Conscious Route has come together with DJ Pryzmat to bring you the ‘Flashback E.P’. These artists first joined forces back in 2012 with a brief collaboration on DJ Pryzmat’s compilation CD. The 6-track Flashback E.P. is filled with a mix of current and classic 90’s style hip-hop bound together with conscious flows and crisp breaks. The beats were created mainly on MPC to keep the raw edge alongside the synth-lines and samples which have become a strong signature of DJ Pryzmat’s sound.
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XO the Rebellion’s debut independent release ‘Balance EP’ is of the most part a collaboration between Minarmy Producer Hilton and the vocals, concepts, visuals and occasional instrumentation work (the violin and piano on the track Reflections for instance) of Stephen 5N6, Todd DN1 and Closure 7VN who are the alphanumeric sum which makes up XO the Rebellion.
XO The Rebellion – Knight Mare #Video
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XO the Rebellion’s debut EP: ‘Balance’ is out now in most major digital outlets iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and many others!
https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Btb6n2p5fene3vr4suu5ukkivta (Google Play)
Fresh off his highly successful independent debut album “Psalms 151″, Drama has returned with the mind state of royalty. With the release of his new EP entitled “3 Kings” produced entirely by Trac-Qaeda, Drama is ready to embark on yet another journey to reign supreme in hip hop.
You can also purchase the album on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Hometown: Camden, NJ
Twitter: @DramaTQMG @TracQaedaMG
Instagram: @DramaTQMG @TracQaeda
You may know Mad Preacher through his previous videos on You Tube, if not then here is a good place to start. Here is a complex lyricist who makes his words the forte of his sound with every line created with great craft and a poetic message in mind. He does not just rhyme for the sake of doing it, which is probably why there is a consistent atmosphere throughout this EP. It’s something you need to take note of.
The EP has some brilliant poetry, lyricism, rhyming, and a very unique flow which is brought together perfectly by some awesome Boombap style production. Anyone doubting the true musical value of Hip-Hop needs to check this out; it’s much more than just music, its Hip-Hop in its most creative form. It looks like London city has a new emcee to talk about, his name is Mad Preacher. Don’t sleep.
Mad Preacher Aka War Shepard – Celestial Kings (Track-list):
1. Mad Preacher – Spoken Word Remix 03:45
2. Mad Pracher Feat Omen Ra – Angelz or Alien Beingz 04:04
3. Mad Preacher – Celestial Reverlation 02:55
4. Mad Preacher – Equinox Flow 04:18
5. Mad Preacher Feat Asaln – Signz 03:21
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British Hip-Hop is probably in the best place it’s been in years. Blak Twang’s re-release of his first album is on a major label, Tony D V Shotty rammed the venue, Klashnekoff’s debut is 10 years old, Grime artists are now international popstars and above all the music is still as creative and adventurous as it’s ever been. Acts are making heartfelt music and creating sincere urban poetry that is finally being taken note of.
That being said some would argue the point that UK rap is an over saturated genre of music where not many artists are lucky enough to make a living out of it. Whatever your take on it as a genre you have to agree it’s produced some amazing artists in the last few years. One name to add to that list might be Midlands rapper Plain & Simple, whose style is far from actually ‘plain’ and his lyrical onslaughts are fair from ‘simple’, oh the irony is too much!
His latest release was described to me by his PR company as ‘the first of many’, which for me is always pleasing to hear, as a lot of talented acts from five years ago just aren’t around anymore. BUT, and it’s actually a BIG BUT (no ‘Sir Mix-a-Lot’ or ‘Nicki Minaj’ joke intended! Lol), is the music any good? Well I’m going to do my best to tell you.
‘Welcome To Plainsville’ is a six track EP that is worth its weight in gold. It’s like I’ve found a diamond in the rough. Amongst the trillion e-mails I’ve had this week from aspiring artists and promo companies, this is one that stood out to me. Why? Well for a start the artwork intrigued me; I immediately wanted to be on the rollercoaster at that fairground! Then I realised that was probably a visual metaphor the audio journey I was about to encounter.
Tracks like ‘Mixed Emotions’ slapped me in the face in a rather nice ‘Hip-Hop anthem alert’ type way, where as ‘Fun House’ showed me a different and lighter side to him. Other notable highlights include the track ‘Selfish’ which is lyrically awesome with some very good rhyme schemes and excellent song-writing techniques. It’s all well delivered, well put together and it’s been well received, well it has been by me and my peoples.
If this is just the start and Plain & Simple can keep his music at this quality, then the future is bright for this Birmingham based emcee. The people making noise in 2014 and 2015 will be the ones who can match their work ethics with their talent, something I am sure Plain & Simple is going to do. Check out this EP and get up on something real and extremely dope.
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Words: Alex Dunlow
S.F.M.S (Strictly For My Stoners) is the new EP from Bristol based artist D-RED. Soulful and on-point, the production from JMaxfield is the perfect soundscape for D-Red to spray his bars. Its an EP that will actually play more than once, quality stuff from an artist to watch.
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D-Red – Just Some Weed Bars (Prod. by Matka)
D-Red – Accapella Freestyle (Fire TV Bristol)
Unique is the self proclaimed “Dopest in the Northwest”. He also says that he is ready to be at the top of the game and become the “Dopest in Hip-hop”. Unique’s fan base continues to grow everyday because of his descriptive imagery, colossal punch lines, and intelligent word play. Not to mention a deep voice inflection that at times resembles the late Tupac Shakur and a flow that has the slight bounce of a modern Notorious B.I.G. (not a typical comparison for a white rapper I might add). His lyrics tell stories of overcoming obstacles, staying motivated, and trying to rise above the restraints that society has set. Unique also speaks on pain, spirituality, politics, street life, relationships, sex, and partying. With such a wide range of topics you can expect to see a large mix of different backgrounds and ethnicities listening to Unique’s music. Whether male or female it is easy to relate and become a fan.
Words: Alex Dunlow