Here’s another good UK release from the Midlands that is well worth checking out. Clever rhymes and concepts executed well, N2P are about that life. Go cop this mixtape, you wont regret it.
M3 & Dirty of Nothink 2 Prove – The (Tracklist):
01 – Stay Focused
02 – Eat
03 – Calm Myself Down Feat. Miss She She (Prod. by Cipher Jewels)
04 – As I Sit An Gaze Feat. Lowkes of ABL
05 – Live & Learn Feat. Cipher Jewels of MD7 (Prod. by Cipher Jewels)
06 – How Long Will It Last Feat Von M
07 – The Mission
08 – Keep It Movin
09 – How Long Can I Keep It Up Feat. Dece Divine of N2P (Prod. by Cipher Jewels)
10 – Tell Us Why
11 – Wake Up Feat. Cipher Jewels of MD7 (Prod. by Cipher Jewels)
12 – Survival (Prod. by Dr. G)
13 – Watching Over You Feat. Angelic (Prod. by Adot R)
Despite the current trend of R’n’B artists turning to straight up dance infused tracks, or girls twerking and sticking their tongue out being classed as urban, there is actually some good music out there. These days it’s about the independent artists, they seem to cater more for the music lover, and that’s what Ensite do. A song with a string message and a video to compliment it this is a track I’ve been playing all week. The groove of the beat is great, got me instantly nodding my head and I also loved how the track was arranged, works really well. With lush vocal tones and quality production I really can’t to hear their debut album.
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As consistent as ever LATE drops this new single with producer Juttla, a beatmaker and producer/deejay/remixer who has worked with numerous people from Foreign Beggars to dance music legends like Marshall Jefferson, as well as being an artist in his own right and running the infamous Eastern Pressure Recordings.
LATE on the other hand shouldn’t really need an introduction but for those that don’t know he has featured on the same tracks as rappers such as UK legends like Skinnyman and Scorzayzee, as well as US legends such as Willie D, Slim Thug and K-Rino to name a handful. He really is a true underground legend in the global rap scene.
Together they go in with a new track and single that comes complete with a video from Triple Fear Films. I love the way the video keeps it true to the artform and even includes some great graffiti shots. The video has a stush look and is a visual that compliments the track.
The tune itself bangs from the off, and wasn’t really what I was expecting from LATE. It’s a 90bom-ish groove that works well with a sick sample and solid drums, something that fans of Boom Bap shouldn’t sleep on. Hip-Hop fans go and download this now; you know you need it on your iPod or Phone!
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While most people shrugged off Kendrick Lamar’s heard around the world “Control” verse as nothing but some boisterous claims of being the king of New York, others took the message a bit more personally. Such is the case with Innocent? and his response to the aforementioned rhymes supplied by the Good Kid M.A.A.D. City emcee. Where Innocent?, the boom-bap dedicated rhyme sayer’s comeback excels in is the well executed video shot by Donald Robinson Cole, which showcase some breath taking scenes of the Big Apple. The clever bars that reveal the Brooklyn rapper has no time for individuals that hate on NY also justifies his reasoning for calling out any and all accusations. It is with this in mind that Innocent? is truly guilty of repping NY to the fullest by and means necessary.
Born in Kentucky, and raised in Dallas, Texas Bam is a rapper blowing up Stateside at the moment. Supporting acts such as MGK and more, he is currently promoting his hit single ‘TwerkAholic’. Everyone is Twerking at the moment, and here is the new club anthem that is the remedy for all TwerkAholic’s! Even Miley Cyrus should be up on this bass shaking urban monster. The single is a just a taste of what is to come from this Southern rapper. Solid club track that is sure to be rocking a dance-floor near you soon. All DJ’s need this in your collection.
TBam- “Living in a halo was one of the turning points in my young life. The opportunities that has appeared before me and the many more blessing to come will not be taken for granted. If there is one thing that I have learned from this experience is I will NEVER BE SMALLER THAN MY DREAMS.”
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More proof that De Facto are a UK based Hip-Hop label to be reckoned with. Their releases have gone from strength to strength but this has to be DeFacto’s biggest release yet. Featuring Billy Brimstone aka UK legend Jehst ‘Choose Your Weapon’ will be something the UKHH scene will adore. It’s Hip-Hop for ‘the realest’ and this is something that you need in your collection. Bars, beats, lyrics and quality artwork too! Grab this as soon as you can.
Words: Alex Dunlow
Michigan producer 14KT releases his newest album today, Nickel & Dimed. Off-kilter drum programming, spacey synths, an incomparable ear for sample flips, and KT’s signature boom-bap are the foundation of this unique concept album. The golden one starts the album off with a rhyme of his own, laying out his frustration with people who simply jack, pilfer, and plunder his beats for their own. KT doesn’t linger though, as he quickly gets right back in the saddle and delivers 14 inspired instrumentals. But, before anyone can jump on the tracks, KT called up some of his favorite artists to lay verses over those same instrumentals. These are some heavyweight tracks, including Blu in razor sharp Below The Heavens form, Black Milk, Jamall Bufford (Buff1), the amazing progressive soul singer AB, as well as singer JMSN, not to mention the legendary Kokane on a west coast anthem alongside MED.
Get a taste with the new 14KT single “PAID (featuring Blu).”
North Carolina based emcee Fluent delivers Retro Future, a street album which showcases the burgeoning talents artistic diversity. On the album, Fluent meanders from boom-bap influenced production that’s rooted in the context of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, while also crafting records that emphasize his knack for song writing, over more progressive instrumentation native to club and radio, hence the title, Retro Future. Featured guests on the album include Royce da 5’9″, SpaceGhostPurrp, Median, El da Sensei (Artifacts), Kaze, Jozeemo and more. Producers tapped include 9th Wonder, Khrysis, J. Cardim, as well as Poland’s production duo, The Returners, among others. Retro Future is now available for free download.
Here is the new mixtape from B-Killin Mics one half of Banbury rap duo Collected Methodz. It’s a very sincere release and is flooded with positive messages and uplifting subjects, which is why I was so shocked by the artwork to be honest. It might look like a rock album or some hardcore britcore 125bpm UK Hip-Hop from yesteryear but its actually very new and very forward thinking with great song concepts.
There’s some great display of good lyrical content, sometimes it’s not delivered with great passion but believable none the less. If a mixtape is a something that is meant to get you warmed up for an album or used as a tool to get you to hear what an artist is about then it’s worked as I really enjoyed this. Its UK Hip-Hop that is original and diverse.
Its very different to your normal run of the mill UK Hip-Hop releases but I like that, they call that originality something so many acts lack. If you download one mixtape this week make sure it’s this one, don’t let the artwork put you off!
Review by Alex Dunlow
Its not often we get UK acts that are unique and original as well as having crossover potential. That’s the problem these days, everyone chases the next mans dreams. Well none of that here, as Big Chris goes straight in hooking with a host of big names for guest features, dope artwork, stush videos and a mixtape hosted by Lil Fats, the mixtape deejay who kicked off Coast 2 Coast mixtapes. Its a little too R’n'B for me in places, but the kid can spit so I had to blog it. His voice is nice, its all just a touch ‘lovey’ for me personally. I think if you are on that Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Ray-J vibe though you should peep it, its really good for what it is.
Big Chris – In One Hand (Track-list)
01. Bad Girl ft Samiralisten
02. Simpler Times
04. Leavin Remix ft Paigey Cakey
05. Baby Maker ft MC Bushkin
07. Woah ft Tubby Boy
08. In The Club
09. Hold Me Acoustic ft Keisha White BONUS
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