Endangered Species is a compilation of UK Hip Hop exclusives juggled / mixed together by DJ Slademan. It features Slademan's infamous production style plus of some of his personal favourite artists from the current UK scene including: Skriblah DanGogh, Black The Ripper, Skandal, Malik, Cyrus Malachi, M9, Doom Man, Phoenix Da Icefire, Jehst, Ramson Badbones and many more.
Suspect Packages Live has, once again provided us with an impressive line up and some top tunes. This time on the third Friday of the month, the 16th of April 2010, and it was a FREE event. What more could you ask for really?
Dopest female MC right now? Jai. Easy. It's been out for a little while now but Jai's On My Jais:The Prelude is a great release from a true wordsmith. 14 tracks of Jai all on her own is hardly necessary - one verse on one track is enough for her to prove herself. But, since she's so skilled you'll be thankful there are 14 tracks.
Look past the dopely presented CD and the well executed tracks (great production, talented MCs) and Champion Fraff is an hour's worth of schoolboy humour, tales of drunkness and unsubstantiated sex stories brought to you by a group of lads who are proud of their wasteman personas.
I can only apologise for not having written about this CD sooner, but since it's only £4.99 from Suspect Packages you might as well buy it without my say so - I'm sure you do anyway. The compilation is absolutely banging, straight fire and this collective has some of today's most talented artists repping for them.
Why should you buy Elbow Grease? Well it kicks off with a collaboration surely every UK Hip Hop head wanted to hear - SonnyJim and Foregin Beggars on the big and bouncy Out To Getcha anybody? Percy Filth doesn't let up in quality of production or guest calibre - next up it's about-to-return Juice Aleem, Madflow and Lotek on Electronic Music which somehow manages to use digital sounds on a track reminiscent of the 90s era.
The Australian Hip Hop scene is more closely related to ours than it is to the US scene. The main reason for this is the automatic hard work that has to be put in to be respected above our American brothers and the attention to detail in the lyrics - Brad Strut, an Australian now living in London, is at home here.
Sleaze aka Hermes Trismegistus (Who? Whut?!) can be easily contrasted with Nas: whereas Nas notoriously picks bad beats, Sleaze has picked a set of bangers on this, his Theolovision long player. Ghost, Beat Butcha, Wizard, Endemic, Reklews, Hey!Zeus, Madskillz and Skank all pitch in with awesomely heavy beats - this LP's strong point.
Thetford's Franko Fraize and Lyrical T's first EP is here - 'Something in the Making'. Kicking off with a couple of string-laden Hip Hop tracks before a Grime excursion on 'MCs Don't Know'. Then you get 2 more slabs of Hip Hop until the Shakedown sampling dubstep haunter that is 'Seems I Can't Deny' wobbles speakers.