Saturday, December 27, 2014

Responses to Racist Brutality from Born I and Phenomenal Raps plus music and Spoken Word

The following is taken from the press release so not my words but puts it better than I can..."I Can't Breathe" is a song that may very well capture what it is to be black in America today. It is a song mixed with rage, sadness and hope. The song ends on a tone reflecting Born I Music's Buddhist roots (when not on stage, he volunteers locally as a mindfulness meditation instructor) and ideology: "All life is precious". Sentiments are shared by Phenomenal Raps, who begins his verse with references to Radio Raheem from the Spike Lee Movie "Do the Right Thing" which provides a poignant starting point to reflections on the deaths of young black men in America.

 Followed up by a strong slice of Spoken Word, XRV, from Gregory Jerome..

And finally, its always nice to hear some spittin that is the legendary Method Man, here M-Dot elists the Wu Swordsmen on this latest cut, unfortunately it pains me to say it but the meandering verse from Tical gets outrun by the spits of fellow track collaborators.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Like Tupac WhoSane transcends place and time, Hip Hop from The Khemist and TriPOTHREAT

First up, get listening to this and I guarantee you will be humming the hook when you are out and about, and then feel the need to come straight back to Vocalswords to replay this. Its that good, TriPOTHREAT certainly seems true to his name. 

WhoSane gets ill on a straightup headnodder filmed in the wonderful Bangkok, some tight flows with nods to the likes of Torae and Skyzoo, this is taken from the BurntBerry x Straight Path Jewlz Mixtape; cop that here....

And finally some hardcore visuals accompany some food for thought from The Khemist on Stigmata. A nice old school feel to his flow amidst a very modern vision of dystopia and lies of which he's trying to make sense; claustophobic and intriguing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mega Rap Post....SBTV Cypher Tabernacle Featuring Reveal, Tony D, Harry Shotta & Heavy UK Beasts plus T-Pain, Billy BanGer, Graves 33, Snow Goons, Earl Sweatshirt, Knucklehead & Modern Day Soulja

We're kicking off this varied post with a slew of mega heavy UK bars coming from some of the illest coming through London town at the moment. As a long time Poisonous Poet's fan I had the pleasure of meeting Reveal the other day, at the Hip Hip Education Society's inagural meeting at the former Institute of Education; a very wise, fun and intriguing guy I was please to stumble over him trading bars with Tony D and other in this rugged SBTV video....

An incredible amount of turmoil has been witnessed worldwide this year and as 2014 draws to a close it doesn't feel like many situations have been resolved. Graves 33 highlights police brutality and potential repercussions.

T-Pain come hard with an evocative description of his come up.....I'm not suprised the crowd is feelin' him!

To be honest starting a busy evening working and blogging I wanted to get through a pile of music but this lil EP got onto repeat and I got hypnotised into it; check it out my top track at the moment is Chio Chio; I need to get my google on and get a few of the titles translated. After that got very sidetracked I'm sorry to say; no time to write so go make your own minds up about new Snowgoons, Modern Day Soulja and Earl Sweatshirt; I reckon there's some dopeness in all of 'em....