Here is the brand new HHK exclusive with 25 Facts About Buggs Tha Rocka – Scattered Thoughts of an American Poet. The album will be released on the 10th of December 2014 and the iTunes pre-order link will be available soon.
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I’m delighted to share a new collaboration between Context and Great Skies titled “Dreams Don’t Live Here Anymore”. The track is taken from the upcoming Lagoons EP from Great Skies and is the official first single from the project. There will also be an official video for the single in the upcoming weeks (watch this space). You can listen to Context ft Great Skies – Dreams Don’t Live Here Anymore on the soundcloud player below.
PRE-ORDER | PRhyme – Prhyme
One of the most highly anticipated collaborative albums of the year is Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier’s (PRhyme) self-titled album, available to fans from the 9th of December 2014. The first video we’ve had from the project is the short track titled “Courtesy” which was uploaded to the new official PRhyme YouTube Channel. With fans instantly expecting a classic, we’re looking forward to hearing what else is to come prior to the album release. Fans can pre-order the album using the download link above. In other news, DJ Premier confirmed works with UK artists The Four Owls and Rag N Bone Man so look out for those tracks soon. You can watch PRhyme (Royce Da 5’9 and DJ Premier) – Courtesy on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Mystrogen – Mystro
We had a preview earlier in the week, and now the official video for Mysdiggi (aka Mystro’s) single “Come We Go” is finally here. Uploaded to the official Mysdiggi YouTube Channel, the video gained instant support from industry heads and fans. The track has been produced by Harry Love and plaudits go to the animation team for making an incredibly creative and fun video. Mysdiggi has also announced news of a Mystrogen Deluxe record (in the works) so keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for news on that. In the meantime make sure you download Mustrogen from the download link listed above. You can watch Mysdiggi (aka Mystro) – Come We Go on the YouTube player below.
PRE-ORDER | Joe Snow – Sense Outer Madness
West Yorkshire Hip-Hop artist and Defenders of Style member Joe Snow gives Hip-Hop Kings his 25 facts about the upcoming album “Sense Outer Madness”. Joe Snow’s Sense Outer Madness will be available from the 2nd of December from the download link above.
1. JOE SNOW are actually my initials. After mi mother never fully got over the freedom of the 60’s she named me after every possible father – Joe, Oliver, Elliot, Stephen, Neville, Owen and good old Winston who use to pop round every other Sunday to buy nock off baccy with his 3 legged dog Clyde.
2. Some of the verses from the album ‘Sense Outer Madness’ where nearly released 5 years ago on what was going to be my debut solo album. Thank god they weren’t cos the amount of horse tranquilizers I was consuming at that point made me think the title ‘Life In Poetry’ was a good name.
3. Defenders Of Style have a handful of DJ’s on call cos our Original DJ Sirplus keeps running off with the circus.
4. Defenders have a lot of the good Support slots in Leeds, from Master Ace to Immortal Technique and on the 21st of Dec we’ll be supporting Method Man and Redman alongside the Tha Office. Whilst I like to pretend its because of talent its probably more cos I give a cracking foot massage and the promoter T.Green has some proper horrid toes.
5. I once went traveling for a few months. Whilst I was away one of mi house mates brought a random lass back from town. Too drunk to perform he passed out so the lass belled some next random geeza to come round to my yard. My other house mate heard people in my room and knowing I was away he went in to find two random people fucking in my bed. They didn’t tell me till me this till 2 years later.
That has fuck all to do with music like, but still……..
6.The track ‘Thats Life’ from the album ‘Sense Outer Madness’ features the singer Cleve Freckleton. Cleve has been making music for decades and is also the father to one of the U.Ks best battle rappers.
7. On the subject of singers, the other singer on the album is Maddie Barber aka Baddy Marber aka EM BIZZLE, She’s referred to in the industry as what is know as a garage sensation.
8. I did a show with one of the U.K’s biggest producer/rappers and he told us Busta Rhymes is actually a homosexual, not sure if I’m avin that en tho.
9. The name for the DS album ‘Dolce Stil Novo’ means ‘Sweet New Style’ in Italian and was the name of a literary movement in the 13th century, To this date no one in Defenders as been known to pronounce it correctly.
10. I have a pal that used to be able to blow smoke out his ear, True Story!!
11. Almost every track recorded for ‘Tha Office vs DS’ mixtape was wrote, written and recorded in Alan Macks house just off Town Street cho. It was easily the most fun I’ve had writing an album. We’d turn up mid day and start drinking hard liquor whilst working on the beat and writing the bars at the same time. For live shows I had to learn every one of my bars again cos I was that pissed when it was recorded it was like someone else had wrote em.
12. The sofa from the video ‘Fish In A Barrel’ was left at the top of the Cow and Calf rocks after filming, it is now used by a homeless dude that claims he is the inventor of the Spork (A spoon shaped fork with a jagged edge for cutting)
13. Sonar Cousin who produced a lot of the ‘Sense Outer Madness’ album got his name off his uncle Sonar who was a B-Boying champion out in South Africa, he was originally going to be called Sonar’s Nephew but Sonar Cousin had more of a ring to it.
14. If you put Lego and Matter in a room together and say a 4 syllable sentence they will then carry on rhyming multis to each other till you feel like killing yoursen. This was proved to be true back in 1963 when a poor monk asked matter to buy him a “Packet of crisps.”
15. Defenders Of Style when abbreviated is D.S NOT D.O.S!!!!!
16. DJ Sirplus once needed a piss on in the middle of a show, so in front of a couple hundred people he whipped his wanger out and pissed in a pint glass. No one noticed!
17. 419 is a code for DS that is so technical I don’t even fully understand it mi sen.
18. I have more hair on my toes than i do on my face.
19. ‘Heroine’ From the album ‘Sense Outer Madness’ is a track comparing the emotions of a relationship to that of a Drug Addiction. Its based on my experiences in a few different relationships all muddled into one, however the Jackie Chan line is specific to one ex where I had to climb out the window and down a drain pipe. she then silently ran up on us and unleashing a Muay Thai fly kick, I was more impressed than mad.
20. After years of getting far too high I don’t actually smoke weed anymore. I still wanted to make a track for my listeners to sit down and get blazed to tho that’s why Mr Nice is on the album. (I had to put this fact in cos mi pal Lang gives us shit about it all’t time)
21. I have a mate that once got so goosed he shat in a bin!
22. In high school Defenders Of Style was originally Sick Syllables (we were only young) when we clocked the logo was SS and decided to change it to DS pretty quickly.
23. Louis Le Prince was the first guy to film some sh*t and he filmed it in Roundhay Park! Also Erasmus Darwin (darwins grandad) clocked onto evolution way before his kids lil nipper and he got all his ideas off a guy called David Hartley who like Alan Mack lived just off Town Street in Armley. LEEDS LEEDS LEEDS!!!
24. Lego is Shit at FIFA
25. The next DS album is gunna be out sometime in 2015 on www.defendersofstyle.bandcamp.com its guna easy be our best work to date but till then go get yoursen a copy of Sense Outer Madness from the same site!
HHK supporter and featured artist Earl Patrick McNease (aka Praverb) tragically passed on September 17th 2014. Tributes from the Hip-Hop community have flooeded since the unwelcome news was quickly circulated and I’m delighted that another regularly featured HHK artist “Awkword” presents “Paying Tribute to Praverb (All a Dream)”. The likes of Kev Turner, DJ Grazzhoppa and LX join Awkword for the single, which proceeds go directly to Praverb’s widow and young son. Please download the single from the link listed above and look out for more tributes and a tribute album coming soon. You can listen to Awkword ft Kev Turner, DJ Grazzhoppa and LX – Paying Tribute to Praverb (All a Dream) here.
Europe’s #1 beach festival is back! Fresh Island Festival 2015 has been announced and for die hard fans, tickets can already be purchased from the link above. The festival will run from the 15tgh to the 17th of July 2015 in Novalja, Zrce beach (Croatia) and is bound to host some of the best Hip-Hop acts of our generation. Last year, fans saw Method Man and Redman, along with Rick Ross and Mobb Deep. This years artists are yet to be announced, but fans can get tickets until the 15th of December from the link above. You can watch the recap of the Fresh Island 2014 Festival below.
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Once every so often you come across a single/video/album that gives you pure inspiration. In this case, Dilated Peoples teamed up with Aloe Blacc for the single “Show Me the Way” in which we can now share the official video. Uploaded to the Rhymesayers YouTube Page, the new video has already grabbed the hearts of Hip-Hop fans around the world. With flawless production from Jake One (don’t overlook his influence and expertise here) Evidence and Rakaa have the perfect foundation to do what they do best. Please support by downloading using the iTunes links listed above. You can watch Dilated Peoples ft Aloe Blacc – Show Me The Way (Video) on the YouTube player below.
As we announced earlier in the year, Jurassic 5 member Marc7 has released his project “Food, Clothing and Shelter” which is now available for fans to download. I wanted to share the new single from Marc7 titled “I Who Have Nothing” which has been produced by Hirolla Beats (UK) and is available to download from the link above. Marc7 teamed up with Earmilk for the official video which you can watch on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | The NorthaZe – Outset
Here is the new official video from Leeds based duo “The NorthaZe” for their single “Oceans”. Credits go to Oliver Brian Productions for the excellent visual work, and also Klooze Clothing for supplying The NorthaZe with the apparel for the video. Fans of the video can check out The NorthaZe’s first project “Outset” from the download link above, which features the single Oceans along with 13 other tracks. You can watch the new video from The NorthaZe – Oceans on the YouTube player below.
PRE-ORDER | If There’s a Hell Below – Black Milk
If this isn’t a Hip-Hop dream collaboration I don’t know what is. Detroit native Black Milk joins forces again with Random Axe (which also includes Sean Price and Guilty Simpson) for the new single Scum. The single is taken from Black Milk’s upcoming album “If There’s a Hell Below” which will be available to fans from the 28th of October. It’s also available to pre-order from the iTunes link listed above. You can view the full tracklist for Black Milk – If There’s a Hell Below and also listen to Black Milk ft Random Axe – Scum here.
01. Everyday Was (ft. Mel)
02. What It’s Worth
03. Leave the Bones Behind (ft. Blu & Ab)
04. Quarter Water (ft. Pete Rock)
05. Hell Below (ft. Gene Obey)
06. Detroit’s New Dance Show
07. Story and Her
08. All Mighty
09. Scum (ft. Random Axe)
10. Gold Piece (ft. Bun B)
11. Grey For Summer
12. Up and Out