In our latest 25 facts series, we are honoured to share the thoughts of ZotheJerk and Frost Gamble. This is the Black Beach 25 Facts Hip-Hop Kings exclusive.
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1. The album recording process began at Mr. Porter’s old studio in Detroit – where Eminem’s “Infinite” was first written.
2. The track “Keep Me Safe” was originally intended for Frost Gamble’s “Jackpot EP” with Canadian producer/musician S.One.
3. Frost used a mix of vintage and modern equipment to craft the beats, from the Akai S900 of the 1980s to modern software and plugins from Reaper and Waves.
4. The intro “Welcome to Black Beach” samples an old minstrel show routine, and ironically touches on many of the topics on the album – such as mis-leadership, corruption, systemic racism and fear.
5. Zo and Frost first “met” by speaking on a radio podcast – Zo was the host, and Frost being interviewed, having just dropped his Handpicked album (in 2014).
6. Zo and Frost have released two commercial singles previously – Family First (2015) and Honey (2016). Black Beach is the duo’s first full album together.
7. Zo met Boldy James almost 13 years ago ironically at a studio on 8 mile in Detroit.
8. During the filming of 8 Mile, Zo was able to connect with Big Proof – R.I.P. – and was asked to work on a mixtape called “a Bunch of Black Folks”.
9. Black Beach was recorded in 3 States: Michigan, Kansas, and Ohio
10. KEM is an acronym for “Kill Everything Moving”
11. Zo and Frost are so similar in lifestyles they call each other twin.
12. It takes Zo 15 minutes to write full songs, concept, verses, and chorus.
13. 70% of Black Beach was changed in the last 3 weeks before the album was turned in.
14. Zo freestyled Etch-a-Sketch in one take.
15. Most of the verses on “Black Beach” were recorded in one take.
16. Keep Me Safe features Frost’s son and Zo’s sons.
17. While recording “Black Beach” Zo became a Cisco Certified CCNA.
18. Zo uses a K2, UA Neve, and Apollo MK Twin Quad in his vocal chain.
19. The soundbites on Loyal Victims are never before heard or seen interviews with Von Derrit Myers’ grandmother. These were shot by Zo in Ferguson at the 1 year anniversary of Von Derrit Myers’ death.
20. Zo earned the nickname Jerk in Detroit due to his straight forward no nonsense attitude and terrible lack of tact!
21. Black Beach was written and recorded as Zo transitioned from Kansas to Ohio, sometimes being recorded in hotels.
22. Zo wrote most of “Black Beach” while working as a Network Engineer.
23. Zo and Frost have only been in the studio together physically in Detroit.
24. Zo took Frost to his block Montrose in Detroit so Frost could experience the beauty of Detroit and fuel their creativity while recording Black Beach.
25. Zo & Frost recorded two albums worth of material preparing for this release – picking only their favorite tracks for the final project.
We hope you enjoyed the Black Beach 25 Facts piece. The official video for Smoke Screen is on the YouTube player below.
In our popular 25 facts series, we have a brand new exclusive to share which is Verbal Skillz Old Man Rapper – 25 facts about the latest project from the UKHH MC.
1. The title concept for the album came from the comic book character Old man Logan. I grew a beard which was full of grey and being an old artist battling through the scene, Old Man Rapper was born.
2. The album was going to be called ‘The Capricious Administration’ but after the beard and me being a massive Marvel fan, Old Man Rapper got the nod. I think we’ll save that title for another day.
3. The search for beats for this album started with me getting a banger from Mr Green. I linked with him at an R.A. The Rugged man show at JazzCafe and we discussed doing another track after he had a beat on VerbalVision. Once I got this beat, I knew we had something dope.
4. I nagged the granny out of Apollo Brown to get some of his production on the album and he finally replied just before he got married. He said I was lucky he had some down time before the wedding and would do me a deal on a couple of beats. I got lucky on the timing for that one.
5. The artwork was done by my man Greg Blackman. He super imposed my head onto his body for the outline image and came through with a sick piece of artwork.
6. Micall Parknsun hit me up about jumping on one of the Apollo Brown beats (who wouldn’t want to get involved with that) and when I explained the concept for N16 6AH, he got involved and came through with a dope 16.
7. I hit up Journalist103 and Reks to feature on N16 6AH with me and Parky as I wanted a UK/US mix and I knew these 2 emcees would come with those gutter bars. I wanted that balance of styles to finish of the album and hit home hard with the message in that song.
8. Originally there were 17 tracks lined up for the album but after discussing the content with Dj Stix, I decided to put out the best music possible and cut that down to the 12 final tracks.
9. The writing process for me can take anything from a few hours to a few months. Sometimes bars come easy like on the 77 and Don’t Try To Tell Me, I did those in 2-3 hours, yet when I wrote Begging by the Station, that took a few months. Sometimes it’s about being in the mood and the words just flow, other times I just get stuck on one line and can’t get through it.
10. I try to always keep the content as real as possible, with subjects that have a message and give the listener something to think about and digest in my songs. Nearly all my tracks have that, though I do sometimes just throw down bars.
11. The inspiration for Dickensian Times came to me after going to a few local shows and seeing the sick talent we have performing to empty crowds and for little or no money. Talking to the peoples who run the events and how they are struggling to keep the local nights alive.
12. Dj Stix does all my mixes and arrangements for nearly everything i do. On this album apart from the Richy Spitz tracks and the 2 Apollo Brown joints, he did the arrangements, mixes and cuts on everything else. The geezer is super talented and deserves massive respect for helping me put out all of my projects.
13. I am working with Hour25 Records to push the promotion and work on videos for this album. Our first idea is to use Dj Stix son to act as me as a kid in the video for 77.
14. The track ‘First Time’ was originally called ‘The Cell’ but after getting the Sultan Mir beat and the sample actually says first time, it linked well with the lyric that ‘the first time I heard it/first time I should of swerved it. I relation to people struggling to deal with mental health issues.
15. Audio Animals mastered to whole album and after getting samples from a bunch of dope heads, their work really stood above the rest and added that heat on the album.
16. Micall Parknsun not only dropped bars on N16 6AH, he also produced 77.
17. I originally wanted to feature a couple more emcee’s through the album and had in mind to get in touch with Vinnie Paz, Dat Kid and KingMagnetic but when I started writing, I couldn’t stop so it never happened. Maybe on future projects.
18. This will be the first album that I put out on vinyl and there will be a limited run of splatter vinyl coming mid February.
19. I originally had a batch of 8 beats to choose from Apollo Brown, but I could only afford 2!
20. Blacastan an american rapper and graff artist, did the artwork for the free sticker you get when you buy the CD or limited splatter Vinyl.
21. This album was nominated for album of the year at Wordplay Magazine. Even though it didn’t win, as an independent artist it was dope to be one of the nominees.
22. ‘Rock Queen’ is dedicated to my beautiful fiancee who constantly puts up with me chatting rubbish about hip hop.
23. Dj Stix was due to come through with some production on the album but with a busy family life and limited time spent doing all the mixes and cuts, we will save those bangers for the next project.
24. The inspiration for ‘Average at Best’ was in response to a so called hip hop friend who said my music was average at best. Talk about trying to knock you down as an independent artist, when it’s tough enough out here.
25. The vocal cut on the hook ‘we in hear with Verbal skillz ya’ll’ on the title track Old Man Rapper, is none other than iLL BiLL. We took that sample from his lyrics my track ‘MurderRap’ from ‘VerbalVision’ and Dj Stix tore that took right up!!
In our on-going exclusive 25 Facts series, we have the latest to share about the recently released Snowgoons Goon Bap album. Make sure you download Snowgoons Goon Bap from iTunes and enjoy the 25 facts below.
01. The album title Goon Bap comes from the term Boom Bap. We replaced the similar sounding Boom with the Goon from our name Snowgoons. This way we created the perfect definition of what the album is about. Boom Bap and Snowgoons sound. Snowgoons Goon Bap.
02. For the 90’s allstar song “The 90’s Are Back” we had a long list of artists to be featured on the song. The 9 artists on the final song are the first 9 to record first. Further artists supposed to be on the song are Smoothe Da Hustler, Billy Danze, Edo G or Chip Fu from the Fu-Schnickens.
03. When we hit up Dan Lish the illustrator for the Artwork he wasn’t available due to a busy schedule. but after explaining him that the album is all about the 90’s Hip Hop era and sending him some of the ruff songs he was finally down.
04. After picking the 12th of December (12.12. a Monday) for the release date our distribution highly recommended to only pick a Friday date. Fridays supposed to be better industry release days but we stay independent and do what we want to do. Release date stayed 12.12.
05. The Pumpkinhead song (R.I.P) was a unreleased song from 2006. Back then when we recorded with PH in Germany we had a great session and recorded both songs. We only picked one song for the 2007 German Lugers and the session simple got forgotten. When PH passed away in 2015 we was looking up the old hard drive for some pictures and came across the lost song. We knew we had to release it on the next album and remixed it with a new beat.
06. For the song “Problems” with Locksmith and Skrewtape we wanted to get Rite Hook down to do the hook. Rite Hook was down and liked the song that much he recorded 16 bars as well and then the song was perfect.
07. DJ Kaos of the Artifacts wanted to do the cuts for the “All City Kingz” song by Artifacts but he couldn’t finished it to the deadline. So Snowgoons Dj XRated did the job.
08. Passionate MC supposed to be on the “New Kidz On The Blog” song and even should be the first MC to go including picking the beat. But he decided to do a solo joint and send us back the “Cypher God” song.
09. Originally we wanted to do maximum 15-16 songs for the Goon Bap album. After a while we realised we already got over 20 songs done.
10. Sicknature who is not only a producer but also an MC is featured 3 times on the album. The only other artists with also 2 appearance are Sean Strange & Intell.
11. The Dilated Peoples song was the last song to be added to the album. We had this song in work with the crew for almost 4 years and finally it came together. Shout out to Rakaa.
12. With Aspects, Merkules and Snak The Ripper we got 3 Canadian Artists on the album.
13. 15 years old TJ Brown also known from the Netflix TV Series The Get Down is the youngest artist we ever worked with.
14. Chris Rivers is the son of Big Pun and Intell is the son of Wu Tang’s U God.
15. We got 7 artists from 3 crews / bands spread out on 6 different songs. Ill Bill & Slaine of La Coka Nostra, Fredro Starr, Sticky Fingaz & Sonny Seeza of Onyx, Method Man & Ghostface Killah of Wu Tang Clan.
16. There supposed to be a Snowgoons Djs track but we couldn’t get it done in time. The whole dj team brainstormed some crazy ideas and we don’t want to waste them so we planing on a full Snowgoons Djs album.
17. Sicknature of the Snowgoons wanted to release his new solo album around the same time that goon bap dropped so he had to push his album back in order to be focused on the Snowgoons project. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your own plans being in a group.
18. “The Problems” video was filmed within 3 days starting in Philadelphia with Skrewtape, with Rite hook in Boston and last part in New York. Luckily Locksmith, originally from the West was in NYC for some other video shoots.
19. “Solid Gold Guns” with Conway is a very different song and might be the most off topic song on the album. When Banish came up with Conway , Recognize Ali & Supreme Cerebral we was instantly down to add the song to the album.
20. We already got half the album done with videos.
21. All the 5 Snowgoons Djs made it on the album with some cutz.
22. “Know What You’re Facing” was originally for Aspects album Grind Over Matter but we couldn’t finished the song back then. Now we added Slaine and it was perfect for the Goon Bap.
23. We had 3 more songs in work for the Goon Bap album but because of the total lenght of the album we couldn’t add them.
24. None of the Snowgoons members are smoking or taking drugs.
25. Our slogan is We Keep Hip Hop Alive and we will always do that. That’s what the name Snowgoons stands for.
Make sure you download Snowgoons Goon Bap from the iTunes link above.
In our popular 25 facts series, Fliptrix – Patterns of Escapism is the latest feature. Check out the 25 facts from the High Focus general below.
The album was originally going to be called ‘Circadian Rhythms’ until I came up with the name ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ and ran with that instead. (Download here!)
The large majority of the album was recorded by myself in my home studio.
The title track ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ was originally recorded to another beat but I decided to remix it and when I found the beat that we used, the second I heard it, I knew it was the one.
I actually started making the album before I made ‘Polyhymnia’ got sidetracked with that project and came back to this one afterwards, however taking the time with this one really helped me to get all the perfect beats and make a really cohesive album that I’m very proud of.
The ultimate don Chemo mixed and mastered the album all the way from Bangkok.
Ocean Wisdom first rapped me the verse for our collaboration track ‘Burn It’ when myself, him and Molotov were getting high in park in Athens Greece before we had to catch a plane home. The first time I heard the bar I knew it was gonna be a heavy track.
My long time old school homie RunOne played the piano you can hear in the chorus of the track ‘Diamond Tone’.
Often when I was recording in my yard my cats would attack my leg as the headphone cable was flying around whilst I was rapping and they thought it was a fun game. It resulted in me getting scratches on my leg and fucking up takes but it was pretty jokes all the same.
4 of the tracks were recorded in Chemo’s studio in London before he moved to Bangkok.
Street artist Matt Manson from Bristol designed the patterns you can see on the front of the album cover and Mark Shields put the whole product and package together and did the typography etc.
If you stare at the cover long enough you feel like its resonating and start to trip out.
Old school Hip Hop legend Blade pressed up the CD’s for the project. (Purchase the CD here!)
The CD version of the album contains a 12 page booklet with all of my lyrics from the album so you can rap along on a hype.
The double disc vinyls are going to be different colours with 3 different coloured specks running through them creating a mad effected called ‘Splatter Vinyl’ which means every record will be different and have an original pattern on it. There will only ever be 500 made in this style so get one while you can! (Purchase the vinyl here!)
I sent the beat and my vocal to King Kashmere for the track ‘Smoke Lingers Always’ and 3 days later his killer 32 bar was recorded in my inbox. I was overly gassed when I got it as Kashmere is one of my all time favourite rappers dead or alive and I went out and got waved on a hype that night.
AboveGround filmed the videos for the lead 3 singles ‘The Chronic, The Poltergeist & Patterns Of Escapism’, he is a serious problem, anyone taking photos or making videos needs to keep an eye on this man, he is the future.
I fully location scouted, storyboarded and directed the videos for ‘The Chronic’ & ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ with the concept of ‘The Poltergeist’ being a joint collaboration between myself and AboveGround.
Whilst shooting the video for ‘The Chronic’ multiple people stopped in the street including traffic and a woman screamed at the top of her lungs when she saw me dressed as Michael Jackson smashing a watermelon in the street and smashing it in to my face. It was a fun day.
I am very proud of this album and feel that Illinformed is without a doubt one of the sickest Boom Bap Hip Hop producers this country has ever produced.
‘Patterns Of Escapism’ is my 6th full length studio album, plus I have another project ‘Out The Box’ available on CD/digital and 2 albums with my crew The Four Owls totalling 9 full length albums I have put out not to mention a crazy amount of feature verses. I also feel like I’m only getting started with this rap shit so watch out!
Graffiti OG ‘Vodka’ painted the piece in ‘The Chronic’ video and also location scouted the scary looking abandoned cement works factory you see in ‘The Poltergeist’ video.
Graffiti OG and long time homie ‘Pow’ painted the ‘Escapism’ piece you see in the ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ video at Stockwell skate park, I specifically chose that location as I spent a lot of time there as a kid growing up.
The Weatherspoon’s pub in the ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ video is Denmark Hill and I spent many years going there with friends growing up, everyone probably got barred from there a good few times over the years and multiple jokes and madnesses happened so it meant a lot to shoot in there/outside there.
The first time I ever performed the title track ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ was at the last High Focus night in Brighton @ Concorde2 before I dropped the video, as soon as I heard the beat drop I knew it was going to be a track that will be in my set list for years to come.
If you cop my album you will enjoy it, I have infinite love for all my supporters, creative heads and High Focus fans world wide! (Order on Bandcamp here!)
‘Patterns Of Escapism’ is the third single and title track from Fliptrix’s upcoming 6th studio album entirely produced by Illinformed. The ‘Patterns Of Escapism’ LP features guest appearances from The Four Owls, Ocean Wisdom, King Kashmere, Verb T, Dabbla, Life MC, DJ Sammy B-Side & Jazz T. The highly anticipated album will be released on High Focus Records on the 25th of November 2016 on CD, limited edition vinyl & digital and is available to pre order now!
Here is the latest in our ongoing exclusive series “25 facts”. We have 25 facts from Tone Chop and Frost Gamble for their Veteran EP.
1. The concept for the “Veteran” EP was based around growing into adulthood, fatherhood, etc. – while experiencing the changes in Hip Hop music over the last 20 years.
2. Honesty is also a main theme in Veteran! We don’t glamorize negativity or materialism.
3. The name “Tone Chop” actually comes from an old Kung Fu classic called “Assassins”. One of the characters was named “Tong Chop” and he was very skilled in martial arts – just as Tone is very skilled at emceeing.
4. The “Gamble” in Frost’s name comes from being a pro poker player for 3 years. He used to travel the tournament circuit and make beats on a laptop in hotel rooms every night.
5. Chop writes his rhymes in pieces and puts them together like a puzzle – there might be one rhyme written across five different pages!
6. Sadly, Chop’s mother and father each passed away at a young age, from cancer – just 3 months apart.
7. When Chop met Frost, he was a rapper and had just started making beats. All he had was a drum machine and a four track.
8. Frost learned how to make beats and use the MPC by watching his neighbor DJ Spinna and others create beats for us to rhyme on.
9. Chop’s favorite rapper of all time is Lord Finesse – because of his crazy punchline style.
10. 5 rappers that Chop feels are very under-rated: Ransom, Fred Da Godson, Conway, Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden.
11. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble are both big fans of battle rap, from URL to KOTD. Frost often acts as a judge at local battle events.
12. We don’t really mess with keyboard beats. To us, sampling = Hip Hop
13. The bassline in “Step Up” was sampled from a 1996 cassette recording of a Tone Chop freestyle performance at Frost’s birthday party.
14. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble both enjoy fatherhood, and often use it as a theme in their music. Chop is a father to two boys – Anthony (age 8) and Vincent (age 5).
15. Frost has a 7 year old son, Thaddeus – named after one of his heroes, the 1800’s era abolitionist and US congressman Thaddeus Stevens.
16. Frost’s favorite producers of all time include Marley Marl, Just Blaze, the Beatnuts, Diamond D, Da Beatminerz and Preemo.
17. Chop’s very first Hip Hop tape was “Criminal Minded” by Boogie Down Productions. His all-time favorite is “Funky Technician” by Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth.
18. Frost learned how to loop drumbreaks with pause tapes and tape splices – manually creating tape loops that could run on a reel-to-reel.
19. Chop is a big fan of graffiti art; he takes pictures anytime he sees something fresh!
20. Chop is also in a group called “Binghamton’s Most Wanted” which consists of Big Drew, Kizzle, Awful P, Weegee, T-Y, Trek, Flow and DJ Waxamillion. Both Awful P and DJ Waxamillion appear on the new EP.
21. Frost frequently collaborates with ZotheJerk (Detroit), White Rhino (Canada) & producer S.One who also appears on the EP.
22. Chop’s top favorite producers besides Frost are The Alchemist, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Stu Bangas, Jake One and Marley Marl. He has used some of their beats for freestyles on previous mixtapes in the Chopper City series.
23. Frost moved from NY to Minneapolis, then onto Kentucky, Kansas City, Vegas, LA and Arizona before settling in Canada.
24. “Veteran” was completed by emailing audio files back and forth – we were never in the studio together even once.
25. Tone Chop and Frost Gamble can appreciate any style of Hip Hop – so long as the mic controller has skills. But our favorite will always be gritty NY style street rap.
We are proud to share a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive. Here is the Epic Beard Men Interview (Sage Francis and B Dolan) that we filmed at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, as part of the duo’s UK tour.
We have interviewed both B Dolan and Sage Francis individually in the last couple of years, when they’ve stopped by Manchester and Leeds respectively. Following their nine-day date at Ed Fringe, the Epic Beard Men added a string of UK dates to their schedule which saw them perform at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. The Epic Beard Men Interview was everything we hoped, and we spoke about the single “You Can’t Win” along with some previous tracks (2 Bad and Heart Failure). Shouts to DJ Focuz who’s now a target.
Hip-Hop Kings blogged the video for You Can’t Win which has seen some great reviews from fans and critiques since it’s release, and also marks the start of an Epic Beard Men project. Sage Francis and B Dolan confirmed they’re working on creating a project but are in the beginning stages, so there was nothing concrete to share at the moment. We’ll of course be keeping an eye on the development of the full length (hopefully an album) record, and will be sharing when the news becomes available. In the meantime, make sure you’ve watch our interviews with Sage Francis and B Dolan and check the back cataloge.
You can watch the Epic Beard Men Interview (Sage Francis and B Dolan) on the YouTube player below.
In our ongoing series, we’re proud to present Izm White – Wildlife 25 Facts.
Izm White made his debut on Hip-Hop Kings with the track “Nod Ya Head” ft Prodigy of Mobb Deep. Check out the 25 facts on his album “Wildlife” which can be downloaded from iTunes. Izm White – Wildlife 25 Facts are below.
1. Wildlife was released on the legendary Tommy Boy Records
2. Wildlife is my official debut album
3. I shot 6 music videos for the album
4. I recorded “Nod Ya Head” feat Prodigy in Queens NY at Mobb Deep’s studio
5. The music video for “Nod Ya Head” feat Prodigy was filmed at The Garden Of The God’s in Colorado Springs and has a cameo from Alchemist
6. Sheek Louch recorded his verse in Denver at Conway Sound (my go to studio) with Ghostface Killah in attendance
7. The music video “Signs Of The Times” feat Sheek Louch, was filmed in Denver and has cameos from Jadakiss and Styles P
8. “Top Level” feat Big Twins of Infamous Mobb Deep was shot in Miami by my brother who is also my DJ
9. I picked up Agallah in Compton the day we shot the music video “Battle Scars” in L.A
10. I recorded and mixed 90% of Wildlife at Conway Sound in Denver, CO
11. Ghostface Killah has been a mentor to me since I was 17 yrs old and is a big reason I got my record deal for Wildlife with Tommy Boy
12. I had the idea and mocked up the original design for the album cover art.
13. The music video for “They Say Yeah” looks like it was filmed in Morocco but was actually filmed in South East Colorado at the Great Sand Dune national park
14. I originally recorded around 30 plus songs for Wildlife before narrowing it down to 15.
15. My original 1st verse for “Nod Ya Head” feat Prodigy was more about partying and women, but after hearing Prodigy lay down his verse, I changed up some of my lyrics to be more aggressive.
16. The lyrics on Wildlife is 95% factual
17. I wrote 100% of all my lyrics on Wildlife with absolutely no in studio help
18. I over saw the mixing of each song in studio.
19. I had to have a few of the original beats re- worked before the Tommy Boy release
20. Wildlife is one of the first albums from a Colorado based MC released by a label with such stature as Tommy Boy.
21. I invested 100% of my own money to fund Wildlife and the music videos
22. I was 32 yrs old when I recorded Wildlife
23. Approximately 1lb of cannabis was consumed during the making of Wildlife
24. The album title can be interpreted in couple different ways, all are true to who I am where I’m from and what the music is about.
25. I passionately put my heart, mind and soul into this record.
You can watch the video for “Nod Ya Head” ft Prodigy below.
High Focus artist and Problem Child member Dabbla, has released his new album “Year of the Monkey” Here is Dabbla Year of the Monkey 25 Facts.
1. According to the Chinese zodiac and Chinese Five Element Theory, each year is associated with one of five elements (Gold, Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth) as well as an animal. This means that there are five types of Monkey year, and Monkey years of each element come once in a 60-year cycle with their own characteristics. 2016 is a Fire Monkey year, which will not be seen again until 2076.
2. ‘Psychoville’ was recorded in a house bang in the midst of the 2011 tottenham & Enfield riots with an Audi A3 burning outside at the end of the road throughout the night.
3. The guy playing pool in the ‘Get It feat: Ocean Wisdom’ video is three-time European Pool Champion and trick-shot master Rico Diks.
4. Not one song on the album was written or recorded on a Tuesday.
5. A Monkey year begins on Chinese New Year’s Day and ends on the last day before the following Chinese New Year (2017 will be a Rooster year). However, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, the starting dates of each Monkey year are different.
6. ‘Cheers’ was the first Ghosttown beat I ever recorded on, the baseline momentarily reminded me of the jungle classic Super Sharp Shooter.
7. Randeer doesn’t have a UK passport, he also doesn’t have underwear on most of the time.
8. The colour scheme for the album artwork was modeled on Aesop Rock’s ‘Skelethon’.
9.YOTM survived 2 macbook pro’s and a PC desk top computer.
10. The album was going to be called ‘Something Else’ before it was going to be called ‘Smell My Chi’ before it was finally named ‘Year Of The Monkey’
11. This is Dabbla’s first solo album and at the same time, sixth official LP he’s appeared on.
11. This is Dabbla’s first solo album and at the same time, tenth official LP he’s appeared on.
12. Y.O.T.M has the numeric value of 3 which is strong in the realms of numerical values.
13. Almost every family in China will put up New Year decorations before New Year’s Day comes. In a year of the Monkey, decorations featuring monkeys can be seen everywhere, including households, shopping malls, parks, and streets. Decorations are generally in the form of paper cuttings, New Year paintings, couplets, etc.
14. It took approximately 2 years for baxter to write his verse for ‘Vomit’ after insisting he was better suited to a slower bpm. In the end he wrote it in 20 minutes in Bangkok off his face.
15 A year of the Monkey is believed to be an unlucky year for people whose birth sign is the Monkey. According to Chinese astrology, in their Zodiac year people are believed to offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, bringing nothing but bad luck.With this in mind, according to folklore, those born in a year of the Monkey should be more careful in Zodiac year 2016. This includes taking caution across a range of aspects, including fortune, career health, and love.
16. Sumgii mixed and mastered 70% of the album with one hand in a bucket of Adobo Chicken.
17. The song ‘Butterfly’ is almost twelve years old.
18. Approximately 7.665 kilos of marijuana was consumed during the making of this production
19. ‘Incomparable’ was recorded in one take at SMB studios and Pete Cannon pressed the record button.
20. ‘That There’ was the last track to be added to the playlist and was spot-written in 6 hours.
21. The vocal for ‘Life Line’ sat on eight different instrumentals until Chemo nailed it.
22. The lyrics for ‘Get It’ were originally written to the instrumental for ‘Stupid.
23. Pterodactyl’ was sped up by 4 BPM after it was recorded because Ghosttown forgets to speed up his Instrumentals by 4 BPM after he writes them.
24. The cuts from frosty would be the first time he’s ever appeared on vinyl.
25. Pterodactyl is my favourite track on the album which doesn’t feature another rapper.
Make sure you download Dabbla Year of the Monkey from the links listed above. You can also check out a day in the life of Dabbla on the YouTube player below.
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