Monday, June 21, 2021

Shane Kidd - Ink of a Scholar (@Shanekidd86)

Pure Lyrics! This jumped out of my inbox - so many poetic & cultural references in this with some dope scratches - Just wish it was longer, watch out for Shane Kidd! 

"Everybody has a story to tell, will you listen to the story they tell" Shane Kidd's latest song "Ink of Scholar" begins with those words. "Ink of a Scholar" is the lead single off Shane's Double single EP the "Prologue". In a world of deferred dreams and broken promises, Shane shares his story and the under-told stories of others who are looking for freedom in this chaotic world. With more awareness of society being fractured, voice being marginalized, and what's truthful isn't always trendy Shane Kidd wants to say there's freedom.

"Renewing minds and Redeeming Dreams" in a world full of brokenness and uncertainty, Shane Kidd chooses to live by this philosophy fight for something different. Dallas native and Atlanta resident while being raised in the south, Shane gravitated towards Hip Hop's home New York for his listening choice. As he heard more and he gained an affinity for the artist like Nas, Mos Def, and The Roots. Eventually, he picked up a pen and pad desiring to be an emcee conscious of the world around him. Intersecting conscious thought, everyday struggles, and persevering faith, Shane Kidd uses his music to inspire people to explore the world outside and understand the world within.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Oak Dreams - Benny Diction brings the Nature Vibes

One of the best things about rap and hiphop music is that if you get involved, you might be lucky enough to end up being great mates with some seriously talented people. Bennydiction is one of those gems, and I remember first hearing him perform the lyrics to Oak Dreams as an accapella and thinking 1) Damn, this is amazing, what a sick concept, 3) Wow, that hook is brilliant and 3) Argh, I wish I had written this! 

Well I'm so glad Benny did, and then put it to such a brilliant, core shuddering beat from Beatsmith Extrodinarre Able 8...and then got this epic one-take video (nicely handled by One Shot Sweets) shot at North London's Alexandra Palace where some beautiful trees in the twilight serve to accentuate Benny's striking nature-based thoughts and ideas with an outstanding metaphore of the mind. 

The Beat - Stay relaxed and gently sway to it
The Philosophy - Stay Rooted!

Oak Dreams - The Mind sows seeds, with time and Energy these ideas develop into tall trees.
Now go and get handy with a spear or a watering can!!

Friday, May 07, 2021

Caspar Grant - Snake Oil

Caspar Grant teams up with High Focus artist Kashmere (Strange U) for And What's fourth release. This hypnotic banger showcases Caspar's intricate flow with an incredible adeptness at conjuring up surreal yet poignantly specific imagery embedded in the chaos of reality over Kashmere's lush production. "Snake Oil is the story of one man attempting to find a sliver of meaningful truth in a world gone mad. As right wing demagogues, corrupt lawmakers and unprincipled media tycoons distort and manipulate the global narrative an ordinary citizen attempts to do right by his loved ones and positively contribute to society. Immersed in the backdrop of Kashmere's pulsating, apocalyptic rhythms Caspar Grant does his best to make sense of wholly illogical circumstances."

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Chima Anya & Soulchef - Kings

Need inspiration? Need some quality music? Need some good ol' Boom Bap? Chima Anya has linked up with Soul Chef to create yet another brilliant track. As a hiphop head this slams, but with the video this is a piece of art to inspire everyone to look after their mind, body and soul and claim the royalty that is inside each and every one of us! Salute the Commander in Chief, and bow to the King in the Mirror! 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Sonnyjim x Giallo Point - No Vi$able Means of Income

I was pretty excited to get a note through on this one, I've been a huge fan of Sonny's DIY approach since appreciating his aesthetic in Brum in the early noughties where witnessing his freestyle and performance skills blew my mind. From excited to completely gassed, this album is a banger.

Sonny's are always incredibly creative and imaginative; and his real life in which he clearly makes major, although admittedly smoke screened, moves makes this artistic work in particular incredibly compelling. Sit and try sifting fact from fiction through all these tracks - and if you are struggling to make your mind up look closely at this incredible album cover, especially if you know anything about Coutts. In the vein of Planet Asia the wordplay, super-smooth samples, laid-back flow and casual humour makes this release a true Hip Hop classic.

 Quotables abound "Bread maker, man aint wearing no Ted Baker,  Im Making moves like a chess player,  my door swinging like Will & Jada my connect come from Venezuela, he's carrying around the pump like a Ventolin inhaler"...."I know about food and  stages of vegetation, my girl knows about Yoga and Meditation" SONNYJIM - Belgravia

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Scran Cartel

Scran Cartel come with a debut album featuring 12 bangers to get you mashing out! Exploring all things food related, culinary bars are served up with variety and passion by lyriacists Bennydiction & MNSR Frites. Their debut album launch party was epic and the energy is reflected in this powerhouse of a record. Check the video below for the tune 'Dundee' and support the album by purchasing through the Bandcamp link!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Out here living my best life...

Hardy Caprio and One Acen are bringing a smooth positive flow to this banger "Best Life" that I've just tuned into on the "Rap UK" Spotify Playlist.

Looks like the scene is in rude health...a lot of the artists being sent my Spotiway I have to say I ain't heard of, but the wifey (yes it's official, all thanks and praises due to God, Jah, Universe and/or any other forces you want to mention!) is nodding along in appreciation. Gotta love it. "Litness" by Mostack has got me even more pumped to be honest so have a lil tune into this; mans feeling Creme de la Creme...haha you can't front; mans been looking for positive vibes for a while and this joint is dripping with it, God be my witness!

So that's what the algorithms be saying...gonna jump in the Googleinbox to see what its been saying...
Some smoothness from SWSHR...Well worth tuning into, the lyrics and beats are really working on me into some cohesive goodness!

Sophia taking Britain to task through encouraging us all to keep our little lights shining! When your bank account is laughing in your face..; have the strength to laugh right back at it!

A sister standing up to the system in a very positive way; get on it!

Bit more hardcore but this joint jams nicely with an IPA in my hotel room...

So when man was looking for the visuals Hardy and One Acen, the algorithym led me to this tune; having heard it banging out the Camberwell & Brixton ends it was mad nice to see how clean and fresh the vid was. Not3s keeping it popping with "Aladdin"....