Official audio for Blow Ya Trumpet produced by South London native Swindle featuring Knucks, Ghetts, Akala and Kojey Radical. This is a work or art, a masterpiece and a calling card. The line up of four of the best MCs in the UK is appealing, even virtually bringing Akala out of retirement is a touch.
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.
Speech Debelle returns to the fray with the third single from her critically-acclaimed second album, "Freedom Of Speech". One of the standout tracks from the album, "Live For The Message" was produced by Kwes and features a softly-spoken but defiant vocal from Speech in which she outlines why it's more important to be heard saying the right thing than to be heard - a message not just for the contemporary rap community but for a world obsessed with form over content.
Native Sun are a London based duo consisting of bilingual rapper Mohammed Yahya, born in Mozambique, South East Africa and singer-song writer Sarina Leah born in London with Caribbean roots. With a rapidly growing buzz due to their electrifying performances and their recently released video 'Legacy' which has been getting exposure in Portugal, East Africa and U.S.A where they've just returned from doing a six week tour (which included an scene stealing appearance at SXSW, picked as one of the festival's 'Ones To Watch'), Native Sun decide to drop their new album 'Indigenous Soundwaves'.
Expectations will always be high when an American emcee appropriates a British motif, which is highly unusual in the hip-hop world. However, Copywrite's, "God Save The Queen", lives up to regal standards as set by his perivous works with producers like J Dilla, Cool and Dre to name but a few. He seamlessly pays homage to hip-hop-heavy-weights and their key anthems like Nas's, 'Got Myself A' and Biggie's, 'Juicy', by skilfully adding his own twist.
Nico Perini aka Contrast is an 18 year old lyricist from Luton. With an intelligent outlook in his lyrics and a flow much more mature than his years. He promises to be a strong contender in the music industry .His strong influences range from Hip-Hop legends to bands such as Linking Park, Nickleback, Evanescence, Limpbizkit and also a sprinkle of inspirations from bands such as Maroon 5, Coldplay, and The Script to mention a few. These aid him to create a very unique style of music combined with alternative rap lyrics and poetry, amongst other consistent vocals and a variety of instruments.
Ohio's Copywrite drops this banger PYT with the UK's Loudmouth Melvin and Skillit as a pre-cursor to his new album God Save The King, due out late autumn on Man Bites Dog Records. The track produced by Kount Fif also features Jay Notes.
Young London: Into Music - a new urban youth festival aimed at developing the next generation of talent in East London - was announced today. A series of five individual events - produced and delivered in the five Olympic and Paralympic Host Boroughs of Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest – takes place between 26th June and 2nd August 2009.
With a string of successful tracks under his belt and his newest album being credited as a “hard hitting sequel for those wanting artistic reality back in there life” we had to catch up with Akala for an exclusive interview to see how life has been treating the 23 year old London born MC.