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25 Facts About Verb T and Illinformed – The Man with the Foggy Eyes

• September 1, 2015
Verb T and Illinformed - The Man with the Foggy Eyes

Verb T and Illinformed – The Man with the Foggy Eyes

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Here are 25 exclusive facts about the Verb T and Illinformed album “The Man with the Foggy Eyes”. Make sure you download the album using the iTunes link listed above.

ILLINFORMED

1. Suga Free Inspired the album.
2. The album was made at the same time as my producer album The Mould Tape, Siou Escallon did the art work for both.
3. Leaf dog drew a album cover for it that we rejected, and he spelt the name wrong.

Leaf Dog - The Man with the Gray Eyes

Leaf Dog – The Man with the Gray Eyes

4. The beat for Forgivness is from my first beat tape Weed Money.
5. The album took 2 years to make.
6. All beats were made in my bed room, and the bars were recorded at Chemo’s.
7. The title track was recorded on a different beat originally.
8. Most of the album is made out of old jazz and blues records.
9. We have a ‘part 2’ of the album which was recorded in the same time period coming soon!
10. It was made the same time as Natural Order by The Four Owls.

VERB T

1. The films ‘king of comedy’ and ‘taxi driver’ influenced me a lot in the making of this album.
2.I wrote lyrics on trians, planes, tour buses and in hotel rooms but the best working space was on my living room floor in the early AM that’s when I had the best ideas.
3. Dirty Dike was meant to be on the album but had a heavy session the night b4 and didn’t make it to the lab. No grudges were held at any time.
4. I recorded more songs for this album than I have on any other album, it was hard to cut the track list down.
5. I am producing albums for both  Moreone and Chillman who feature on this album.

Verb T and Illinformed - The Man with the Foggy Eyes

Verb T and Illinformed – The Man with the Foggy Eyes

6. The cover was inspired by an old movie poster for a movie called the skull, the end result looks very different though.
7. Madlean is the tallest guest on the album, closely followed by fliptrix.
8. The second verse on say it again is a reworking of the first verse from my song where you find me, it’s kind of a self parody too, that’s probably very self indulgent.
9. Some of this album was recorded in the summer and the booth was crazy hot and sweaty, I nearly fainted on one take, I didn’t though, actually I’m not sure how close I was to fainting but I blacked out for like 2 seconds.
10. I recorded most of the bars with my shoes off and my eyes closed.
11. There was a place nearby that does really good stewed chicken with rice and peas for £1.99 that helped me through a few of the longer studio sessions, other times I was bad a bought greasy chicken wings.
12. I ate an average of 2 apples per session.
13. Chemo has subtle backing vocals on about 3 or 4 songs, between that and reading the Crystal Palace fan forums non stop he was very active.  Also he did kinda mix and master it all I guess.
14. The video for first stone by above ground consists of footage mixed with thousands of photos it was easy to film, but not to edit I’m sure.
15. I was going to do a joke country version of the album but realised that was incredibly long so I just did one skit at the very end.

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25 Facts About Grizzly Gato – While You Were Sleeping

• August 13, 2015 • Comments (0)
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Grizzly Gato

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Following the release of NY based Grizzly Gato’s “Now You Were Sleeping” we have 25 facts about the album as part of our #25Facts series. Make sure you download Grizzly Gato’s “While You Were Sleeping” on the link above.

1- Oddy was actually arrested for drinking a bottle of Ginger Beer outside a bar he was performing at in Hudson, NY. That incident also got the bar shut down for the night. All the audio on “Ginger Beer” is from a video that went viral of the incident and was later taken down by the authorities.
2- Grizzly Grimace is an investing partner of a restaurant called Maurepas Foods in New Orleans.
3- The entirety of the album While You Were Sleeping was recorded within 2 months in the fall between the hours of 10pm <x-apple-data-detectors://2> and 4am <x-apple-data detectors://3> .
4- The Track “Vs Donny Wahlberg” was the first song recorded for the album and was written and recorded only over the drums. The sample was added a month later.
5- Oddy Gato and Grizzly Grimace first met at the 2011 Beat Shot Hip Hop Festival in Albany, NY.
6- Grizzly Grimace has released 2 projects “Whole Lies and Half Truths” and “Love Thug” on Pig Food Records.
7- Oddy Gato has released “Oddzilla” “Oral Surgery” and “Lobo Gato” w Beat Shot Music.
8- Grizzly Grimace’s first production credit was on Cage and Tame One’s Leak Bros. “Waterworld” album.
9- Grizzly Grimace has also produced 2 projects for Bisc 1 (Bisco Smith) back in 2008 and 2010 under the name J Vegus.
10- Oddy Gato has been featured on 2 different J Live projects. “Then What Happened” and “Undivided Attention”.
11- Oddy Gato is fluent in 3 languages.
12- Grizzly Grimace has lived in 6 different cities between North and South America.
13- Oddy Gato has to settle a government debt in order to reclaim his passport, so help us out by supporting and buying the album and we can come tour the UK.
14- The Grizzly Gato album was completely recorded in Grimaces apartment in Albany NY back in 2013. He moved out as soon as it was finished.
15- The Song Dedicated was written about ex girlfriend’s, both from Ohio.
16- Oddy Gato once walked the entire circumference of Denver, Colorado in a day.
17- Grizzly Grimace was a child model in NYC for Kodak and JC Penny.
18- Oddy Gatos real name is Raphael but everyone calls him Ralph.
19- Grizzly Grimaces real name is Christopher but everyone calls him Belly.
20- Oddy Gatos favorite movie is Big Trouble In Little China.
21- Grizzly Grimaces favorite movie is Goonies.
22- Grizzly Gato is currently finishing up an EP due out this winter.
23- Oddy Gato has been part of a public access show in Albany, NY called News World for the past 2 years.
24- Grizzly Grimace once worked at a prominent NYC music studio as an assistant engineer. The studio is known as the studio where 2 pac was first shot.
25- Oddy Gato has volunteered his time to a hip hop workshop for kids in Albany, NY.

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25 Facts About Bru-C – Black N Red EP

• August 10, 2015 • Comments (0)
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Bru-C – Black N Red

Following the release of Bru-C’s latest EP “Black N Red, we have an exclusive 25 facts from the man himself. Make sure you download the Black N Red EP here > http://apple.co/1J070Ek

1. The name Black N Red comes from the notes books I’ve used to write bars in since 2010. Every book is the same with Black ‘N Red in the corner.
2. Black N Red is my first ever full hip hop release.
3. The release is inspired by my son, Cassian.
4. I wrote the release when my son was first born.
5. This is my first release all produced by one producer, Aokid.
6. Aokid is a Hip Hop producer from Derby.
7. Black N Red was recorded at acoustic roots by Frazer Lowrie
8. And was mastered by Deadbeat, Tumble Audio.
9. My first ever tour has taken place due to the release of this EP
10. I’m playing my biggest show to date due to the release at Glastonbury Festival.
11. Black N Red EP is out the day before my birthday.
12. Black N Red is available to Pre Order now on iTunes.
13. There is a video for the release titled single out now on JDZ Media.
14. In the video for the song Dreams I zip round Radford on a mobility scooter.
15. Me and Frazer got joke recording dreams.
16. The artwork is designed by Elliot Caine aka FTS.CO
17. Elliott Caine is a G.
18. The Video for Black N Red was filmed by Toby Curson aka Lock Up.
19. Toby is also a G.
20. Most of the EP was recorded in March.
21. My live performances are backed by a love band.
22. Hip-Hop Kings are sick.
23. Black N Red EP got me a section in Hip -Hop Kings 25 facts.
24. I’m running out of facts.
25. Black N Red EP was released on 27th June on Phlexx Records.

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Evidence – Fresh Island Festival Interview

• August 2, 2015 • Comments (2)
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Ryan The King Maxwell and Evidence

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During our trip to the 2015 Fresh Island Festival, Ryan Maxwell of Hip-Hop Kings was lucky enough to meet and interview Rhymesayers Entertainment artist Evidence. We are a huge fan of Evidence/Dilated Peoples at Hip-Hop Kings, so it was an honour to meet and interview Evidence, who confirmed that he will be releasing a brand new solo album next year, which he already has a handful of songs recorded for. Evidence also explains his reasons for wanting to sign with Rhymesayers Entertainment, and the guest producers and artists who have already featured on the upcoming album. Please support Evidence by downloading the albums Cats and Dogs and Directors of Photography from the links above. You can also watch Evidence – Fresh Island Festival Interview on the YouTube player below.

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25 Facts About B.Dolan – Kill The Wolf

• July 19, 2015 • Comments (0)
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B Dolan – Kill the Wolf

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Following the release of B.Dolan’s “Kill The Wolf”, we have an exclusive 25 facts article containing information that you won’t know about the album. Please support B.Dolan by downloading Kill The Wolf from the iTunes link listed above, and look out for B.Dolan on his world tour in the forthcoming months.

1. Over 20 musicians, vocalists, producers and engineers were involved in the making of this record. It took me 5 years to complete.
2. Midway through the process, the lead engineer DS3K moved out of the studio he’d been working in for years and constructed a brand new custom studio that has reinvented our workflow and
made everything quicker / sonically amazing. However, the process of stripping a basement to the studs and building an acoustically engineered studio was not an easy or a quick one.
3. We were in such a rush to get back to work after the studio was constructed, we failed to properly ventilate / consider that the new building materials would be off-gassing. In this way, we very nearly killed ourselves making the album. After one long 4 day session, DS3K went to the hospital one day unable to form sentences properly, and they found elevated Carbon Monoxide in his bloodstream. This album reaked havoc on our health and mental well being more than once. It was during that time that I found the biblical quote from the Lazarus story that became that songs opening “hook” … “This sickness will not end in death.”
4. In the time it took to complete the album, Dave Lamb, the vocalist featured on the chorus of “Jailbreak” was diagnosed with Leukemia and passed away. He was part of an incredible Providence band called Brown Bird that I urge people to find and listen to. He was absolutely one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known or worked with.
5. I listened to “Jailbreak” 8,000 times while making this album, and only understood the beginning of Aesop’s verse a month after the album was completed. “Vertical vertical vertical vertical diagonal” is a reference to the hashmarks a prisoner would make on the wall while counting off days.
6. I got married while making this album. It’s cool when your best friend is sexy and down to spoon. We get along good.
7. I released two mixtapes while making this record, House of Bees vol. 2 & 3, with Buddy Peace. We’re currently working out a DJ / MC set that we can tour around the world for the next few years. It’s sounding incredible and I’m very excited for people to see this tour.
8. The song “Rats Get Fat” took 6 months to write and record, and at one point featured an entirely different beat / bpm. We did a ton of work on that older version and eventually scrapped it, thought it became the main theme in a movie I wrote & scored last year called “Almost Mercy”. That movie will be on Netflix this July.
9. I wrote “Rats Get Fat” with the intention of turning it into an animated video, though it remains to be seen if the video artist I was originally collaborating with will come through on it. I hope he does, because it looks absolutely incredible, and is the reason I wrote such a visual story. He uses a style of photo animation that’s really unique and dark. The rats have scary red eyes. It’s awesome.

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B.Dolan HHK

10. During a show w/ Scroobius Pip several years ago, the first song in my set caused a fuse in the venue to blow, shorting out the P.A. and lights. Being mid song and in front of 400 kids, I switched into spoken word mode and performed “Who Killed Russell Jones?” which I had just written at the time. A photographer in the front row switched his camera to video mode and captured the performance, which a fan later animated. We released that video as the first official ‘leak’ from this album.
11. I also reference that event, and the second time it happened, on the song “Stay Inspired.”
12. The second official leak was also fan created without too much of my knowledge or input. Ben Morgan, a talented filmmaker from Liverpool, asked me to send him some high energy stuff from the new record and I sent him “Alright”. A little while later he dropped that video in my lap, and I was so impressed with it we made that one official too.
13. “These Rooms” was the last song completed for the album. I had the concept in mind for a couple months, but hadn’t sat down to right it yet. At the last possible moment before the album was due, I booked myself into a hotel room 40 minutes from my house where I barricaded myself and wrote the song in one sitting. The instrumentation of that song was the only ‘beat’ I didn’t oversee the production of.
14. Jim Diotte created the “These Rooms” beat, and the last time I worked with him was on my debut LP “The Failure”, when he created the music for “The Crow on the Riddle”. He originally sent me that instrumental for a remix to the song ‘Heart Failure’, which will shock the shit out of people who know both songs.
15. Graffiti Busters had a sample that was impossible to clear, so it was removed, but it would have been my favorite scratch chorus of all time. I was able to edit together two different Rakim lyrics to create a perfect acapella of him saying: “When I’m finished / no graffiti on the wall” and it sounded hard as fuck. However, Def Jam sample clearance was not on the table.
16. “Safety Theater” is a real term used by people in the airport security industry. It refers to the parts of the airport arrival and check-in process that do nothing to actually protect you, but make you feel as if you are being watched / protected. For example your passport is checked several times when you fly internationally, but only once is it ever checked against the “do not fly” list. The other times it’s just being looked at for dramatic effect.
17. “Memory of Bombs” was written in two parts. At first, the song was started in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The idea had to do with an ancient legacy of violence in America, and sense of exceptionalism that sort of mirrors the psychology of a school shooter. I also read an article about the government’s attempts to dispose of a massive amount of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and the problems that arose from burying something that will still be poisonous and deadly in 10,000 years. A panel of experts was assembled to try and figure out how to warn civilizations that will be as different to us as we are to the humans who made cave paintings… and that idea really fascinated me.
18. In the midst of that, the events in Ferguson and the deaths of unarmed black teenagers suddenly became national news, and the second verse sort of fell into place. The common theme was white violence in America, and the long history of it and difficulty in facing it / “disposing of” it / addressing it.
19. While making this album I bought a house. It’s pretty damn cool. I still sometimes feel like someone is coming to take it away from me. Because they are. Their name is the bank. But so far I have fended off the bank, and now I’m attached do it. Come and git me, you fucks.
20. The engineering of this album was inspired by a little known record label called Cadet, which was an offshoot of Chess Records. I collect LP’s from Cadet’s catalogue, much of which were engineered by Charles Stepney, who later went on to produce Earth Wind & Fire. The Cadet catalog has a ton of really crunchy drum breaks, but also has a lot of huge guitars engineered in a very psych rock way. By initially sampling from, but then recreating, and listening to those records we arrived at the melding of break beats, analog synths and rock engineering that a lot of this album has.
21. I had the album cover before I had the album, or the title of the album. I came across it randomly one day and knew instantly that it needed to be the cover art. It actually influenced the writing on several songs, including “Run the Machine”, but I also realized I’d already made a couple wolf references on different songs. On Stay Inspired I’d talked about eating with the pack, and the line at the end of “Alright”. The theme sort of suggested itself in that way.
22. Jamila Woods is a spoken word artist from Chicago who I hit up to record the spoken word segment of “Run the Machine”. She’s also got a lot of great work to be found on Youtube. Cheggit.
23. We mic’d and recorded a grand piano for an entire day during the making of this album. That recording is nowhere on the finished product.
24. We used a lot of Moog gear on this album, and were scheduled to record a Moog Sound Lab when the album was done. Unfortunately, Moog seems to have discontinued that series, but we still like em and all. What up Moog.
25. Sage Francis sings back up vocals on “These Rooms” and also appears on the first track “Lazarus”, ever so briefly. He only lets me yell things or do hooks on his records, so I feel like it’s becoming a mutual policy. Just to show there’s no hard feelings though, we’re gonna try and make a whole record together next. I referred to him as “my brother” for years, but recently a fan came forward with some info that ironically may show we are in fact distantly related by blood. Crazy, right? That’s why I saved that fact for last. Props to anyone that read this far down. See you soon!

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25 Facts About 050 Boyz – 050 Everything

• June 10, 2015 • Comments (1)

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Here are some exclusive 25 facts about 050 Boyz upcoming album “Everything 050”

1 – During the recording of the album, Newark was on fire. So many senseless murders that shaped our content for awareness and change
2 – We were also filming the movie Black Van. Prince AK is one of the producers of the movie and Sticky Fingers stars in it and was originally going to appear on the track “Concrete Combat”
3 – Treach from Naughty by Nature left the filming of VH-1’s “Couples Therapy” a few times to be part of the project
4 – Tru Trilla’s grandfather passed during the recording process and motivated him even more to deliver pure untainted thoughts for the masses
5 – “Everything 050” is the first New Jersey album to showcase so many local artists who are both up & coming and established
6 – The initial concept of “Everything 050” was to be a mixtape but we developed further so it is of album quality
7 – Although Clinton Place produced all of the album, most of the arrangements and direction was split between Riq da Kid and Tru Trilla
8 – It can be difficult to get three people on the same page, but the result is greater for having three creative minds than just one
9 – The process of creating this album helped us develop a better understanding of what our true sound was as a hip hop group
10 – Our relationship as family was build on a mutual interest in being successful in music, but making this album built stronger personal bonds between us
11 – Tru Trilla was so determined to get the project under way he already had 6 or 7 hooks done before it officially started !
12 – Prince AK was really eager for the album to come out quickly, but you know a fine wine is better in time so we waited a lot longer until we had everything in place the way we wanted
13 – Riq da Kid had to adjust to having a daughter born during the recording process as it totally altered his schedule!
14 – Meanwhile, Tru Trilla’s son won his football championship. He’s one of the nation’s best running backs! Remember the name – Aziz Wilson out of Jersey, unlimited Brick City Lions – he’s on his way to high school in September!!!
15 – Dubb M our engineer was so excited to hear the collaboration between us and Clinton, when he heard the tracks he smiled instantly !!
16 – When we heard it all through we knew we had a classic, and that it was going to highlight the solidarity Jersey has but hadn’t previously been showcased to this level
17 – We decided not to have too many shows during this time, but instead wanted to focus solely on the recording process.
18 – We had a load of tracks recorded, but decided to put the album together as 15 tracks with 5 further bonus tracks that will be available at release
19 – We were also pushing the Zoo Movie and had a couple of meetings with Dame Dash. He told us to won everything. Salute to the warrior, much respect
20 – One of the bonus tracks “Fuck Em Up” was initially meant to be on the album but we were approached about having it used for the MMA / UFC fights. It features SoSoDef artist and Bow Wow’s ghostwriter R.O.C. (Rahman Apollo)
21 – We all had solo material recorded after our first mixtape “050 Dat” which was originally meant to be released before “Everything 050”, but that’s now largely been rescheduled
22 – The single “Pay Them No Mind” was recorded in DoItAll’s studio
23 – Right after recording the album, Tru Trilla’s grandmother passed along with some close friends. When it rains it pours but you gotta keep going, and so this album is in part tribute to them
24 – This thing we call hip hop is a business as well as a culture. We invested our own money with no help from anyone else. But you learn that time and experience is the true value.
25 – Our work in music and films represents we are all family, pushing for one goal to bring Jersey to its rightful place in entertainment

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25 Facts About Lee Scott – Butter Fly

• May 18, 2015 • Comments (1)

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Here are 25 facts about High Focus Records’ Lee Scott – ButterFly album.

1. The first 10 songs on the album were finished early 2014.
2. The last 2 songs were made months later on the same day I made ‘So Cactus So Owl’ which was featured on another album I made called ‘CactusOwlMoonGoat’ produced by Dirty Dike and Molotov.
3. The song ‘Eight O’Clock in The Morning’ is inspired by the short story of the same name written by Ray Nelson,
4. The story was also the inspiration for the movie ‘They Live’ which was the inspiration for my first album ‘Put On The Glasses’.
5. The first 4 bars of ‘Don’t Make Me’ were inspired by a friend of mine from Runcorn.
6. The intro vocals on the intro/title track ‘Butter Fly’ were freestyled on the spot and became the inspiration for the album artwork.
7. The album art was made by Nearski, a very dope English artist based out in Japan.
8. Nearski was also responsible for the artwork to an earlier album I made with Reklews under the Hock Tu Down moniker called ‘Prozium Peddlin’.
9. The name ‘Manatee Rap’ was inspired by the Cartoon Wars episodes of South Park because of the randomness of the lyrics due to me freestyling the track together Tony Broke style.
10. It was also originally one big verse. I cut the South Park quotes up later on so people might possibly get the reference, now you will due to me over explaining everything here killing all mystery.
11. The chorus to ‘Manatee Rap’ was just me trying to freestyle some bars together and messing up. I forgot to cut them out when I sent them through to Dike then he pitched them up and turned it into the hook and structured the song around it.
12. Most of the album was recorded in the Blah Mansion in Blackburn.
13. There are no features on the album because fuck features.
14. ‘Everything is Money’ is not about money, it is inspired by the movie swingers in which ‘money’ is used as slang for cool or whatever ie ‘yo, don’t worry man you’re so money right now’. I am saying money isn’t everything, everything is money!
15. ‘Walking The Walk’ is all about a pair of Ellesse trainers I bought on eBay and me walking round in them. That should be obvious as I say that in the track but a lot of people seem to completely miss it.
16. lee wrote a good 60% of Watch TV years ago during the making of an earlier project of mine called ‘Happy Sellout Sh!t’ but I put it to one side as I never really settled on a beat for it until now.
17. The smooth bbuttery electric guitar on ‘Don’t Tell Me’ was played by Chester P’s DJ, JCA.
18. The entire album was produced in a spare room in a pub with a massive hole in the window and mould growing up the collapsing walls.
19. Dike used An MPC1000, a Korg electribe, a Micro Korg, and a record deck to produce the album.
20. When Dike sent Lee the beat to T.V he told me he imagined this exact beat earlier this afternoon and it was meant to be.
21. JCA smoked massive blunts that Dike cant handle, and drank cans of fizzy shit for the entire recording session of his guitar solo feature on “Don’t tell me”
22. Two videos from the project were entirely filmed in the same house. Both were not planned and just kind of happened as a result if drinking.
23. Dirty Dike’s mpc required 2 separate repair jobs while making the album.
24.Dirty Dike and Lee Scott have since become best friends after working on this record
25. Lee Scott has a cat named Jesus and he would often pet him whilst writing lyric raps for the album.

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25 Facts About Constant Deviants – Avant Garde

• March 31, 2015 • Comments (1,311)

Constant Deviants

This is an exclusive 25 facts article about Constant Deviants album “Avant Garde”. You won’t find this information anywhere else. Please remember to download Constant Deviant’s album “Avant Garde” on the iTunes from the 12th of May 2015.

1. DJ Cutt likes to be alone when he makes beats
2. M.I. recorded 4 different albums in 2014
3. SIX2SIX was originally just a term M.I. used to describe his grind
4. DJ Cutt does everything on the production side – beats, cuts and mixing for all Constant Deviants projects
5. Avant Garde was originally going to be a double CD with 2 totally different sounds on each one
6. M.I. prefers to write to the actual beat he is recording a track to.
7. For Avant Garde, M.I. recorded his own vocals for the entire album
8. The artwork for the album cover was designed by a friend in Switzerland called Teymor Azzam
9. This album will be followed by a new EP and another album close behind it
10. DJ Cutt and M.I. feel as the years have gone by, experience means each new album gets easier to make great
11. The duo don’t like much outside input on their music during the writing and recording process
12. M.I. hasn’t once had writer’s block since 1996 !
13. Constant Deviants future plans include creating and developing new sounds that reshape hip hop
14. For Avant Garde, DJ Cutt spent a lot of his time sourcing unusual samples to use in the beats
15. Making sure the album was mixed a certain way and had a special and specific sound actually took more time than the creative and recording process
16. Constant Deviants recorded their first demo on a 4 track live with one traxck for vocals and one for cuts. It meant if there was a mistake they had to start all over again.
17. By comparison, their second demo was recorded in a multi million dollar studio where DJ Cutt worked in NYC.
18. Their first record deal was with Vestry Records who were actually also based in the same building where DJ worked.
19. The group have never given up the publishing rights to any of their music
20. In 1996, Constant Deviants’ entourage bumrushed the radio station at Columbia University and attempted to give Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito their demo. They were told to send it in two weeks later, and when they did, a couple of their tracks were played. It felt like the dream had come true and to this day people know the name Constant Deviants because their music was played on this legendary show!
21. Throughout all the years, the duo have rarely had many features on their albums, but prefer to keep it consistent predominantly as a dupo format.
22. Constant Deviants are also part of a larger crew that goes by the name of Global Platoon
23. One Speaker Supreme is an original member of Constant Deviants, and regarded by M.I. as the one who taught him how to Emcee.
24. DJ Cutt still has his original Technique 1200s
25. M.I.C. was M.I.’S original name (Mic’s Illest Controller) shortened to M.I. which became Mr Impossible over the years. He still uses both names

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Brothers Day Movie Review

• March 7, 2015 • Comments (0)

Brothers Day Film

Review by @SebbStrife

Brothers’ Day is a gritty urban crime drama set on the streets of Manchester from director Angel Delgado.

The film opens on a pensive monologue from one of its two fraternal protagonists, Chris Jackson, thanking his late brother for all he’d done for him in life before cutting to Chris [Tom Collins] internally duelling over pulling the trigger on a presumed initiation hit. The soundtrack sets the tone early in this flick, possibly with an aspect of foreboding if you listen close enough. It’s a story of street code, power struggles, personal daemons & ultimately redemption of a kind as Chris has copes in the underworld of crime and has to learn fast and for himself that some decisions aren’t as easy as they first seem.

The Jacksons are notorious gangsters with Chris’ brother Ryan [Lewis Fletcher] at the helm since their other sibling was killed, presumably in gang related violence. Chris’ story is truly one of woe as his mother too is dead and he has been all but abandoned by his only living family and sent to live in care. Chris is full of teenage angst and rebellion with Collins giving sterling effort into looking like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Both the character and director have chosen a path often travelled in such a story of troubled youth but that’s not to say Delgado hasn’t put his own stamp on this one, even embedding a hint of a Shakespearean tragedy.

The story has a slow but atmospheric build allowing us to be introduced to the cast of characters, some adding a little comedy in the form of the Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum-esque Dominic [Andre Burton-March] and Stainless [Stephen Mitchell] but it kicks off when a deal goes south and revelations of distension in the ranks affords for mutinous elements plotting to pit brother against brother until we arrive at the beginning as the film comes full circle back to that tense opening scene with Chris wielding the hand cannon.

As independent British films go, Brothers’ Day is a strong performer and sure to keep you hooked up to its satisfying conclusion with its earthy realism. Delgado captures the myriad of emotions & conflict of life in and around the criminal underworld in a way that feels genuine like it might come from experience. Accompanied by a fittingly moody soundtrack – my personal favourite lyric being “Breaking hearts like Shawn Michaels” – Brothers’ Day is an engaging watch that makes you think.

See this if you liked Bullet Boy/Ill Manors.

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25 Facts About Onoe Caponoe – Voices From Planet Cattele

• January 8, 2015 • Comments (5)

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The latest addition to High Focus Records, Onoe Caponoe, delivers his 25 facts about the upcoming album “Voices From Planet Cattele”. As Hip-Hop Kings previously reported, the whole album has been produced by UK Hip-Hop legend Chemo, and is available to pre-order now (links above). Enjoy!

1.The project was started somewhere in between December 2012 and January 2013.
2. The Lap steel slide guitar used in the track ‘Space Jungles of Cattele’ was previously owned for many years by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd.
3. The voice on the intro of the album is actually DJ BB.
4. The song ‘Disappearing Jakob’ was a curse and week later I was skateboarding down my road, fucked up on a stone or some shit and fell off n smashed my phone.
5. ‘Space Jungles Of Catelle’ was recorded in my bedroom last minute and it juuuussstttt made it onto the project.
6. ‘Space Bitches’ was written in late 2011.
7. I recorded ‘Space Bitches’ to a random song I wrote it to then Chemo constructed his beat to the accapella.
8. Jehst is actually the Lord of darkness and wrote one of the cleverest blasphemic rap verses ever, casually in under 10 minutes then levitated.
9. I drew all the art work for the bloodclart project ya simi.
10. This project is a turning point in my career and while working on it I have also been pushing and maturing my own sound and working on a number of projects and ideas for future releases.
11. I accidentally took loads of acid after a show then spent the next 3 months spazzing out n nearly didn’t finish the project lol.
12. One of my friends, this dude named Mycro was in the studio with a few of us when we are recording the song ‘Goth Bitches’. I askd him to go in the booth and do some shit for the outro of the song. He did it one take and that’s what we used.
13. I had these samples I had cut out of a film and wanted Chemo to put on a beat so we could put it at the beginning of the song ‘Peace to tha Gods’. He made the beat in front of me straight away in somewhere around 5 minutes.
14. We shot the Video for ‘Horse In The Hill (Quadrant)’ somewhere farrrrrrrr in Kent.
15. I didn’t realise there were forests like that in Kent, we were driving through these forests with Classic FM on playing the most amazing random music I had never heard before in this place that looked like fucking Canada it was a trip.

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16. The Video for ‘Horse In The Hill (Quadrant)’ took 3 fullllllllllll days to shoot.
17. Space bitches is actually a continuation of a song i have with Drae Da Skimask called ‘Funky Caterpillar’ on a LP I did in 2012 called ‘Willows Midnight Gallery’.
18. The track called ‘Under The Bridge’ is a true story.
19. I wrote the song ‘Peace To Tha Godz’ cuz I was mad pissed off 1 day about feeling trapped in the city and being surrounded by a lot of stupid mentalities hovering around everywhere.
20. The whole process of the Album was super relaxed and fun as a motherfucker.
21. I defiantly want to work with chemo again on some different crazy shit on a different scale.
22. Goth chicks are hot.
23. Space bitches are not…hahaha nah they are 2.
24. Chemo is a wizard.
25. It was all recorded with good vibes and if u dig it u a cool ass motherfucker, if not beta get to dipping cuz if u don’t trip u aint hip to the game n won’t understand a thang. peeaaaccceeeeeeeeeeee

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