The debut album from Confucius MC entitled 'The Highest Order' dropped a couple of weeks back in May, exclusively on YNR, but we still needed to bring you this information. The album is a rare trans-channel Hip Hop collaboration with Parisian beat-smith Keor Meteor; who's smoky boom-bap provides the perfect sound-scape for Con's cerebral picture-painting. Eloquently constructed rhymes laid over a backdrop of atmospheric, cinematic production.
Micall Parknsun the 'working class dad' has just dropped his latest LP entitled Me Myself & Akai on YNR. Its a banger and stands out as something special. Parky has put this together doing both the beats and the vocals and has excelled on both counts. Max Weldon caught up with him to find out more and dropped a few questions in Parky's direction. Read on to find out what he had to say.
If you haven't been lucky enough to catch the YNR General Jehst with his incredible full live band, we have a little taster of what you've been missing. The band demonstrate exactly how to take live Hip-Hop to a completely different plateau; smashing through an epic rendition of 'The Illest' (taken from 2011's 'The Dragon Of An Ordinary Family' in this brand new video by emerging director Tarun Thind.
Telemachus is the alter-ego of London based producer Chemo, who has been steadily building a reputation as one of the UK's go-to producers. The Sheltering Sky is the second single taken from Telemachus' forthcoming debut LP In The Evening featuring vocals from Jehst. This is a brooding slice of cinematic Hip Hop, an epic soundtrack for Jehst's double-edged wordplay, taking the listener on a desert journey across foreign sands.
Any fan of UK hip Hop has been hearing about the brewing of this album for years now and its finally here! Well, almost.
I feel very privileged to have a very early press copy of this album and after hearing it, I couldnt wait to let you all know how damn good it is. Yes, its true. This is the Jehst that we all know and love and he has managed to bring us a full length album of new tracks that hit all of the right buttons.
Verb T could be the hardest working man in showbitchness. He could also be worthy of the title ‘UK rap legend’. New offering, Serious Games, is the latest addition to a body of mainly classic records and is, as expected, an unbridled triumph.
Up and coming producer Jon Phonics first emerged in 2006, banging out beats for artists such as M9 and Doc Brown. He has since lent his talents to a number of projects including the YNR compilation Feeding Time at the Zoo and Verb T's Verbs With A Vengeance album.
YNR's good year continues and they've chosen to kick of Q3 with the release of Micall Parknsun's M-Phazes produced All 4 Hip Hop. For all the good old fashioned rap fans out there, this one's for you. Lively and triumphant soul with horn harmonies backs Parky's bold lyricism as he pledges his allegiance to and declares his love for Hip Hop.
Here's my (un-edited) review of YNR's Feeding Time At The Zoo, originally written for and published in HHC Digital 002, it was their album of the month: