This is the latest offering from BLVKBLVD with their single titled “Anime”. BLVKBLVD Anime also features a collaboration with artist Rocks Foe, and has been produced by MNIGLD.
BLVKBLVD Anime is the new single from Remus and Gearrz deliver fire once again and are claiming themselves as a major force within the UKHH scene. Their new wave sound is very popular with Hip-Hop Kings readers, and BLVKBLVD have gained support from some of the largest blogs and websites within the industry as well.
Please make sure you check out the previous BLVKBLVD music which we’ve posted which includes the tracks “Angels” and “Garden of Deep Roots“. We’re still awaiting to hear confirmation of a full length project (we anticipate an EP toward the end of 2016) and of course we will post news on the new music as soon as we receive it. In the meantime, you can follow BLVKBLVD on Twitter (@BLVKBLVD) and you can listen to BLVKBLVD Anime ft Rocks Foe on the soundcloud player below.
Next up in our 25 facts series, we have Visual giving us 25 facts about his upcoming project “The Ambassador”. Visual The Ambassador 25 Facts can be viewed below.
Visual The Ambassador 25 Facts (iTunes)
1. The Ambassador was started in 2013
2. The Ambassador songs were all recorded by 2014
3. The album was recorded at 5 different studios
4. 3 different engineers mixed the album
5. Most of the songs were recorded and mixed in a home studio
6. “Not enough” was recorded at Soundscape studios where Chief Keef, Chance the Rapper, Freddie Gibbs, Action Bronson + have recorded
7. The album was originally digitally mastered but later re-mastered in analog before the release
8. There are 16 featured artist
9. There are 7 different producers
10. The album features 3 female mc’s
11. 1/2 of the 16 featured artist have never released an album
12. All featured artist and producers are from the Midwest
13. 3 tracks with 5 different artist were cut from the project because they did not fit the overall theme
14. The video for Sand in the glass was shot by German film maker and hip hop enthusiast Arvid Wu just a few days after we met, while he was in Chicago visiting friends
15. A video for “Break Away” was shot that may never be released
16. There are already a few songs set for volume 2
17. Volume 2 will feature an artist who many think should be a member of Slaughterhouse
18. The Ambassador is my 12th release
19. “Hollywood” has audio clips of Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls referring to the Miami Heat during the 2011 playoffs as “Hollywood as hell”
20. I went to elementary school with Chi-Ill who is featured on “Matter of fact”
21. My ideas for photography and artwork for the project were made a reality by my good friend Mo Parker
22. The original title I had in mind for this album was “Chicago Renaissance”
23. I paused work on The Ambassador to work on “Supreme Science” & “ILL VISUAL”
24. A LONG TIME AGO I did an interview with Stuart from HHK via AOL IM
25. I stood up till 4:00 am writing this list.
Thank you for reading Visual The Ambassador 25 facts. Please make sure you support by downloading the album.
This is the brand new track from Jamieson titled “She Loves Me” which features Kinetik. Jamieson She Loves Me is the first single we can expect of many, as we’ve been told to look out for lots more music in 2016.
London born and New York based Jamieson returns to Hip-Hop Kings with the up-tempo single, with producer credits going to Sol Brova. Jamieson called upon his life-long friend and self-described co-defendant Kinetik for the track, which is available to stream and download from the soundcloud player below. Jamieson She Loves Me is a great re-introduction for the newer Hip-Hop Kings audience, and we encourage fans to check out Jamieson’s back catalog.
We haven’t been given a name or official release date, but Jamieson has been working hard in the studio preparing new music for the fans’ ears. During my time in New York I linked with Jamieson to discuss what he’s been up to, and his plans for the rest of 2016. You can watch the Jamieson “Englishman in New York” interview by clicking on the link, and please make sure you subscribe to the YouTube channel and check out the other interviews I filmed in New York.
You can listen to Jamieson She Loves Me ft Kinetik on the soundcloud player below.
Rappertag V2 is back and this time we have new bars from UKHH legend Micall Parknsun. Appropriately titled the Micall Parknsun Rapper Tag 2.6, Parky reminds us why he’s considered one of the best.
The rappertag series is being hosted by our friends over at UKHH and we’ve already seen verses and freestyles from the likes of Datkid, Hoazy, Baileys Brown (aka Dee Green) and of course Micall Parknsun. The Micall Parknsun Rapper Tag 2.6 has really set the bar for further MC’s to follow, which includes Confuscious who Parky tagged in next. Shouts go to DFacer who has filmed the series so far.
You can watch the brand new Parky Rapper Tag 2.6 video on the YouTube player below. Make sure you follow Parky on Twitter (@MicallParknsun) and subscribe to the UKHH YouTube channel to see the next Rapper Tag videos first.
The heavyweights of UK rap that are Problem Child are back with a brand new freestyle for Pyro Radio. The Problem Child Pyro Radio freestyle has been uploaded to the Blatantly Blunt YouTube channel in aid to support the latest 730 Project album.
Problem Child (Dubbledge / Illaman / Dabbla) rap over a series of instrumentals on Nick Russell and Micall Parknsun’s new radio show on Pyro Radio, and the full show is available to listen to on the Mixcloud Pyro Radio website. The freestyle has been uploaded to Blatantly Blunt which is Nick’s website and you can also watch the lads go IN on the YouTube player below. The Problem Child Pyro Radio Freestyle reminds us why they’re considered one of the best groups in the UKHH scene.
We previously posted the Problem Child Cypher 2016 which introduced us to the news that the 730 Project is coming. We’ve seen Problem Child perform throughout the UK and continue to release more music and videos from the project in the past couple of months. Follow Problem Child on Twitter (@ProblemChild_UK) to keep up to date with the latest news and music and updates from the 730 project. You can watch the Problem Child Pyro Radio freestyle on the YouTube player below.
Our mate Rob Kelly has provided 25 exclusive facts about the upcoming album Kel Jefe. Rob Kelly Kel Jefe is now available to pre-order from iTunes with the single “Eff Mitch Green” available now. Enjoy our Rob Kelly Kel Jefe – 25 Facts and follow him on Twitter (@RobHKelly) for new music.
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The album is title ‘Kel Jefe’ because Rob Kelly is from Wexford in Ireland, locals often refer to it as ‘Wexico’ Kel Jefe is a character, part of the Jack The Ripper persona. The Character Jack The Ripper was born out of not wanting to chase radio air play and just make straight up raw hip-hop music.
‘Eff Mitch Green’ was originally called ‘Smash’ as a loose title, it was changed to ‘Eff Mitch Green’ as an ode to the late great Sean Price who due to appear on that record after Rob had already recorded a verse for Sean’s album. Mitch Green the boxer had a famous fight with Mike Tyson outside of Dapper Dan’s in Harlem and Mike Tyson was aka Mic Tyson. It features Rim from Sean Price’s protege group ‘Da Villinz’.
The artwork, by talented Leeds based illustrator Peter O’Toole, is inspired by EPMD’s ‘Business Never Personal’ and Ice-T’s ‘Power’.
J57 who exec produced and A&R’d the project,first submitted beats to Rob when he worked in Fat Beats, his meteoric rise has prompted Rob to nickname him Big Baby Ronson, because he believes J57 will eventually end up wearing 3 piece suits and A&R ing Rita Ora’s 70’s disco throwback album.
The entire album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Terawrizt who also appears on ‘Russian Mafia’ with Jonnie Darkko. The three have a project together in the works.
‘Dessie’s got the shooter in the Van’ was written from the perspective of Tommy from the movie ‘Snatch’ if he lived in Wexico. The character ‘Dessie’ will re-appear in future projects.
The hook from ”Air Max and Cash” came from the time Tabatha Cash wore a pair of air max when being interviewed by Jean Paul Gautier on a TV show called ‘Eurotrash’ in 1997.
‘Death By Gold Chain Rap’ replaced a song called ‘Disco’ that didn’t make the album. The album had already been completed until Rob heard the beat and wrote it on spot.
‘Morphene’ was the first track rob laid for the album after signing the contract and it set the tone for the entire project.
The four albums that were on steady rotation while ‘Kel Jefe’ was recorded were ‘Monkey Barz’ by Sean Price ‘Muddy Waters’ by Redman ‘Operation Doomsday’ by MF Doom and ‘Don Dada’ by Supercat.
‘Morphene’ references characters from ‘Marked for Death’ and ‘Carlito’s Way’ – 2 of Rob’s favourite movies. It also references the BMW chase scene from the former.
Rob originally sang the hook on ‘too good’ ala Erick Sermon but the engineer cut the vocals out in the mix.
‘Jefelogue’ the final track on the album is the 6th record J57 and Rob have worked on together. He also produced ‘shook crews runnin’ featuring Reef The lost Cauze, ‘Badman’ ‘These Days’ featuring Timeless Truth. ‘Air Max Killer’ off the collaboration EP between Rob & S.A.S and ‘Sam Kinnison’s Revenge’ with Soul Khan and Juan Deuce.
Almost all of the tracks on the album were written on spot in studio.
One of the first rap songs Rob ever heard was ‘children’s story’ by slick rick. To this day Rob tries to reference or name check the ruler as many times as possible, there are two references to Uncle Ricky on this album.
Irish author Roddy Doyle who had his Barrytown Trilogy of books adapted into a series of movies in the 90’s. He regularly references and even names songs after characters from the films.
Joey ‘The Lips Fagan’, Sharon Curley, Georgie Burgess have all previously been mentioned in Rob’s work. ‘Kel Jefe’ is no different and contains a reference to ‘Jimmy Rabbitte’ and ‘Imelda Quirke’ from ‘the commitments’ which was directed by Alan Parker in 1991.
‘Kel Jefe’ is another Rob Kelly character or alias, when Rob creates these characters, he gives them theme tunes which is what the title track is.
‘Eff Mitch Green’ is the third collaboration between Rob & Rim from Da Villinz, they first worked together on ‘Jimmy Jump’ from the ‘Black Irish Rogue’ album, they again linked on ‘the wicked’ from Rob’s collaborative project with S.A.S ‘No Blacks No Dogs No Irish’ Their first effort was featured in ‘The Source’ Magazine.
The production on the album comes from London’s ‘Tony Mahoney, California’s Tranzformer, Mook from an Irish group called Sons Phonetic and none other than the ubiquitous J57.
Rob makes reference to the Jay-Z owned Cognac Dusse on the album and although Dusse is not yet available in Ireland, Rob drank it in NYC while attending his good friend Memphis Bleek’s wedding in 2014. The two met on the Jay-Z water for life tour in 2006 and became friends, Bleek has regularly visited Ireland and invited Rob to the side stage when Jay Z performed in Ireland and the two had a record that was on Westwood’s ‘hot 6 at 6’ called ‘Game Over’. Bleek who was Sean Price’s cousin also invited Rob to guest on a track with P called ‘RNS’ which prompted Sean to find out who Rob was and they worked on more music together which Rob lists as his greatest achievement to date.
‘Eff Mitch Green’ contains an LL cool J reference because Rob bought ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ with his confirmation money at 12 years old.
On Black Mass Rob flips a Public Enemy line from 1989’s ‘Fight the Power’ from ‘it takes a nation of millions’ which was heavily used in Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right thing’ that album and movie heavily influenced Rob’s journey into hip-hop culture.
The video for ‘Black Mass’ is the first Rob Kelly video ever filmed entirely in Rob’s home town of Wexford. It was directed by local director James Bell.
There is a heavy wu-tang influence on the title track, a reference to ODB & method man the later of which worked with exec producer j57 on his Tommy Boy album last year.
Rob is heavily influenced by the chopper read books and movie and tried to write some of the tracks from this album from the perspective of the lovable rogue.
Enjoy our Rob Kelly Kel Jefe – 25 Facts
This is the latest upload from Don’t Flop for the highly anticipated battle between Copywrite vs Tenchoo which was filmed during the Check Point 3 event in London.
Not much needs to be said to introduce both Copywrite and Tenchoo who are widely regarded as legends in the music and battle rap scene. Copywrite makes his debut battle as himself (check out the Shredder vs Raphael battle) and also his first battle in the UK in Don’t Flop. Tenchoo returns to the stage after a hiatus and a focus on music, for a battle which will remembered and appreciated by the original battle rap fanbase. General consensus is that Tenchoo won the battle fairly easily but it’s a great display from both artists. Copywrite vs Tenchoo will be a battle we remember for a long time.
A few years ago we had the pleasure of being involved with a UK remix of Copywrite’s “God Save the King (Proper English Version)” album which is still available to purchase. The remix album features guest appearances from the likes of Lamarrie Essquire, M9, Genesis Elijah, SAS, Beat Butcha, Endemic, Harry Love, 7th Dan, DJ Sarah Love and Context. Make sure you check out the Copywrite “God Save the King (Proper English Version)” on iTunes. Tenchoo has been working hard promoting the Panic Room 9 which is his latest project. The 8 track album was released on the 9th of May 2016 and was distributed via Starch Records. Make sure you check out both albums and support the artists by downloading the music.
You can watch the Copywrite vs Tenchoo (Dont Flop Rap Battle) on the YouTube player below.
York based recording artist Deeviant returns to Hip-Hop Kings with a powerful new single titled “Angel in the Sky”. With sales being donated to charity, Deeviant Angel in the Sky features talented vocalist Alicia Renee.
The song has been created in tragic circumstances. Deeviant explains that one of his friends’ sisters has passed away following a failed heart transplant. She has left behind three children and a loving family, so Deeviant has created “Angel in the Sky” not only to celebrate and remember her life, but to raise money with proceeds being directly donated to Amy’s three children. Deeviant Angel in the Sky is available to download on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music so please support the cause.
The single has reached #49 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts which shows the support already received. It would be great to get Deeviant’s Angel in the Sky into a top 20 place. Deeviant has been featured over the past year on Hip-Hop Kings with his singles “The Graft Never Stops” with Krtikal, and the video for “Y.O Season Part 2” as well. Please check the HHK archives and you can follow the progress of Deeviant by checking out his twitter account (@DeeviantOnline)
>>Download “Deeviant – Angel in the Sky” by clicking on the iTunes link here << You can also watch an interactive 360 degree video with a preview to the single on the YouTube player below.
Following the successful launch of Rise and Shine, a second event has been announced for July. Rise and Shine London will feature brand new guest speakers and is free entry for those who confirm their ticket via EventBrite.
The event is designed for professionals, and individuals looking to get into the marketing/PR/Social Media world. With the tagline “Branding and PR for creatives, using Social Media technology”, Google’s Campus London will host the second official Rise and Shine event. Rise and Shine London (specifically Shoreditch) will run on Tuesday 19th July from 18:30 – 21:30 and tickets can be obtained from Eventbrite.
Those in attendance will have the pleasure of hearing from various guest panelists. Pavan Mukhi – Creative Director, Brapp (mobile app) & Foreign Beggars recording artist and Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Don’t Flop Entertainment are just two of the names of guest panelists. Make sure you click on the Eventbrite link and I’ve posted the full list of guest panelists below.
Pavan Mukhi – Creative Director, Brapp (mobile app) & Foreign Beggars recording artist
Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Don’t Flop Entertainment
Kish Kash – DJ/Brand Consultant/Sneaker Connoisseur
Ashwin Bolar – Head of Digital Marketing, THTC
Consensus – Director, AV Revolution, recording artist.
Joe Whelan – Graphic Designer & Illustrator
We have the third single from Visual’s upcoming album “The Ambassador” titled “Not Enough. The Chicago rapper teams up with Classick for the track. Visual ft Classick – Not Enough is the third official single we’ve heard so far.
As Hip-Hop Kings have announced previously, Visual will be releasing his forthcoming album “The Ambassador” on the 17th of June 2016. Visual told us that the new album will feature a range of guest artists and producers who are new to the game, and is using The Ambassador as a platform to showcase their talents. We’ve now heard Classick who appears on “Not Enough” and the previous singles we’ve shared include “Sand in the Glass” featuring Cali, and “Break Away” which features Tony Centrino.
We are yet to receive the official artwork and track listing for Visual’s “The Ambassador” but we will share the info as soon as it reaches our inboxes. We do know that the forthcoming album is 10 tracks long and will be released via Community Service Records. As well as checking on Hip-Hop Kings you can also follow Visual on Twitter (@ISeeItAll) to make sure you’re kept up to date with the latest promo ahead of his album. Look out for a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive coming very soon.
You can listen to Visual ft Classick – Not Enough on the soundcloud player below.