During 2012's Boom Bap Festival Oliver Sudden and Luca Brazi were sat in front of the Graffiti wall with a crate of beer discussing a few ideas while watching the 645 Squad paint a burner. After collaborations on previous Granville Sessions material and discussions about each others production, they decided to pair up and go fifty fifty on beats and rhymes on an EP. Shortly after the festival season recovery period the Wednesday studio sessions kicked off. Beats were exchanged, verses were penned, beers were necked... and so on.
Pete Cannon is a hip-hop producer and DJ from the north of England. Pete has several projects to drop this year with tracks that include artists such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino, Sway and Rizzle Kicks to name but a few. Most recently he produced half of the new Dirty Dike album, a new LP with Dr Syntax and an instrumental album with Wizard on SBTV.
Pragmatic Theory is a collective of artists from all over and is also an imprint within a label. The label being Rhythm 22 which is also a blog. Got that? Right. So what is Verbal Architecture? Its a compilation LP featuring 24 tracks from a diverse set of acts and it is something you ought to check.
'Long Time Coming' is the latest single from Middlesbrough, UK based hip-hop duo Leddie And Smoggy's forthcoming album, Sorry We're Late..., which is set for release in early October. Following the success of debut single 'Walk The Line', 'Long Time Coming' serves as an explanation for the album's delay: mainly due to the artist's respective personal lives.
'Life Moves' is the brainchild of prominent London-based MC Benny Diction and prolific Australian beats producer Able8. The two met at a Melbourne hip-hop night in 2011 and have been working together since. Both established artists in their own right, they have combined to turn hip-hop on its head and create something that stands out from the usual format. Able8's signature sound combines the world of dusty vinyl samples with heavy bass-laden electronic sounds and swinging drums, providing the perfect backdrop for Benny to paint his intricate, tightly-woven rhymes. The result is an exciting mix of classic hip-hop with a futuristic, off-kilter sound.
Rapper Swami Baracus has been on the music scene for a number of years, crafting his style and flow, whilst developing his lyrical content. Having received substantial airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC 1Xtra, Kiss 100 and BBC Asian Network, Baracus has performed at the UK Asian Music Awards press launch and was the winner of the Asian 8-Mile MC Battle contest, which took place at Notting Hill Arts Club.
Mynature releases "Look Into My Eyes" net video as a pre-curser to his official track "Louder" which is going to radio in the next few weeks. The track "Look Into My Eyes" is an extremely personal record which takes a look at how serious Mynature is about succeeding in the music business.
Soul On Fire will be Ethemadassassin's second solo album, following 2008's Tomorrow Never Comes and a recent project with Veteran Eye under the name Veteran Assassins. It plays into the tradition of classic US hip hop with a few elements that anchor it in the present. It's a solid album but it rarely surprises or forces the listener into new territory. At times the album seems to struggle finding its own identity.
Breaking The Illusion (B.T.I) is the brainchild of artist / producer Tom Stewart, a man of many musical mannerisms. Beginning his legacy with a release under Warp Records (Nightmares On Wax' ‘Dextrous’) he soon went on to found the infamous Low Life Records which established UK legends such as Jehst and Skinnyman.
The lyrical content on Big Cakes' forthcoming ep titled 'Its All Luv' produced by Geo, can best be described as one that deals with Real issues. Door Key, Use My Brain, The Realness, Nothing But Love, The Whole 9 and not forgetting Black Jesus. (That last one is realness in all its glory)!
D.Ablo a multi talented Musician and Artist, with a smooth soulful and emotional voice is one thats rare to find these days, Just Jack compliments the vocals with equal quality on the production and Essa (Formerly known as Yungun) delivers what is needed (as he all ways does).
Need some smooth, authentic Hip Hop? Then you need to check this release. Powerful production and meaningful lyrics are combined for what will become seen as modern day classic release. Kuroisoul and Kinetik hooked up over the internet and found a common connection.
Soloman Gehazi is an up and coming rapper from Wolverhampton, UK who has just dropped his brand new twenty track free download entitled 'Street Gospel Mixtape'. Already getting championed by some of the leading blogs in the UK, this explosive release is a must for any Boom Bap underground Hip-Hop fan. Featuring production from Divine Arkatek, Beat Busta and D7 and features from Webster, D7, Jae Sosa, The Praying Mantis, Too Classical, Radical and many more, this is a project you need to get up. This is real Hip-Hop music for real heads.
Fresh off the release of his brand new project Return To The Classics (Vol. 1), Lancecape hits you off with the first single Labi Siffre featuring Korry Deez - Watch The Streets. Lancecape tackles and flips the track "I Got The..." by Labi Siffre, which was most notably sampled by hip hop heavy weights Jay Z (Streets Is Watchin'), Eminem (My Name Is) and Def Squad (Full Cooperation).