Following the news that Verb T and Illinformed have collaborated for an album titled “The Man with The Foggy Eyes” we have the video for the first single titled “First Stone”. Video credits go to Aboveground, and First Stone is the first of many promotional videos/singles we are expecting to hear from Verb T and Illinformed. Confirmed guest appearances on the new album include Leaf Dog, Fliptrix, Moreone, Smellington Piff, BVA, Jokerstarr and Micall Parknsun and will be released on the 24th of August 2015. You can watch the official video for Verb T and Illinformed – First Stone on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Apathy – Weekend at the Cape
Following the release of “Weekend at the Cape”, Apathy shares the single “New England Royalty”. Uploaded to his official soundcloud page, the Demigodz rapper presents a sample of Weekend at the Cape, with Ap confirmed is one of the THREE projects that fans can expect to hear this year. Please download Apathy’s Weekend at the Cape from the link listed above, and you can listen to Apathy – New England Royalty on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | King Magnetic – Timing is Everything
Here is the video from King Magnetic for his single “Tuff Guy” released on Sektion Red. Tuff Guy is taken from King Magnetic’s album “Timing Is Everything” which can be downloaded from the link listed above. Credits go to Oliver Whitehouse who filmed and edited the video along with additional footage by Skykrs Cinema. You can watch the video for King Magnetic – Tuff Guy on the YouTube player below.
PREVIOUS | Genesis Elijah – #Grayskull
UK rap general Genesis Elijah has released a brand new mixtape titled “B Sides and Bootlegs”. There was no planned/scheduled promotion for the mixtape which dropped as a surprise to industry heads and bloggers, who quickly grabbed the new music from Genesis Elijah’s bandcamp page (available on the link above). The thirteen track mixtape features the likes of Dubbledge, Maverick Sabre, and Sub Focus on bootleg remix tracks, with production coming from Audible Doctor and Pastor Dutchie among others. You can view the official artwork, track listing and download link for Genesis Elijah – B Sides and Bootlegs Mixtape here.
1. Plan B – Ill Manors feat Genesis Elijah & Dubbledge (Official Remix)
2. Chase & Status – Fire In Your Eyes feat Genesis Elijah & Maverick Sabre (Bootleg Remix)
3. Level Up (Genesis Elijah Version)
4. Miracle (Produced by Just Blaze)
5. Boom Bap Festival Bars 2014 (Produced by Raph Stormwalker)
6. Spin Em Round (Produced by Wiley)
7. Chase & Status – Flashing Lights feat Genesis Elijah, Sub Focus & Takura (Bootleg Remix)
8. Forgive Me (Produced by Hash Fiyaboi) (2010)
9. Riot Van (Produced by Pastor Dutchie)
10. Dear Kanye (Produced by Audible Doctor)
11. Good Song (Bootleg Remix)
12. Money On My Mind (Bootleg Remix)
13. From Back In The Day (Yakuta Riddim) (Produced by Novelist)
DOWNLOAD | Lunar C – Breakdown Rebuild
This is the brand new video from Lunar C for his single “Cool as Fuck”. Uploaded to the official Lunar C YouTube channel, the single comes from the latest free mixtape “Breakdown Rebuild” which fans can still download from the link listed above. Credits for the visuals go to Kill Money / Vertex Media and you can subscribe to their channel HERE. Please support Lunar C by downloading Breakdown Rebuild from the download link listed above, and you can watch Lunar C – Cool as Fuck on the YouTube player below.
A brand new collaboration between Irn Mnky and DJ esSDee presents a unique package in the form of the Strictly Vinyl and Kickin It Live Mixes. Released via Taped Up Records, fans can purchase a very cool limited edition yellow shell cassette, or opt for the digital version of the mixes as well. Side A is Irn Mnky’s “Strictly Vinyl Mix” while the b-side features DJ esSDee’s “Kickin It Live Mix”. Great news for true school Hip-Hop fans is that Irn Mnky and DJ esSDee have announced this is the first in a series of mixtapes so look out for plenty more in the future! You can purchase the Irn Mnky – Strictly Vinyl x DJ esSDee – Kickin it Live mixes from the link above, and check out a previous Irn Mnky and DJ esSDee collaboration “Inject the Beat” on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Kritikal Powers – Long Live the Revolution
York based rapper Kritikal Powers returns to Hip-Hop Kings with his politically-inspired track “Long Live the Revolution”. Speaking truth about our government, Kritikal Powers has made the song available as a free download (check the link above) so please support and download. Producer credits go to Allrounda Beats and the news footage featured is owned by RT Television Network, who approved the use of clips for this video. Check out Kritikal Powers’ upcoming “Liberation E.P” and you can watch Kritikal Powers – Long Live the Revolution on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Kill the Wolf – B Dolan
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Following the release of B.Dolan’s “Kill The Wolf”, we have an exclusive 25 facts article containing information that you won’t know about the album. Please support B.Dolan by downloading Kill The Wolf from the iTunes link listed above, and look out for B.Dolan on his world tour in the forthcoming months.
1. Over 20 musicians, vocalists, producers and engineers were involved in the making of this record. It took me 5 years to complete.
2. Midway through the process, the lead engineer DS3K moved out of the studio he’d been working in for years and constructed a brand new custom studio that has reinvented our workflow and
made everything quicker / sonically amazing. However, the process of stripping a basement to the studs and building an acoustically engineered studio was not an easy or a quick one.
3. We were in such a rush to get back to work after the studio was constructed, we failed to properly ventilate / consider that the new building materials would be off-gassing. In this way, we very nearly killed ourselves making the album. After one long 4 day session, DS3K went to the hospital one day unable to form sentences properly, and they found elevated Carbon Monoxide in his bloodstream. This album reaked havoc on our health and mental well being more than once. It was during that time that I found the biblical quote from the Lazarus story that became that songs opening “hook” … “This sickness will not end in death.”
4. In the time it took to complete the album, Dave Lamb, the vocalist featured on the chorus of “Jailbreak” was diagnosed with Leukemia and passed away. He was part of an incredible Providence band called Brown Bird that I urge people to find and listen to. He was absolutely one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known or worked with.
5. I listened to “Jailbreak” 8,000 times while making this album, and only understood the beginning of Aesop’s verse a month after the album was completed. “Vertical vertical vertical vertical diagonal” is a reference to the hashmarks a prisoner would make on the wall while counting off days.
6. I got married while making this album. It’s cool when your best friend is sexy and down to spoon. We get along good.
7. I released two mixtapes while making this record, House of Bees vol. 2 & 3, with Buddy Peace. We’re currently working out a DJ / MC set that we can tour around the world for the next few years. It’s sounding incredible and I’m very excited for people to see this tour.
8. The song “Rats Get Fat” took 6 months to write and record, and at one point featured an entirely different beat / bpm. We did a ton of work on that older version and eventually scrapped it, thought it became the main theme in a movie I wrote & scored last year called “Almost Mercy”. That movie will be on Netflix this July.
9. I wrote “Rats Get Fat” with the intention of turning it into an animated video, though it remains to be seen if the video artist I was originally collaborating with will come through on it. I hope he does, because it looks absolutely incredible, and is the reason I wrote such a visual story. He uses a style of photo animation that’s really unique and dark. The rats have scary red eyes. It’s awesome.
10. During a show w/ Scroobius Pip several years ago, the first song in my set caused a fuse in the venue to blow, shorting out the P.A. and lights. Being mid song and in front of 400 kids, I switched into spoken word mode and performed “Who Killed Russell Jones?” which I had just written at the time. A photographer in the front row switched his camera to video mode and captured the performance, which a fan later animated. We released that video as the first official ‘leak’ from this album.
11. I also reference that event, and the second time it happened, on the song “Stay Inspired.”
12. The second official leak was also fan created without too much of my knowledge or input. Ben Morgan, a talented filmmaker from Liverpool, asked me to send him some high energy stuff from the new record and I sent him “Alright”. A little while later he dropped that video in my lap, and I was so impressed with it we made that one official too.
13. “These Rooms” was the last song completed for the album. I had the concept in mind for a couple months, but hadn’t sat down to right it yet. At the last possible moment before the album was due, I booked myself into a hotel room 40 minutes from my house where I barricaded myself and wrote the song in one sitting. The instrumentation of that song was the only ‘beat’ I didn’t oversee the production of.
14. Jim Diotte created the “These Rooms” beat, and the last time I worked with him was on my debut LP “The Failure”, when he created the music for “The Crow on the Riddle”. He originally sent me that instrumental for a remix to the song ‘Heart Failure’, which will shock the shit out of people who know both songs.
15. Graffiti Busters had a sample that was impossible to clear, so it was removed, but it would have been my favorite scratch chorus of all time. I was able to edit together two different Rakim lyrics to create a perfect acapella of him saying: “When I’m finished / no graffiti on the wall” and it sounded hard as fuck. However, Def Jam sample clearance was not on the table.
16. “Safety Theater” is a real term used by people in the airport security industry. It refers to the parts of the airport arrival and check-in process that do nothing to actually protect you, but make you feel as if you are being watched / protected. For example your passport is checked several times when you fly internationally, but only once is it ever checked against the “do not fly” list. The other times it’s just being looked at for dramatic effect.
17. “Memory of Bombs” was written in two parts. At first, the song was started in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The idea had to do with an ancient legacy of violence in America, and sense of exceptionalism that sort of mirrors the psychology of a school shooter. I also read an article about the government’s attempts to dispose of a massive amount of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and the problems that arose from burying something that will still be poisonous and deadly in 10,000 years. A panel of experts was assembled to try and figure out how to warn civilizations that will be as different to us as we are to the humans who made cave paintings… and that idea really fascinated me.
18. In the midst of that, the events in Ferguson and the deaths of unarmed black teenagers suddenly became national news, and the second verse sort of fell into place. The common theme was white violence in America, and the long history of it and difficulty in facing it / “disposing of” it / addressing it.
19. While making this album I bought a house. It’s pretty damn cool. I still sometimes feel like someone is coming to take it away from me. Because they are. Their name is the bank. But so far I have fended off the bank, and now I’m attached do it. Come and git me, you fucks.
20. The engineering of this album was inspired by a little known record label called Cadet, which was an offshoot of Chess Records. I collect LP’s from Cadet’s catalogue, much of which were engineered by Charles Stepney, who later went on to produce Earth Wind & Fire. The Cadet catalog has a ton of really crunchy drum breaks, but also has a lot of huge guitars engineered in a very psych rock way. By initially sampling from, but then recreating, and listening to those records we arrived at the melding of break beats, analog synths and rock engineering that a lot of this album has.
21. I had the album cover before I had the album, or the title of the album. I came across it randomly one day and knew instantly that it needed to be the cover art. It actually influenced the writing on several songs, including “Run the Machine”, but I also realized I’d already made a couple wolf references on different songs. On Stay Inspired I’d talked about eating with the pack, and the line at the end of “Alright”. The theme sort of suggested itself in that way.
22. Jamila Woods is a spoken word artist from Chicago who I hit up to record the spoken word segment of “Run the Machine”. She’s also got a lot of great work to be found on Youtube. Cheggit.
23. We mic’d and recorded a grand piano for an entire day during the making of this album. That recording is nowhere on the finished product.
24. We used a lot of Moog gear on this album, and were scheduled to record a Moog Sound Lab when the album was done. Unfortunately, Moog seems to have discontinued that series, but we still like em and all. What up Moog.
25. Sage Francis sings back up vocals on “These Rooms” and also appears on the first track “Lazarus”, ever so briefly. He only lets me yell things or do hooks on his records, so I feel like it’s becoming a mutual policy. Just to show there’s no hard feelings though, we’re gonna try and make a whole record together next. I referred to him as “my brother” for years, but recently a fan came forward with some info that ironically may show we are in fact distantly related by blood. Crazy, right? That’s why I saved that fact for last. Props to anyone that read this far down. See you soon!
DOWNLOAD | F.Virtue – A Single Green Light
Following the release of his latest album “A Single Green Light” we have the new video for the single “Orange Juice”. Taken from A Single Green Light, which fans can download from the link listed above, F.Virtue continues to enjoy his recent success with support from the blogosphere and a number of high profile websites. Please check the Hip-Hop Kings archives for previous F.Virtue work, including collaborative work with Brown Bag AllStars member J57. You can watch the new video from F.Virtue – Orange Juice on the YouTube player below.
Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is Brooklyn-based rapper J-Essential with the single “Remedy”. Teaming up with Spose, it has been confirmed that Remedy has been taken from the upcoming album “Smash City”. Spose is confirmed as one guest appearance, and we also know that J-Essential produced the record, with mixing/mastering coming from San Francisco based Decap. Please follow J-Essential on Twitter (@TheFunkGrader) for more upcoming releases ahead of the release of Smash City, and you can listen to J-Essential ft Spose – Remedy, on the soundcloud player below.