An interesting piece of promo freeness from a Jazz trio thathat admittedly, I'd never heard of before now. I only caught on because Confucius MC holds court on the mic on 2 tracks. The EP is 6 tracks deep (smile) but is only one file (frown) but is more than worthy of your attention. Enjoy.
The Grip - The Grip Tape
Remember the good old days? When the term Boom Bap had a simple definition. Tony Blair was still the man. Knight Rider and Airwolf re runs were still cool and Arsenal's defence moved forwards in unison (those were the days)? Are you like me, making regular, Golden Aged acoustic excursions to satisfy the craving? Tony Olabode was supposed to deliver what would probably have been the UK's first class ticket to that fabled destination. However the obligatory record label wrangles and contractual disputes rendered that a non starter. 18 years later however, comes the South East London residents own interpretation of the phrase 'better late than never.
Lets be honest, to myself and those of you reading this review with genuine interest, the emancipation of Dettwork Southeast is long overdue. But in the cold light of day this is a niche release of sorts. An album highly sought after by those in the know who are well versed on a particular era of music from a certain part of the world, or those studious enough on modern UK Hip Hop to have been self schooled on what Tony Rotten means to the culture. But even after putting those camps together and adding on international equivalents, that is still quite a select group. Quite frankly from the outside looking in, for Sony to have remastered and released this album in the first place (albeit with virtually no promotion) is quite something. Luckily the nostalgia fest (in more ways than one for Londoners) is worth the wait.
High Focus' resident soul man is back with a limited edition vinyl only (so far) release. Put That Soul On Me is entirely produced by Dirty Dike and also includes the instrumentals. The main pic however, is from a lovely piece of pop tinged soulful freeness for those of you that want to try before you buy. It really is a quality listen and i am surprised that even in the blogasphere that there hasn't been a little more coverage. Clips, stream and links after the break peeps. Don't sleep!
It looks like The Mouse Outfit have taken their sound to new places since the superb Escape Music (which is still in regular rotation on my Sennheisers) was let loose upon the masses. The visuals are superb and brings back memories of me salivating over the Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott clips of late Golden Age origins. Enjoy!
The Triple Darkness roster has been amended somewhat but the effect on my neck is still the same. It aches from all the bloody head nodding! I didn't see any album details fellas. I do hope that this is not a one off. Enjoy!
This is nice, very nice and regardless of my lack of understanding Portuguese any decent head will recognise that there are plenty of syllables on show so dudes got skills.
For those that don't know, Mastermind is the quiz shows quiz show. Regardless of the case some might put forward for University Challenge, in my view it is the pinnacle of 'Boffindom'. BBC's iPlayer, far from being simply a catch up service, is a haven of undiscovered and quite superb programming. Radio 1Xtra is (like it or not) at the forefront of the UK's mainstream 'Urban' movement. But was putting the three entities together to bring about Hip Hop Mastermind my beloved genres dulling down, or certification of Hip Hops universal mainstream acceptance?
Part of Hip Hops attraction to most of its fans is it's edge. The rebellious "you can't tell me what to do" attitude that, in varying degrees of concentration, permeates every aspect of its existence. It was a way for (most of) us to get rid of our anger and frustration and angst. It was a way to build a connection with friends. It still is all of those things for a huge number of the worlds population. Yet, as much as it brought parts of 'my music' to a larger audience, I couldn't help but feel that something about Hip Hop Mastermind.... something I couldn't quite put my finger on, didn't sit right with me.
$10,000,000 (£6,120,000). Let me write that in words... Ten Million Dollars aka Six
Million One Hundred and Twenty Thousand pounds. That's a very big number. Too big a number for the average person on the street to even contemplate seeing at on a bank statement, let alone spending. Of those of us that are in a position to have that kind of money available, there is a reason you have it and i suspect you'd be loathed to just fritter it away. To those of us to whom spending seven or eight figures is deemed as something of a frivolity or an investment. there aren't many of us about and even less of us that would spend such a vast amount of money on a piece of modern music. So the question is, who exactly are Bone Thugs N Harmony expecting to go the distance for their soon to be final group release, E.1999 Legends?
The obvious comparison to make is with Wu Tang Clans Once Upon A Time In Shaolin project. Both camps are Golden Age legends and their impact on Hip Hop culture simply cannot be overestimated. With their latest plan in mind however, the differences are stark. The gaping chasm in the marketing, concept and handling of the media is there for all to see and you have to question where on the announced arena tour Bone intend to find a single, multi million dollar investor. They no longer enjoy anywhere near the status they were once privy to and I suspect that any record labels looking for a licence to print money will not be applying through their management.