2012 has already proved to be a productive year for Potent Whisper, seeing the South-West London MC release a string of independent free downloads on the public. From his collaborative effort on Mynib, with fellow rising British MC Tenchoo, over producer Dirty Stanz's hard-hitting beat, to the controversial subject addressed over The Peoples Response to Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee, each release demonstrated new growth and versatility from the artists earlier work.
UK emcee K.I.N.E.T.I.K. aka Christopher Mitchell has returned with his brand new solo project The Kinesis Thesis Vol. III. Ever since exploding onto the scene in 2007, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. has been consistently dropping his conscious, classic, yet current brand of Hip Hop, which focuses on storytelling, everyday life and honest introspection. In the five years since his solo debut, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. has released two albums, two EP's and two mix tapes.
Native Sun are a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. With a rapidly growing buzz due to their electrifying performances and their recently released video 'Legacy' which has been getting exposure in Portugal, East Africa and U.S.A where they've just returned from doing a six week tour (which included an scene stealing appearance at SXSW, picked as one of the festival's 'Ones To Watch'), Native Sun decide to drop their new album 'Indigenous Soundwaves'.
'Music is The The Way Vol. 2' is a cutting edge release that showcases Lady Marga MC's diverse style and pop sensibility and features a whole host of guest including P Diddy's artists Hollywood and Ko signed to Bad Boy South / Block Ent, 50Cent's artist Sun signed to Zoolife / G-Unit and US singer Riz who has collaborated with the likes of Pitbull, Lil Zane and Akon and is now signed to Ultra Records.
Tempa T has dropped the official EP for his new single 'Say It Right Now' which has reached some amazing feedback from blogs and critics alike. Alongside the original, Tempa T has decided to supply four remixes including an Electro-House mix produced by DSR producer, H.O.T. Box. This one's for the raves and with the summer here in full effect (despite the weather) this is sure to brighten up your days!
After releasing his first official album, Just Call Me P, on May 30th 2012, underground UK Hip Hop emcee, Just P (formerly BiG PSG), recently asked Black Budget Ent. to record the official music video to his feel good track, Brighter Days. The track is taken from his latest release and is produced by talented German beat maker, Politiks. The song and video both compliment each other well, with bright and stimulating visual's accompanied by a laid back, original and inspiring track.
London-based Hip-Hop artist Cheikh - real name Brandon Deme - of Senegalese and American descent - comes through just in time for the British summer season with a little sunshine of his own by way of his brand new single titled Superman. Produced by JayBeatz and serving as the lead single from his sophomore mixtape Progession, Superman is a soulful Hip-Hop opus from the young emcee that is sure to get your head bopping, lift your spirits and get you in that Summer vibrations mood!
This is the new track from Lefty. He's a member of the 'Legionnaires', a hip hop team based in West London. This year they have been releasing monthly independent mixtapes and their latest installment 'June' is due for release on June 30th. The team consists of Lefty, Terror Bliss, Shoxstar, Dredaveli and Karmah Cruz.
After racking up 10 million views on Youtube and rockin' stages from Coachella to Conan O'Brien - indie hip-hop's finest, Brother Ali is set to release his long awaited fourth studio album, Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color produced by Jake One.
When two bonkers mid-twenty-somethings from London put their creative minds together to make a project, some madness is bound to take place. When those said two are highly respected homegrown hip-hop mainstays, it's evidently going to be better than all the nonsense that's out there now. Those two are rapper Rewd Adams and DJ / producer The Last Skeptik, and this right here is their stupendously anticipated collaborative album 'How Not To Make A Living'.
Bigg Jus triumphantly returns with Black Roses an aggressive and menacing single that puts his lyrical incisiveness front and center as he rails against wealth, power, and oppression with the trademark flow that has made him a legend of the underground rap game.
Energy! Energy! Energy! That's the call, as hypes attacks this Deeco produced banger. Fresh off the back of a flawless Lord Of The Mics 3 battle Hypes is setting himself up for the release of his first official single, the infectious 'Energy Overload' - currently being supported by DJ Cameo BBC 1Xtra.
Long time collaborator of J Dilla and Big Proof releases debut album on TRES Records. It feels wrong, though, to call this a 'debut' record because it doesn't sound like a first-try. Official debut, or not, House Shoes is not new. He released the now treasure-hunted Jay Dee 'Unreleased EP' (1996), and Phat Kat's classic 'Dedication to the Suckers' (1999) on his own imprint. He's produced for the late Big Proof (D12), J Dilla, Elzhi, and Danny Brown. He's DJ'ed for Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village, and too many more to list.
The term 'old school' gets bandied about a lot in hip-hop circles, but Joe Blow's approach to the game is the genuine article. A focussed motivated attitude and a need to always be progressing has allowed this seasoned veteran to effortlessly spray and hone his talents across many genres of underground music. Despite his youthful appearance and energetic live show, Joe is old enough to have picked up some of those classic 1980s hip-hop LPs the first time around. These critical purchases etched themselves in Joe's psyche and by the early 90s Joe was picking up the mic himself.