REQ – Back with a Bang

• May 25, 2017
REQ - Back with a Bang

REQ – Back with a Bang

Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is enigmatic rapper and songwriter REQ. We are delighted to premiere the brand new single titled Back with a Bang.

Originally from Birkinhead, REQ is currently residing in Singapore and preparing to release his EP “Sleeping Giant”. Back with a Bang is a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive and we’re proud to debut the track which we think will get a lot of support. We have been fortunate enough to listen to the EP prior to it’s release, and we can’t wait for you to hear it.

When speaking about the single, REQ was quoted saying

“‘Back With A Bang’ is a track which i wanted to use to experiment with a more Grime sound – a song which people could get a bit hyped to and have a good time with it. It’s the first Grime release that has come out of Singapore organically. That is something I’m really proud of.”

 

REQ has carefully selected the right time to release the Sleeping Giant EP. His transition to behind the scenes to in-front of the mic has been fluid. We will be sharing the official download link and tracklisting for the EP when given permission.

You can listen to REQ – Back with a Bang on the audio player below.

 

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4orce – Thats How it Is ft Gee Bag (Video)

• May 25, 2017
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4orce – thats how it is ft gee bag

Teaming up with Global Faction, 4orce makes his Hip-Hop Kings debut with the video for “Thats How it Is”. 4orce teams up with a more familiar name in Gee Bag.

Full credits go to 4orce (producer, cuts and stratches) and Gee Bag (writing) for the track. That’s How it Is also serves as the name of the collaborative EP by the duo, which provides fans with a clean/dirty version of the single, an instrumental and DJ version, along with the acapella and instrumental with cuts. The true-school style EP is true to the style of the music. A very smooth flow from Gee Bag compliments a very nostalgic-type beat from 4orce.

You can CLICK HERE to download 4orce and Gee Bag’s “That’s How it Is EP” from bandcamp. Please support the artists and we’ve also posted the official artwork and tracklisting here. You can watch 4orce – Thats How it Is ft Gee Bag (Video) on the YouTube player below.
1. THAT’S HOW IT IS with GEE BAG [Clean]
2. THAT’S HOW IT IS with GEE BAG [Main]
3. THAT’S HOW IT IS [Instrumental]
4. THAT’S HOW IT IS [DJ Version]
5. THAT’S HOW IT IS with GEE BAG [Acapella]
6. THAT’S HOW IT IS [Instrumental with Cuts]

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Earth2Tom ft FRSHRZ – N_Word (Lyric Video)

• May 24, 2017
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Earth2Tom – The N_Word

Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is UK Rapper Earth2Tom who teams up with FRSHRZ for their collaborative lyric video for “N_Word.”

Earth2Tom (Tom Foolery Beats and Charles the Earthman) is a producer duo who frequently collaborate with rappers and artists. The N_Word features FRSHRZ who themselves are a three-piece crew (consisting of Artcha, SKANDOUZ and Dray Styles). As the title of the track suggests, The N_Word see’s the FRSHRZ rap about why we shouldn’t use the N word. When speaking of the track, SKANDOUZ says the following.

“The N word is something the FRSHRZ don’t use in our music. We came up with a song that takes a satirical look at the use of the N word in Hip Hop music with a subliminal message of how we feel about the use of the N word in Hip Hop music. But ultimately its a piece of art, listeners will take away their own meanings from this song. Its not that deep …but then again it is. You decide!”

You can watch the official lyric video for The N_Word below.

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CZARFACE – Death of a Comrade

• May 24, 2017
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CZARFACE – Death of a Comrade

Taken from their record store day release First Weapon Drawn, CZARFACE return to Hip-Hop Kings with the single Death of a Comrade.

Premiered by HipHopDX, Death of a Comrade is one of the many CZARFACE tracks we have instantly loved. 7L and Esoteric, teaming up with Inspectah Deck made huge moves when linking a deal with Marvel Comics. The cartoon infused style has been well received among Hip-Hop fans, mixed of course with the boom-bap sounds of CZARFACE. Please CLICK HERE to download First Weapon Drawn from iTunes. The first weapon drawn in a conflict is language, but the first weapon drawn for Czarface is the music.

 

 For the fans who weren’t aware, First Weapon Drawn is much more than your regular Hip-Hop project. The audio adventure is complete with narration and comes with a full-colour 24 page comic book. The style is aligned with Power Records series from the 70’s, and vinyl was printed in conjunction with record store day. The music of course speaks for itself, and we’ve already had promises of further music between the artists involved (watch out for more news here).

You can listen to CZARFACE – Death of a Comrade on the soundcloud player below.

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Part Time Cooks and Koncept – Calling Me Video

• May 24, 2017
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Part Time Cooks x Koncept – Calling Me Video

Hip-Hop crew Part Time Cooks and Koncept have teamed up for an official project. The Calling Me video is the first offering from the collaboration.

We were sent the Calling Me Video a few days ago from Brown Bag All-Stars member Koncept, who’s having an excellent time throughout Asia. Part Time Cooks and Koncept will be releasing the project via Korean label Vismajor later this year. We will of course be posting the official artwork and tracklisting when we receive it. Calling Me is sure to be featured along with a host of other brand new music.

 

We’ve heavily featured Koncept over the years on Hip-Hop Kings. As previously mentioned, the rapper has released inked a deal with Sony Asia. Koncept has been touring different countries within the continent including Thailand and the Philippines. It’s awesome to see an artist we admire and support doing great things oversee’s. Make sure you check the Hip-Hop Kings archives and look out for the previous music including the likes of “Hug Someone” and “Understand Me” which features Mike Two.

It’s only right that we place a disclaimer before you read further. In the below video, President Ronald Trump does lines of “flour”, gets pissed on by a Pikachu-stroking Mafia boss, and takes a dance class with a Zulu King. If that sounds like your brand of vodka, feel free to watch below.

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Apex Zero – 21st Century Enslavement

• May 23, 2017
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Apex Zero – 21st Century Enslavement

Back with news about a new project is Apex Zero, who’s teamed up with Global Faction to release the video for his first single titled 21st Century Enslavement.

The London-based rapper presents 21st Century Enslavement which serves as the first single from the upcoming EP “All or Nothing”. The video has been released in conjunction with the EP release (hopefully this month) and the legendary Global Faction have hosted on their YouTube channel. All or Nothing has guest features and collaborations with pioneering Chinese Hip Hop/Reggae artist MC Webber aka Raddam Ras, New York emcee Jackson Turner, Cameroonian/French Reggae singers UBC and fellow First and Last member OMeza Omniscient.

Apex Zero was heavily featured on Hip-Hop Kings back in 2014 as he released the album “Reality Provoking Liberation”. Apex Zero released a number of leaked singles and videos from that album including “Obtain Bearing” and “Absolute Zero” which were shared and well received. We had also spoke to Apex back in 2013 in an exclusive interview and featured the track “The World We Exist In“.

You can watch Apex Zero – 21st Century Enslavement below.

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Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff Kick Off Their Comeback Tour

• May 23, 2017
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Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff

90s Hip-hop royalty Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff (formerly known to the world as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince) will take to the stages of the world again, no less than 22 years after their last studio collaboration.

In the early hours of the 24th April 2017, Will Smith shook the world with a surprise Facebook announcement, reaching an audience of 2.1 million, with not just one, but two shows in the pipeline, locked and loaded by his booking agent for the upcoming festival season. MTV Summer Blast in Croatia and Livewire Festival in Blackpool, UK are just the first of many forthcoming gigs for the iconic due, who dropped unforgettable classics such as ‘Summertime’, ‘Boom Shake the Room’, ‘Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble’ and ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’.

Alongside their string of studio successes, their infiltration into the pop-culture sphere began with TV show ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’, which saw the pair star alongside each other in what went on to become a massive cultural cornerstone for American comedy, as well as the audience who grew up with it. By bringing hip-hop to into the mainstream with huge success, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s careers were launched into the stratosphere.

From small screen to big screen, Will Smith landed numerous starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters including ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Men in Black’ and ‘I Am Legend’ to name just a few, juggling acting commitments with solo album productions up until 2005.

In the meantime, DJ Jazzy Jeff was becoming a serious force in the world of music with his production company ‘A Touch of Jazz’, working closely with the likes of Jill Scott, Eminem, Eric Roberson, The Roots, Mac Miller and more. Not to mention, Jeff has been a touring DJ since his career began, showcasing his phenomenal talent behind the decks all around the world.

Now, after many years apart and busy schedules that have seldom coincided, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are finally reuniting to give the people what they want! Will Smith’s booking agency is now taking requests and offers for ‘Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’ appearances for 2017/2018.

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Eskar and Irn Mnky Silent Running Album Breakdown

• May 13, 2017
Eskar and Irn Mnky Silent Runnings Album Breakdown

Eskar and Irn Mnky Silent Running Album Breakdown

You’re in for a treat. In our popular 25 facts series we get some unique and exclusive facts on the rappers themselves. Both Eskar and Irn Mnky have agreed to give us a track-by-track breakdown on the recent album Silent Running. Here is the Eskar and Irn Mnky Silent Running album breakdown.

DOWNLOAD | Eskar and Irn Mnky – Silent Running

Track 01 Remember

Irn Mnky : Built around a section from “Easy as Pie” by the Purify Brothers and Ben Moore. Han’s secret island welcoming from Enter The Dragon opens the album.

Eskar : Remember when Hip Hop was fun and all about the love? When you could say whatever you wanted, without being judged or ridiculed? When cats didn’t have to front like the biggest baddest gangster with a truck load of weaponry to make something of themselves? Me too, they were the day’s. For me, this track embodies Hip Hop’s feeling of youth.

Track 02 Privileged Life

Irn Mnky : Began as an acoustic jam over a raw beat and slowly transformed into this version. A killer hook delivered by Krankit finished the job.

Eskar : Without doubt the deepest and most personal track I have made. I was scared to put this track out into such a judgemental world. It’s worked out in my favour, like therapy.

Track 03  Rock The Auditorium

Irn Mnky : Built around a vocal snippet from “Droppin em” by LL Cool J from the “Walking with a Panther” album. Guitars added last. Great heavy raw sounding track.

Eskar : People keep telling me that I shouldn’t rap so fast, so I decided to speed it up. Some of my best flows conceived  are  on this gem.

Track 04 Jpeg

Irn Mnky : Sax and trumpet samples from a record given to me by Mega Mouth (with a great cover). Shirley on the hook.

Eskar: Keep that 3rd eye open, thats all I’m saying…

Track 05 Missing Peace’s

Irn Mnky : A small section of “Smiling Faces” by The Undisputed Truth. Lowered, looped and filtered on the S2000. See if you can spot it.

Eskar : There is a big difference between arrogance and self believe. A statement on those who deliberately ignore those who go all in for small returns.

 Track 06 Wasabi

Irn Mnky : Oriental samples meet Kes. We liked the clash of broad Yorkshire and the oriental soundscape.

Eskar : I love the intricacy of using one long rhyming scheme throughout this whole song. Serious flows, punchlines and metaphors – it’s clever s**t.

Track 07 Maverick

Irn Mnky : Created from sections of “Whatcha see is whatcha get” by The Dramatics. The track was called “Dramatik” until we changed the name.

Eskar: I have never had a crew, a hype man, or anyone who really stands by me though my musical process. That’s the way it should be… I do it on my own! This is one of those tunes that screams “yeah, I got this”.

Track 08 Outsider

Irn Mnky : Yep it’s Randy Newman. Eskar had the lyrics done and this was made to fit them. There is a special version of it on the vinyl release.

Eskar : After all the controversy with Brexit and the Donald Trump election, I had to make some kind of statement. Migrants are human too, no less worthy to any society than you or me!

Track 09 Malevolent

Irn Mnky : The melody may sound familiar – it’s a 70’s version of “I can sing a Rainbow” – twisted up to sound dark.

Eskar : I have always been attracted to the darker things in life, I think that comes out in this one… I enjoyed watching videos about satanic rituals and exorcisms to get the influence for writing Malevolent. It was in a devilish video where I found the sample for the hook.

Track 10 Sonata

Irn Mnky : The first track we demo’d for Silent Running and the last to be finished. Russian DJ Mr And-7 provided the cuts. Sub bass direct from the S3000XL I recall.

Eskar : An artist who I thought I was cool with was chatting some s**t about me. As a way to vent I implied that the dude looks a certain way. After a few weeks I decided I was not going to release the track with that bar on, I did respect the dude to some extent. Soon after I heard that his crew had been snooping into my files at the studio and heard the bar. Here it is in it’s original form – enjoy!

Track 11 Counting Sheep

Irn Mnky : War – What is it good for?

Eskar : Wake up sheeple!

Track 12 Dreamin

Irn Mnky : I first heard the soul singer “Swamp Dogg” a couple of years ago via a random charity shop find – he’s amazing. Check him out.  The track is built from parts of this gem…

Eskar : Li[f[e is just a li[]e if your not giving an [f]

Track 13 LOL

Irn Mnky : Track built around guitar sounds taken from a few tracks by the same solo artist – I best leave this one at that.

Eskar : Lets all say that we’re laughing even though we’re not… If there is one thing that I hate, it’s this generation built on false online identities. LOL.

Track 14 Lost

Irn Mnky : The cousin of “Privileged Life”. Krankit delivered again after Eskar and myself created a demo vocal (that will never be heard).

Eskar : It must be no surprise that I am one emotional being when it comes to relationships. I originally wanted to sing the hook on this but can’t sing for s**t. Krankit saved the day!

Track 15 Wait

Irn Mnky : I was watching the Columbo episode “Lady in Waiting” and heard the mad strings in the soundtrack. Made the beat shortly after and we recorded it the next day.

Eskar : I heard this beat and got all tingly inside. I could not WAIT to get this one down so it was written and recorded in the time it takes Irn Mnky to tie his shoelace. Bare in mind he’s a velcro kinda guy and can’t tie shoelaces too good…

Track 16 FluteJam

Irn Mnky :  20 MC’s, 1 DJ and over 15 minutes long. A serious amount of work that went into it, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I think about it. All the different vibes each person brought to the track made it 100% worthwhile.

Eskar : An official world record breaking track with some of the best rappers in the country, nuff said.

Track 17 Osiris

Irn Mnky : We met up with Marc7 while Jurassic 5 were in Manchester on the last tour. esSDee had a studio reserved and we recorded it all before the gig. The original mix is on the “Soylent Green” album we made last year.

Eskar : A dream come true, not many 21 year old rappers from Huddersfield could say they did a classic single with a true Hip Hop icon they grew up listening too.

We hope you enjoyed the Eskar and Irn Mnky Silent Running album breakdown.

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Koncept – Hug Someone (Official Video)

• May 10, 2017
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Koncept – Hug Someone

Here is the brand new video from Koncept for his single Hug Someone which has been uploaded to his official YouTube channel.

It’s great to hear some new music from Koncept, who’s moved out to Seoul and has signed a deal with Sony Music Asia. Hug Someone is the latest offering from the Brown Bag AllStars rapper, who has also announced he’ll be releasing his next solo album titled “14 Hours Ahead”. Hug Someone is the first official single from the upcoming project, and we expect to hear many more. Credits go to Optiks who produced the track, along with “Fantastic A.J” who filmed and directed the video. We will be posting more information about 14 Hours Ahead as soon as we receive it. The album will be released on 9th June 2017 via Champagne Konny Inc / Sony Music Asia. It will also be available 14 hours ahead of NYC time (notice the reason for the album title) and also 8  hours ahead of UK time. We’ll be sharing the download link once it’s live.

Make sure you follow Koncept on Twitter for the latest news and music. You can watch Koncept – “Hug Someone” on the YouTube player below.

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Petrelli Brothers Ghost Diaries (Artwork and Tracklisting)

• May 9, 2017
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Petrelli Brothers Ghost Diaries

We’re a little late on this one Kings and Queens, please accept my apologies. Here is the Petrelli Brothers Ghost Diaries album released on Boom Bap Professionals.

The album was released on the 15th April 2017 and is available to download from the Boom Bap Professionals Bandcamp page. The Petrelli Brothers Ghost Diaries album is 10 tracks long, and features guest appearances from the likes of Natrill, Double Deuce, Deeviant and Kritikal. For those new to Petrelli Brothers, Lego and Spee69 team up and go back to back on tracks over Lego production. DJ Leach has provided scratches for the record, with Lego also recording, mixing and mastering the record. The single Summer Rain warranted a video which I’ve posted below. You can also view the official artwork, download link and tracklisting for Petrelli Brothers – Ghost Diaries here.

DOWNLOAD | Petrelli Brothers – Ghost Diaries

1. Stuck in the Rush
2. Rorschache feat. Double Deuce
3. Summer Rain
4. Bang
5. 21st April (Skit)
6. Puddings in the Proof feat. Natrill
7. Haunted York feat. Double Deuce, Deeviant, Kiks & Kritikal
8. This Ain’t a Man’s World
9. No Chaser
10. Outro

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