The last few years have proven to be some of the finest in the history of British hip-hop, with the ever increasing number of solid emcees emerging, and with them some premier independent record labels that continue to flourish with every passing day. The sheer volume of commendable releases from last year alone was a sure sign that things only continue to get bigger and better for UK hip-hop enthusiasts, and that someday soon hopefully the mainstream industry will catch up and wise up to what they've been missing out on.
Caspa, from Luton, can only be described as an 'artist', he is extremely heartfelt and talented. His talent in spoken word extends beyond the categorical label of 'MC' or 'Rapper'. He is a storyteller for the new generation of open minded music junkies and a brother to the lonely at heart.
Nico Perini aka Contrast is an 18 year old lyricist from Luton. With an intelligent outlook in his lyrics and a flow much more mature than his years. He promises to be a strong contender in the music industry .His strong influences range from Hip-Hop legends to bands such as Linking Park, Nickleback, Evanescence, Limpbizkit and also a sprinkle of inspirations from bands such as Maroon 5, Coldplay, and The Script to mention a few. These aid him to create a very unique style of music combined with alternative rap lyrics and poetry, amongst other consistent vocals and a variety of instruments.
As a youngster at secondary school in Fulham, West London, would-be rapper Twizzle looked up to the older kids that could hold an audience by MCing with their mates. He found music as hedonistic and exciting as any other teenager, but didn't necessarily think it would pave a career for him. Inspired by US rap including Fabolous, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, as a teen, Twizzle found a niche for himself in music back home which suited him and which he thought made him stand out from his friends; his own mix of 'hip -hop, rap, electro, dance and new wave'.
There is always room for something new and refreshing in a community that has long since been saturated with mediocrity. Hip Hop is the pillar of street culture and has influenced people across the world. Though the art form of emceeing is decades mature, there are still newcomers who use unique expression to captivate listeners. One of these emcees is Awon.
In an era where production styles tend to echo each other, it’s intriguing to discover a sound that is distinguishable from your everyday beat on the radio. Before he was old enough to ride a bike, Kameleon was a kid tucked in the basement, nodding his head and listening to classic 70s vinyl. Marvin Gaye and jazz guru Bob James flooded the air as the California native studied them and soaked up their influences. His deep-rooted love for music transcended through the years and the self-proclaimed “instrumentalist” co-created Soul Students Records at Hampton University in 2003.
I wrote these lyrics while helicopters were flying overhead and sirens blazed through the streets, I felt upset at the misrepresentation of my community and culture as a whole and wanted to speak out as i believe many others would like to do too. I was also alarmed by the reckless attitudes of those who have given up on the system and felt that only people from the community could reach out to them before things spiralled out of control.
Fresh from signing a distribution deal with Essential Music & Marketing, South London rapper Fem Fel released his debut album Eyes Closed on 27 June 2011. The first single taken from Eyes Closed Runnin (produced by Rymez, featuring Lily McKenzie) was released in December 2010, with follow up viral sensation Put It In A Bag (produced by Dan Dare, featuring Blade Brown) in January 2011. The rap / club track featured video appearances by various artists including Skepta, Tinie Tempah, Giggs and G FrSH. Put It In A Bag's catchy hook and clever wordplay created one of the most quoted rap tracks of the year so far and made Ace & Vis 'Top 4 tracks of the week'.
He has been called 'The Michael Jordan of bass'. He has invented instruments, scored your favorite movies, won countless awards and made music with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Oprah Winfrey. Born in Philadelphia, Stanley Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s, when the success of the jazz-fusion Return To Forever album with Chick Corea gave way to a number of extremely successful solo albums.
Zoom’s all-new R8 is the perfect tool for capturing audio on-the-go. It combines four production tools in one compact, versatile device. In addition to being an 8-track playback / 2-track simultaneous recorder that utilizes SD memory, the R8 is an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.
A sultry voice with razor sharp wit and a stage show to match; Ladi6 is New Zealand's leading hip-hop soul artist who is fast emerging as an international star after live shows for Gil Scott-Heron, Mayer Hawthorne, Mos Def and Masta Ace. On the 8th of August, she drops game-changing sophomore album The Liberation Of....
With an early passion for music, DJ Grimey (Anthony Cotto) entered the music scene when he was just 16, and he has yet to lose sight of what keeps the world unified - music. Having been born in San Juan, P.R., and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then Utica, N.Y., music as a whole has always been a part of DJ Grimey’s life.
Ms Tempz a.k.a Tempa is a highly respected female MC from Nottingham, UK. She has been killing the underground seen with her fiery flow and natural lyrical ability. Her latest free download mixtape release 'Barzology' that she put together herself has been blogged worldwide and has had over 10,000 downloads to date.
Envision a humid world of slow-rolling Monte Carlos and slaughter houses; meth labs and rusting Mossbergs, inked up arms and haircuts that look like theyve been chopped by hatchets. Trunk muzik. Southern Pine trees, smoking pine, and pine boxes. Call him Catfish Billy or Yelawolf; just dont go make him go pop the trunk on you.