DJ/MC/producer WhiteOwl presents his brand new track titled “One Chance”. WhiteOwl One Chance features Statik Selektah who produces the track, which is the first single off a new project (more details coming soon).
“One Chance” has set the bar high for the forthcoming weeks as we set to hear more about WhiteOwl’s collaborative album with Statik Selektah. The single has gained support from a number of major radio stations including Shade 45, Hip-Hop Nation and Sirius XM, while the blogopshere and online magazines have responded in kind.
Described as “true Boom-Bap for real Hip-Hop heads”, we are hoping that “One Chance” kick starts a strong promotional campaign for WhiteOwl. We will be posting all of the official details including the artwork, track listing and pre-order link when it reaches our inbox. Look out for a Hip-Hop Kings x WhiteOwl exclusive coming in the forthcoming weeks as well.
Follow WhiteOwl on Twitter (@MCWhiteOwl) for updates and please check the website for previous tracks we’ve shared, including the likes of “The Gray Report” and “Wake Me Up in New York“. You can listen to WhiteOwl One Chance ft Statik Selektah on the soundcloud player below.
This is the new single from Apathy titled “Moses” which features Twista and Bun B. Apathy Moses is the first official single from the forthcoming album “Handshakes with Snakes”.
We’ve heard plenty of news from Apathy surrounding the upcoming album “Handshakes with Snakes” which has included live events on Facebook and Q+A with fans. Apathy Moses is the first offering from the independent rapper who teams up with quick-lyric rappers Twista and Bun B. The single really makes a huge statement for the album and sets the bar very high, for the inevitable future singles we are to hear, before the album drops.
Handshakes with Snakes drops on June 10th, and we will be expecting further promotional material before the album drops. Apathy displays some typically excellent lyricism containing plenty of multi-syllable rhyming, while Twista and Bun B offer their skills which contribute perfectly to the single. The fifth studio album from Apathy wasn’t originally set to be a full length project, but as Ap continued to work on new music it naturally turned into a project he was planning to release.
You can listen to the new single from Apathy Moses ft Twista and Bun B on the soundcloud player below.
We would love to share the brand new single from LaDonnis titled “Brown Skin”. LaDonnis Brown Skin has all the right attributes to be a contender for one of the singles of the summer.
Every so often we are sent a single or project which comes as a surprise, and gets the repeat button treatment. LaDonnis has recently caught our eye and Brown Skin is the single which is set to be the stepping step for some great opportunities for the remainder of 2016. We’ve seen that LaDonnis has received the support of various blogs and magazines, including the likes of HipHopDX among others.
We are hoping to be kept up to date with the latest LaDonnis music and news so please make sure you keep checking back here for the latest. Also, you can follow LaDonnis on Twitter (@LoveLaDonnis). Please comment below with your thoughts on the single and you can listen to LaDonnis Brown Skin on the soundcloud player below.
Sand in the Glass is the second single from Visual from his forthcoming album “The Ambassador”. Visual Sand in the Glass features Cali and has been produced by Loose Cannon.
In the promo pack, speaking on the single Visual Sand in the Glass is described as “a direct idea. Tomorrow is a dream, today is all we have, so love me right now don’t love me in my grave”. Sand in the Glass is taken from The Ambassador which will be available to download on June 17th 2016 via Community Service Records. The 10-track album features a range of upcoming artists who Visual is working with and guest producers who have their own unique style.
While we are waiting for The Ambassador, please make sure you check out Visual’s previous music on Hip-Hop Kings that we’ve shared recently which includes “Break Away“ft Tony Centrino which is the first official single from The Ambassador. You can also Visual on Twitter (@ISeeItAll) to keep up to date with the latest music and news ahead of the new album.
You can listen to Visual Sand in the Glass ft Cali on the soundcloud player below.
One of the most exciting rappers we are featuring at the moment is without a doubt Mike Melinoe. I would like to share the new track from Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 which is a collaboration with DC.
Mike Melinoe has been featured regularly in the past few months on Hip-Hop Kings, with his tracks like Addict Venture and Zaddy Sayda being well received, and the videos pulling great ratings with readers. Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 is anticipated to receive the same support and we are expecting the wider blogosphere and online magazine world to support the new music as well.
Mike Melinoe is keeping busy by releasing new merchandise through his Big Cartel website, so make sure you check that out after listening to the new track. I will be speaking to Mike Melinoe soon and hopefully get some news about a new full length project – when the details become available to share I will blog the full details on the website.
Please check the previous music from Mike Melinoe for searching for his name on the website. You can listen to the brand new single Mike Melinoe Suicide B4 29 on the soundcloud player below.
Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is Patch with the new single titled “90’s”. Patch ft Xon is the latest offering and 90’s has been produced by Mtf Mob.
We’ve got a ton of work from Patch which is scheduled for release toward the second part of the year, and Patch ft Xon – 90’s is the first offering to Hip-Hop Kings and we expect to hear plenty more in the forthcoming weeks. Patch does have the support from the likes of SBTV, Clash and a ton of other blogs and magazines in the UK – which is the foundation for a successful promotional campaign.
The track “90’s” is exactly that, a reminisince for Patch of times when life was a little easier and your worries were girls and mates. When talking about the track, Patch said “The song was inspired by someone who reminded me of what it felt like to have a crush on a girl back when I was a kid in the 90’s. That same intensity but without the innocence.”
Look out for more from Patch in the near future, and in the meantime keep up to date with him by following on Twitter (@PatchAndOnly). You can listen to Patch ft Xon – 90’s on the soundcloud player below.
We were introduced to BLVKBLVD recently with the single “Garden of Deep Roots” and now the new single “Angels” serves as the third single from the upcoming Avalon album. Enjoy the new sounds of BLVKBLVD Angels.
BLVKBLVD Angels has been produced by UK Hip-Hop legend Farma G and Darkos Strife, and is gaining support from fans and industry heads alike. The very high bar set from the previous singles have deservadly given fans a sense of excitement as we approach the release of Avalon.
At the moment we don’t have a lot of information about the Avalon album. However, as soon as the official artwork and track listing becomes available to blog, we will share on Hip-Hop Kings. In the meantime, please check out the previous single “Garden of Deep Roots” which was well received by HHK fans, and you can also listen to BLVKBLVD – Angels on the soundcloud player below.
In our very popular 25 facts series, we speak to Lazy Habits regarding their upcoming album “The Atrocity Exhibition”. Lazy Habits The Atrocity Exhibition will be available on the 27th May 2016 to fans.
1 From inception to completion the album took 2 years.
2 Whilst mixing the album our studio mates were The Cure, who were production rehearsing for a live tour at the time.
3 We may have used some of Royal Bloods equipment in the mixing process.
4 The track-listing for the album has changed a couple of times since the recording process, with one track coming off the original list and two being added.
5 It’s the first time we have ever worked with an outside producer/beatmaker, we co-produced three tracks with Benny Aves.
6 It’s the first time we have ever had guest rappers on an album, with Dizraeli and the returning Skin Horse among the guests on the new album.
7 The album was recorded at three studios in London including a purpose built studio at the Hub where some of us live, this set up was used to record vocals for most of the album, to create a space that was less sterile than a normal recording studio can be at times.
8 We mixed the album at Brighton Electric, where I lived on and off for the six months it took to finish it.
9 Before starting the recording process we road tested a whole bunch of material at some festivals over the summer, under different titles and sometimes only playing small section of these songs was a great way for us to see how the new material worked next the older stuff and also to see what reactions we would get for those songs amongst crowds that were not totally made up of people that had come to watch our show.
10 Between recording the two albums I started a side project alongside Josh Whitehouse of ‘More Like Trees’ and ‘Fjokra’, called ‘High Cross Society’. In the process of writing and recording with this project I felt I learnt a lot that I took back with me to record “The Atrocity Exhibition” working with Fjokra on most of the pre-production demos and getting both him and Josh to guest on the album both in name and also in other small ways to add to the soundscape of the whole project.
11 We shot the video to The Breach before the track was mixed and mastered, it had a guide vocal on it too but still had the dramatic feel which lead to the overall impact and theme of the video.
12 At one point we almost had Taron Egerton come and do some backing vocals on it, he was around a lot when it was getting made and he does have one hell of a voice.
13 We originally thought the album was going to come out in October last year but it took a little longer to get everything in place before we were given our actual release date, that’s one of the reasons we decided to work a little more on it and add a couple of extra tracks.
14 It started as project of releasing weekly music starting in 2016 with Benny Aves producing, this stopped pretty soon when we realised these tracks were still 100% relevant to theme of the album.
15 We almost had to clear our first ever sample for a recording.. We ended up deciding against it.. The track is called “How it Used to Be” it’s up on our soundcloud and a part of the current live set.
16 There are a lot more strings on this album, on the first one I think it was 4.. this one is 8 I think, two different composers too.. John Pickup worked with us on the first album and we had him back again but also used award winning composer Simon Dobson who was also on board for trumpet duties on some of the tracks.
17 We used a harp for the first time ever. The amazing talented Bethan Griffiths plays on the opening and closing of the album.
18 In a weird kind of reverse sample type thing we wrote a small section of music with the High Cross Society to infuse into one of the songs on the album, it sounds like its sampled from a song but we only wrote 8 bars of a loop, to give that impression… That loop is now going to be a part of a song by HCS.
19 I wrote Babysol’s hook on this album, but then I ended up using one she had written for another one of the songs.
20 The title of the album is taken from a collection of short stories by JG Ballard, a British writer born in Shanghai, China. A lot of the album’s themes were also explored whilst staying in Taiwan and Hong Kong after touring.
21 The artwork for the album was created by Cranio from Spain. He designed the initial artwork for the album front cover.
22 We decided to get artwork for each of the tracks from the album but using the original artwork as a stating point. Each artist was send a vector of the front cover and the song they would be working to.
23 Artists on the album include Ed Hicks, John Chan, director Lee Lennox, long term collaborator Josh Whitehouse and Harry Yeff (aka Reeps One).
24 Reeps One is also on the album too, as part of the High Cross Scoiety loop. This album really was a family thing so there were a lot of the family around when it was being recorded so some of them are on there somewhere.
25 We have already already started working on the next album.
You can also watch Lazy Habits “Answers with Questions” on the YouTube player below.
As we gear toward the new album titled “Omerta” from Constant Deviants, we have a new track from the album called Cutt For President. The single serves as another teaser to fans before the album release date of June 28th 2016.
Cutt for President is a bonus track which will appear on Omerta, alongside the singles we’ve already heard from the album which include “Hard on These Streets” and “So Underated”. MC M.I delivers a typically liquid flow while DJ Cutt does not disappoint on the 1’s and 2’s. Cutt for President has been uploaded to the Urban Elite soundcloud page which I have also embedded below.
The duo are also performing in Baltimore for LoudPalooza on June 25th. MC M.I is also filming scenes for the new movie Six2Six which features Treach, Selena Johnson and Chief Busy Bee Rocker. Lastly, Constant Deviants are in New York for a series of press interviews (radio and press). Make sure you check out the exclusive 25 facts on Omerta that Constant Deviants have provided, giving great insight into the album and some facts you won’t know about the singles.
You can listen to the new bonus track “Cutt for President” by Constant Deviants on the soundcloud player below.
Announced by Hip-Hop Kings earlier in the year, we can now share the news that Ill Poetic’s “The Silhouette Project” is now available to download. Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project is the latest offering in the form of a brand new EP which is available for just $3.99.
Along with Ill Poetic The Silhouette Project, fans are also treated to a Midwest US tour, which has started on the 29th of April at Cincinnati @ Urban Artifact, and will finish on the 7th of May @ The Riot Room in Kansas City. The Silhouette Project will be available as a physical purchase at the merch table. Please make sure you support Ill Poetic by downloading The Silhouette Project EP from the links listed above. I’ve also posted the Ill Poetic Midwest tour dates below.
04.29.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact
04.30.16 – Rock Island, IL
05.01.16 – Columbus, OH @ Ruby Tuesdays
05.04.16 – Evansville, IN @ PG
05.06.16 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music Hall
05.07.16 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
I have also embedded the soundcloud player so you can stream and purchase Ill Poetic’s The Silhouette Project below.