Author Archive: Ryan Maxwell
True school Hip-Hop movement DLTLLY (Dont Let the Label Label You) have recently presented a brand new feature which is an exclusive “RA the Rugged Man” interview and recap of his live performance during his UK tour. DLTLLY ask Rugged Man about the new album “Legends Never Die” specifically the creative process and which tracks he spent more time on. Rugged Man goes on to answer questions about the music industry and more. Feel free to browse the HHK archives for previous DLTLLY work including a feature with Stig of the Dump and more. You can watch DLTLLY – RA the Rugged Man Interview on the youtube player below.
London-based UK Hip-Hop artist Theme has teamed up with Micall Parknsun for the release of his latest single “Leave It Alone”. Theme also called upon Genesis Elijah’s “Escape Route Media” for the video work, which also see’s a cameo from Firts (aka Mr 13). Theme is currently promoting his “Toys Get Smoked” E.P which is available as a free download from the link listed above, and features collaborations and features from Iron Braydz, Tony D, Beat Butcha, M9 and more. You can watch the new video from Theme – Leave It Alone on the YouTube player below.
Written by Dave Bosworth
Set Phasers to Fun…I mean Stun
Welcome back film fans to this weeks HHKMovies Review. This week we look at Star Trek Into Darkness. The second installment in the Sci Fi franchise from J.J. Abrams(Super 8, Star Trek) beaming back the crew of the Enterprise under the questionable leadership of wild and reckless Cpt. Jim Kirk played by Chris Pine(This Means War) and his half-human half-vulcan 2nd in command Mr Spock. This voyage of Star Fleet’s finest ship takes them beyond anything they’ve experienced before. Beyond what they thought they were capable of and beyond the directives of Star Fleet Exploration! With Alice Eve(She’s Out of My League) having made her way onto the crew of the Starship we’re treated to something that the die hard Trekkies will make sure they get use of….but she wasn’t invited on the ship!
Abrams brings us this installment after listening to alot of feedback and critique from fans of the original series and he doesn’t disappoint. Into Darkness is a feast for the eyes and with a strong cast leading from the original, you really engage with key characters and want to be part of their journey. Queue Benedict Cumberbatch(Sherlock) as mystery man “John Harrison” who is more of an anomoly than why Cpt. Kirk hasn’t caught an STD yet. I’ve got to say though that Cumberbatch has to get special mention in this review for his role in portraying the bad guy here. I’m not going to give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t yet seen the movie. But, yes. If you’re a Trek fan. Yes, it’s him. That’s all I’m saying though!
Into Darkness is the BEST movie of the year so far. With fantastic and rich visuals, layered characters and relationsips that pull you in and make you feel everything they do, Academy Award strong acting, spaceships, boobs, stuff blowing up and Klingons. You can’t get much more closer to perfect than that little checklist of what makes great Sci Fi.
Definitely 5 out of 5.
I jumped at the chance to share the new Brown Bag AllStars posse cut, and the news that producer “Undefined” will be releasing a collaborative E.P with the crew is even better news. Aptly titled “Certified A-Side”, Undefined leaks the first track from the forthcoming E.P titled “Broken 40 Bottles” which features the Brown Bag AllStars in full effect as always. Look out for plenty of other promo as we head towards the release of the E.P, however in the meantime you can view the single artwork, and listen to Undefined ft Brown Bag AllStars – Broken 40 Bottles on the audio player below.
Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
When it comes to live band backed hip-hop groups America has The Roots and France has Hocus Pocus and pretty soon England could have their very own. The Mouse Outfit are a 9 piece live band hailing from Manchester and have now released their debut album: Escape Music. Their debut album seems somewhat overdue however since The Mouse Outfit have been touring for several years. It was well worth the wait though. Escape Music features Dr Syntax and Sparkz as well as a selection of other highly talented rappers including Lyricalligraphy, Truthos Mufasa and Kosyne to name but a few.
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If the HHK readers should ever take advantage of a free download I highly suggest this is the one. Rockfresh is a brand which has a brilliant operation supporting underground Hip-Hop, and sells a range of hoodies, jumpers and t-shirts which cater for the heads. The new album “Superimposed Headphones” is a new 14-track project which features some of my favourite UK MC’s and producers including Irn Mnky, Micall Parknsun, Spida Lee, DJ esSDee and more. You can view the artwork and download link to Superimposed Headphones above, and please make sure to visit the website as well. You can also view myself and DJ esSDee’s tribute to Beastie Boy MCA on the YouTube player below.
Category: Free Downloads
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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hip-Hop, legendary rappers KRS ONE and Immortal Technique will be sharing the stage for a one-off double headline show in Manchester. This Is Hip Hop and Spread Love Present two of the biggest artists to have blessed us with countless classic material, and fans will have the opportunity to see them live at The Ritz on Thursday 13th June. Tickets start at £20.00 and are available at £30.00 for the VIP section from the link listed above. Look out for the HHKMag coverage of the event as always., and you can watch the previous HHKMag interview with Immortal Technique and Poison Pen below.
Written By David Bosworth (@boz_worth)
“When Our Flag Falls, Our Nation will rise”…..
With a tagline like this you get a pretty good idea about how this movie will play out and you’re not far out! Antoine Fuqua(Training Day) brings us the flag flying, salute giving, bald eagle on bicep tattooing “Olympus Has Fallen”. The story of what happens when the White House is taken and who in Gods Free Land can take it back? Mike Banning of course! Mike Banning is THE ex secret service agent and bad ass mother fudger who works at the Treasury, of all places. Why? Because of a horrific accident involving President Ben Asher, who demoted Mike and left him to wallow at a desk. Gerard Butler(300) leads an impressive cast including Aaron Eckhart(The Dark Knight) and Morgan Freeman(Shawshank Redemption) in this action fueled and politically dangerous movie.
America sees its monuments fall and its White House alight when all hell steps foot on Washington’s streets. With little time to react the nation can’t fathom the idea that the safest building in the country is under siege! Who is responsible? How will they get it back? Who is in charge when both the President and the Vice President are taken hostage? These are legitimate questions for anything other than the ‘One-Man Army’ action genre. You can’t expect suspense and thrills when King Leonidas is the leading man. When you go in with the knowledge that this is Die Hard at The White House you will enjoy this movie much more.
To expect twists and turns and who-done-its will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth after this movie. You like explosions, cliche one liners and some foreign dudes getting blown away then this is for you! Just sounds like a synopsis for “Die Hard” right? Yep that’s this, just with better CGI. Oh yeah, by the way, its the North Koreans…
3.5 out of 5
HHK fans will be familiar with the Bumpy Knuckles and DJ Premier collaboration “The Kolexxxion LP” that was heavily supported last year, and the veteren MC is back with his latest single “Keep on Grinding”. Bumpy aka Freddie Foxxx has teamed up with Christopher Williams for the vocals, and has promised his International fans a tour to support the forthcoming album “Lock’d N The Lab” which is scheduled for an August 2013 release. You can view the official artwork for the single and listen to Bumpy Knuckles – Keep on Grinding on the audio player below.
46Bars of Death | youtu.be/MNE0xixTxCI
A joint effort between Gang Starr Foundation member Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo has seen fans presented with the new single “Warriorz Drum” ft Torae. The single is featured on the collaborative project “Seize The Day” which is available from Soulspazm Records (who also presented Koncept’s “Malt Disney E.P”). You can listen to the previous Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo track titled “46 Bars of Death” on the link above, however you can also listen to Hannibal Stax and Marco Polo ft Torae – Warriorz Drum on the audio player below.