The brainchild of production duo Mark Rae and Rhys Adams, Yes King fuse a melée of styles from hip hop, dancehall, ragga and ska into their own unique brand. Mark Rae has long been a figurehead of the UK music scene following the success of his first production outfit Rae & Christian, the establishment of the former Grand Central Records and Manchester’s Fat City record shop.
The name Cedric L. Wright may not exactly be a household name yet, but his production skills should change that in the near future. Its his productions that have caught the attention of both Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band and world renowned mix-engineer / producer Dale ‘Rambro’ Ramsey who both co-sign him a producer on the rise to watch out for.
Born in Miami, Florida, student of hard knocks streets of Little Haiti, Frank Black was born June 10, 1982. He was raised by hard-working parents in a household with two brothers, and two sisters, and a nephew. But he suffered gravely when at the age of fifteen, his mother, the backbone of the family, passed away.
Whilst walking down Essex Road in Islington late last year I spotted the posters, displayed below, on the street. So I whipped out the phone and took a couple of pictures before being dragged off. I was surprised to not hear about these on message boards and the like, so thought I would post them here for your comments.
You know them as SAS, the brothers from North London who attracted the attention of Dame Dash, Kanye West, The Diplomats and established themselves quite comfortably in the Hip-Hop world. With a fan base spanning Australia through to Atlanta it would be hard to pinpoint a county that has yet to have heard of brothers Mega and Mayhem. It is however with all their extra curricular activities outside of Hip-Hop that have them coining the phrase "The Runway Boys".
We'd like to introduce you to Queens-based emcee & graphic artist Bisc1. A native of Massachusetts by way of Connecticut, Bisc1 moved to NYC 10 years ago and quickly made a name for himself DJ'ing at clubs, distributing mixtapes, and in graffiti circles. Besides being an emcee about to drop his debut album, Bisc1 is also an accomplished graphic artist.
"The Circus" moved up twenty five spots in just seven weeks on the US Urban / Hip-Hop Top 30 charts. The single rocketed from #41 to #16 like a bullet, putting Deaji in the same company as Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and others. "Diary Of A Starving Artist" is shaping up to be one of the hottest records of this coming year.
Read more: Deaji - Diary Of A Starving Artist
We would like to reintroduce you to One Be Lo, an emcee from Pontiac MI, who is also known as OneManArmy. And like Rambo, he’s back for more. Formerly one-half of of the brief but brightly burning duo Binary Star, he dropped his solo debut, S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. on Fat Beats Records in 2005.
Read more: One Be Lo Reborn
Central City are here to bring the fun, not to mention the funk, back into hip hop. The duo from Long Beach, California release their second album, Floss, on their very own Plush imprint. And, like all the greatest artists, they are motivated by their desire to create the sort of music they love.
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Triple Darkness launched their first single from their forthcoming debut album ‘Anathema’ at Herbal on the 4th of January 2008. Joining them on the night were a number of established and up and coming artists including Blak Twang, The IRS, Mr Drastick, DJ Vadim, Mr Thing, Pyrelli and Yungun.
Watt's native Glasses Malone had the streets on lock long before he uttered one word on the mic. The product of a broken home, the young hustler shuffled back and forth between living with his mother in Compton and his father in Watts, and inevitably joined the squadron of street soldiers that choose to start gang-banging.
Read more: Glasses Malone - Biography
While the 80’s became the decade that established hip-hop as a musical art form capable of becoming a big influence in American Culture, it was the 90’s hip-hop movement that secured hip-hop’s stature as a musical force able to attract listeners by the millions and generate even more commerce. Bronx-born producer Buckwild was, and continues to be, instrumental in this ever-growing movement.
Read more: Buckwild - Biography
Legendary rapper, Al Kapone who's roots date back to the origin of Memphis underground rap and though the rapper is viewed as a pioneer of the Dirty South Crunk / Buck style of Hip-Hop, the Grammy nominated writer and producer is still making history with such collaborations on his resume today ranging from hit songs like Lil Jon's "Snap Yo Fingers" and E-40's "U And Dat".
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On Saturday 5th January 2008, 3 members of the Raw Pride Collective auditioned for a slot in the VMK Milton Keynes Variety Performance due to be held at The Theatre MK on 24th April 2008. Having heard about the auditions just one day before they were due, Soul, Paranoia & Justice linked up the night before to create a maximum three minute showcase and that is exactly what they came up with.
Read more: Raw Pride Collective (RPC) & the VMK Variety Performance Auditions