Saturday, March 31, 2012

Plan B - Ill Manors

Plan B - Ill Manors

This track has already garnered a lot of attention and has been discussed on a lot of media outlets; especially due to the madness of the video. An energetic return to form for Plan B despite inconsistancies; his seeming entrenched nihilism has never been a massive draw for me personally but the skills are on point. Unfortunately I'm not sure exactly what the message here is though, apart from the Manor being ill.....there are some salient points about cuts in Youth Services and politicians being completely out of touch with reality; but the extreme  violence of the recreation of the riots does smack of glamourisation. There is a scene at the end where I believe Riz MC (a very thoughtful recording artist and actor himself) is helping kick in an unfortunate person while gloating over a box of fresh trainers. This is similar to the now famous 'back pack picking' video of a Malaysian student getting robbed. Was this a legitimate cry of angst against the system or just an opportunity to thieve and bully? I reckon this track could have worked better if the social commantery and political criticism had been sustained and coherent; then the highly choreographed violence would have sent a more pertinant message. Shit is still mad entertaining though and I guess food for thought for all.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Simon Jr - Aeroplanes

From the jump off this 24 track instrumental hip hop album from Simon JR jumps out....anything that has a Mos Def vocal cut up within the first few seconds gets a big thumbs up from me. The album lives up to early promise throughout and the global influence grouded in funkalicious and hip hop sounds is a perfect accompaniemnt to todays London sunshine, but works equally well rocking a party or on your head phones as you funk your way around through life....go download it now for free!  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gensu Dean featuring Large Proffessor

I love the cinematic edge to this video; but even more I love the creation of a seam of unbreakable love for hip hop music created through educating the younger generation. The little girl staring in the video will surely be a star....although possibly a  future Anakin Skywalker that must be protected from the Darkside!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Wiley 'Evolve or Be Extinct' Video, plus catch DJ Yoda and Chima Anya live in London

Stumbled over this track today and can't believe I hadnt seen it before....came out in February on the collossal Big Dada, the label l showing the way forward all over

London heads have even more to look forward to after Fat Gold Chain make sure you head down to XOYO to see the legendary DJ Yoda mash up the set with support from the one and only rapping doctor, my good friend Chima Anya! It's gonna be LIVE! Get your tickets here

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fat Gold Chain Live, Beardyman feat Foreign Beggars plus OutKast, Goodie Mob and Cool Breeze

Gotta love DJ Dave and his superhuman editing skills on this video for "Oh!" by Beardyman featuring Foreign Beggars....this was a big collaboration check the lowdown from ..!

"Cut-up face antics for the human beatbox maestro Beardyman and his mates Foreign Beggars for Oh! by Jimi Crayon – a very suitable idea for a bunch who are their own instruments, executed in exuberant fashion.
“I jumped at the chance to work with these guys as I’ve known about them for a long time and both Beardyman and Foreign Beggars are incredible at what they do,” says Jimi. “I knew all three guys would be up for giving a quirky and energetic performance and didn’t really want to detract to much from this. I wanted to mix and match their faces as I thought I could get some weird combos from the guys different looks and skin tones.”
Beardyman ft. Foreign Beggars
Director: Jimi Crayon
Co Director: Paul Barulis
Producer: Adam Farley
Prod Co: LoveHate Productions
DoP: Martin Roach
Art Dir: Ciaran Beale
Editor: Dave Silver

It's that time again Londoners and remember we have the One Hundred Pound Open Mic Competition! Big Ups to DJ Dave on this one, Editor Don! Dont forget to sign up to Fat Gold Chain and the party crew!

and finally check out this lyrical tour de force out of the South a few years back.....

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Vinyl Frontier

Dephect are behind a strong effort to keep the vinyl industry alive; check this video and be amazed by some quality beat production; this is the sort of thing that makes me extremely jealous.
Buy Records. from Dephect on Vimeo.

I knicked the above from the blog of venerated UK Hip Hop conductor Disorda, whilst checking out the one of the other passions he is becoming noted for; wicked Dub sets sourced from more of that funkalicious vinyl...never front on the wheels of steel! ....

Tuesday, March 06, 2012


French Worldbeating Crew C2C DJs have created some pretty cool visuals to complement their incredibly large, musical sound, this video is a precursor for their new EP soon to be dropping in the UK, watch this space!

Arse Out....Pass Out Parody (Had to be done really innit!!?)

Be interesting to see what else Kai Beaumont is up to? 

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Genesis Elijah - My Truth

Great new track from the man who always tells it how it is; Genesis never fails to bring thought provoking lyrics from the heart....dont sleep this bangs!