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.
PRE-ORDER | If There’s a Hell Below – Black Milk
If this isn’t a Hip-Hop dream collaboration I don’t know what is. Detroit native Black Milk joins forces again with Random Axe (which also includes Sean Price and Guilty Simpson) for the new single Scum. The single is taken from Black Milk’s upcoming album “If There’s a Hell Below” which will be available to fans from the 28th of October. It’s also available to pre-order from the iTunes link listed above. You can view the full tracklist for Black Milk – If There’s a Hell Below and also listen to Black Milk ft Random Axe – Scum here.
01. Everyday Was (ft. Mel)
02. What It’s Worth
03. Leave the Bones Behind (ft. Blu & Ab)
04. Quarter Water (ft. Pete Rock)
05. Hell Below (ft. Gene Obey)
06. Detroit’s New Dance Show
07. Story and Her
08. All Mighty
09. Scum (ft. Random Axe)
10. Gold Piece (ft. Bun B)
11. Grey For Summer
12. Up and Out
PREVIOUS | Natty C – Ratchet
Hip-Hop Kings is often the voice of the voiceless when it comes to promoting unsigned talent and I have another great UK Hip-Hop track which I hope reaches the ears of as many as possible. HHK readers will be familiar with Natty C who is regularly featured on the website, and he’s teamed up with three other Midlands MC’s (Webster, Nastee and Marshy) for their collaborative track “About a Week Ago”. The beat is from “Hot Nigga” and I think you’ll agree that all four MC’s deliver great verses and represent the Midlands perfectly. You can listen to Webster, Natty C, Nastee and Marshy – About a Week Ago (Hot Nigga Remix) on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | J57 – The Analog Tape 2
Super producer and rapper J57 has released a brand new project titled “The Analog Tape 2″. It’s a beat tape for fans and can be downloaded exclusively at J57’s website (URL above) and has been described as some “dusty funk beat tape shit”. J57 is regularly featured on Hip-Hop Kings and has co-signs from the likes of DJ Premier and Red Bull among many others. Please check out the archives by searching J57 in the post history. You can view the artwork and download link for J57 – The Analog Tape 2 here.
DOWNLOAD | Kinetik – The Kinesis Thesis (Gun in the Mouth Remix) | DOWNLOAD | Kinetik – Flying High (Don’t Look Down Remix)
I felt like the UK Hip-Hop world struck gold when Kinetik announced he’s found two unreleased remixes which he’s sharing with fans as free downloads. Kinetik presents ‘The Kinesis Thesis (Gun in the Mouth Remix)’ which has been produced by Slap Up Mill, and also ‘Flying High (Don’t Look Down Remix)’ which has been produced by Flamesyall. Kinetik has also, as always, called upon Chemo for the mastering of the singles as well. Enjoy the free download and listne to the Kinetik – Lost Remixes on the links above, and you can watch the exclusive Kinetik – Hip Hop is Forever Interview on the YouTube player below.
After a brief absence, Bobby Creekwater returns to Hip-Hop Kings with his new single “Deal With It”. It has also been announced that Bobby Creekwater will be releasing a new project titled “I Am From a Place” on November 4th 2014. The mixtape will be available from most major mixtape websites and has been described as a re-introduction to the world of Bobby Creekwater. I expect other leaks and promotional material ahead of the release of “I Am From a Place”. However, you can listen to Bobby Creekwater – Deal With It on the soundcloud player below.
I’m pleased to be able to share the new leak from the Audible Doctor’s upcoming E.P (Can’t Keep The People Waiting) titled “The Burial Plot”. Produced by the Audible Doctor, he teams up with Davenport Grimes for the hook and background vocals. The Audible Doctor has confirmed that the “Can’t Keep The People Waiting” E.P will be available later this month – keep checking back for the download link which will be posted as soon as it becomes available. You can listen to Audible Doctor – The Burial Plot on the audio player below.
PRE-ORDER | Intuition – Boaz
PREVIOUS | Boaz – Rapness Monster
Boaz teams up with his west coast friends for the official remix of “Like This”. Produced by !llmind, Boaz calls upon the talents of Slaughterhouse member Crooked I, along with Murs and Fashawn for an exclusive track which will NOT feature on Boaz’s upcoming album “Intuition”. Other artists to feature on Intuition inclue Mac Miller and Jadakiss among others, and can be pre-ordered using the iTunes link listed above. You can listen to Boaz – Like This Remix ft Crooked I, Murs and Fashawn on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | NehruvianDOOM – NehruvianDOOM
We’ve heard about the MF Doom and Bishop Nehru collaboration for a while now, and I’m pleased to share new music from the project titled “Disastrous”. The NehruvianDOOM project has been released on Lex Records, and the single Disastrous has been produced by Madlib with edits by MF Doom himself. The song was uploaded to the official Lex Records soundcloud page (link above) yesterday and as expected, has already received thousands of views and comments from fans. You can listen to MF Doom and Bishop Nehru (NehruvianDOOM) – Disastrous on the soundcloud player below.
PREVIOUS | Kayo Ken – Dear Mr Grime Artist
Fresh and sent directly from the man himself, I’m pleased to share the brand new track from Kayo Ken titled “Dreamers”. Kayo Ken has been featured regularly as a solo artist and as part of his group “Kings of the City” and has shared Dreamers as his latest offering. The title is a great representation of the content – an inspiring and introspective account of a dreaming artists thoughts when those infamous crossroads arrive. Look out for more music coming in the near future from Kayo Ken. However, you can listen to Kayo Ken – Dreamers on the soundcloud player below.