Blasfima Sinna - Capital Letters 2 EP [You Sonix Records]For those of you who maybe unfamiliar with the name Blasfima Sinna, let us introduce you to one of Edinburgh's leading emcee's who has just released his brand new EP 'Capital Letters 2'. He has a talent which can't be denied and creativity which is extremely hard to find, as well as being a diverse and focused artist. He has been active in the Scottish Hip-Hop scene since 1997 and as a turntablist under the name DJ U-Turn qualified for numerous DMC Championships and even winning the Scottish DMC Championships in 2005. He went on to deejay on the same bill as numerous acts including DJ Premier, People Under The Stairs, DJ Cash Money, Lord Finesse, Lord Jazz and DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest.

Ty - Kick Snare And An Idea Part 2 12" [Tru Thoughts]Kick Snare And An Idea Part 2 is out on 10th June on Tru Thoughts. The second of two singles by Ty under the Kick Snare And An Idea EP banner, this package brings two more new songs. It closely follows Part 1, which made a widespread impact in April, including Official BBC 6Music Playlisting and MTV Base Playlisting for lead cut Like You Never, in-depth interviews with DJ 279 (Choice FM) and Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music), and repeat airplay from MistaJam (BBC 1Xtra) and Charlie Sloth (1Xtra), among heavy media support.

Cyrus Malachi - Black Athena LP [First Son Records]Triple Darkness and Orphans of Cush member, and frequent supplier of perpetual rawness Cyrus Malachi, made a return recently with a follow-up to his popular 2011 album Ancient Future. Featuring production from the likes of Hey Zeus, Starvirius, Hellz Echo, and Noize Theivery, with expert mastering from Chemo, Black Athena would appear to have the foundations needed to make a classic album.

Werd (SOS) - Untitled Scot LP [Sons Of Scotland]Werd (SOS) is an award winning, Edinburgh based hip-hop artist well known throughout the Scottish scene. He has worked with, and continues to work with new and old artists in Scotland and abroad, creating music with some of Scotland's top producers and artists in the genre. Further to performing gigs at venues in the major cities, and hosting rap battles with Scotland Stand Up and UK's Don't Flop, Werd has excelled in this field, supporting the likes of Dr Syntax, Stig of The Dump, S.A.S. and Devlin in recent times.

Ill Defined - Champion MP3 [Ill Defined]Producers, rappers, recording artists and song-writers Mar2s and Ripz are two talented brothers hailing from Bedford, UK who are set to blow up the Hip-Hop scene with their brand new track 'Champion'. The meaning of Ill Defined is 'not clearly or sharply defined', it's used to describe something that is not understood and something you do not quite know what to do with; it is like a problem. There name separates them from others in the industry as they bring their unique and universal concept of music to many listeners.

Professor Green Makes 2013 Live Debut At Barclaycard Contactless GigHundreds of Professor Green fans flocked last night to see the London-born rapper make his 2013 live debut with a storming set list which included favourites such as Remedy and Read All About It. The exclusive gig was the culmination of Barclaycard's celebrations to mark London life being made easier now contactless payment technology is available on Transport for London (TFL) buses across the Capital.

Lusty - Public Mental Breakdown LP [Indie]Lusty doesn't look much like a rapper. And he doesn't sound much like a rapper. At least, he doesn't if you're used to the radio rap dialectic of today, which rarely hears accents from anywhere outside America or London. But Hip Hop isn't about image or voice, nor credentials or race. Certainly, if success as a Hip Hop artist were related to voice we could have expected Dizzee Rascal's career to be short lived and unfortunately that's not the case. In short, Public Mental Breakdown isn't your run of the mill Hip Hop album. It might be a good time, at this point, to quote Lusty himself and say the album is for '...the middle aged B-boy'. In a way that sums everything up neatly but there's more to be said.

Foreign Beggars Live At Jazz Cafe 12/2/2013Although I wasn't there to witness the inevitable majesty of Wednesday's show, Tuesday's show was fantastic nevertheless. The reunion and 10 year anniversary of the Asylum Speakers album, featuring artists and full band made this a landmark of UK Hip Hop history. With both shows sold out, Dark Circle opened up, having travelled from Germany and Iceland, and set the tone for an incredible evening of music.

Various Artists - The Craig Charles Funk And Sould Club LP [Freestyle Records]Actor, stand up comedian, poet, radio presenter and club DJ Craig Charles has been a dedicated soul boy from a tender age, in fact he was raised on the sounds of sweet soul, "My father came over from Guyana in the West Indies and he brought a load of records over with him. There was always Ray Charles playing in the house, The Platters, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. My Dad would play all this old stuff. In fact I was very close to getting called Otis when I was born!"

Amplify Dot ft. Ghetts And Maxsta - Get Down Remix MP3 [AmpedUp]After making her return in December with her new mixtape, 'Spare Parts' (introduced by DJ Hotsteppa), and single, 'Get Down' produced by Show N Prove (Wretch 32, Maxsta, Benny Banks, Rizzle Kicks) Amplify Dot has been working her socks off and Mistajam (BBC Radio 1Xtra) unveiled a small taste last night of what to expect from A Dot this upcoming year, the 'Get Down' remix!

Public Enemy - Most Of My Heroes Don't Appear On No Stamp / The Evil Empire Of Everything 2xCD [SPITdigital]Would you believe that Public Enemy have been releasing music for 25 years now? I guess so, but that is quite an impressive time, especially as they still maintain that hardcore edge. Public Enemy released what co-founder Chuck D calls "two albums book-ending Summer 2012" earlier in the year. Together Most Of My Heroes Don't Appear On No Stamp and The Evil Empire Of Everything represent the artistic and technological crossroads that Public Enemy yet again find themselves at. Digital distribution, a virtual recording studio and a lot on the band's collective mind made dual albums not only a bold move, but a necessary one since their last album five years ago.


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