Written by Adam Darbyshire
The Hoods are back with yet another explosive album, a perfect second part to their previous album ‘Drinking From The Sun’.
A few of their tracks have a more poppy vibe than their back catalogue but this isn’t something to shy away from, it works perfectly with the feel of the album and personally I think it shows the growth of this hip hop trio as they have moved through almost a decade of music now, with their first studio album ‘Hard Road’ released way back in 2006, that’s not giving any discredit to previous work they have released beforehand.
Half the album has some funky bass beats, which has led the track to build in quite an upbeat manner leaving a good chorus; either from the Hoods voices or from feature artists such as Maverick Sabre, showing the Hoods aren’t just keeping things local this time, travelling all the way across the world to record with the UK artist. You can see the second single release, and one of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let You Down’ in the Youtube player below. In fact I liked this song so much that it was the second dance at my wedding recently and the first one to get everyone involved in, seeing the older generations trying to understand why they are hearing a rapper at a wedding reception, why these rappers sounds Australian, and why they still love the track is still up there in wedding memories for me.
My personal favourite is ‘Cosby Sweater’ which has a great buzz about the track with some quick lines from both Pressure and Suffa and a strong chorus courtesy of Dan Sultan which can keep the general fans loving the track instead of just those that appreciate a good rhyming verse. Another funky beat that’s worth noting is the beat behind ‘Rumble, Young Man Rumble’ which has a mix of speedy vocals to accompany the faintly distorted guitar chords that snap in and out of the record.
Hilltop have also taken this album as an opportunity to send out clear messages to both the fans, and more specific people, for example there is a song called ‘Through The Dark’ which holds a lovely piano melody and a slow paced drum beat, to which Pressure pours his soul in a very moving message to his son who has been in and out of hospital from a very young age. It is a truly perfect piece of music and sets an image very clearly in your head that I imagine everyone who hears it will take a second afterwards to contemplate everything mentioned in the song. It really does convey real life, which is something the Hoods wanted to show in this album in particular.
My favourite sample used on the album would have to be the space invaders sound which can be heard faintly at the end of the song ‘Walking Under Stars’, its gems like this that add to songs and show how the Hoods go the extra mile for the perfect record.
If for whatever reason you aren’t aware of the Hilltop Hoods yet they are definitely worth checking out and fully provide something for everyone, this album would be a good place to start for any new fan and a definite need for any hip hop fan to have in their catalogue.
Also keep your eyes peeled here at HHK for the interview we managed to get with Hilltop when they were in London earlier this year.
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Check out the brand new trailer from EA Sports for the upcoming Fifa 2015 game. The trailer specifically focuses on new player faces and stadiums, along with tailored chants. A range of Premier League players speak regarding the EPL being the best league in the world. You can watch the new official Fifa 2015 Trailer below.
News reached us today that over 40 DC and Marvel movies will be released in the next 6 years. With the recent news of Batman v Superman being pushed forward, this list of movies will continue to excite fans and give us even more to look forward to. Names such as Wolverine and Spiderman appear later in the 2017. However, the full list can be viewed below.
May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
June 19, 2015 – Fantastic Four
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
August 5, 2016 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
2017 – Venom Carnage
2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 23, 2017 – Unannounced DC Movie
July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
November 3, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
November 17, 2017 – Unannounced DC Film
2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
March 23, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 4, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 6, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
July 27, 2018 – Unannounced DC Movie
November 2, 2018 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
April 5th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
May 3, 2019 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
June 14th, 2019 – Unannounced DC Movie
April 3rd, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
June 19th, 2020 – Unannounced DC Movie
Posted through his personal facebook page, Mark Calaway t(aka The Undertaker) posted “One More Time – Wrestlemania 31″ this afternoon. Rumours regarding The Undertaker’s retirement following the end of the streak by Brock Lesner at Wrestlemania 30 have been circling the Internet, along with the other rumour of a one-more-match against Sting. If we take what Mark has written at face value, we can expect The Undertaker to grace the screen one last time at Wrestlemania 31 and hopefully retire on a high.
In what some fans are calling a surrender, DC have moved the date of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice forward. The new release date of March 25th 2016, is nearly two months in advance of the original, which was to be rivaled by Marvel’s “Captain America 3″. Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice will now compete against Beverley Hills Cop. Look out for more updates on Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice here. In related news, watch the new BANE CAT below.
The Internet has been going bananas (watch the video and see what I did there) about the new Deadpool test footage that has been leaked. Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Deadpool in the footage. who is infamous in the Marvel and cartoon world for “breaking the fourth wall” during his cameos. Deadpool has a fascinating history and with new records broken with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, fans are very excited to see/hear more about an official movie release date. You can watch the Deadpool Test Footage on the YouTube player below.
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Sage Francis – Copper Gone
Strange Famous Records owner and artist Sage Francis has announced he’ll be returning to the U.K for a twelve-date tour. Starting on October 10th in Ireland, and finishing on October 24th in Reading, Sage Francis will be performing new songs from the upcoming album Copper Gone, and I’m sure will throw some classic material into his live set as well. Hip-Hop Kings previously posted an exclusive article titled “25 Facts About Sage Francis – Copper Gone” which Sage Francis details 25 facts about the upcoming album you won’t hear anywhere else. Look out for plenty of more news ahead of the Copper Gone album release. You can view the full list of 2014 UK tour dates below.
Oct 10 IRELAND – Sligo at Fifth on Teeling
Oct 11 IRELAND – Belfast at VOODOO
Oct 12 IRELAND – Dublin at Sugar Club
Oct 14 ENGLAND – Newcastle at Think Tank
Oct 15 SCOTLAND – Glasgow at Oran Mor
Oct 16 ENGLAND – Manchester at Gorilla
Oct 17 ENGLAND – Leeds at Brudenell Social Club
Oct 19 WALES – Cardiff at The Globe
Oct 20 ENGLAND – Bristol at The Fleece
Oct 21 ENGLAND – Brighton at The Haunt
Oct 22 ENGLAND – London at Village Underground
Oct 24 ENGLAND – Reading at The Bowery District
In an exclusive feature with IGN, we’ve been given some information regarding the new WWE 2K15 game. There’s the inevitable 30 Years of Wrestlemania campaign mode which is a very introspective story than recent editions. 2K haven’t announced which rivalries will be featured but we’re sure to see appearances from the likes of The Undertaker, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and many more. MyCareer will give fans the ability to have your own character go through various historical events which will emulate the NBA 2K14 career mode. Look out for plenty of more updates from WWE 2K15 in the very near future.
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High Focus Records and Four-Owls member Fliptrix has presented the brand new artwork for Vultures, which is a single from his upcoming album “Polyhymnia”. Hip-Hop Kings have been told that the first single from the album titled Vultures will be released on Monday via iTunes and we will be posting the download link as soon as we have permission to share. I do have the official artwork for Vultures which I’ve listed above, and furthermore, fans will be treated with two exclusive B-Sides that are not on the album, along with a video to complement the single. Make sure you return on Monday to download and watch the new single from Fliptrix – Vultures and for more information on the upcoming album Polyhymnia. Check out the UK Stand Up video which features Fliptrix and the Four Owls below.
KICKSTARTER | Diabolic – FIghtin Words
Not even Diabolic would imagine that the goal he set for his kickstarter album “Fightin Words” would have been met so quickly. In less than 48 hours, fans literally threw money at Diabolic to hear the new album which has been announced to be released on the 16th of September 2014. We are also lucky to have the full track listing (including producer credits) which features the likes of DJ Premier, Celph Titled, RA The Rugged Man, The Snowgoons, Apathy, Vinnie Paz, Sean Price and many more. You can view the official kickstarter link, along with the promo video and full track listing for Diabolic’s upcoming album “Fightin Words” below.
1. Diabolical Sound (Produced by DJ Premier)
2. Introvert (Produced by Junior Makhno)
3. Higher feat. Celph Titled & Swave Sevah (Produced by Engineer)
4. Piss and Vinegar (Produced by Junior Makhno)
5. Suffolk’s Most Wanted feat. RA the Rugged Man (Prod by The Snowgoons)
6. Feel Your Pain (Produced by Engineer)
7. Norman Bates feat. Taboo, Locksmith, Nino Bless, Apathy & Coal (Produced by Level 13) Scratches by DJ GI Joe
8. Living In My Own Head feat. Block McCloud (Prod by Level 13)
9. My Attitude (Produced by Engineer)
10. Victim’s Story (Produced by BP)
11. Fightin Words (Produced by C-Lance)
12. Game Time feat. Sean Price & Vinnie Paz (Prod by 5th Seal)
13. A.M.E.R.I.C.A. (Truth Part 3) (Produced by Engineer)
14. Here We Go feat. Coast (Produced by Level 13)
15. Bad Dream (Produced by The Snowgoons)
16. Alien Manuscript (Produced by Junior Makhno)