, not releasing much more than a few myspace freestyles and losing a major-profile battle against American artist Madness by a large margin. However, now it is 2011, and he is back with two new tracks, Fight For The Mic and Memories.
This begins with Kulez reminding the producer to have “no intro”, over a brooding guitar loop. Then, the drum kicks in and Kulez begins hungrily, with complex syllable structures that sound like he has had some time to think about life, and now he is back to tell everyone else about it. The beat is refreshingly simple (if slightly underdeveloped), with just guitar, drums, and a smatter of keyboards in between, focusing the attention on the rapper himself. His message is delivered early and repeatedly, spitting at the start of the song: “As I stroll, what fate shows me/ To try and reach where the sky meets/ The high peaks/ And you need to inhale slowly”. Kulez really delivers his message with aplomb and his metaphors are well developed as is his story in which he creates images of himself pondering but inevitably coming to the conclusion that he and his crew are the best at rap. One area where Kulez really excels is syllable placement, seemingly putting emphasis every time the important chords roll around, or even in between them, which gives a bit of an offsetting effect. There are a lot of good things coming from this track, however, it’s seeming lack of completion in terms of production lets its overall impact dissipate somewhat. Still, this is one of the best songs I've heard from Kulez in a while and it's a real sign of promise from the young emcee.
Although, Fight For The Mic was not perfect, it showed genuine promise and as the next track, Memories, came on, I eagerly readied myself for what Kulez would do. Again, it's a decent start with a stirring, if a little repetitive DJ Premier-sounding piano loop providing a solid backbone to his vocal work. Vocally, Kulez completely changes his style both in terms of flow and content; he speaks about growing up in the slums, grinding inner-city poverty and also proves himself as an able storyteller whilst a brutally honest narrative to impart to his listeners. Kulez begins this track talking about an Andy and a Chiniqua and how she has 6 babies now, and you just wish that the Kulez from the last track would tell himself to stop with the silly intro bars. Still, the lyricism that follows makes up for this and I particularly liked Kulez's laid back, off-kilter style which is genuinely unique and unlike anything I've heard from a UK emcee. It may seem as though Kulez has a sugar deficiency problem, because he sounds a little sleepy here but this is definitely deliberate and it works surprisingly well as a means of unabashed storytelling. However, the chorus is as half-hearted as you can get, with him just repeating (a common theme, isn’t it) “Bring back/ Bring back the memories”. Sadly, there are also certain production flaws such as the ridiculous cartoon sound ad lib effects throughout his verses that don’t fit the rest of the production and detract from the overall message of the song, acting as the quasi-punchlines that aren’t there and don't need to be such is the nature of the song. One of the main redeeming features of this song's production however, is the nice electric guitar that accentuates his bars from time to time, even if it does sound suspiciously like something I recently heard it on Kanye West’s album. All in all, this is a good effort marred by unnescessarily sloppy blemishes in its production.
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Download it here now and look out for the rest of the Clicks solo albums coming soon on Metal Barz Records and get more free music here
"I have always been fascinated with language and words at different stages in my life, I have really immersed myself in literature" says Cyrus who promises "Ancient Future" to be a breathtaking album with intricate, emotive and thought provoking lyrics. Production comes from Diplimat, 7th Dan, Beat Butcha, Endemic, Chemo & more.
"The album is an epic twenty track opus. It features Ruste Juxx, Bronze nazareth, Kevlaar 7, Killa Sha, Darkim Be Allah, M9, Kyza, Iron Braydz & more. The title “Ancient Future” encapsulates everything I’m about" Malachi represents the essence, skill & respect for the art form, and above all, genuine love for this powerful music.
Download Cyrus Malachi - The Isis Papers for free
Taken from "Oor Wardie" (2010 Powercut Productions) Available on iTunes now.
More info Below:
Steg G & Powercut Productions
Video production by ZA Productions
UvBeatz - Beatmaker
Recorded by Werd at Sons Of Scotland
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Monday, 17 January 2011
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Or Pre-order your Limited Edition CD Here
February Tour Dates
Wed 16 GLASGOW, Captain's Rest - Tickets
Thu 17 ABERDEEN, Snafu
Fri 18 INVERNESS, Hootannany's
Sat 19 STORNOWAY, The Jager Rooms
Sun 20 EDINBURGH, Sneaky Pete's - Tickets
More dates are still to be announced, keep checking the official Stanley Odd
site for the latest info.
Featuring none other than Jack Flash, shits big folks, Check It.
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It’s mad to think that these mixtapes have been supporting UK Rap now for a whole decade. In 2011 UK Runnings have already announced that they will be dropping mixtapes from new mixtapes in January from Supar Novar, H.O.O.D Fellaz and Milton Keynes crew Spit Venom Records, as well as just completing UK Rap Chronicles Chapter 3 and now working on Chapter 4 and a new mixtape from Deeze.
Check out their brand new website at http://www.ukrunnings.co.uk/ and if you are a UK Hip-Hop or Grime act wanting to get on their mixtapes then simply send your MP3’s to firstname.lastname@example.org. UK Runnings is sponsored by http://www.sturbanclothing.com/.
Being an opening DJ for numerous acts including: The Perceptionists (Def Jux), Non Phixion (Uncle Howie), Atmosphere (Rhymesayers), DJ Ca$h Money (DMC), The High and the Mighty (Eastern Conference), Big Smoke Magazine, DJ PHILLY represents a true appreciation of hip hop via his radio show Trackside Burners.
Trackside Burners are honoured to present to you WHOLETRAIN a film by Florian Gaag aka AERO ONE (writer/director/producer) bringing grassroots graffiti to the screen, and the essence of where it all started! The film soundtrack features Tame One and El Da Sensei (Artifacts), KRS-One, Planet Asia, Afu-Ra and many more musicians who have original graffiti foundations and a love of the culture. It is a cutting edge, emotionally gripping drama and critically acclaimed award winning film. Edgy editing and grandiloquent camera work, a pulsating soundtrack and an excellent ensemble of actors, make WHOLETRAIN a film experience not to be missed.
FILM STARTS: 7.30pm
7pm-2am, Tuesday 18th January, Notting Hill Arts Club. London. W11 3JQ.
Free before 8, 5 after, 7 quid after 11. CAPACITY: 218
For the early birds - Last tubes
For the daywalkers - Nightbus
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Sunday, 16 January 2011
Northern Ireland's SertOne is steadily making a name for himself with some of the sickest production to come from these isles in a long time. This effort sees him remixing the Kev Brown track Allways and he's even thrown the instrumental out there for all you MC's.
Look out for SertOne's EP 'The View From Above' available from the 21st Of Febuary digitally along with a limited run of Cd's on 'Melted Music'
Allways (SertOne Remix) - Kev Brown by SertOneMusic
Allways (SertOne Remix) - Kev Brown (Instrumental) by SertOneMusic
Saturday, 15 January 2011
Anyway listen or download here and check the other music here
Friday, 14 January 2011
This is still on the go and if i do say so myself it is a great mixtape. Below is my thoughts on a few tracks and an over all summary of the mixtape as a whole.
Now im not going to go into all the tracks as it would take ages because i like to delve deep into the track and put alot of analysis on them so ima pick out 5 standout tracks which appealed to me the most.
Track 3 - How Can The Best Thing
An old skool west coast vibe specifically stolen from Ice Cube, and some battle based bars for you to sink your teeth into great track
Track 10 - In My Arms She Fell
I Loved this track and i will go as far as saying this is my favourite track, this track focuses on how he met his girlfriend and totally encapsulates the feeling and exact moods he was going through at the time, and then hits you with this "and by the way shes's got a massive rack" and continues on haha excellent. After all the feeling put into this track i listened to the nicely put together hook then waited for the next verse, it didn't appear but yet i didn't care because the beat was so good, i think the reason the verse wasn't there was to showcase the beat as its a banger.
that's why this is my favourite track from the whole mixtape
Track 18 - Something Different
havent heard spee doing this sort of thing before but he sticks to the beat like glue and it sounds good, adds his own flavour to it which i appreciate fully.
Ekoic jumps on the second part of this and i think suits the beat more, but overall a good track if maybe for a breather and different style.
Track 5 - I Make Moves
What can i say about this track, produced by Krate Krusaders one of my favourite beatmakers in the U.K at the moment mixed with spee lyrics that i enjoy greatly, he evens flips a little bitta spanish up in there too (if i knew what he said i would tell you).
overall the beat is banging and im sure a its a track that everyone can enjoy
Track 9 - A Little Bit Of Soul
Production by DJ Format one of Spee's close friends with a little introduction to the track this is a banger people and fuck it heres the video decide for yourself.
The Mixtape as a whole is a momentous effort by Spee and should be congratulated with at least a fiver (In my opinion and you have that option), luckily the cd is on sale for £3 (brilliant how things work out eh)
get it here.
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