After releasing his debut album 'K In Da Flesh' back in 2006 K*Ners has gone on to share stages with the likes of Sugar Hill Gang, Mos Def, GZA/Genius (Wu-Tang), Tinchy Stryder and Mark Ronson, as well as homegrown legends such as Rodney P, Blak Twang, Ty and more. K*Ners long awaited album V.O.T.C. (Voice Of The City) signed to Bristol's urban heavyweight label Reel Me Records is now ready to go for the end of the summer 2014.
Guilford's own Verbal Skillz is making a habit of bringing on board some of the most renowned artiststo produce traditional, hard hitting hip hop. Verbal is putting the finishing touches to hissophomore LP entitled, 'VeRbAL ViSioN' which is slated to include contributions from the likes of Tragdey Khadafi, Micall Parknsun, Akrobatik, Mr Green, Kid Tsunami, Life MC, iLL BiLL, Endemic, Mongrel and more. With a line up like that the release is set to deliver strongly.
The hip-hop community was given something to get excited about recently, with a debut trailer for an upcoming independent documentary by filmmaker Dean Huson. What's Real? A Hip Hop Documentary is the directors first feature length outing, and it's certainly an ambitious one. The film features introspective interviews and tour footage from a veritable crème de la crème of British and US underground artists, and is set to explore definitions of "real" in the eyes of a rabid hardcore audience.
After moving to London from Scotland Show N Prove has established himself as one of the top British producers collaborating with both major acts and underground artists. He has become one of the UK's most in demand producers and DJs and Show N Prove has put together a compilation of beats he's produced for the likes of Big Narstie, Meridian Dan, Tinchy Stryder, Benny Banks, Ghetts, Amplify Dot and many more for free download!
Established Essex born artist / composer / guitarist 'Ricky On Guitar', and London rapper ShaoDow have teamed up to release new single 'The Rise'. The concept of the song itself is inspired by the unspoken fears and emotions most young men feel before having children and becoming a father. In a time when 'babies' are having babies The Rise stops to ask... am I ready? - before jumping into bed.
IV Rox are back. Following on from their warm up tracks 'Case Of The Ex' and 'Better Than Your Girl' Nadine, Raquel, Natalie and Dolly return with 'Down For Me' featuring grime legend Ghetts. It has been a busy summer for the girls, supporting the likes of James Arthur at the Indigo 02, performing at the legendary Ronnie Scotts and recording their debut ep.
Sony Music have announced the release of the legendary "lost" debut Blak Twang album 'Dettwork SouthEast' on Monday 22nd September. An un-released British masterpiece that has reached almost mythical status, and undoubtedly the holy grail of UK hip-hop, the album has been re-mastered and includes a brand new 2014 bonus track, 'Dettwork London Revisited (Dettwork SouthEast Remix)'.
Savvy aka Asaviour has a new single which he has released called "What We Really Need" and it features both Savvy's band - The Savoir-Faire and the Lindley Infant School Choir, a local school from his home town. Its the result of a community based project Savvy delivered with the Social enterprise arm of his label Saving Grace Music. This is a very down-tempo and reflective offering with plenty of nods to the old school in terms of flows.
Fusing live instruments with samples, breaks and Secondson's extensive synth collection, this project was created for a film soundtrack, and has only seen the light of day thanks to the kind folks at the production house (Peace Attack Records) that commissioned the work. You know Secondson has been doing this for years and so has the skills to put together a quality soundscape.
French-born and London-bred, The Spectre has been making hip hop music since he was 14. A prominent lyricist, and the producer of most of his beats, he grew up on bands like Eminem and Wu-Tang, wordsmiths who recognised the importance of lyricism in their raps. The Spectre isn't about guns and drive-bys, but rather introspection, relationships and domestic hardships. Who said hip-hop had to be all "bling bling" anyway?
LoopholeUK are the production duo of Andy Price and Robin Golding. Coming out of one of the more laid-back cities in the UK - Bristol, LoopholeUK's vibe is more relaxed, with the emphasis on chilled beats and laid back downtempo Hip-hop. Through collaborations and remixes LoopholeUK's aim is simply to put out as much good music as possible through mediums such as SoundCloud and BandCamp.
Kay-Dee Records, the online store and label owned and operated by Kenny Dope, takes things to the next level with the debut of its "Book Series". Kenny's vision for Kay-Dee's first book was to create a premium set with a mix of well-known and never-before-seen "Wild Style" photos, in addition to liner notes detailing the stories behind the music of one of his favorite films.
New Yorker Fresh Island; the groundbreaking Croatian hip hop festival, saw a record 20,000 fans flock to the tiny and unspoiled Zrce beach as a heavyweight line up of international artists took to the custom-built seafront stage. The three day event kicked off in style on Wednesday 23rd July with a headline performance from legend Rick Ross - as well as a night of global DJ crews including DJ Tim Westwood (UK), DJ Katch (DE), Lil Dirty (AUT), DJ Smoke Dogg (AUT), DJ Maxx (DE), DJ Jayceeoh (USA), Chris Stallion (NOR), Latin Prince (USA) and Patski Love (NOR).
The Huddersfield, Yorkshire rapper Spida Lee returns with this four minute slice of social commentary with a very Northern slant. The track is taken from his forthcoming mixtape 'Lifes a Gamble' dropping later this summer 2014.