PRE-ORDER | Chemically Imbalanced – Chris Webby
XXL Freshman Chris Webby gives Hip-Hop Kings an exclusive 25 facts about his album “Chemically Imbalanced” which fans from the UK can pre-order from the iTunes link listed above.
-I spent every penny of my recording budget that Eone gave me on creating this project, and then some. I bought no chains, cars, or anything of the sort. We even went over budget a bit to be honest. I truly put my everything into Chemically Imbalanced.. physically, emotionally, and most definitely financially.
-The hook to Let’s Do It Again is an homage to the Jay-Z’s lyrics in “Do It Again.”
-There was originally a bridge after the second verse on the song Set It Off that utilized the melody to the Strafe song with the same title. Unfortunately, due to clearance issues I had to take it out completely. Shout to Michelle Trumpler for singing on that while we were in the studio too tho. Dope engineer, singer, and person in general.
-Me and my in house engineer Juice spent an estimated 35-40 hours working on the 3 interludes on the album. They were like constructing audio movies.. the attention to detail we put in was crazy, but I love how they turned out in the end. Totally worth it.
-My homie Kenny Urban did the beatboxing for all 3 of the interludes in one take each. We may have nudged a couple sections the tiniest bit to keep the tempo 100% perfect, but he didn’t layer any of those crazy sound effects or drum noises. Kid is a beast with the beatbox!
-I had a song called Brim Low on my fourth mix tape back in 2010, which was over the instrumental of the song Blind To You by Collie Buddz. That song was produced by Supa Dups. Then, about 4 years later, I ended up getting in the studio with Supa Dups myself and made a completely new song called Brim Low as a little nod to my past.
-I watched Scott Storch make the beat for the title track, Chemically Imbalanced, when we were together in the studio in Miami. We stayed up working on it until about 11 AM. Probably the coolest studio night I’ve experienced thus far. Scott is insane on the keys, and it was dope as hell watching a genius at work.
-The homie who laid the final mix on all of the tracks is Jeff Edwards, who lives down in ATL. Because we couldn’t be in the same room to go over things, I spent more time on the phone with that dude in the 2-3 months leading up to the release than probably anyone in my life. It was a long, tedious process, but he killed it. That’s the homie for life.
-Day In The Life was originally recorded to a different beat produced by my dude Will Power of SupaHotBeats. When Will sent it back to me after making some changes, it was a totally different song in the best way possible.
-There was an incredible Charlie Chaplin quote at the beginning of the song Stand Up where he spoke about the human races’ lack of compassion to nature and each other, but we had to remove it due to copyright issues.
-My engineer Juice became the character BarsTaLoan, a recurring voice in all three of the interludes, one drunken night in the studio. We were all wasted on cheap wine and he just got in the booth and took on this persona. We laughed all fuckin night. Now we all call him BarsTaLoan too, haha.
-My dad, Dave Webster, played the badass guitar solos in both RAD and Ohh Noo. He also laid some background guitar on the breakdown in Nice 2 Be Back and on the last hook of Stand Up.
-Originally, RyattFienix’s vocals were far more tucked into the audio mix on Day In The Life, but i thought she killed it so I had my engineer bring her voice way more to the forefront in the mix, and gave her the feature credit on the song. She’s the shit, good peoples.
-That’s actually me singing at the end of Brim Low. We were about to wrap the song when my engineer Juice accidentally looped the outro portion of the beat. I was border line blacked out from drinking boxed wine, and I told him to keep it looped while I went into the booth and belted out all those vocals at the end in almost a Janis Joplin-esqe style. I’m definitely going to add that stylistic approach to my music making tool belt going forward.
-I didn’t pay for any features on the album. All of the guest verses all came to be in an organic fashion.
-Grafh was in the studio with me when the song Dopamine was first conceived. I wrote the hook and we laid our verses that night, and then it was months before that song was reproached and sent out to everyone else.
-Jon connor both wrote and recorded his verse to World On Fire when he came through to kick it with me in the studio while he was out east. It took him less than two hours. I can’t remember exactly how long.. that night had to have been about 2 years ago by this point… but it was fast as hell given the complexity of the verse. That man is a beast.
-Sap showed me the beat for So Eazy years ago and said he had sent it to Eminem and was waiting to hear back, but would send it to me if it wasn’t selected. Then he lost the beat, and I pestered him about it for about a year with no luck of him finding it. When he came up to work with me in CT that next year, I told him to reconstruct it right then and there because I had loved the original so much. 48 hours later, So Eazy was more or less done.
-Turnt Up was originally released on 4/20/2013 with a music video me and Dizzy Wright shot in Cali, but was taken down from Youtube due to a sample issue. I liked the song too much to let it slip into obscurity, so I had someone replay the sample and made slight changes to give it the feel of a brand new song.
-It’s hard to say, but I think my favorite song on the project is Stand Up. I feel like it’s important to use the voice I now have to spread awareness and try to make the world a better place in whatever way possible.
-The voice of my manager in the third interlude is actually my manager Dana. The label executive was played by another member of the team, Chris Fury.
-Skrizzly Adams was my main in house engineer until recently when his own solo music career started to take off. He both produced and sang on World On Fire, along with a good handful of my old songs like And The Beat Goes On, Until I Die, and Crashing Down. Great kid, and super talented.
-Opening my email and hearing Tech N9ne’s verse on Ohh Noo for the first time was single handedly one of the coolest moments of my career.
-Me and my homie Lunch Box wrote a few of the hooks featured on the album at Circle House studio in Miami while taking bogie breaks and drinking coffee flavored Monster energy drinks.
-All 3 of the interludes were based on my life. The first couple take place at a house party and on a blunt ride, which were the two most common places for me to break into a freestyle when I was young and on the come-up, many times with my homies beatboxing for me. The final one is in a label office, showing how I learned how to put my years of practice into effect when it really counted. Rapping on the spot and impressing people with freestyles or a hot 16 I had up my sleeve was always my go-to move when I was growing up, and I felt it was important to include that vibe on my debut album.
DOWNLOAD | Dead Residents – Dead Thy Neighbour
In our popular “25 Facts” series, we have the pleasure of presenting Dead Residents’ “25 Facts About Dead Thy Neighbour” which is the latest project from the duo. Dead Residents (Junior Disprol and Chud Jackson) give us 25 facts about their Dead Thy Neighbour project (see below) which you won’t find anywhere else. Also please support by downloading the album from the links listed above.
1). Junior Disprol’s 7” ‘Fight Club’ and the Fleapit track ‘Mangle to This’ both make reference to ‘Dead Residents’ in the lyrics.
2). Dead Residents was originally Junior Disprol and Mr Matrix. They formed in Bristol in the late 90’s. One track was demo’d ‘Hollow earth Theory’.
3). The second incarnation of Dead Residents was a collection of Bristol freestyle cypher tape sessions Disprol was part of in 2000 -01.
4). Junior Disprol and Chud Jackson were originally in a crew called C75 that they formed together while at school.
5). Dead Thy Neighbour features Fab5Freddy, Donald Sinden, Smiley Culture, Arfon Haines Davies, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Prime Rhyme Masters, Frisky Dingo, and the ‘T’ Scheme Rockers.
6). Dead Residents once had a track greenlit for an Irvine Welsh production which eventually got shelved (the film that is, the track is called *‘Erasertooth’). *Bonus track on their Triple Crown LP download available on their Band Camp page)
7). Track 12 on Dead Thy Neighbour was made on an organ liberated from a local school by Retch of The Bukyak Brothers.
8). Rubbish Song was originally titled ‘Portrait of an Artist through the Contents of His Bin’.
9). Kaleidoscope is based on a true story.
10). Dead Residents are banned from airplay in North and South Korea.
11). Jun Dis and Chud have a big following in Japan as ‘Vanilli Gorilli’ (‘Dead Residents’ in Japanese), having been headline support for a K7 and Bel, Biv, Devoe reunion tour across Japan in 2005.
12). Dead Thy Neighbour should’ve been out ages ago.
13). Dead Thy Neighbour is a useful tool for establishing a series of boundaries between yourself and your neighbours.
14). ‘DTN’ was overseen by Professor X.
15). One of the tracks that didn’t make the final cut of ‘DTN’ was called ‘Fuck Orrf’ which was a track about ‘charity muggers’.
16). Dead Residents isn’t a cult, it’s a registered organisation and it resents the accusation.
17). Dead Thy Neighbour is the perfect accompaniment to a soft candlelit dinner for you and a hostage.
18). Dead Thy Neighbour has got much flava.
19). Dead Residents slept on the floor of a strange room in an odd building after a gig in Hamburg a few years ago. The next day they discovered it was a friend of the promoters’ nans’ room at the residential building she lived (she wasn’t there at the time btw). Hence why they were asked beforehand if they could be quiet overnight…
20). If you don’t like Dead Thy Neighbour you got the vapours.
21). Junior Disprol did music for a Sega Saturn game once.
22). Dead Residents are concerned collectively that they may end up referring to themselves as the Dead Residents in the third person after completing these questions.
23). While typing this up I was watching a Kate Bush documentary on BBC 4.
24). Acid 2, a cracked and corrupted version of Cool Edit Pro, tape decks, a Stylophone, plug ins, various toy keyboards, a stolen organ, coconuts, empty beer bottle, zip scratch and a stranglers thumb were all incorporated into the recording of Dead Thy Neighbour.
25). Dead Residents are currently working on a Junior Disprol solo LP.
The very popular DJ Jazzy Jeff is back in London on Saturday the 24th October thanks to an ever-present Doctors Orders, who are also giving one lucky an artist a rare opportunity. An upcoming DJ will have the chance to warm up for DJ Jazzy Jeff DJ Mr Thing, DJ MK, Spin Doctor and more, and the winner will be picked by the man himself. Participants must record a Hip-Hop mix between 20-45 minutes long and upload to Mixcloud. Full details can be found on the link above. You can view the official flyer for The Doctors Orders Present – DJ Jazzy Jeff here.
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By Joe Langham
Soulmate is the feature length debut from Axelle Carolyn. Presented by Neil Marshall, director of the brilliant cult film ‘Dog Soldiers’, Soulmate tells the story of Audrey who has retreated to a fairly isolated Welsh cottage after suffering a personal tragedy. The cottage has a history and a mysterious locked box room from which strange noises come at night. As Audrey seeks to overcome her own grief, she begins to unlock the mysteries enclosed within the cottage and subsequently unravel the grief that shrouds it. The film stars Anna Walton as Audrey and Tom Wisdom as Douglas.
Soulmate is a slow burning and atmospheric film with rich and interesting characters. It has the feel of various films and genres including the chilling classic ‘The Shining’, ‘The Woman in Black’ and classic Gothic horror with a lacing of romance.
At times some of the performances do not do the script justice and can be fairly bland and matter of fact; however films of this type are not generally renowned for their Oscar worthy acting. Anna Walton as Audrey is rather peaks and troughs, but the stand out performance is Tom Wisdom as Douglas. Douglas is a tortured soul and Wisdom plays him brilliantly with an honest and powerful performance.
However, the story is the focal point in Soulmate. Carolyn’s film is wholly story driven with some rich and interesting characters. They are a welcome change from those in similar films, which generally have about as much character as a puddle.
The film is also visually beautiful and the Brecon setting is lovely to look at. Carolyn manages to capture an eerie stillness in the natural setting. The films atmosphere is heightened even more by both the voyeuristic shots which litter the film and the chilling sound of the violin, a haunting sound at the best of times but even more so in the isolated setting.
It does, however, feel as though there is something missing, like a punch has been pulled, and that is because there is. The BBFC deemed the original opening scene too much for this eerie film and thus have dulled the impact of the film. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that rings true here as Audrey’s back-story is only mentioned in conversation during the film and does not have the projected impact that it would had the full edit been passed. It’s a bit like starting a book on chapter two, but only because the reader before you thought chapter one was not suitable and decided to tear it out. For your own benefit of course.
Soulmate is by no means an amazing film but neither is it a bad one. Its bad points do not detract from its good points and overall it is an enjoyable watch. It offers a refreshing take on worn out haunted house/supernatural movies and is a welcome change from the other lame and repetitive films in similar veins. Axelle Carolyn, unsurprising considering her previous written work, also shows promising writing and directing prowess and her future projects are something to look forward too.
Included on the DVD are a director’s commentary along with FrightFest interviews with Anna Walton, Axelle Carolyn and Neil Marshall. There are also two short films: The Last Post and The Halloween Kid. The Halloween Kid is a spooky story about a kid called Henry, a bit of an outcast on every day of the year apart from one: Halloween. It has the feel of something from Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids. The Last Post is a ghost story about unfulfilled and lingering love, a similar field to the main feature.
Check out the trailer for Soulmate below
Written by Adam Darbyshire
The Hoods are back with yet another explosive album, a perfect second part to their previous album ‘Drinking From The Sun’.
A few of their tracks have a more poppy vibe than their back catalogue but this isn’t something to shy away from, it works perfectly with the feel of the album and personally I think it shows the growth of this hip hop trio as they have moved through almost a decade of music now, with their first studio album ‘Hard Road’ released way back in 2006, that’s not giving any discredit to previous work they have released beforehand.
Half the album has some funky bass beats, which has led the track to build in quite an upbeat manner leaving a good chorus; either from the Hoods voices or from feature artists such as Maverick Sabre, showing the Hoods aren’t just keeping things local this time, travelling all the way across the world to record with the UK artist. You can see the second single release, and one of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let You Down’ in the Youtube player below. In fact I liked this song so much that it was the second dance at my wedding recently and the first one to get everyone involved in, seeing the older generations trying to understand why they are hearing a rapper at a wedding reception, why these rappers sounds Australian, and why they still love the track is still up there in wedding memories for me.
My personal favourite is ‘Cosby Sweater’ which has a great buzz about the track with some quick lines from both Pressure and Suffa and a strong chorus courtesy of Dan Sultan which can keep the general fans loving the track instead of just those that appreciate a good rhyming verse. Another funky beat that’s worth noting is the beat behind ‘Rumble, Young Man Rumble’ which has a mix of speedy vocals to accompany the faintly distorted guitar chords that snap in and out of the record.
Hilltop have also taken this album as an opportunity to send out clear messages to both the fans, and more specific people, for example there is a song called ‘Through The Dark’ which holds a lovely piano melody and a slow paced drum beat, to which Pressure pours his soul in a very moving message to his son who has been in and out of hospital from a very young age. It is a truly perfect piece of music and sets an image very clearly in your head that I imagine everyone who hears it will take a second afterwards to contemplate everything mentioned in the song. It really does convey real life, which is something the Hoods wanted to show in this album in particular.
My favourite sample used on the album would have to be the space invaders sound which can be heard faintly at the end of the song ‘Walking Under Stars’, its gems like this that add to songs and show how the Hoods go the extra mile for the perfect record.
If for whatever reason you aren’t aware of the Hilltop Hoods yet they are definitely worth checking out and fully provide something for everyone, this album would be a good place to start for any new fan and a definite need for any hip hop fan to have in their catalogue.
Also keep your eyes peeled here at HHK for the interview we managed to get with Hilltop when they were in London earlier this year.
This is the second 25 Facts article we’ve posted from High Focus Records, and this time we’ve got some insight into Cracker Jon and 2Late’s collaborative album “You Can Take the Cracker out of Croydon” which fans can download from the iTunes link listed above.
1. 2Late was illin throughout the whole album.
2. Cracker Jon happened to be tripping on the space time continuum when he met 2Late, and they decided to create a funked out experiment.
3. 2Late didn’t know who Cracker Jon was.
4. Refer to the Redman 1995 interview.
5. Cracker Jon spent all his money as per usual.
6. The first track Cracker Jon & 2Late created was under the influence of Woo Woo and Mary Jane.
7. We prefer the skits to the tracks on the album. YO JAKE!!!
8. 2Late Dislikes all his tracks, thus bearing the nickname, 2Hate.
9. we feel fine……
10. Follow the 10 cracker commandments
11. Most of this album was created in the most intense circumstances.
12. Shoutouts to the squad
13. There’s too many facts to mention.
14. CROYDON ALL DAY BITCH
15. 2 Late passed out over 95 times on whiskey in the creation of this album. However, he held his funk master status.
16. Cracker Jon took unknown substances in the recording of this album.
17. Its been 3 years in the making.
18. 2 Late was rockin Air Jordan 11s while freaking the funk.
19. Cracker Jon only reps air max 90s.
20. 2 Lates T Shirt company is going to blow the fak uppppppp.
21. Cracker Jon & 2Late are very hurt by opinions of certain people who dont understand a good time, let alone good music.
22. Cracker Jon doesn’t agree with tight jeans or shirts that don’t cover your arms.
23. Our most favourite track on the album is the answer phone skit at the end of the album.
24. 2 Late designed the album cover after he thought that cracker jon had smoked his J.
25. CRACKER JON FOR PRIME MINISTER.. 2LATE THE FUNK MASTA.. HIGH FOCUS.. PEACE WORLD.
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Check out the brand new trailer from EA Sports for the upcoming Fifa 2015 game. The trailer specifically focuses on new player faces and stadiums, along with tailored chants. A range of Premier League players speak regarding the EPL being the best league in the world. You can watch the new official Fifa 2015 Trailer below.
News reached us today that over 40 DC and Marvel movies will be released in the next 6 years. With the recent news of Batman v Superman being pushed forward, this list of movies will continue to excite fans and give us even more to look forward to. Names such as Wolverine and Spiderman appear later in the 2017. However, the full list can be viewed below.
May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
June 19, 2015 – Fantastic Four
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
August 5, 2016 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
2017 – Venom Carnage
2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 23, 2017 – Unannounced DC Movie
July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
November 3, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
November 17, 2017 – Unannounced DC Film
2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
March 23, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 4, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 6, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
July 27, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 2, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
April 5th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 3, 2019 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 14th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
April 3rd, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
June 19th, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
In an exclusive feature with IGN, we’ve been given some information regarding the new WWE 2K15 game. There’s the inevitable 30 Years of Wrestlemania campaign mode which is a very introspective story than recent editions. 2K haven’t announced which rivalries will be featured but we’re sure to see appearances from the likes of The Undertaker, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and many more. MyCareer will give fans the ability to have your own character go through various historical events which will emulate the NBA 2K14 career mode. Look out for plenty of more updates from WWE 2K15 in the very near future.
DOWNLOAD | Invy Da Truth – V.I.C.E
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Here is the latest Hip-Hop Kings exclusive, this time with Invy Da Truth and his recently released debut album “V.I.C.E”. Invy Da Truth gives us 25 facts about the album that you won’t see anywhere else.
1. V.I.C.E is an acronym for Vast Intoxicating Chemicals Everyday
2. Oldest song is from 2011.
3. Is the second album title selection
4. Has one featured verse (Jamall Bufford)
5. Is executive produced by Chanes
6. Featured 7 Michigan based producers
7. None of the album was made sober
8. I did all my own hooks
9. Five senses was recorded in Arizona produced by Chanes (MI)
10. Big Dawg was record in Michigan produced by Jmatt (AZ).
11. 12 steps used to be 2 songs
12. Drinking alone video has no stunt drinking. All real
13. Big dawg video was shot on the south side of Chicago
14. The producer of Corner Store and lifestyle shot the video for highlight reel
15. Chanes produced a little less than 50 percent of the album
16. Control verses are true stories
17. Binge watching “eastbound and down” with Chanes influenced Kenny Powers
18. The artwork was inspired from the bathroom stall at St. Andrews hall in Detroit
19. Invy’s favorite VICE is lust.
20. Leon speakers sponsored the album
21. First listening of album was done in the sound test room at leon speakers
22. The album is dedicated to my unborn twins
23. I never met 2 producers on the album (Jmatt and Stephan Black 123)
24. The album was recorded with the same mic as Voltron
25. It is a must download!