Fdot1 is the New Yorker living in the UK who has been making serious moves in the underground for some time. Now he drops his brand new album featuring a full line-up of great acts including Tippa Irie, Corporal Ak, Trezay, Man Parrish, Judah Maccabee, Bongah Chops, Jeuce The Slayer, Alex Bruce, Dre Dollars, Elizé & Genesis Elijah.
What I like about Fdot1 is he how diverse he is, maybe the fact he has a perspective of street life in the US and UK makes him more globally expected, or maybe it’s just his open-minded approach to making tracks. The other thing is he is an amazing producer too; the beats on this album are super dope and hit the spot.
‘I’m A Rebel’ is an album that Hip-Hop fans should be up on. It’s an album that really pays testament to the scene and his collobo with the legend that is Man Parrish is reason enough alone to purchase this album. If you buy one album this week, make sure it’s this!
Fdot1 – I’m A Rebel (Track-list):
01. It Wuz Sweet/Floyd’s Intro
02. I’m A Rebel
03. Da Flo (In Case Ya Didn’t Know Remix)
04. In Yo Hood Ft. Tippa Irie, Corporal Ak & Trezay
05. Let Me Hear Ya (Hip-Hop Be Bop) Ft. Man Parrish
06. Get Live
07. InKredible Ft. Trezay, Judah Maccabee, Bongah Chops & Jeuce The Slayer
08. Radio Ft. Alex Bruce, Trezay & Dre Dollars
09. Without You 03:48
10. Good Life/Find The Time
11. Sunshine Ft. Elizé
12. Datz Ur Bizness (Pt. II) Ft. Jeuce The Slayer
13. I’m A Rebel (Remix) Ft. Genesis Elijah
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Words: Alex Dunlow
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
‘Crazy Pupil Syndrome’ is a superb new concept album from British rapper PEAKY. This project is half way beteen an album and a mixtape, with skits to glue it together so it really does sound like an urban soundscape of audio treats. This is something Hip-Hops will adore, and it bangs all the way through.
Peaky – Crazy Pupil Syndrome (Track-listing):
01. Painting the City (feat. Clare Bishop)
03. Holding My Dreams
04. Skit – “Awake”
05. Dead Presidents
06. Dilations and Credentials
07. Belly of the Sphinx
08. Skit – “Results + My Ego”
09. Patrick Stewart / Grind
10. Lonely and Cold
11. Skit – “Invitation”
13. Drunk Off the Funk
14. Too Late
15. Televised Daemons
16. Fr£ak$ (feat. Eyesis Star)
17. Lucifer’s Wrist (feat. Hlkz & Kahlee)[Bonus]
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“The Coalition Presented By Dr. G”, is a producer compilation album from Manchester producer Dr. G who you may know from working with a string of US acts as well as producing projects with the likes of UK acts such Big Dutty Deeze and N2P. if you haven’t heard of him you really should check this record out. Dr. G is a hip hop producer from Manchester U.K.
His beats are super dope Hip-Hop bangers and this album is a real testament to how far he has come with legends such as Hussein Fatal, Inspectah Deck, Canibus and KRS 1 all featuring, as well as him roping in the talents of some great independent artists like Chox (Chose) Mak, Saigon and Mark Deez. The album is out now digitally, with some limited number of C.Ds available.
Check out http://www.drgbeats.com – Follow @DrGPRODCTIONZ @Trulove36 @Razah_Rubiez @Queentheprophet
Here’s a nice introduction to anyone who may not have heard off this artist. Here is somewhat of a business card that has seen him already get positive reviews already. One half of recent rap duo 2LostSouls the latest release is going to look good on his hip hop CV. It dropped a few days ago so took time out and downloaded the release and it’s been booming out of my speakers non stop, I’m lucky the people in my street are feeling it to! You can tell there’s been very careful thought gone into his bars and tracks, and that extra ounce of thought makes a massive difference to the listener. It’s an album full of surprises and I like that. Quality from the off this is a must.
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Words: Alex Dunlow
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