Hip-Hop

Akala – Fire In The Booth:

Akala spit this live on Radio 1 Extra with Charlie Sloth and it will blow you away. His lyrics and his flow are in another league and he hits it hard for eight minutes. After listening to this you will have far greater expectations from rapper, I apologise if you struggle to enjoy any other freestyle/live hip-hop sessions for a while; Akala has gone and set the bar pretty high up there!

“Let me not just make sweeping statements,
Give me a minute, I’ll explain it.
For small amounts of drug possession,
There’s more black people in jail in America
Then there is for rape and armed robbery,
And murder all put together!”
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Tron! DVD Feat. Lynk – Thunder Raps

In a time not so long ago, in a suburb far, far away, Tron! & DVD find themselves stuck in an alternate reality, traveling through different genres and battling fierce villains, rapping their way out of sticky situations . To experience a journey like no other just click on the image below and take a leap into their world.

The Dynamic Duo Known As Tron! & DVD!  draw their sound from every aspect of hip hop while combining various genres of music to reveal a unique, awesome and somewhat crazy rap sound. Back in may genre hopping hip-hop duo released their mystifying mixtape, ADVENTURE TIME! They have now released the official video to Thunder Raps and I thought if we were going to have a preview of the new video it’d be appropriate to revisit their brilliant mixtape. But first; Thunder Raps.

Tron! & DVD – Adventure Time

You’ll find that Adventure Time will have you bouncing and grinning one minute, and gritting your teeth uncontrollably nodding along the next. They know how to switch it up and this brilliant mixtape was overflowing  with killer tracks that ranged from light-hearted house-party tunes to dirty, gritty hip-hop jams.  Mastering the art of sampling, Tron! produced many of the tracks on Adventure Time, saturating the 19-song mixtape with samples from Florence and The Machine, Fall Out Boy, Matt & Kim, Dev, Muse and more.

RUN”, which samples Florence & The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over”, is a personal favorite of mine alongside “This Is All Me”, the feel-good, yell-it-aloud hip-hop version of Matt & Kim’s catchy, high energy hit, “Block After Block”.

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Foreign Beggars Feat. Guilty Simpson – Prove It

Great beat and great lyrics. It’s simple but effective.

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Ghotspoet, London-born Obaro Ejimiwe, has erupted on to the scene with his debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jamand is Mercury nominated for a reason. The album was written whilst Obaro was at university in Coventry and released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings in February 2011. It includes the singles ‘Cash and Carry Me Home’, ‘Survive It’ and ‘Liiines‘.

“I keep on writing, writing
But them folk aint biting, biting
Maybe the bait aint juicy enough
So I’m switching, chucking spice in”

Tour Dates:

22/09/11 – Cardiff (Arts Institute)
23/09/11-  Edinburgh (Sneaky Petes)
24/09/11 – Glasgow (The Captains Rest)
26/09/11 – Dublin (Whelans)
29/09/11 – Bedford (Esquires)
30/09/11 – Oxford (O2 Academy 2)
01/10/11 – Bristol (Start The Bus)
04/10/11 – Birmingham (O2 Academy 3)
05/10/11 – Winchester (The Railway)
06/10/11 – Portsmouth (The Registry)
07/10/11 – Nottingham (Rescue Rooms)
08/10/11 – Sheffield (The Harley)
09/10/11 – Manchester (Deaf Institute)
10/10/11 – Brighton (Digital)
11/10/11 – Leeds (University Union)
12/10/11 – York (The Duchess)
13/10/11 – London (Scala)
14/10/11 – Newcastle (The Other Rooms)

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The Mouse Outfit Feat. Dr Syntax – Buggin’ Out

Badboy tune!

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Scroobius Pip – Introdiction

“Hello my name is Pip, and I would like to speak some lyrics,
Into this microphone that’s amplified so you can hear it.
This piece of diction is the intro to Distraction Pieces,
That’s all the shit that flies around my head and keeps me sleepless.”

Following his first album “No Commercial Breaks” and his collaborative work on  “Angels” and “The Logic of Chance” with Dan Le Sac, Pip is back on his lonesome with “Distraction Pieces” which is set for released in mid September. (Dan Le Sac also has a solo album set for release in 2012, the title of which is yet to be confirmed.) The first offering from Distraction Pieces comes in the form of Inrodiction, and the signs are promising to say the least.

Letter From God“, for me, is one of the greatest songs to have emerged from the world of Hip-Hop. That was over three years now and the world of Hip-Hop is due another injection of  his unique sound. When I think about the state of the charts these days the line “Such little food for thought my fucking brain feels anorexic” resonates heavily. As you would expect “Introdiction” is lyrically genius,fearless and his dilivery is superb. September 19th can’t come soon enough!

The impending release of “Distraction Pieces” got me so excited I tried to mix “Introdiction” with “Letter From God To Man”. I hope you like it, if it’s offensive to your ears please pass on my sincerest apologies, I am new to this mixing business! Peace x

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ASAP Rocky – Peso

Sick new tune from ASAP Rocky who A-Trak reportedly stated to be his favorite new rapper… Watch this space.

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Ed Sheeran Feat. Wretch 32 & Devlin – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (Remix)

Here’s an absolute beaut from SBTV of Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32 and Devlin ripping a great remix. I realise the radio and YouTube are a little bloated with Ed Sheeran cover’s and remixes but it’s for a reason, the guy’s sick. To be able to sing and play the guitar like he can is amazing on it’s own, I mean his cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” is pure class. On top of this he can write great lyrics and spit some badboy bars. Ed spins it. Just listen.

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Jehst – England (Prod. By Beat Butcha)

“And I’ve still got love for the place that I’m Livin’

But right now there aint nothin great about Britain.”

Considering what’s going on in London and Birmingham right now I think this track is quite appropriate. It comes from Jehst’s “The Dragon Of An Ordinary Family”. Powerful lyrics and a fresh beat, this is what hip-hop should be. The vocals remind me of  Akala, and also Plan B in his early days. This track is really hypnotic. It could be the backing track to today’s news reel.

“Get crushed in the rush hour, Police have got too much power and Now they move like a menace…”

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TY – Heart Is Breaking Feat. Jareth (Self Taught Beats  Remix)

Chilled remix of TY’s wicked number “Heart is Breaking”

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