Sonnyjim’s aense of occasion has lead to his latest project with P’n’C Kosyne being given as freeness. It’s About Time features beats by Dag NAbit, Kelakovski, Apa-Tight & a name i haven’t heard for quite a while…. Fel Sweetenberg (big ups to Dave Ghetto). The infamous Foreign Beggars also make an appearance on this superb MC driven piece of freeness. Look out for the extended edition with remixes and bonus tracks coming soon. The accomanying clip is after the break.
I got this in the mail today. I almost let it pass me by but Jack Da Union has some serious Boom Bap niceness athis disposal. Plus there are not 1 but 3 projects to get your neck snappin’ to. If you like your beats raw and your rhymes to the point then this is a keeper for sure. Enjoy!
Get 2 pieces of freeness (and buy the 3rd one) HERE
Genesis Elijah is back on the scene with some freeness for the masses (hence the projects title). Some real niceness on here too. Enjoy!
and just incase you’re tempted…
Name your price!?!?! That is what you will do when you click the link to download this niceness. All i would ask is that (even though you don’t have to) you support, support!!! Jack Flash, Chief Wigz & Dot Rotten are all in attendance too. Enjoy!
Raking Dead Leaves In Autumn is the brand new track from Pierce Artists produced by yours truelly featuring keys from J. Alexander, with a full length album in the pipeline ready to drop soon, im eagerly anticipating the next move from these guys.
Here we have a collection of tracks from the one and only Kista featuring all the tracks that were put out on wax along with some unreleased joints. Beware, neck injury may occur from excessive head nodding!
Apollo Brown has (rightfully) been a very busy man this year. Boom Bap has had something of a renaissance. Not that it ever went away but it has been a lot easier to find on shelves/itunes servers. This man has an awful lot to do with that as well. His Trophies project with OC is one of my favourites this year but with his latest project with Guilty Simpson, Dice Game, he has surpassed it. I get the same feeling listening to this pair that got when I first heard Celph Titled riding Buckwild’s creations on Nineteen Naughty Now. There are very few producer MC combo’s where the beatsmith is the first name on peoples lips. DJ Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla, 9th Wonder…. Apollo Brown. Esteemed company indeed!
It’s freeness, it’s nice, and it’s his last album(?). Veekay has decided to pursue other endeavours but Fades Out (geddit?) with a bang. Wordsmith, Dr. Syntax & The Delusionists are among those joining in the fond farewell. Grab it now people. Enjoy!
Kashmere is back with another alter ego of sorts. Kingdom Of Fear is the tale of the ‘epic(?)’ adventures of Rango & Dr. Gonzilla. Kashmere is at his ‘out of here’ best when he spins these otherworldly tales and the tradition is continued…. and then some. Peep the evidence and click the link. Enjoy!
Soundweight Records has presented us with a double impact of pure heavy throwback rawness in good faith of the most traditional aesthetics of hip hop, two veterans have teamed up, with Kista producing a very slick anthem for Cappo to deliver delectable rhymes over with pure ease of flow and timing, the way the rhymes flow and the way the bass runs with the drums is pure funken (its funky, see?) brilliance, while listening I just decided to stand up and boogie, that bass was just too much.
On the flip Lowtide is a treat for the head nodders, finger snapping, neck breaking, a whole jumble of layers mixed to perfection taking it back to when everything was pure and raw, simply dope.
I honestly dont know where to start with this because if this is selling out then I hope everyone sells out everyday of the week for the rest of my life. Maybe I should mention the fact that its just pure brilliant, that you should just buy it and download it and record it to a TDK or Scotch cassette and pop it in a walkman and bump it on some of those cheap pioneer headphones with the metal headband that always got caught on your hair while walking to the bus stop to catch a ride to the ferry terminal, buy a ferry ticket, get on the ferry and hope that the waves arent as rough and raw as Lee's rhymes.
But It Here
One of my all time fav MCs is back! Skuff’s Smash Anything serves as the prelude to the album ‘Destroy Everything’. Unreleased material and scene stealing guest spots provide the bulk of this mixtape but it is still superb stuff. Enjoy!
name your price but support, support!
I first encountered skyzoo via my love of all things (music related) 9th wonder. Cloud 9: The 3 day high was on constant repeat for months and that album is still on regular rotation to this day. The guy puts the work in and has grown from a gifted MC into a skilled manipulator of the modern Hip Hop word. Evidenced on tracks like Spike Lee Was My Hero & How To Male It Through Hysteria, Sky demonstrates a maturity in his rhymes that is lost on approximately 95% of today's MCs. That, along with a canny knack of showing his emotions without sounding emotional, his nods to heroes past and present, plus his superb ear for a beat puts Skyzoo on a platform above the vast majority of his peers.
I could say that it's a shame that he doesn't garner the shine that many of his inferior contemporaries receive. But I could then counter my own argument with the rationale that the extra shine may see a change in direction that I for one would not welcome. A Dream Deferred is a superb effort that doesn't see the need to shout about itself. Understated in tone but precise in execution. Another Skyzoo release that I will probably have on regular rotation until his next effort.
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Not strictly Hip Hop, Turntablism, Funk, RnB, Soul, Nu Jazz, Latin or Dub Step, but an amalgam of all of these and more besides. Inventive, Original and very well executed. These guys have been DMC World Team Champions so that alone should grant them an audience with with most Headphone sockets. Don't sleep!
Typical Cats. Their debut was an instant classic, timeless, the follow up changed many things for the crew in regards to their sound and approach to music. With the new offering, its as if they combined everything they have learnt the past 8 years with that quality work ethic to produce something really special.
Denizen, Qwel and Qwazaar have all done some stellar work as solo artists, each aspiring to, and attaining, great heights. Each member has been garnering plenty of acknowledgement and attention in their own rights for a while now, and I think all of us have been fiending for a new TC full length for some time too.
Its with this new offering they appear, so seamlessly, to top off everything, they have been doing for the past 8 years since they released their last LP, Civil Service.
Coming back together for their third album, aptly titled "3", its a if nothing changed, they still spit it, still make the head nod, the neck snap and the mind spiral.
Wordplay wizardry, heavy heavy production, cohesion, its all here and its back once again to appreciate in its entirety.
Still got the nice flow… and still getting his beats from M-Phazes. Illy is back with a third outing. I really liked his last one and this is even better. peep the clips (1 more after the break) and enjoy!
Bring It Back is available on iTunes now
It’s DMC World Final time again peeps. The 27th & 28th will see Jam Baxter, The Four Owls (if you don’t know by now…), Jehst, DJ Q-Bert and others all showing and Proving before the team and DJ Finals. If you want to be there and bring a mate a well, I have 2 guestlist spots for 2 people and their best mate/girlfriend/mum up for grabs. I will keep it simple this time. The 4th & 15th person to drop an email to nofrillz (top right of the blog) gets the glory. good luck!
More info on the nights are after the break…
The new offering from M9 is something for us all to hold out head up for. Back in delectable style with his new video, M9 is ever expanding and developing. All we need to do is listen.
His debut album, Magna Carta, is out on the 3rd of December.
Blue has been doing his thing for a while, constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of sound and quality. Since Below the Heavens ive been hooked on the guy. He always creates a sound that makes your neck snap no matter who he works with.
Limited in quantity so cop yours here.
This I of course my first year doing my 'great listens' segment. But had I done this during previous years I can assure you that brother Ali would have been include with every one of his albums. Mourning In America & Dreaming In Color' is probably his easiest entry which, when you consider the greatness that makes up this mans back catalogue, is something substantial indeed. For the most part MINADRC carries the same energy as Ali's previous, Ant produced efforts. There is an obvious synergy between BA and Jake One, however, with tracks like Mourning In America and Need A Knot taking him places that, sonically, he hasn't been before on an album. The mans rhymes skills and substance I not in question and neither is his previous, atmospheric (geddit?) work but hearing him over these beats has pushed 'Mourning...' in front of the rest. Which by default puts it among my favourites of 2012.
I am really really loving this track. The Foreign Exchange stable have found another thoroughbred (in no way am I suggesting any comparisons with a horse). This LADY can sing! 2nd of October is the date to catch her debut album ‘Angels’. But in the meantime peep the first cut Sweet Love. Enjoy!
I was about to start this little ditty with the words ‘Verb T is back’ but seeing as he was never really away that statement doesn’t really hold water (anyone who has been picking up his ultra cheap series of EP’s can testify to that). However it has been a while since his name was attached to a full album. The Morning Process puts that to an end and this is the clip for the lead single of the same title. Leaf Dog’s on the beats and doesn’t disappoint. Keep the 1st day of October in your diary/calendar/reminder app. Enjoy!
He;s back! World Renowned DJ Vadim returns with his latest long player, ‘Don’t Be Scared’. Pugz Atoms, Heidi Vogel and Sabira Jade are among those invited along for the ride. Having been blessed enough to have received a promo i am still not sure quite what genre to place it in. there is a definite dub step vibe on some tracks but there is a lot more to the album than that. A definite keeper as far as i’m concerned. gGt your fix on 01.11.2012. Peep the clip.
Klashnekoff (i’m not down with the ‘K-Lash ting myself) is back! And this time he’s sponsored by DJ Whoo Kid (which means there better be a tagless version). The full tape is out next week but here is a sampler for those of you that can’t wait. I’m not actually sure that i’m allowed to post this but it is a sampler so i’ll take my chances. Enjoy!
This time it’s Stevie’s turn to receive the sample treatment. Funky DL has gone with Mr. Wonder for his latest sample lead outing by way of this freEP. Both of his Amy Winehouse projects were superb and ‘Sometimes I Have To Wonder’ doesn’t buck the trend. Enjoy!
For £3.00 we find Sonnyjim taking his vocal dexterity to a place where, in parts, he hasn’t taken it to before (‘Fully Charged’). Thanks to the beats put forward by the malleable beatsmith Wizard, Jim is in supreme form here. Its just a shame that they only go 6 tracks deep. But at such a low price we can’t have everything now can we. Enjoy!
... Is not a Hip Hop album at all. I was into Drum and Bass and Jungle before Hip Hop (believe it or not). Netsky's '2' fuses both of these and other genres to create one of the best dance albums of recent times. A varied bouncy journey with a nostalgia trip thrown in, I can't remember the last time I snapped my neck so consistently at such a high tempo for for such an extended period. This guys a blinkin' genius (say it with a cockney swagger)! Time for some serious back catalogue mongering (legally of course). Peep the clip after the break…
Even more from Sonnyjim. This time it’s an EP with June25thbeatz. It’s all work work work with Jim but when the results are this good who cares! £3.00 isnt too much to ask either plus there’s more after the break. Enjoy!
Such is the quality of the material these guys are bringing forth that an EP is now imminent. Spanish Ass (and man they picked a nice one) is the first track from the Ralph Rip Shit & Lemonface EP ‘Post Crisis: Life After 30’. If it is all as nice as this track purchase will definitely be a priority. Enjoy!
It’s neck snappin’ time. Those professional purveyors of that Boom Bap goodness are ‘Back In The Habit’. 7 tracks for the ears to savour plus Kashmere Iguana is along for the ride too. Enjoy (and get your 3D glasses out)!
Another banger, The Book Thieves just keep doing it.
'TMRW, TMRW' is an outstanding project from MC singer songwriter and producer Luke Christopher. The man is an MC with depth, is a great singer (Drake doesn’t come close i am afraid), and his beats are superb and varied. The fact that the man is giving music of such supreme quality (am i gassing too much?) away for free is testament to the state of hip hop right now. With the right backing I fully expect this guy to be really, really big at some stage. You have been warned. Enjoy!
more after the break....
How the hell did i miss this (and why didn’t i get your email earlier bruv?)? Phoniks is a remix king with major skills. The Tape is his 9 track remix fest that was actually released at the end of 2011. The influences are obvious but the results are superb. Biggie, Nas, AZ, Mobb Deep, Edo G & Royal Flush all get the Phoniks remix treatment. Peep the clip and download link after the break. DO NOT SLEEP!!!!!
If you ‘snap ya neck’ all the time it will start to ache. Now & again just a gentle sway is nice too. Native Sun’s latest clip is just for such an occasion. Indigenous Soundwaves is out now. Peep the clip & Enjoy!
Big up Steve & the Standup Recordz crew! Yeah I know i’m late on this but I like it. Towa’s beats have a welcoming simplicity (and no that isn’t a put down) and the fact that Spitfire lives up to his moniker lends itself perfectly to the beats. Spitfire’s debut long player is due soon so stay tuned… after checking this out if course. Enjoy!
Oh yeah!Cyrus Malachi is back with the 3rd edition of his Isis Papers. As usual the man does not disappoint on both a Sonic and vocal level. EDutainment, to coin a phrase. Enjoy!
Heavy tune from the one known as Elliot Fresh
Copy showing the love for those we hold high in regard on these shores. Brilliant beat, fantastic collaboration. Cant Stop Fanatics salutes you all!
Slickness coming from Copywrite, featuring our very own Genesis Elijah and Royce da 5'9'.
www.copywritesworld.com & www.manbitesdogrecords.com
@Copywrite @Royceda59 @GenesisElijah @CurtissKing @ManBitesDogRecs
Having such a great, original and quirky first single can work against you. Die hard fans can be blinkered and not even give the song a look in, while those new to the artist/s involved may expect more of the same and little else from any album to come. An obvious meeting in the middle is the best way to please both and that is exactly what Rewd Adams & The Last Skeptik have done with ‘How Not To Make a Living’. Tracks like J.O.B and Monster Things keep the quirkier/more original end of the album alive while the ‘heads’ are well taken care of with what remains. Yet overall the project straddles that happy medium without losing a shred of credibility (which as history suggests is no mean feat). The Last Skeptik is a gifted, albeit underrated, beatsmith who will surely be a far busier man when this album is released. Rewd Adams has chosen just the right tactic of not attacking the beats as oppose to weaving in and out. A very polished MC who compliments the beats superbly. An original release with enough contemporary sounds to keep all and sundry more than satisfied. A definite recommend.
The Stuyvesants are back with another set of smooth remixes for your aural (and i did say aural) pleasure. Busta Rhymes, Common, M.O.P & 702 are among the remixed. Quite how these guys aren’t higher up the food chain in terms of beat requests is beyond me. Partake and enjoy!
….a freestyle. i have to admit that Oddisee’s beats are so outrageously off the chain that it usually takes my about 3 or 4 listens of his work to listen to what the man has to say. Metabeats got some Top quality on his upcoming album too. Von Pea, Action Bronson, Ralph Rip Shit, Elucid, the aforementioned Oddisee, Che Grand…….. Niceness!
Man! Who drew the awesome artwork for Pheonix Da Icefire’s The Quantum Leap? An intelligent Swagger backed by some banging beats (with a tinge of Dub), Klashnekoff, Kyza, Keith Murray (yep) & Cyrus Malachi all ad to what is a superb debut album. And to believe this came out in April! Where the hell have I been? Support, Support!!!!!
Super dope (how do I come up with this stuff) Jazz Hop based stuff from the MC & beatsmith duo. A mellow thoughtful backbone yet it’s a very easy listen. It’s FREE too so peep the evidence and pick it up. It’s all there after the break. Enjoy!
Originality, Wit, Humour, Charm, Braggadocio. Words that came to mind when i first clapped ears on Propa’s FREE album, I’m Up Now!!! Life through his lens is how i would describe where he is coming from lyrically and I would love to know who handles the production too as it is a fresh sound that does inspire memories of early roots manuva material. A great listen. Enjoy!
Uplifting. That’s the one word i would use to describe this under the radar release from the combination of Mohammed Yahya and Songstress Sarina Leah. Although billed as a fusion of Hip Hop and African rhythm, its the Hip Hop takes centre stage. The African backdrop is definitely evident but takes a back seat for most of the proceedings. The constant positivity given translated by both artists is also to be commended. These guys spend the majority of their time saying what should be happening as oppose to what shouldn’t be. A great departure from the norm. Peep the evidence and support!
With a name like Joker Starr, one would be forgiven for thinking that this Slough born and bred MC's signature flow was a forgone conclusion. In many ways it is but his charisma and delivery will coax you into overlooking the deeper thoughts some of Joker's songs betray. It is those thoughts, alongside production that also enters darker realms at times (Jokers tone has a habit of lifting those songs out of there darker depths), that makes Blood-ren both an entertaining and intriguing listen at the same time. With Apa-Tight handling the vast majority of forging the soundscapes, and Jehst also lending his beat skills, Blood-Ren is a very well executed debut.
Peep the extras after the break
Year Of The Kos was a Mix knocked up by Kosyne which chronicled his production, features and remixes that surfaced in 2011 originally hosted on the stream only Mixcloud service; Kos has now setup a bandcamp page where it's up for free download!
Probably our finest export (and my favourite) Lewis Parker is back with the second release from his upcoming album. Sadat X & Shabaam Saadeeq join him on ‘Walking on a Razor’. Maaaaan I love this mans samples! Bloody Brilliant! peep the bonus clip after the break. Enjoy”
And its another cheap as chips release from Verb T. This time JJ Malone provides the all too short but neck snapping collection of beats, while VT is joined by Sonnyjim & Joker Starr. It’s only £3.00 so get involved. Enjoy!
Never heard of the guy, never heard any of his stuff. But while searching for something completely different, this is what i found. Only 3 tracks deep but real nice all the same. Enjoy!
I recently said of another new release that I like to see folks straying from the norm. Dizraeli & beatsmith Tom Caruana have teamed up for the White Man [Moves] (there is an explanation for the title below]. My only gripe is the album is too damn short. Enjoy & Support!
‘Being a white Western male abroad, you travel trailing centuries of history behind you. You are always White Man - you can't escape that’ – Dizraeli
Real thoughts put over a beat. Its not a difficult concept to grasp now is it? So why then do so many of todays ‘MCs’ fail to grasp the concept? Huey Newton (education) gets the gist & the proof is in this here EP. Enjoy!
The Huey Newton EP