Jehst's position as one of the most respected lyricists in the UK is more or less a given nowadays. His dense, intelligent rhymes take some getting into and his style is distinctive enough to divide opinion, but once you've break past the barrier and enter his world, the extent to which he dominates and defines a certain strain and style of UK Hip-Hop becomes both evident and wholly justifiable.
Following on from the 2006 release of his debut LP ‘Brain Food’, DJ IQ is back with this very special digital download only release. The first single to be taken from his forthcoming album ‘Live! From The Sofa’ is ‘9 To 5’. We like to keep you regularly updated so check out what IQ had to say to Sam Bradsaw in our latest interview...
DJ IQ is proving himself quite an accomplished producer. He has a full full length LP out and he has enlisted the cream of UK MCs to fill out the verbals on the tracks. For this single Kaleidoscopes And Tightropes he has got Asaviour in and together they deliver a superbly tasty morsel.
DJ IQ first shot to fame by winning the youth version of the DMC competition. Since then he has continued to build his DJ rep and is now stepping up his game by including production into his list of abilities. This is his latest production for which he has assembled one of the most awesome MC line ups to grace wax.
Jehst, Asaviour, DJ IQ, Sir Smurf Little, Conspicuous The Coroner – New Bohemia @ The Fav, Friday 17
So, another week, another NewBo hip-hop connection to check out. This time, the very guy who sparked the term "(Adventures in) New Bohemia", the hardcore UK heads' favourite weed-addled word-abuser, Jehst... also known as Billy Brimstone, The Real Prince William, Jehstafairi, J-Star and probably a few billion other names he's thrown out on freestyles I haven't heard yet.
A hip-hop producer and DJ of over ten years experience, Ghost's first 12", Ghost Stories, came out in 2002 and introduced Ghost's deeply musical approach. He developed his blueprint of hip hop with a nod to the past and an eye firmly on the future as 2 more singles followed on Breakin Bread and a number of his productions for MC's came out on other labels (Lowlife, Receptor, Suspect-Packages).
Originally coming out with guest appearances on YNR, Asaviour is one heavy duty dude and this debut video from his new Borrowed Ladder LP out now on Low Life Records is right up there with his best work. The intrigueing video features cameo appearances from Braintax and DJ IQ and in an intresting visual twist is entirely made up of a filmed video wall which displayes similar angles of the same shot. Intresting.
Last Thursday (09/02/06) Blade and MuffJam put on a tremendous live UK Hip Hop extravaganza worthy of any festival, but a tremendous bonus for the knock down price of £6.50. It was the launch night of Blade's new Guerrilla Tactics LP and Blade had called on a multitude of talent from across the country to come and take to the stage to kick it off in the right fashion. Blade is a long time stalwart of the scene, so you know when he calls the acts will come.