1. “Lost In Translation” was the only song we recorded together on the album.
2. The title for “Gilbert’s Grape” was inspired by the time Twizzy had Haemorrhoids.
3. Twizzy & Jinxsta wanted to call “To The Slaughter”, “Lamb Shanks” but M.A.B said no.
4. On “Be Careful”, Jinxsta discovered his inner Barry Half-White. Soul.
5. We were going to do one solo track each on the album…but didn’t. Deep.
6. The album was entirely funded by people buying music / merchandise from our Bandcamp & at live shows. Thank you!
7. M.A.B wants to do a world tour in 7 days off the back of this release. It can be done.
8. Cheba who did the album art work, played Mobb Deep at his wedding reception. Mosh pit.
9. The title track “Time To Feast”, was the last track to be finished on the album.
10. Twizzy had to record his vocals twice due to his PC crashing, losing all of the original files.
11. Jinxsta recorded every verse on the album with a bottle of Supermalt in his right hand. His left hand never knew.
12. Together, the Beast is 87 years old.
13. After every show, M.A.B eats between 20-25 chicken nuggets.
14. Billy Whizz is our DJ and also delivers our CD’s.
15. Diligent Fingers produced “Marching” but also came up with the concept for the track as well. Boss.
16. All tracks were mixed and mastered in Bedminster (Bristol) at Rola’s Studio.
17. The Beast have a tie aside from music on a certain date. M.A.B, Twizzy’s Dad & Jinxsta JX’s Mum all share the 29th of June as their birthday…strange but true.
18. The tour bus (Twizzy’s car) is named “Wong Chong Silver” due to the copious amounts of herbal remedies enjoyed within it.
19. The sample used for “Set You Free” was originally flipped by K.Bourne on another beat, to be used on M.A.B’s first project (aged 16) but the recording was lost. Years later the beat was recreated with the help of JCA and is now featured on our album.
20. We started working on the album in 2013. It’s been a slow process due to us wanting the content to be the best we could bring to the table…no pun intended.
21. With that being said, our second release “Self Driven” consists of the tracks that didn’t make the album for various reasons.
22. An early version of “Dead Man’s Shoes” appears on the “Real Talk” compilation, put together by Chester P to raise money for the homeless. Check it out HERE
23. Cheba filmed a video for our first EP but when it came to the editing process, we realised it didn’t look as great as we pictured in our heads. It was later scrapped and never released. (The photo proof can be found online)
24. We once performed at a Weapon of Choice Halloween event dressed as Saddam Hussein (Jinxsta JX) Osama Bin Laden (M.A.B) & Muammar Gaddafi (Twizzy). (Photo proof of this can also be found online)
25. “Time To Feast” is our debut album as a collective and is available now! Have a listen and grab it from our Bandcamp as well as most digital stores, including Spotify. Respect!
Chillman Abstract Patterns 25 Facts is the latest in the Hip-Hop Kings 25 facts series. Also contributions by High Focus and Four Owls member Verb T
1. Abstract Patterns was recorded at the legendary Kilimanjaro studios
2. The colours on the cover represent the Eritrean flag
3. Funk Dialect is essentially a Verbal Highz cypher + The man, the Ked that is Joe Publik
4. It was definitely inspired by someone’s nan
5. The first verse off “Royal with Cheese” was written whilst waiting for my chicken pitta meal at Herefords Go Peri and is the best chicken shop in town, the owner Tanveer loves me because I sort him the good weed
6. “Defeat Stress” was one of the last tracks written
7. Entra P who has the last feature verse on the album actually taught me English
8. I have a huge collection of the prank calls that were featured on “Funky Drifting” on my hard drive
9. I think “Hi Lo” was the first track written that made the album
10. The Defeat Stress EP features a remix off Leaf Dog as well as his brother Illinformed
11. The videos for “You are You” and “Defeat Stress” were shot in London and “Say” in Cardiff
12. The album was done over about 2 years
13. Weston’s is a lovely 8.2 % cider that you should probably try
14. I will definitely be working on another with Verbs in the future
15. Running out of facts so Verbs will take over
16. Album artwork was done by Sam Marsh who also did my ‘Medicated Dreams’ cover
17. I met Chillman at an open mic competition, Chillman missed his performance time, he was getting stoned in his mates car
18. I made most of the beats on the album specifically for this project, a couple of the beats were ones I had in the stash
19. It’s the first full album to drop on “In The Balance Records”
20. At the end of “Hilo” when we were recording, Lukas from Aboveground walked into the room and said “general selecta!” in range of the mic and everyone laughed, you can kind of hear right at the end of the song
21. We wrote and demo’d the album before recording it properly, the main bulk of the tunes were done over two days in April 2015
22. The song and the video for “You are You” were recorded in the same day, part of the video was filmed on a wet roof where I kept falling over and everyone laughed at me, luckily I didn’t fall off the roof
23. Leaf Dog was the fastest of all the features to get his verse recorded and sent back.
24. Chillman’s second album will be produced by me and a 2nd secret weapon beat maker who will amaze the world
25. The best life advice I ever received is … be as nice as you can without compromising your dignity and definitely try your best not to be a dick
As part of our popular 25 facts series, we have Hey Zeus.I – I Aint Apart of This EP which is now part of the legacy. Hey Zeus.I releases I Aint Apart of This and gives Hip-Hop Kings readers 25 facts about the E.P.
Hey Zeus.I I Aint Apart of This EP (25 Facts)
Contradiction has been 6 years in the making. Anyone who listened to MixxNutts radio show on rinse.fm when i was hosting Alex Nutt’s show should be very familiar with the 1st verse
The first verse on Contradiction is an ode to the american comedian George Carlin and is a reference to his opening piece “I’m a modern man” in one of his stand up routines.
The Beat for Contradiction was meant for someone else but he slept and i stay woke
‘I a’int apart of this’ was a piece originally written to be performed in an abandoned church
The hook “I a’int apart of this I a’int involved…” is also inspired by George Carlin but this time his views on voting.
For ‘I aint involved’, I wrote the hook, sent the acappella to Blue (Daisy), he built around that, then sent me back a tune arranged waiting for verses. I recorded on shitty Mac Mic. Never re-recorded against Blues judgement cause i really like the shitty sound. Tickles my inner punk 😉
Nothing came from lucid trip thoughts contemplating what nothing is or is not
There is a version of ‘nothing’ with 24 bars from Blue Daisy somewhere in the archives over a next beat
Bioniq who did the artwork has also designed me a couple of tattoos which i have on the back of my right arm. its in a style of blaxploitation movie posters but of futuristic matriarchs!!
Nick Blatantly Blunt used to be a rapper and around 10 years back he recorded at my old studio in Tottenham Hale and its pure coincidence Par Excellance got him in to do the promo
I first met Blue daisy at a remix contest where we had to flip Katy Perry “i kissed a girl”acappella. i won he still cant admit defeat!!!
i have mostly been smoking Lemon, on rare occasions when available – grapefruit sour diesel, O.G Kush and girl scout cookies.
through the course of this project i have lived in north, west and east London. touching south soon….
Contradiction was recorded at zip lock studios which is ran by Bad Fx who i have known since 4 years old.
Original cover sketch featured a pig head, which i didn’t get so Bioniq flipped it into a lion head
Bioniq also designed the previous project artwork for Obba Supa
I’m not sure if its deep thinking or procrastination but i like to take at least a week to write a verse or song. that includes a couple days contemplation of what I’m trying to say and the subject I’m approaching.
My favourite line on the project is “I’m a in denial Nihilist dreaming that i got hope”
While following Alex Nutt about, hosting at a rinse.fm bash when Pay as you go was reuniting for a one off speacial, as a host warming up an empty room i stole the mic and it turn out to be (veteran grime MC) Major Aces, he wasn’t happy. I still use it to this day. nudge nudge wink wink…..
“how far can you run into a forest? answer – half way. the other half your running out. this my favourite little riddle I like to tease brains with. Take it as a gift to you to amaze your friends with as i have……
I have no direct internet connection or own a smartphone, tablet etc. making me quite a frustration to get hold of.
Been working on a project with Snow Ghost producer Throwing Snow and also some new material with my group Obba Supa
I don’t smoke or drink and like to be 100% sober when recording verses. Chants, hooks or chorus’s is another story though, same with writing.
This is the first project I have recorded wearing shoes.
Many time I’d go to the Gas Chamber to record and end up just talking about any and everything
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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.
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 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.
In our popular series, please find the latest installment for Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 facts.
- 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.
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.
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.
In our very popular 25 facts series, we speak to Lazy Habits regarding their upcoming album “The Atrocity Exhibition”. Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition will be available on the 27th May 2016 to fans.
1 From inception to completion the album took 2 years.
2 Whilst mixing the album our studio mates were The Cure, who were production rehearsing for a live tour at the time.
3 We may have used some of Royal Bloods equipment in the mixing process.
4 The track-listing for the album has changed a couple of times since the recording process, with one track coming off the original list and two being added.
5 It’s the first time we have ever worked with an outside producer/beatmaker, we co-produced three tracks with Benny Aves.
6 It’s the first time we have ever had guest rappers on an album, with Dizraeli and the returning Skin Horse among the guests on the new album.
7 The album was recorded at three studios in London including a purpose built studio at the Hub where some of us live, this set up was used to record vocals for most of the album, to create a space that was less sterile than a normal recording studio can be at times.
8 We mixed the album at Brighton Electric, where I lived on and off for the six months it took to finish it.
9 Before starting the recording process we road tested a whole bunch of material at some festivals over the summer, under different titles and sometimes only playing small section of these songs was a great way for us to see how the new material worked next the older stuff and also to see what reactions we would get for those songs amongst crowds that were not totally made up of people that had come to watch our show.
10 Between recording the two albums I started a side project alongside Josh Whitehouse of ‘More Like Trees’ and ‘Fjokra’, called ‘High Cross Society’. In the process of writing and recording with this project I felt I learnt a lot that I took back with me to record “The Atrocity Exhibition” working with Fjokra on most of the pre-production demos and getting both him and Josh to guest on the album both in name and also in other small ways to add to the soundscape of the whole project.
11 We shot the video to The Breach before the track was mixed and mastered, it had a guide vocal on it too but still had the dramatic feel which lead to the overall impact and theme of the video.
12 At one point we almost had Taron Egerton come and do some backing vocals on it, he was around a lot when it was getting made and he does have one hell of a voice.
13 We originally thought the album was going to come out in October last year but it took a little longer to get everything in place before we were given our actual release date, that’s one of the reasons we decided to work a little more on it and add a couple of extra tracks.
14 It started as project of releasing weekly music starting in 2016 with Benny Aves producing, this stopped pretty soon when we realised these tracks were still 100% relevant to theme of the album.
15 We almost had to clear our first ever sample for a recording.. We ended up deciding against it.. The track is called “How it Used to Be” it’s up on our soundcloud and a part of the current live set.
16 There are a lot more strings on this album, on the first one I think it was 4.. this one is 8 I think, two different composers too.. John Pickup worked with us on the first album and we had him back again but also used award winning composer Simon Dobson who was also on board for trumpet duties on some of the tracks.
17 We used a harp for the first time ever. The amazing talented Bethan Griffiths plays on the opening and closing of the album.
18 In a weird kind of reverse sample type thing we wrote a small section of music with the High Cross Society to infuse into one of the songs on the album, it sounds like its sampled from a song but we only wrote 8 bars of a loop, to give that impression… That loop is now going to be a part of a song by HCS.
19 I wrote Babysol’s hook on this album, but then I ended up using one she had written for another one of the songs.
20 The title of the album is taken from a collection of short stories by JG Ballard, a British writer born in Shanghai, China. A lot of the album’s themes were also explored whilst staying in Taiwan and Hong Kong after touring.
21 The artwork for the album was created by Cranio from Spain. He designed the initial artwork for the album front cover.
22 We decided to get artwork for each of the tracks from the album but using the original artwork as a stating point. Each artist was send a vector of the front cover and the song they would be working to.
23 Artists on the album include Ed Hicks, John Chan, director Lee Lennox, long term collaborator Josh Whitehouse and Harry Yeff (aka Reeps One).
24 Reeps One is also on the album too, as part of the High Cross Scoiety loop. This album really was a family thing so there were a lot of the family around when it was being recorded so some of them are on there somewhere.
25 We have already already started working on the next album.
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Following on from the “Avant Garde” album Constant Deviants Omerta is the upcoming album, and in typical fashion we have 25 facts to share about the project.
We will be posting more promotional material ahead of the upcoming Constant Deviants Omerta album in the forthcoming weeks and months, as the album is due to be released on the 28th June 2016. Check out music from Avant Garde by searching for Constant Deviants in the search bar.
1. The concept for Omerta was inspired at a show in Vevey , Switzerland at the RKC where Constant Deviants and the Six2Six team performed and spent the night bugging out with the late great Sean Price. Great memories!
2. After releasing Avant Garde last year and creating such a laid back, jazzy feeling artistic album, M.I. and Cutt felt it was time to deliver a hard hitting gritty album but still maintain their “moving forward” outlook.
3. The concept for Luciano and Lansky was based on the fact that M.I. is Italian and Cutt is Russian.
4. The Six2Six team has started a Six2Six Films division to the company and in the process of recording this album filmed their second movie “Six 2 Six the Movie”
5. M.I. has fallen in love with acting and enjoys it nearly as much as his music
6. Dj Cutt released a project this year with an artist named Aye Wun titled “Groceries”.
7. Both Cutt and Aye Wun appear in “Six 2 Six the Movie”
8. Omerta is the first project that Constant Deviants recorded together in the studio since “Amongst Friends” circa 1998-2000
9. This album is the duo’s favorite album to date
10. M.I. swims 90 laps a day
11. Cutt is getting more into djing parties and playing classics
12. The first song recorded for this album was “So Underrated“. And that set the bar for the album
13. There is already another project in the works for Constant Deviants
14. Constant Deviants is one of the few groups still sticking to the dj/mc formula.
15. DJ Cutt made all the beats and mixed all of Constant Deviants projects
16. Both are sick of hearing about the presidential campaign “Cutt for President”
17. Six2Six Films will begin filming their 3rd movie while the current movie is making a festival run
18. Omerta was originally set to be an EP
19. M.I. released his solo LP titled “Catch 22” early 2016 produced by TCOR
20. Cutt spent a lot of time looking for samples that fit the concept of this LP
21. M.I. spent a lot of time making sure he incorporated “mob slang” and mob references in the lyrics but was careful not to come off like they were trying to be mobsters.
22. Luciano and Lansky both died free men
23. Six2Six is looking forward to getting more into scoring movies.
24. M.I. has gotten more into production and is currently producing the “Who” album for label mate Rome.
25. Competition still catchin speed knots!!!
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Masta Ace Disposable Arts is without question a Hip-Hop classic. In the second video from the “Kings of New York” series, Hip-Hop Kings present the Masta Ace Disposable Arts interview.
When Hip-Hop Kings owner Ryan Maxwell went to New York, Masta Ace was one of the first interviews conducted for The Kings of New York series. Masta Ace has recently re-issued his classic album “Disposable Arts” as the physical went out of circulation. Masta Ace discusses the process behind the re-issue and talks about his favourite tracks from the record, along with the legnedary “Take a Walk”.
Later on in the interview, Masta Ace talks about the new two-hour documentary which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the album. Below System Records were responsible for making the re-issue and documentary happen, in partnership with Ace. If you haven’t seen the Masta Ace Disposable Arts documentary I highly recommend watching, as it’s a fantastic insight into the creation and history of the album.
Finally, the very last question confirms that Masta Ace is already working on a documentary of A Long Hot Summer nad filming has began. Please make sure you subscribe to the HHKMusic YouTube channel and share the video with a friend. You can watch the Masta Ace Disposable Arts Interview on the YouTube player below.