During the 20 year anniversary tour of “The Infamous”, Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep came to Leeds for a live show, and our friends at KODH spoke with Havoc before the event. Presented by Sophia Ray (@SophiaRayENT), Havoc is asked about comparing the two tours (this year vs 20 years ago), and how Prodigy and Havoc first met. Live footage of the event in Leeds is also included in the video which was uploaded to the official KODH YouTube page. You can watch the KODH Presents – Mobb Deep: The Infamous Tour + Interview on the YouTube player below.
EXCLUSIVE | Atmosphere – Southsiders Interview
To celebrate 20 years of independent record label Rhymesayers, we have the first episode from their “A Moment in Rhymesayers” documentary. Uploaded to the official RSE YouTube Channel, the first episode features interviews with Slug, Musab, Siddiq and Ant, along with some rare live footage as well. Slug recently sat with Hip-Hop Kings to discuss the new album “Southsiders” which you can watch on the link listed above. Look out for the future episodes and you can watch A Moment in Rhymesayers – Episode 1: The Beginning on the YouTube player below.
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.
In one of the most anticipated Nardwuar interviews ever, the Vancouver-based character interviews the Wu Tang Clan. In a 25-minute feature, Nardwuar, in typical fashion, is introduced to the full group and proceeds to speak on a number of Wu-Tang Clan influences, including Shaolin vs lama, 10 Fingers of Death, Return of the Street Fighter and more. Feel free to search Nardwuar in the search to view previous Nardwuar interviews. However, you can watch Nardwuar vs The Wu-Tang Clan on the YouTube player below.
TICKETS | Big Narstie Live in Leeds (The Wardrobe)
EVENT INFO | Big Narstie – BDL Tour
Big Narstie has announced three dates for his upcoming BDL (Base Defence League) tour which include a second visit to The Wardrobe in Leeds thanks to our friend at Hold Tight. HHK fans will remember the interview we posted last year (below) of Big Narstie who has rapidly increased his profile through his Uncle Pain series. The BDL tour includes stops in London, Birmingham, and Leeds, with guest appearances from the likes of JME, Potter, Chronik, Footsie and more. Tickets can be purchased from the link above, and you can also join the Facebook event page to keep regularly updated as we approach the event date. You can also watch Big Narstie speaking with HHK about Uncle Pain below.
PREVIOUS | Lord Steppington Velvet CD and Vinyl Covers
Throughout the last few years, Sway has managed to interview the biggest Hip-Hop stars, and continuing in true fashion we have seen a brand new feature with Step Brothers (Alchemist and Evidence) ahead of their album release “Lord Steppington”. As HHK have previously announced, Alchemist and Evidence have Lord Steppington’s release date set as 21st January 2014 through Rhymesayers. Sway speaks with Alchemist and Evidence about growing up in the golden era on the West Coast among other topics. You can watch the Step Brothers (Alchemist and Evidence) interview with Sway on the YouTube player below.
True school Hip-Hop movement DLTLLY (Dont Let the Label Label You) have recently presented a brand new feature which is an exclusive “RA the Rugged Man” interview and recap of his live performance during his UK tour. DLTLLY ask Rugged Man about the new album “Legends Never Die” specifically the creative process and which tracks he spent more time on. Rugged Man goes on to answer questions about the music industry and more. Feel free to browse the HHK archives for previous DLTLLY work including a feature with Stig of the Dump and more. You can watch DLTLLY – RA the Rugged Man Interview on the youtube player below.
The Grime Report recently caught up with Stylah who discussed his first mixtape “The Prince of Thieves” and how he sold 25,000 copies independently. Stylah speaks on his personal facourite track, and then follows up with speaking about his “Crash Course” mixtape. Stylah speaks on his inspirations behind the mixtapes and his influences in the content on the records. The Grime Report will be speaking with more U.K Hip-Hop artists in the “My First Mixtape” series, so make sure you subscribe to their youtube channel (link above) to watch them first. You can watch Stylah – My First Mixtape – The Grime Report Interview below.
To this day I still feel Tonedeff is a highly underrated lyricist and all around MC. The Qn5 rapper has recently announced he’ll be releasing his upcoming album “Polymer”, and to support the release we have the second live Q and A from Tonedeff answering questions directly from fans. Promoted through Livestream (link above) Tonedeff speaks on his tour with Cunninlynguists, amongst a massive conversation with fans which lasts over 60 minutes. Fans of Tonedeff are in for a treat, and you can watch the Tonedeff Livestream Q and A Part 2.
A big shoutout to our friends at Blatantly Blunt who have today uploaded a brand new interview with legendary rapper Ice T, ahead of his upcoming documentary ‘Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap’. He spoke about what people can learn from watching the film, figures in history he respects the most, which legendary rapper regretted not being in the movie, his thoughts on London and more! Make sure you also check out Blatantly Blunt’s interview with Obie Trice, however you can watch the Ice T interview with Blatantly Blunt on the youtube player below.