South London's Skandals debut release was the Project A EP, but he created a bit more of a splash at the end of 2009 when he dropped his Hunger Pains CD which was mixed and presented by Kiss FM's very own mixtape king, DJ MK. In fact the release received almost universal acclaim! Hes working with the best producers the UK has to offer, including Beat Butcha, Chemo and the Last Skeptik and with his next single 'Kill Em with the Flow' due in March Max Weldon caught up with the man to find out more.
Sterling Official is a South London MC who started off doing Grime. In 2006 his debut was titled Exceeding Expectations and he's also been in the Lyrically Scar’d crew. Now with his Still Ballin’ Entertainment company and a rosy future ahead of him Danielle Fear caught up with him to find out more.
Toronto has been a significant source of quality hip-hop artists for a long time, with artists like Sir Scratch and K-Cut from Main Source solidifying its place in history, a legacy continued by the likes of Saukrates, Kardinal Offishall and Choclair. and of course more recently, by Drake.
The story of Spanish hip-hop begins with Maestro Fresh Wes, a Canadian artist who apparently released the first bilingual hip-hop record (I have lost the reference for this). Spanish has always been hip-hops second language starting with US artists like Kid Frost (Latin Alliance) and Mellow Man Ace, and the legacy was continued by groups like Cypress Hill, the Beatnuts, Delinquent Habits and Tha Mexakinz.
Souls of Mischief is an alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The Souls of Mischief formed in 1991 and is composed of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. With the release of their new Montezuma's Revenge LP Nikhil Sharma caught up with them to find out more.
I was the first person to interview Hilltop Hoods when they arrived in the UK for the first stop of their world tour, a sold out show at Cargo. Although knackered from a long flight they were very friendly and informative, and gave a good insight into the Aussie scene, their position in the game and life down under. After the interview they absolutely tore down the live show, with me and the Bej the only non-Aussies in the venue.
When we talk about ground breaking DJs / producers, DJ Mehdi is right up there with the likes of DJ Krush and Shadow for pushing the boundaries of hip-hop from early on. A Parisian of Tunisian descent you only have to look at his production and remix credits to see the impact he has had on the French and international music scene.
One of the shining lyrical lights of the UK scene, Cappo’s discography is an advanced lesson in uncompromisingly dense and artful Hip Hop. With a brand new EP on the horizon it was only right we interrogated the Nottingham heavyweight.
The Defenders Of Style is a six man crew from Leeds who have their The Thoughts of the Nameless mixtape out right now. Despite a whole heap of setbacks the crew have formed a stronger bond and persevered. The crew’s house was robbed last year and they lost their equipment and beats. I met up with the guys to find out how they dealt with that, amongst other things…
We last talked with Weike a couple of years ago. He's a London act who is set to return to the game with a new project. We managed to hold him down for a quick Q & A. Read on to find out more about the direction he is headed in and what he thinks the future holds for him.
Face Off is a Southern MC who is coming off the back of his Pimp LP. He's got a new single coming out with Rasheeda to look out for and so our reporter Danielle Fear caught up with him to find out about this, his thoughts about being independent and the future amongst other things. Read on to find out more.
Jimmy Carlisle’s music career started in Decatur Georgia in 1994 when Jimmy (Popa Doc) and three friends created the group Down By Loyalty (DBL). DBL was featured on the 2001 Truly Amazing (Tazz) album “Hated with Respect”. Summer of 2006 Jimmy began working with the vocal quartet Jagged Edge and signed to 581 Muzik Group. He recorded a mixtape entitled "Decatur Niggaz".
Over the years, we’ve seen many of the country’s sickest artists come out of Leeds city. With the launch of their new EP “Alphabetix Anonymous”, there’s a group on the horizon who look set to send a fresh wave of funky hip-hop out to the masses. The “Alphabetix” are fast gaining a solid reputation up North, with the release of their debut EP doing nothing but favours for their reputation further a field.
Read more: Alphabetix Anonymous
Supa Nova Slom may not be a name your familiar with. The Medicine Man? Supa Nova Slom is on a mission to improve the health and wellness of all people. His new album 'The Remedy' features Erykah Badu, The Game and Jadakiss. His book of the same title is endorsed by Stic Man of Dead Prez; includes features with Chuck D, Tyson Beckford, Jim Jones and more.