Downstroke Beats & Gee Bag have combined forces to bring fans a serious dose of funk drenched uplifting Hip-Hop. ‘Show & Tell’ is entirely produced by Downstroke Beats with Gee Bag providing gut-wrenching punch lines, catchy hook lines, and London tinged rap vocals over heavy hitting drums. What I liked about the album is the homage paid to the elements, with its superb artwork, DJ cuts, addictive boom bap flavour and great concepts. This is real Hip-Hop music with style and finesse.
Downstroke’s technique is consistent, which among other things, means he is one hell of a crate-digger to keep those beats coming. More often than not, the listener can pick up the pattern by which he forms his beats, chopping and sampling accordingly. He’s conservative with his rhythms, but his vast collection of sounds is truly impressive, and effective in so many ways.
This album solidly meets expectations of any UK Rap fan, but like most albums we have special tracks that really stand out and create some transcendent moments. All in all, the elements of this long-player are there, even with battle rapper Tenchoo and fellow London rappers Oliver Sudden & Big Toast making appearances. What a way to kick off 2015, loving this long player.
Words: Alex Dunlow
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I really think that out of all the UK rappers I have heard this year, Big Ribzy is the one who has one of those effortless flows, clever punchlines and most importantly, he knows how to make great songs and great albums. I mean he is only two projects deep and already he has been signed to a label across the pond, something most UK rappers can only dream of! Incredibly consistent catalogue is something rappers need, and Big Ribzy is a rapper who seems to be able to do that!
‘Blunts & Insecurities’, produced by Lost Alliance is Ribzy’s second release this year and one of my favourite releases in 2014. A lot of the production and content revolves around a funk, jazz and soulful vibe which I love with cuts like ‘Nobody But You’, ‘Petrified’ and ‘Pray For Me’ all impressing. Sonically, the lead-single, ‘First Track’ also fits in within the Boom Bap theme, and the production really helps this audio journey.
As with all Big Ribzy projects, the album is not too focussed on the same concept time after time, and this album features a lot of premier emceeing. His display some of the best rapping you’ll hear all year is delivered with passion and sincerity which makes him an artist with uniqueness. What separates Big Ribzy from your typical underground emcee is his ability to make songs that may not have much of a concept still entertaining and engaging.
It’s going to be a pretty exciting few months for UK Hip-Hop this winter and I think Big Ribzy is going to a name you are going to hear a lot more from. This album is an underground classic that deserves your attention.
Words: Alex Dunlow
B Genius translates his world and life for public consumption in the form of this new mixtape with UK Runnings. Being real this is the first time I’ve heard of this emcee but from researching about him he has back catalogue too. This is probably a good place to start though as it is bar far his biggest release to date. With a great artwork look to go with a nice solid Hip-Hop sound, B Genius has this somewhat unique way and ability to translate his life into hip-hop with ease. The mixtape is best described as an underground classic.
This year has seen a new generation of emcee’s that have become cultural messengers, this is a good thing for real hip-hop music fans and the culture as a whole. B Genius invokes the honesty that made me instantly think he is very likeable and immediately you can hear his romance with the music. The life of a struggling MC is touched on as his are his dreams and aspirations, but if the idea with this release was establish himself as someone with the ability to be a capable MC, then the good has been done.
B Genius – Galactic Universal Language (Track-list):
01. Barz (Produced by Citizen Kane)
02. Chasing (Produced by session 600)
03. High Feat. Conscience Johnson, Dragz & Stella Walton (Produced By Brad Piff)
04. Too Much Feat. Reckless.(Produced by Citizen Kane)
05. Care Free (Produced by Birdydogg)
06. Ordinary Love Feat. Stella Walton (Produced by Citizen Kane)
07. Square One Feat. Conscience Johnson (Produced by Brad Piff)
08. Sell My Soul (Produced by Citizen Kane)
09. Me V Me (Produced by Citizen Kane)
10. The One (Produced by K2)
11. Where Am I Going (Produced by Session 600)
12. Path Of the Beast Feat. Killa Virus
13. Visions Of Terror Feat. Conscience Johnson & Terra Artists (Produced by B Genius)
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Here’s an artist whose new album is well worth checking out, not only is a good rapper but through his music he seems like a genuinely likeable guy. Here is most definitely a star in the making as he flows like melting butter over booming bass detonations and tweaking electronics. Jittery digital fuzz and SayKriDD Daly’s delivery always seem to be complimented by an anthemic chorus-line making this long player full of musical attitude. To be clear not all tracks hit the spot, but the good outweighs the bad here, and when he turns it up, he hits the spot, which is what makes his music so appealing. Refreshingly different in an era where everyone is following each other, it’s nice to hear something unique.
SayKriDD Daly – All Day (Track-list):
01 – Intro All Day VM (SCOdoubleT Skit)
02 – Rap Juggernaut
03 – Know My Name (Cuts By Winchester)
04 – Big Bad Wolf
05 – Running Feat. Prince EA & Holly Wilson
06 – Rap To You Feat. The Hellionz
07 – Believe
08 – Go Nuts!! (Cuts By Winchester)
09 – The Interlude
10 – Can You Hear Me Feat. Jimmie Black
11 – Venting
12 – White Boy Wasted
13 – Shine With Me Feat. Holly Wilson
14 – Never End
15 – My Life Feat. Holly Wilson
16 – Where The F Can I Get Your Music Ya B**tard?! VM (SKIT)
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For the last year or Remnant Music have really been pumping out some quality positive Hip-Hop music. Now we get the new project from London based artist D7, a rapper, performer, producer and co-CEO of the Remnant Music the label. It’s a twelve track affair that features some great music with strong positive messages. Top tracks for us included the video track ‘Stay Focused’ which features label mate Soloman Gehazi and vocalist Tommy Oliver, as well as ‘My People’ and ‘Dig Deeper’. D7 definitely has skills and this project proves it. Looking forward to more music from D7 in 2015, especially if it bangs like this.
D7 – Dimension 7 (Track-list):
01. Dimension 7 01:45
02. Stay Focused FT. Soloman Gehazi & Tommy Oliver 03:11
03. Catacombs FT. Washington 02:41
04. Real talk 02:45
05. The Balance 02:49
06. I see the way FT. Washington 03:29
07. State of mind FT. Soloman Gehazi 02:58
08. Dig deeper 02:58
09. My Peoples 02:54
10. Fall back FT. Washington 02:58
11. This is how F.T Soloman Gehazi 02:50
12. I know FT. Soloman Gehazi 02:52
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Words: Josh Powell
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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