Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Solocypher featuring Scholarman 'Change Thru the Rhyme'

Get the latest hotness Here, a collaboration spanning the atlantic; Solocypher (myself) has hooked up with dope Maryland emcee Scholarman to produce a raw but smooth track over a superb beat by D'Logic. Titled 'Change Thru the Rhyme' the track demonstrates a hip hop aesthetic embracing creativity and positivity through fierce flows. Props to Scholarman for reaching out on this project, I'm sure you'll agree its a quality pairing.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

TLG Lost Property

Now thats what I call cover art! I haven't heard this yet as I'm in an audio deficient cyber cafe in Delhi but as everything TLG has released so far has been banging I have no qualms whole heartedly recommending you download this here right now. While you wait check the interview I did with the lads last winter.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Scholarman & Jonesy Distant Voices EP

Another slice of quality hip hop from Scholarman who has joined forces with a very talented UK producer, Jonesy to release this excellent free EP. The beats are in a classic zone some real nice mellow head nodders such as "Well Suited" with great arrangements complimenting Scholars laid back yet intricate and positive flow. The great "Got Love" track is a prime example of some positive hip hop done properly, whilst K-Mynez makes a reality packed cameo appearance on "So Vital". Get your download on here and support some quality product.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dr Suess

I'm surfing the net from India at the moment; almost zero hip hop from what I've seen so far although there was a small story in the paper about rapper "Dr Seuss" because of his street style of having an eybrow shaved...he said he was influenced by "International Rappers"...oh dear! Anyway have been enjoying some lootpack on the old MP3 so chill to this suckahs!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Narcicist P.H.A.T.W.A

Musically dope and properly passionately political this video needs exposure. Never heard of the Narcicist before so props to DJ Sotusura for promoting this.

Number One Chief Rocker

Props to Kid Anime for reminding me of this gem...Crazy Legs bustin' mad ish reppin the B-boys in this Lords of the Underground classic video, loving it!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Education for Leisure

Today I am going to kill something. Anything.
I have had enough of being ignored and today
I am going to play God. It is an ordinary day,
a sort of grey with boredom stirring in the streets
I squash a fly against the window with my thumb.
We did that at school. Shakespeare. It was in
another language and now the fly is in another language.
I breathe out talent on the glass to write my name.
I am a genius. I could be anything at all, with half
the chance. But today I am going to change the world.
Something's world. The cat avoids me. The cat
knows I am a genius, and has hidden itself.
I pour the goldfish down the bog. I pull the chain.
I see that it is good. The budgie is panicking.
Once a fortnight, I walk the two miles into town
For signing on. They don't appreciate my autograph.
There is nothing left to kill. I dial the radio
and tell the man he's talking to a superstar.
He cuts me off. I get our bread-knife and go out.
The pavements glitter suddenly. I touch your arm.

Carol Ann Duffy

This poem has been banned from a GCSE poetry anthology due to the knife references, as apparently it is not sensitive in the current climate. I think its a pretty good piece of work, the first person narrative would be a great focus for personal responses, and I'm sure many classes would benefit from studying it; thought I'd stick it up! Read the ins-and-outs of the bullshit argument here if you want!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Gangsta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah

If you fancy an interesting read, or know someone from the younger generation interested in hip hop/rap this is worth checking out. Written in a fairly basic style to appeal to younger readers, it is nevertheless a compelling tale of 3 dissaffected London youths who decide to form a hip hop group, and charts their turbulent rise to fame and notoriety. Zephaniah has cleverly weaved his tale amid a social backdrop of a London filled with rebellious gangs, but unlike tabloid images he creates realistic characters whose moral indescretions are depicted in a realistic and thought provoking manner. A couple of references and innacuracies to rap/hip hop culture were a bit wince inducing but should not put readers off taking the work seriously and reflecting on it as a representation of elements of black and urban youth experience.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Amazing Interview with Hilary Clinton

The power of hip hop can sometimes be flabergasting...check out this interview between the UKs own Mr Montana of Conspiracy Radio and the current US Secratary of State Hilary Clinton. I don't know how they did it but its a great listen, very professional with Hilary obviously impressed by the level of questionning...listening to her define a wedgie is quite brilliant.

Got the Blues?

Howlin' Wolf breaking down the meaning of the blues and tearing it down with 'How many more years'. Chatting with my dad put me on to this so props old school, and ties in nicely with "To the Break of Dawn" book Im reading at the moment breaking down the traditions from which hip hop was created and inflenced by. Gotta love that harmonica!