Saturday, August 08, 2015

Rest in Power Sean Price

A massive loss to Hip Hop comes with the news that underground legend, Sean Price aka Ruck; one half of the incredible Heltah Skeltah outfit has passed away. I played "Monkey Bars" a few weeks ago in full and was thinking how many other rappers have such complex, entertaining and brutal styles and to be honest I'm not sure there is anyone better. A sad day. I've posted a couple of my favourite clips of Sean P and one of my favourite joints from Monkey Barz; the chemistry dude had with Rock and the incredible skill level is in full effect; Thanks for the work big man.









Tuesday, July 07, 2015

It aint all Greek Tragedy....

As Greece faces an uncertain future in terms of it's solvency and relationship to the European Union after an historic vote which may prove pivitol in the history of both democracy and international economic affairs I thought it fitting to play a slice of hiphop from Greece. Fortunately I stumbled fairly quickly over this hopefull sounding banger from Sins; a prophetic "Live as One" hook haunts the track as headknodding melodic flows referencing Cronus provide the subtance that at the moment is unfortunately elusive. Any translaters, or Sins if you are out there get at me to break the lyrics down!



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Music from Ras Kass, Ron Beatty, V. Nova & D.O.S.



Word up Ron Beatty; I know why they ain't heard about you dog, its cause you sound truthful, humble and honest....give me a lift in your (hopefully electrically powered) Maserati one day and I'll join you leaning out the window yelling! Holler @RonBeattyNC, Video Shot by @Nervreck and @scorpioflo_kob1




"My Instructions came with a typo!....tough life tales from @Mr_VNova but with a poetic flair that keeps it banging along nicely over a Crack Factory beat. 

Rass Kass uniting struggles with characteristic hardcore flair here over Domingo's swinging, gun shot laced production.....a shame that the rich are killing the weak but as long as that is the status quo the elite need to watch out for the wrath of Rassy....Domingo has an impressive stack of joints featuring some dope dope emcees, go check it here. 



The last one is a big shout out to my girl who complains about too much of hip hop being a bit depressing or over intellectualized (ok, mainly just UK Hip Hop coming mainly from white boys like me). This track is pretty much about hard core bars with a video about having fun, so not too much too complain about from me as long as I am of course overlooking the standard misogyny, crass commercialism etc blah blah blah ah stuff it its been a long day and D.O.S got some bars to cheer me up, is having a great time with his crew so why not!!?

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Fresh Hip Hop from Napoleon feat Killah Priest, Rapper Big Pooh prod Apollo Brown Sim-E ft Rock, Torae & Quelle Chris


Unbelievably ill, stick this shit on rewind from the former Little Brother heavyweight emcee telling you with force and panache "What you already new" over a banger from Apollo Brown. Also peep the goodness from Napoleon who hold it down getting Biblically inspired with a nice feature from Killah Priest. We finish off with an excellent video for a banging cut where Sim-E smashes the beats up and is ably assisted by the irrepressible Rock of Heltah Skeltah and the ever intriguing Quelle Chris.





Monday, June 01, 2015

Hey!zeus.i 'Holy Cow' ft. Strange U & Jehst plus Ghostface Killah & Elzhi


Check out this slice of Psychadlic Bovine illness from the Young N Restless camp; Hey!zeus.i asking the important question "....if the lands barren where you graze your flock?" and Kashmere of Strange U giving the sage advice ".......get creative" this tripped out marvelously hypnotic track is completed by The High Plains Drifter kicking in a holy cash cow earning verse. Great to be hearing this original business, great music should be appreciated by all.

And if that's not quite enough high powered lyricism for you check out the new Tony Starks LP "Sour Soul", a tour de force of paired back rhymes allowing a soundscape to showcase some of the illest flows in the game.  As Pretty Tony spits....

Stand the fuck up like Flav to fight the power
I'm an activist, socialist, deadly ass poetrist
Supreme Clientele, I'm a goddamn vocalist
My thoughts are so heavy I could change a generation
The x-factor, we puttin' holes through inflation




Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Music from Pete Rock, LouieVon & Young Cam plus Herrotics repping for Blah Records

    


Pete Rock releases a free download of "Heaven and Earth" a gorgeous instrumental as you may well come to expect; if you're not familiar get to know the man's back catalogue ASAP, true hiphop legend. Watch out for the full length coming from Mellow Music Group coming 23rd June.  



The Blah Records camp is in full effect at the moment with Herrotics releasing "Fathead" alongside two videos documenting UK city life to the sounds of some immensely hardcore lyrical rap...Get involved with this and pick up some tasty Blah Merch here, Not gonna put my geographical knowledge neck on the line; if you know which city (ies) are being repped by Herrotics get at me solocypher@gmail.com.

New track "Come Up" gets analytical on the trap situation many increasingly are struggling to escape from. "Praying for a come up" appears to depressingly be the only way out for LouiVon & Young Cam as they get serious over a nice beat from Enlighten. Check the Memorial Day Mixtape Out Here. 




Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going Hard...Mnsr Frites drops dope album "River Wandle"; Plus Emerge MC smashes it!

Its a pleasure to introduce these next two videos coming from talents representing my current home town of London.  First up the cerebral laid back tones of Granville Session's Big Frits goes nicely over a jazzy soulful beat from Cognitive. Frites has a serious flow but humour is always lurking as he's "Staying current like a synonym for raisens" This is a fresh trippy visual that pairs with the other excellent vid "I Drink Coffee" from the man who has just dropped the ill full length banger "The River Wandle,,,I've been lucky to have a sneak peak and it is ill, (top choice so far is Track 16, Sim City prod. Sam Zircon), so....promoters get booking this dude, just remember to put Dim Sum on the menu yeah!? Word to Mr Chips.


Next up is the irrepressible Emerge who destroys with bar after bar of heated bars drawn from his turbulant, wildstyle lifestyle. His passion for life, his people and desire to be at the top of the game is shines through....back on his boss shit!