Until recent years I've felt pretty pessimistic about music. A cursory tour around your radio dials will probably demonstrate why. I'm not talking specifically about hip hop, I mean across the board. We live in a culture where genres are represented by the most economically successful acts, not the most definitive, groundbreaking or influential artists.
I first heard the name Kid Tsunami when Pocho from Headbop Records linked me to the preview clip from his (then) forthcoming album The Chase. The production immediately caught my ear and I really wanted to hear the full versions of the tracks with this devastating line up including many of my favourite emcees. To say it sounded promising was an understatement. If names like Krs-One, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, AG, OC, J-Live, Pharoahe Monch (it just goes on and on...) don't grab your attention, well... I'm not sure you can be helped.
Drug Corpse sees IMS teaming up with new vocal collaborators such as; Cappo, Geebag, TPS FAM, More1, Cor Stadik, Deeflux and Efeks, as well as collaborations with long-time associates Joey Menza, Theme, Oliver Sudden and more. All chosen for their individuality style and incredible artistic abilities.
Here is something wwe should have brought to you on Bonfire Night. Its something explosive for you! A brand new collaborative EP from Wolverhampton's ALEXiS and South London's Nature The Kidd. The vibe here is simple, it was meant to be November 5th, so there is '5 Bangers' for free!
Swift Kirabo is a rap artist from the city of Manchester. He's been doing music seriously for three years and dabbles in any genre he feels like, but mainly works with Hip Hop / Grime. From early on Swift gravitated towards music because he's always had the feeling that it's what he should be doing in life, music is something he's truly passionate about and wants to improve on daily.
Fresh off the microphones and MPC comes the single '28 Draws Later' from Bristolian, left-wing Hip-Hop duo QELD. It's one hell of a hard-hitter, too: Soulful boom-bap mixed with sharp flows and lyrics that dip into Libertarian, Communist and Anarchist ideologies.
River Nelson releases a brand new album produced by Lewis Parker. 'The Shape of The Sky' is the second full length album from River Nelson, after his critically acclaimed release 'The Rise and Fall of River Nelson'. The album is comprised of thirteen tracks that will inspire, motivate, and allow you to hear topics that aren't usually covered in Hip-Hop.
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip's critically acclaimed debut album Angles was released in May 2008, just twelve months after the first fruits of their partnership had hit the airwaves and landed a top 40 chart position. After two years of solid touring Dan and Pip produced their follow up Logic Of Chance, and their burgeoning fan base made it a brace of Top 40 hits in March 2010.
Hailing from Nottingham, Cappo none other than the Grand Imperial, aka Gusto Grizwold is a writer, performer and producer with experience spanning two decades. This is Blunted Astronaut's twentieth release, and sees the Iron Condor take flight over some left-field beats by North London recluse and audiophile, DJ Drinks.
Hailing from the UK, Filfy is an artist with a really eclectic background, evolving and developing alongside the trends and transformation of the kaleidoscopic underground music scene of London. Filfy began his illustrious career as a Jungle MC, and as the craze for Jungle was leaving room for drum and bass, he became one of the pioneers of UK Garage, frequently appearing within the London club scene, teaming up with some of the hottest promoters and performing live at some of the most popular venues in town, as well as touring overseas.
For more than a decade and a half, Vinnie Paz has been a mainstay at the top of the independent hip-hop scene. He is the frontman of both Jedi Mind Tricks and Army of the Pharaohs and one half of the Heavy Metal Kings duo with Ill Bill. In 2010, he stepped out as a solo artist with his album, 'Season of the Assassin', and followed that up with the 2012 release of 'God of the Serengeti'. On 28 October 2013, Vinnie releases his new 8-song EP 'Carry On Tradition'.
The underground hip hop scene in the UK has gone through something of a revival in the past few years. It's easy to assume this is a response to the world at large; turbulent times make for more turbulent music. That said, the world has always been a turbulent place, at least if you're reading the right newspapers (or perhaps more accurately, not reading the wrong ones) and there's never a shortage of issues to be explored in hip hop.
Here is the 'Dedicated EP', the first of many projects produced by Chicago producer Rediculus featuring UK MC Fdot1. This project came to light six months ago, shortly after Rediculus's mother passed and he was reflecting on where life was taking him. He hit the studio and made a bunch of beats in the weeks after that really resonated with him. He knew that these beats would be able to be used to provide a cohesive project showing what being dedicated to the things in your life means.
When it comes to word-play and multis, Life MC doesn't half hammer them out. From crazy off-the-top-of-the-dome freestyles on YouTube to socially-conscious solo albums, he's an incredible talent from the underground UK Hip-Hop scene who's been doing this thing for a fair few years now.