PREVIOUS | Kinetik – Whole Life Ahead of Me
One of my favourite UK rappers called Kinetik has been featured on Hip-Hop Kings a number of times over the years, so I’m delighted to share a brand new video which was released today. Working with his partner in rhyme (Imperial, who I’m also a huge fan of) the pair were captured by BBC Introducting, performing at the Secret Garden Party 2015). Imperial and Kinetik drop Memory Lane and add a special ending to the track as well. You can watch the Imperial and Kinetik – Memory Lane Pt1 and Pt2 (Live) video on the YouTube player below.
While the AR15 project is wrapped up and ready to go, the lid is being kept on the project with the exception of a very few select tracks. The AR15 project “Concrete Jungle” 16 track project is out later this year, and I wanted to share the single “Helpless”. AR15 features over 50 artists, and Helpless boasts an impressive line-up with Wretch 32, Devlin and Swiss all delivering excellent verses, with the vocals of Rebecca Garton complimenting the track with her hook. Look out for more updates on AR15 – Concrete Jungle as it arrives. However, you can listen to AR15 ft Wretch 32, Devlin, Rebecca Garton and Swiss – Helpless on the soundcloud player below.
Following his acoustic cover of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” last week, Kritikal Powers returns with another acoustic cover, this time from Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child”. Kritikal Powers has a gofundme running for his upcoming E.P “Liberation” which is nearing closer to reaching the target goal. Please support the EP release by donating from the link listed above. You can listen to Kritikal Powers – Don’t You Worry Child (Acoustic Cover) on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | HXXT – Introduction Redacted
Making his introduction (see what I did there) to Hip-Hop Kings is UKHH artist HXXT. “Introduction Redacted” is the name of the free mixtape that is available to download from the Datpiff link listed above, and the 13 track mixtape features guest production from the likes of 3Point among others. HXXT also released the official video for the single My Situation which you can view below. You can view the official artwork, track listing, download link for HXXT- Introduction Redacted here, along with watching the video for “My Situation” below.
We are getting close to the release of Method Man’s new album “The Meth Lab” and have already seen a number of leaked tracks from the project. Billboard premiered the new single “Lifestyles” which also features Cardi, Eazy Get Rite and Freaky Marciano. We are expecting more promotional material to reach us before the release date of August 21st, but in the meantime you can listen to Method Man – Lifestyles on the audio player below.
Making their debut on Hip-Hop Kings are Billy Starks and Denica with the collaborative single “Ain’t Shit”. Recorded at Unit 7 in Huddersfield, the single has been uploaded to the Unit 7 soundcloud page and has been heavily supported around the West Yorkshire Hip-Hop scene. Billy Starks has given the track away as a free download which will serve as a taster of further music we expect to hear later in the year. You can follow Billy Starks on Twitter (@starks_billy) and we will continue to post the new music as it reaches us. You can listen to Billy Starks and Denica – Aint Shit on the soundcloud player below.
PREVIOUS | Sheek Louch – Hood Gone Love It
Here is another leaked track from Sheek Louch’s upcoming album “Silverback Gorilla 2″ which will be released on the 18th of September 2015. The title of the track is Survival of the Gorilla’s, and follows the likes of Hood Nigga, Forest Fire and Hood Gone Love It which we’ve already heard before the release. You can view the official album artwork and listen to Sheek Louch – Survival of the Gorilla’s here.
DOWNLOAD | Grizzly Gato – While You Were Sleeping
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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TICKETS | High Focus Summer Party
Firstly I want to say a huge congratulations to High Focus Records for reaching 35 MILLION YouTube views. Let the celebrations commence as High Focus have confirmed an all day party on the 29th August 2015 at Brixton Jamm. Live acts will also include Verb T & Illinformed for the launch of their album “The Man With the Foggy Eyes”, along with Fliptrix, Leaf Dog, BVA, Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortongue, Ocean Wisdom, Lee Scott and more. You can view the ticket link above, along with the official flyer, along with the new video from Verb T & Illinformed – Vanity on the YouTube player below.
TICKETS | 10 Years of Lord of the Mics
One of the most prolific Grime brands in “Lord of the Mics” celebrates its 10 year anniversary with news of a live event titled “10 Years of Lord of the Mics Live”. On Wednesday 23rd September, the o2 Islington Academy will play host to one of the most anticipated events of this year. Featured artists will include the entire LOTM7 line-up, along with to-be-confirmed producers in a live DJ clash. Fans can purchase tickets from the link listed above, and you can watch the classic Skepta vs Devilman clash at Lord of the Mics on the YouTube player below.