Written by Joe Langham
Fortnightly Norman Bar club night, Subliminal, welcomed its first international act in the form of J57 and Koncept of the Brown Bag All Stars. The pair, promoting Koncept’s upcoming mixtape ‘Malt Disney’ dropped by for a ‘free entry’ show on a leg of their Full Bottle Tour.
Written by Joe Langham
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most influential and well-known directors in cinematic history. Anthony Hopkins can be regarded as Hitchcock’s acting equivalent. These two combine in Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, with Anthony Hopkins starring as the great director. Psycho, the film at the centre of this one, which revolutionised and influenced both horror and cinema, in general, holds almost as much esteem as both these men.
It was nearly impossible to cut this list to 10, from the thousands of Dilla produced, featured and inspired tracks that exist in Hip-Hop, however the HHK team have put our top 10 favourites together to celebrate today, J Dilla’s birthday. James Dewitt Yance passed away in 2006 and left one of the strongest legacies through a catelogue of timeless music, and loyal family and fanbase. Dilla’s music will forever be regarded as legendary, so please enjoy the HHK Teams top 10 Dilla tracks, and please comment with your favourites below.
Common – Love Is (prod Dilla)
Dilla – Diamonds (prod Nottz)
Ghostface – Whip You With a Strap (prod Dilla)
The Roots – Can’t Stop This (prod Dilla)
The Pharcyde – Runnin (prod Dilla)
Dilla ft Common and D’Angelo – So Far to Go
De La Soul – Stakes is High (prod Dilla)
Dilla – Bars and Twists (Instrumental)
Black Star – Little Brother (prod Dilla)
Dilla ft Madlib and Guilty Simpson – Baby
Written by Joe Langham.
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English Frank and Black The Ripper in Leeds - http://bit.ly/WRYQS1
Following the massive success of the opening night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead returned for a second night with another massive line up to match. With the opening night back in December setting the bar so high, matching it would not be easy, yet English Frank once again rounded up some of the UK’s biggest names in hip-hop for a memorable night.
Written by Adam Darbyshire
Big news has been brewing in the Golden Era camp as there has already been mention of another Hilltop Hoods album ‘Walking Under Stars’ hitting our ears in 2013. As usual the guys at Golden Era kick started their year with yet another free mixtape, featuring all the artists on the label. This has happened since 2011 and if you haven’t got these you can head over to their site (www.goldenerarecords.com.au) and pick it up as a free download. This years tape didn’t go live until February, but they didn’t leave fans standing until this, with a golden era appreciation week featuring new music each day from different artists on the label. This week was topped off with an eight minute cypher track featuring all the artists and announcing the newest member of the group K21.
Lincoln is the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, rated by Empire Magazine as the greatest director of all time. His film repertoire precedes him with Jaws (1975), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and War Horse (2011) to name a few. The film was recently nominated for 10 BAFTA’s and 12 Academy Award’s including Best Film and Best Director and a pair of nominations in Best Actor for the brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis. Whilst not one of Spielberg’s greatest films, it comes close and can definitely be considered a masterpiece in its own right.
Lincoln follows the revolutionary 16th President of the United States in the final four months of his life and the battle to abolish slavery from America. The film is led by Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, who is supported by a superb cast including Tommy Lee-Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Written by Adam Leivers (@SniperintheMist)
Every time a Quentin Tarantino film comes around it is met with derision, adulation and controversy, not to mention huge swathes of critical judgement the likes of which no other film is subjected to. The man himself is also loved and hated in equal measure, and constantly tows the line between the two with his odd public appearances, defensive interviews and aggressive attitude towards his craft and its representation.
He has a right to be defensive.
Masta Ace – Son of Yvonne | DOWNLOAD
This is an exclusive 45-minute Q and A session with Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin (eMC) and Marco Polo, filmed by Hip-Hop Kings and @CreationBeats at Sedgwick Avenue in Leeds. During the Masta Ace 2012 tour of the UK, he gave fans in Leeds a worldwide exclusive first listen of the album MA Doom: Son of Yvonne, and the opportunity to open questions to an audience of 100+. The full list of questions are placed in the description of the YouTube video, and you can watch the Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Marco Polo LIVE Q+A on the youtube player below.
RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists. (2012)
Written by Adam Leivers
After years of flirting with film through bit-part acting roles and producing film scores for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Ghost Dog: Way Of the Samurai’ and in part Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’, the Abbott and founding member of what some would consider the greatest Hip-Hop collective to ever exist has finally struck out on his own.
His directorial debut ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ sees RZA in his element, creating a truly modern martial arts film that acts as a collage of the Wu-Tang Clan’s noticeable influences and an homage to the classic kung-fu movies he loves.
Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead truly lived up to its name putting on a memorable show of some of the UKs finest rappers. English Frank put together a massive line up, both in names and size, which included talent like Skinnyman, Klashnekoff and organiser behind the Hip-Hop mini-fest, English Frank. The setting, Brixton Jamm, despite being on a main road had the feel of being underground, which was rather fitting for the night.
Reveal, the former Poisonous Poets member, opened the night with a selection of acapellas and a couple of songs from his back catalogue. His solid flow over old school beats helped warm up the crowd for the night of real Hip-Hop ahead.