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Afroman Happy to be Alive New Album

• May 27, 2016
Afroman Happy to be Alive

Afroman Happy to be Alive

We all know and love Afroman from the infamous single “Because I Got High” that dropped what feels like an eternity ago (it was actually 2000). We’ve now received the news that Afroman Happy to be Alive is the brand new album from Afroman which is available now.

It’s been a while since Afroman has been in the spotlight, there was an unfortunate incident which saw a video go viral of Afroman punching a female fan on stage. Since then Afroman apologised and continued working on creating brand new music. Afroman Happy to be Alive is the latest offering, that is available to download on iTunes and Cleopatra. The 14 track album features no guest appearances (all Afroman!) and we have posted the official artwork, track listing and download links here. We also had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive Afroman track “Selling Yayo” which does not feature on the album. Make sure you check that out by listening on the YouTube player below.

1. Keep On Hustling
2. Happy To Be Alive
3. Smokin’ Hay
4. High On The Highway
5. Taking Over
6. Whatever
7. Beat Of Life
8. Weed Life
9. Humpin’
10. Because I Got High
11. Palmdale
12. She Won’t Let Me Fuck
13. Crazy Rap
14. Christmas Time

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Sofa King and Big Toast SYKTA

• May 27, 2016
Sofa King and Big Toast SYKTA

Sofa King and Big Toast SYKTA

This is the new project from Sofa King and Big Toast titled “SYKTA”. Sofa King and Big Toast SYKTA (Save Yourself Kill Them All) is available to purchase for just £4.00 from Revorg and is the latest offering from the rapper/producer duo.

The seven track EP features collaborations with the likes of Jack Diggs, Strange Neighbour (Foxtons), Ogre Drool (Babies) and Greg Blackman, Gee Bag and Skrabl on (Mind Wars). There’s also a 35% discount if you head across to the Revorg Records bandcamp page, if you download the 9 releases which include EP’s and albums from the likes of Mysdiggi, Cappo, DJ Downstroke and more from Big Toast and Sofa King.

I have posted the official artwork and track listing for Sofa King and Big Toast SYKTA here, please make sure you download and support. You can also follow Sofa King (@Sofa_King_LDN) and Big Toast (@BigToastTPS) on Twitter for their latest music updates.

1. Intro
2. Science Bitch
3. Live Beige
4. Foxtons (ft Jack Diggs & Strange Neighbour)
5. Babies (ft Ogre Drool)
6. Mind Wars (ft Greg Blackman, Gee Bag & Skrabl)
7. Save Yourself Kill Them All

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Awkword Freestyle (Exclusive)

• May 27, 2016
Awkword Freestyle (I Am)

Awkword Freestyle (I Am)

This is the latest video we have from Awkword, who gives Hip-Hop Kings an exclusive freestyle. During the “Kings of New York” series, the Awkword Freestyle is the latest video to go live on the HHKMusic YouTube Channel.

The Awkword Freestyle is a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive, and was filmed at the same time as the Awkword Interview that we have shared previously. In the interview, Awkword talks about his concept albums (including World View) which was the project we were introduced to. Awkword also talks about his collaborations (Atmosphere, Joell Ortiz, Chaundon and many others) and his upcoming album and gofundme campaign as well. If you’ve not watched the Awkword interview, check the end of the YouTube video below and we have linked the interview after the freestyle has finished.

As Awkword works on continuing to give back to the community and also give shine to other artists from all other the world, he has setup a gofundme campaign, which will enable Awkword to film and release a music video for “Africa/the Diaspora”. The plan is to have rappers from all over the world (including Africa) appear on video in a high quality project which requires support of Awkword’s fans. Please check the gofundme campaign and donate what you can to the project.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel and check out the other interviews from our Kings of New York series which include interviews with the likes of Masta Ace, Skyzoo, Torae, Ruste Juxx and many more. You can also search Awkword on Hip-Hop Kings to view plenty of previous tracks we have blogged and shared. You can watch the Awkword Freestyle on the YouTube player below.

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WhiteOwl One Chance ft Statik Selektah

• May 26, 2016
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whiteowl one chance ft statik selektah

DJ/MC/producer WhiteOwl presents his brand new track titled “One Chance”. WhiteOwl One Chance features Statik Selektah who produces the track, which is the first single off a new project (more details coming soon).

“One Chance” has set the bar high for the forthcoming weeks as we set to hear more about WhiteOwl’s collaborative album with Statik Selektah. The single has gained support from a number of major radio stations including Shade 45, Hip-Hop Nation and Sirius XM, while the blogopshere and online magazines have responded in kind.

Described as “true Boom-Bap for real Hip-Hop heads”, we are hoping that “One Chance” kick starts a strong promotional campaign for WhiteOwl. We will be posting all of the official details including the artwork, track listing and pre-order link when it reaches our inbox. Look out for a Hip-Hop Kings x WhiteOwl exclusive coming in the forthcoming weeks as well.

Follow WhiteOwl on Twitter (@MCWhiteOwl) for updates and please check the website for previous tracks we’ve shared, including the likes of “The Gray Report” and “Wake Me Up in New York“. You can listen to WhiteOwl One Chance ft Statik Selektah on the soundcloud player below.

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Streets Made Innovators Grime Remix EP

• May 26, 2016
Streets Made Innovators Grime Remix EP

Streets Made Innovators Grime Remix EP

London production duo S.M.I “Streets Made Innovators” have graced the Hip-Hop Kings page regularly this year. We have a new project named Streets Made Innovators Grime Remix EP which has been uploaded to the SMI soundcloud page.

S.M.I take popular tracks from grime artists and stamp their own unique sound to create a genuinely great remix. The five track EP features tracks we’ve already heard with remixes of tracks from the likes of Wiley, Devlin and Jammz among others (we have the full track listing below). I would recommend listening to the EP which is available to stream on soundcloud and is also embedded below.

We’ve been told to expect new music from Streets Made Innovators as we approach the second half of 2016, with similiar instrumentation but original music with the same level of quality. Feel free to search for the singles on Hip-Hop Kings which have been posted throughout the past 6 months. You can check out the Streets Made Innovators Grime Remix EP track listing, artwork and playlist here.

1 Wiley – One Step Further (SMI Remix)
2 Jammz – Dubz (SMI Remix)
3 Devlin – Listen (SMI remix)
4 Double S – From Day (SMI remix)
5 J beatz – 8 bar Mucktion (SMI remix)

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Apathy Moses ft Twista and Bun B

• May 26, 2016
Apathy Moses ft Twista and Bun B

Apathy Moses ft Twista and Bun B

This is the new single from Apathy titled “Moses” which features Twista and Bun B. Apathy Moses is the first official single from the forthcoming album “Handshakes with Snakes”.

We’ve heard plenty of news from Apathy surrounding the upcoming album “Handshakes with Snakes” which has included live events on Facebook and Q+A with fans. Apathy Moses is the first offering from the independent rapper who teams up with quick-lyric rappers Twista and Bun B. The single really makes a huge statement for the album and sets the bar very high, for the inevitable future singles we are to hear, before the album drops.

Handshakes with Snakes drops on June 10th, and we will be expecting further promotional material before the album drops. Apathy displays some typically excellent lyricism containing plenty of multi-syllable rhyming, while Twista and Bun B offer their skills which contribute perfectly to the single. The fifth studio album from Apathy wasn’t originally set to be a full length project, but as Ap continued to work on new music it naturally turned into a project he was planning to release.

apathy handshakes with snakes

apathy handshakes with snakes

You can listen to the new single from Apathy Moses ft Twista and Bun B on the soundcloud player below.

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LaDonnis Brown Skin (Audio)

• May 25, 2016
LaDonnis Brown Skin

LaDonnis Brown Skin

We would love to share the brand new single from LaDonnis titled “Brown Skin”. LaDonnis Brown Skin has all the right attributes to be a contender for one of the singles of the summer.

Every so often we are sent a single or project which comes as a surprise, and gets the repeat button treatment. LaDonnis has recently caught our eye and Brown Skin is the single which is set to be the stepping step for some great opportunities for the remainder of 2016. We’ve seen that LaDonnis has received the support of various blogs and magazines, including the likes of HipHopDX among others.

We are hoping to be kept up to date with the latest LaDonnis music and news so please make sure you keep checking back here for the latest. Also, you can follow LaDonnis on Twitter (@LoveLaDonnis). Please comment below with your thoughts on the single and you can listen to LaDonnis Brown Skin on the soundcloud player below.

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Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 Facts

• May 25, 2016
Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

In our popular series, please find the latest installment for Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 facts.

  1. The album title, ‘Adventures In Technicolour’ (AIT), came about from an interview with Tom Simkins from BBC Cambridgeshire after Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s headline performance at the Secret Garden Party 2015. In the interview, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. described their first EP, ‘Pencils Not Pistols’ (PNP) as being in ‘monochrome’ and ‘AIT’ as being in ‘technicolour’.

2. Other album title ideas included ‘Fresh Equations’ and ‘Music You Can Play For Your Mother’.

3. Sonically, ‘AIT’ is much brighter and fuller than ‘PNP’. The beats contain more layers than ‘PNP’ and the production is far more creative and precise.

4. The artwork was a collaboration between Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and their good friend Agnes and Lupus. The album cover is actually Imperial after eating 30 packs of skittles and the deluxe cover available through Bandcamp is K.I.N.E.T.I.K., but that took 40 packs. It was very messy.

5. The feel and approach for ‘One Big Rhyme’ was inspired by ‘Save The Children’ by Joey Bada$$. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. wanted to challenge himself and go beyond the usual 16 bar verse and 8 bar hook formula that he was becoming reliant on, so he just decided to write ‘one big rhyme’ literally.

6. The crowd audio used on the intro and outro for ‘Good’ Music’ was captured on Imperial’s GoPro at the end their show on the BBC Introducing stage at Secret Garden Party 2015. They didn’t get to perform that last song though.

7. The first verse of ‘Good Music’ was written back in late 2012 to the first beat Imperial ever sent to K.I.N.E.T.I.K. when he asked him to feature on his solo album. They ended up recording ‘Zone Out’ instead.

8. The second verse of ‘Good Music’ was all Imperial’s idea. The song was done and then Imperial had the bright idea of doing a new second verse paying tribute to all of their favourite Hip Hop duos. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. didn’t just want to name drop, but he wanted to include the names of his favourite duos in a cohesive narrative. He also wanted to shed light on duos who are either less well known like Epidemic or sometimes overlooked like Eightball and M.J.G.

9. To save time, a few of the songs were recorded to other instrumentals and remixed by Imperial to fit the feel of the album. ‘Higher’ was originally recorded to ‘Freedom’ by The Procussions, ‘Good Music’ was recorded to ‘Miss January’ by The Procussions and ‘Not For Sale’ was recorded to ‘Sapporo Summer’ by Funky D.L.

Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

10. There are a few unreleased tracks from the album sessions including one called ‘Dexter Morgan’ that was recorded to ‘Hood In The U.S.A.’ by Large Professor and another one called ‘This Goes Out To You’ featuring Sivion.

11. ‘Travel The Map’ came about from K.I.N.E.T.I.K. interviewing Oddisee for thehiphopchronicle.com. Details were exchanged and Oddisee agreed to work on a collaboration. There was a small window of time to get the song done, so a beat from Imperial’s stash was sent to Oddisee to write something to about travelling. Two weeks later, Oddisee sent his verse back and Imperial remixed the beat afterwards.

12. The ‘Softer Than Pampers’ skit was literally added at the last minute. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. messaged his best friend, Jamieson, asking him to do the skit as a favour. Jamieson recorded his vocals on his iPhone after having just woken up which is why he sounds slightly ‘out of it’.

13. Like the skit before it, ‘Hold That’ was also added to the album at the 11th hour. Josh at Illect wanted a bonus track for the UK audience and nobody reps UK Hip Hop more than Micall Parknsun. Using ‘The New Raw’ produced by Ohmega Watts as inspiration, Imperial knocked out this beat, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. put in a call to Parky and the rest is history. This track is without a doubt, the hardest song on the album.

14. ‘Golden Crown’ is a tribute to their fallen comrade, Praverb The Wyse. Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. initially crossed paths because of an interview that I.N.E.T.I.K. did for www.praverb.net. Praverb agreed to feature on the album but unfortunately, due to Praverb’s sudden passing, this idea was never realised.

15. Only 1 song contains a real instrumentation and the rest is all sequenced. The guitars for ‘Man Of The House’ were recorded by Marc Lawrence. Marc is the mastering engineer for many of Tommy Boy’s current Hip Hop releases.

16. ‘Just Another Day’ was the first song that was recorded for this album even though at the time, they didn’t know that they were going to make an album. The original idea that K.I.N.E.T.I.K. had for this beat was about a man who got caught cheating on his wife. Infidelity is far from funny so when K.I.N.E.T.I.K. told Imperial about his idea, he replied with “write some nice Summery raps”.

17. The cuts used on ‘The Great Indoors’ were sent to Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. by Red Pill himself. After asking on Twitter if anyone had the acapellas for ‘Rap Game Cranky’, James Gardin (who features on ‘Fresh’), reached out to his Blat Pack brethren Red Pill and assisted with the hook up.

18. Sampling Phife from A Tribe Called Quest for the hook on ‘Not For Sale’ was K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s idea. The song deals with maintaining your integrity in a world that encourages everything but that. This track was completed in September 2015 and with Phife’s recent death, the song now has an even deeper meaning for the duo.

Imperial and Kinetik Higher

Imperial and Kinetik Higher

19. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. was listening to a lot of N.W.A. records while writing the album hence the ‘Compton’ reference on ‘Fix Your Face’ and the ‘Eazy-E’ reference on ‘Man Of The House’.

20. K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s writing process includes recording each new song on his iPhone using the Voice Memos app. He then sends the ‘demo’ over to Imperial for feedback prior to recording in the actual studio.

21. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. ate a box of 8 chicken wings and drank four bottles of Desperados in each recording session. Shout out to Morley’s in Forest Hill, London.

22. Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. didn’t record any of the album’s songs together. They did stay in frequent contact via phone calls, email, telegram, courier and even sent messages with pigeons.

23. For the producers and gear nerds out there, Imperial used Logic Pro X for beatmaking, mixing and mastering. A few of his favourite plugins and synths that were used extensively on the album include; Brainworx saturator, Noveltech character, NI Transient Master, NI Absynth, Passion Flute, Rump Shaker, FabFilter Timeless 2, D16 Decimort, Waves CLA compressors and Ozone 6.

24. ‘AIT’ hit number one in the iTunes Hip Hop pre-order chart and featured on the front page three days after it became available. The response to the album before it has even been released has been staggering and Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. are hugely thankful to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy.

25. After the high demand for physical product, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. have made the album available on limited edition CD and cassette. The CD can be ordered at imperialandkinetik.com.

Please make sure you download the album and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 facts. You can watch Imperial and Kinetik – Good Music on the YouTube player below.

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Visual Sand in the Glass ft Cali

• May 25, 2016
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visual sand in the glass

Sand in the Glass is the second single from Visual from his forthcoming album “The Ambassador”. Visual Sand in the Glass features Cali and has been produced by Loose Cannon.

In the promo pack, speaking on the single Visual Sand in the Glass is described as “a direct idea. Tomorrow is a dream, today is all we have, so love me right now don’t love me in my grave”. Sand in the Glass is taken from The Ambassador which will be available to download on June 17th 2016 via Community Service Records. The 10-track album features a range of upcoming artists who Visual is working with and guest producers who have their own unique style.

While we are waiting for The Ambassador, please make sure you check out Visual’s previous music on Hip-Hop Kings that we’ve shared recently which includes “Break Away“ft Tony Centrino which is the first official single from The Ambassador. You can also Visual on Twitter (@ISeeItAll) to keep up to date with the latest music and news ahead of the new album.

You can listen to Visual Sand in the Glass ft Cali on the soundcloud player below.

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Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 ft DC

• May 24, 2016
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mike melinoe suicide b4 29

One of the most exciting rappers we are featuring at the moment is without a doubt Mike Melinoe. I would like to share the new track from Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 which is a collaboration with DC.

Mike Melinoe has been featured regularly in the past few months on Hip-Hop Kings, with his tracks like Addict Venture and Zaddy Sayda being well received, and the videos pulling great ratings with readers. Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 is anticipated to receive the same support and we are expecting the wider blogosphere and online magazine world to support the new music as well.

Mike Melinoe is keeping busy by releasing new merchandise through his Big Cartel website, so make sure you check that out after listening to the new track. I will be speaking to Mike Melinoe soon and hopefully get some news about a new full length project – when the details become available to share I will blog the full details on the website.

Please check the previous music from Mike Melinoe for searching for his name on the website. You can listen to the brand new single Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 on the soundcloud player below.

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