We’re a little biased, but for us it’s clear that Hip Hop is the most important genre in the history of music. UK’s DJ Semtex has wrote a book titled DJ Semtex – Hip Hop Raised Me.
DJ Semtex – Hip Hop Raised Me is foreword by Chuck D and will be released on the 6th October 2016. The book is a collectors item and must-ready for any Hip Hop fan, as it dives back to the 1970’s to cover the roots of the genre, and speaks of artists leading up to the current area. The likes of Grandmaster Flash, Nas, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar are all considered pioneers, and DJ Semtex has had the pleasure of interviewing many legends himself on BBC 1Xtra (Eminem, the Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Kanye West, Nas, 50 Cent among others). Features of those interviews are included in the book, which will be published by Thames and Hudson.
DJ Semtex has also released a series of podcasts on iTunes ahead of the book which you can download from iTunes. Look out for the Hip Hop Raised Me book in all good book retailers next month. Check out the classic Eminem interview with DJ Semtex on the YouTube player below.
If you’re around London on Friday make sure you had to the Electric Ballroom for the High Focus Records Summer Party Event. The night will also serve as the official launch party to Edward Scissortongue and Lamplighter’s new album “Tell Them It’s Winter”.
The lads at High Focus have arranged a huge line-up for UKHH fans, including familiar names such as Chester P, Jam Baxter, Ramson Badbonez, Fliptrix, Verb T, Leaf Dog, BVA, Dabbla, Lee Scott, Chillman, Moreone and many more. There’s also the Boom Bap Festival room which will have Pete Cannon and DJ Lok performing, with a BBQ, live graffiti and a merchandise stall as well. Tickets are on sale on the High Focus website, and will be more expensive on the door so make sure you grab yours now. The High Focus Records Summer Party Event is one which will be talked about for years.
As mentioned above, the party also co-incides with the release of Edward Scissortongue and Lamplighter’s new album “Tell Them It’s Winter” album. The album is available to download now from iTunes and I’ve also posted the official track listing below.
1 Grandzeen (feat. Noma)
4 The Dust Don’t Lay
5 Any Infrastructure
7 Light Round Here
10 Many Made One
Following the successful launch of Rise and Shine, a second event has been announced for July. Rise and Shine London will feature brand new guest speakers and is free entry for those who confirm their ticket via EventBrite.
The event is designed for professionals, and individuals looking to get into the marketing/PR/Social Media world. With the tagline “Branding and PR for creatives, using Social Media technology”, Google’s Campus London will host the second official Rise and Shine event. Rise and Shine London (specifically Shoreditch) will run on Tuesday 19th July from 18:30 – 21:30 and tickets can be obtained from Eventbrite.
Those in attendance will have the pleasure of hearing from various guest panelists. Pavan Mukhi – Creative Director, Brapp (mobile app) & Foreign Beggars recording artist and Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Don’t Flop Entertainment are just two of the names of guest panelists. Make sure you click on the Eventbrite link and I’ve posted the full list of guest panelists below.
Pavan Mukhi – Creative Director, Brapp (mobile app) & Foreign Beggars recording artist
Rowan ‘Eurgh’ Faife – Co-Founder & Managing Director, Don’t Flop Entertainment
Kish Kash – DJ/Brand Consultant/Sneaker Connoisseur
Ashwin Bolar – Head of Digital Marketing, THTC
Consensus – Director, AV Revolution, recording artist.
Joe Whelan – Graphic Designer & Illustrator
Ghostface UK Tour Dates 2016. Thanks to our friends at Elements and Glasswerk, Leeds and Manchester based Hip-Hop fans will have an opportunity to see Ghostface Live in Leeds and Manchester. The dates set are May 9th and May 10th and the legendary Wu-Tang Clan member will be performing at Stylus at Leeds Uni / FAC 251 in Manchester. Ghostface has also announced dates in Brighton and London.
Early bird tickets were available from £12.10 from See Tickets but have sold out. Fans can purchase general admission prices at £17.60 for Leeds and tickets are available for £18.50 in Manchester so please make sure you grab your tickets now to avoid disappointment of a sellout and missing Ghostface performing live. There is no word on the artists opening or performing on the evening but we will be sharing that news when it arrives with us. Doors will open at 7.30pm in Leeds and 7.00pm in Manchester with the first performance on the evenings starting at 8.00pm. Please note – as always times are subject to change.
We have recently had the 10 year anniversary of Ghostface’s album “Fishscale” which not only makes me feel incredibly old, but also has inspired a Ghostface day, I’ll be playing classics from the album and his other records, including newer material from the likes of “Twelve Reasons to Die” parts 1 and 2. We will be expecting Ghostface to play plenty of records from his entire discography when he performs in Leeds, which is part of an extensive worldwide tour. I’ve listed Ghostface UK tour dates 2016 below.
Mon 9th May – Stylus, Leeds Uni (Leeds)
Tue 10th May – FAC 251 The Factory (Manchester)
Thu 12th May – Concorde 2 (Brighton)
Sat 14th May – Royal Festival Hall (London)
Here is a brand new Brapp competition for aspiring rappers and producers, which could get you a spot to perform and collaborate with some of the most relevant and groundbreaking UK artists in the world of Hip-Hop and Grime.
Brapp have teamed up with Brighton Music Conference for the new competition which has a closing deadline of April 7th 2016. All entrants need to do is download the Brapp App (link above) to your iPhone or computer and submit beats by tagging your favourite vocalist. Alternatively, rappers can perform on your favourite producers beats and submit that as an entry too. The winner will have the opportunity to collaborate on a track which will be released on the official Brighton Music Conference compilation.
Brapp was founded by Foreign Beggars‘ Pavan Mukhi, Niki Mukhi, Raad Haider and Levent Ali who have collectively over 50 years of experience in the music industry. The innovative app is a social platform like Instagram that puts a powerful studio in your pocket. Users can select any beat, record a one minute video on top, mix down the audio with our studio effects, add video filters and share with their followers and the producer whose beat was used gets a notification.
Make sure your submissions are sent by April 87th which is the deadline for the competition. Check the link above to download the Brapp app and submit your entry now. You can also watch the original promo video for the Brapp app on the YouTube player below.
News from Rhymesayers this evening is that Aesop Rock has announced a brand new North American tour. Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid Tour will start on the 5th of May in Bellingham, WA and finish on the 14th of July in Dallas, TX.
TICKETS | Aesop Rock The Impossible Kid Tour
Tickets will go on sale from Friday 25th March and are available on the Rhymesayers website (link above). Aesop Rock will be joined by Rob Sonic and DJ Zone, along with very special guests Homeboy Sandman and DJ Sosa. The tour is planned as Aesop Rock plans to release his upcoming album “The Impossible Kid” which we will be posting more news about shortly.
You can view the official tour flyer and list of Aesop Rock tour dates below.
05-05 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo
05-06 Seattle, WA – Neumos
05-07 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
05-09 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
05-10 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
05-12 Los Angeles, CA – The Novo
05-13 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
05-15 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
05-16 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
05-18 Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
05-20 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
05-21 Durango, CO – Animas City Theater
05-23 Denver, CO – Cervantes
05-24 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
06-02 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
06-03 Chicago, IL – The Metro
06-04 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
06-06 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
06-07 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
06-08 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
06-10 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
06-11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06-13 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
06-15 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
06-16 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
06-17 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
06-27 Richmond, VA – The National
06-28 Washington, DC – 930 Club
06-29 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
07–02 Knoxville, TN – The International
07-03 Atlanta, GA – The Loft
07-05 Orlando, FL – The Social
07-06 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
07-08 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
07-10 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
07-11 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
07-13 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
07-14 Dallas, TX – Trees
Following an announcement by SupaKaine at SXSW, the rapper will be joining Slum Village The Kings Court Tour. Other artists on tour are Black Milk, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson and Blaq RoyalT.
The North America tour starts in Arizona in 2 days time (Tuscon) and ends in April. The rappers on tour have a huge schedule and fans should be aware that further dates are constantly being added. Slum Village responded to us on Twitter (@HHKMag) that they would be re-visiting Europe later in the year. You can view the Slum Village The Kings Court Tour dates below.
North America Tour Dates
3-22-16- Tucson, AZ
3-23-16- Los Angeles, CA
3-24-16- Fresno, CA
3-25-16- San Francisco, CA
3-26-16- Palm Desert, CA
3-28-16- Sacramento, CA
3-29-16- Eugene, OR
3-30-16- Portland, OR
3-31-16- Victoria, WA
4-1-16- Bellingham, WA
4-2-16- Seattle, WA
4-5-16- Grand Junction, CO
4-6-16- Denver, CO
4-7-16- Lawrence, OK
4-8-16- Tulsa, OK
4-9-16- Iowa City, IA
4-10-16- Omaha, NE
4-12-16- New Orleans, LA
4-13-16- Chattanooga, TN
4-14-16- St. Louis, MO
4-15-16- Chicago, IL
4-17-16- Detroit, MI
4-19-16- New York, NY
4-21-16- Boston, MA
4-22-16- Burlington, MA
4-24-16- Washington, DC
As news has spread surrounding Masta Ace’s new album “The Falling Season” there is a Masta Ace North American Tour which starts in March and will end in April.
PREVIOUS | Masta Ace Disposable Arts Documentary
Masta Ace’s “The Falling Season” is Ace’s first solo album in over a decade. Teaming up with Kic Beats (who has produced the full project), guest appearances include the likes of Chuck D, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Cormega among others. We don’t have the full track listing available just yet, but will share when we do.
We’ve confirmed that Masta Ace will be giving fans a sneak peak of new songs from the album – alongside performing classics from his illustrious 25 year career. Masta Ace will be joined by Stricklin and producer/DJ Kic Beats. Support on the Canadian dates will be Relic and on the USA dates Wake Self. We have the full list of tour dates listed below.
3/24 Calgary, CAN @ Commonwealth Bar
3/25 Nelson, CAN @ Hume Hotel
3/26 Vancouver, CAN @ Alexander Gastown
3/27 Victoria, CAN @ Distrikt
3/30 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
3/31 El Paso, TX @ The Lowbrow Palace
4/1 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
4/2 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
4/3 Tucson, AZ @ The Fly Catcher
4/6 Riverside, CA @ Mission Lounge
4/7 Pomona, CA @ The Flyaway
4/8 Oakland, CA @ Shadow Ultra Lounge
4/9 Orange County, CA @ The Tiki Bar
4/10 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
4/13 Durango, CO @ Balcony Backstage
4/15 Ft Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Halfnote
4/16 Denver, CO @ Cervante’s Otherside
4/24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Miramar Theater
DOWNLOAD | Westside Gunn Fly God
With fans patiently waiting for the debut release of Westside Gunn Fly God new album, the link is finally available and can be downloaded by clicking above. The Buffalo-born MC has very quickly become a popular name when discussing upcoming rappers by fans from both sides of the Atlantic, and Fly God is the offering to fans and the start of many more albums to come.
The brand new album from Westside Gunn features guest appearances from the likes of Skyzoo, Action Bronson, Conway and Roc Marciano among others. If that wasn’t impressive enough, guest production comes in the form of some very familiar names (Alchemist, Statik Selektah and Apollo Brown to name a few). The groundwork has been laid and with a real buzz surrounding the release, we anticipate Westside Gunn to see a very successful debut album.
You can view the official artwork, download link (above) and track listing for Westside Gunn Fly God here.
1. Dunks (feat. Conway)
2. Gustavo (feat. Keisha Plum)
3. Shower Shoe Lords (feat. Benny)
4. Vivian at the Art Basel (feat. Your Old Droog)
6. Free Chapo (feat. Conway)
7. Over Gold (feat. Meyhem Lauren)
8. Bodies on Fairfax (feat. Danny Brown)
9. Chine Gun
10. King City (feat. Mach Hommy & DJ Qbert)
11. Omar’s Coming (feat. Roc Mariano & Conway)
12. Mr. T
13. 50 in. Zenith (feat. Skyzoo)
14. Sly Green Skit
15. 55 & a Half
16. Albright Knox (feat. Chase)
17. Dudley Boyz (feat. Action Bronson)
18. Outro (feat. Bro A.A. Rashid)
Many Hip-Hop Kings readers will be familiar with Definition Music as the label that Ohio-based Ill Poetic has released his discography through. The recent news from Definition Music is the extension of the label to other artforms, ultimately aiming toward something greater. The transition will provide a growing collective of artists an opportunity to showcase their music, art and film talents on a larger scale. A brand new website has launched and Definition Music LLC have provided a promotional video which you can view below.