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.
TICKETS | Boom Bap Festival 2016
As it grows from strength to strength, the Boom Bap Festival has announced the first lineup release for 2016. Some real notable artists are performing this year including the likes of RA The Rugged Man and A-F-R-O. On the other hand, UKHH purists will be delighted to see a set from Blade, and a one off show from Life MC / Si Philli and Nappa One. Other acts confirmed to perform include Task Force, D Double E, Ocean Wisdom, Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter, Mysdiggi, Sonnyjim, More1 and many others. Mildenhall in Suffolk will b the host of the event between the 29th and 31st July 2016. Tickets can be purchased from the link listed above. Check the official flyer and last year’s recap here.
DOWNLOAD | Ill Poetic Discography
Fans of Hip-Hop Kings will know the name Ill Poetic from his features throughout the years, and now we have an amazing offer where his entire discography is available for just $14.97. For UK fans that’s around £10.00 which is an absolute bargain for the body of work that Ill Poetic is offering. The likes of “Synesthesia: The Yellow Movement EP”, “The World is Illuminated” and “Illumination” among other projects are all available. Use the link above to purchase the discography, and you can also watch one of my favourite Ill Poetic videos (Pretzel Logic) on the YouTube player below.
Eff Yoo and Rediculus have been working for the last year on a new project to expand Eff’s sound and brand. The project is completely produced and mixed by Rediculus, giving it a very consistent sound with a lot of depth and diversity.
Eff Yoo is coming off the heels of a top 10 iTunes debut with his collaborative project “The Come On Horseback” with Godilla. Eff Yoo – a Peruvian immigrant from queens NY – got his chops in hip hop in a variety of ways, from famous underground spots like Wetlands and Nuyorican Poets Cafe, to street cyphers while working for Rawkus. With a perfect mixture of street smarts and actual smarts, Eff Yoo weaves braggadocio sci fi tales from the hood. Eff Yoo doesn’t stand alone, with family in both the underground super group Broken Home and a member of the mighty Lo-Life’s, Effs influences range from early hip hop like Slick Rick and Kool G Rap, to MF Doom and Nas, Hector Lavoe and Radiohead, to Sade and Bob Dylan.
Rediculus is coming off a great year in 2015 where we saw him starting the year with his own project “In Response: Dee-Fi” as well as producing and releasing several EP’s with UK MC’s Big Ribzy and Trademark Blud, the hit single Buy Me A Beer and subsequent UK tour with Rich Quick, Comet’s “End of Dayz” LP as well as his Thought Foundry project and the first few singles for his Alt-Soul project RedAir. His unique blend of boom bap roots with modern sounds and rhythms have grabbed more attention this year as his sound is expanded thru the MC’s that he works with.
Together, Eff Yoo and Rediculus have created a powerful piece of musical history with “The Eff Word”. Loaded with maturity and overflowing with boundaries pushed way past what you expect, “The Eff Word” shows the world that Eff’s brand of life and living has grown past the point of being overlooked anymore.
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PREVIOUS | Xzibit – Live in Manchester
It has been announced through Xzibit’s official Instagram page, that B Real, Demrick and Xzibit (also known as Serial Killers) will be releasing a volume 2 project in the near future. The mixtape will be available to stream from live mixtapes, and Xzibit has promised the news about guest features and production will be revealed soon. In related news, Hip-Hop Kings spoke to Xzibit during his UK tour, and he confirmed a new solo album will be released in 2016, along with the news about a Compton worldwide tour which he will feature in, along with the likes of Dr Dre and Kendrick Lamar. You can listen to a preview of Serial Killers – The Murder Show below.
TICKETS | Rhymesayers 20: Anniversary Concert
WATCH | A Moment in Rhymsayers
Independent record label Rhymesayers have announced that in conjunction with First Avenue and Target Centre, December 4th 2015 will be the date for an official Rhymesayers:20 Anniversary concert. Rhymesayers have celebrated their 20 year anniversary earlier this year (please watch the video below) and plan to continue the celebrations with a live event.
Rhymesayers confirmed the full roster will be performing, which includes names such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grieves, Dilated Peoples, Grieves, Prof and many more (full list below). Tickets are available from the website link above and are priced at just $20.00. VIP packages are available from $100.00 which contain gifts and other incentives.
You can watch the Rhymesayers – A Moment in Rhymesayers playlist on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Masta Ace – A Long Hot Summer (2015)
Masta Ace To Re-Release “A Long Hot Summer” With Two Bonus Tracks
I love debate in Hip-Hop. The diverse opinions among fans and artists regarding the greatest albums, artists and producers are a regular discssion point. However, not many argue that Masta Ace’s “A Long Hot Summer” doesn’t belong in a top 5 album list. Me included (definitely top 3) so the news that reached us today had to be shared.
Masta Ace will be re-releasing the classic “A Long Hot Summer” via Belo System Records. The 2004 classic re-release will also feature two brand new tracks, and also contain the legendary singles such as “Good Ol Love”, “Beautiful” and “Bklyn Masala”. Guest appearances include the familiar names of Wordsworth, Edo G, The Beatnuts, Razhel, Jean Grae and more.
Fans can pre-order the re-release from the Below System website above.
In a continued celebration of our friends The Doctors Orders reaching their 10 year anniversary, Spin Doctor has put together his favourite 10 DJ Sets throughout the years. The Doctors Orders are preparing for Scala on the 23rd of October (hit the link above for details and tickets) with arguably their biggest DJ lineup to date! In no particular order, spin Doctor highlights sharing a stage with the likes of Jazzy Jeff, Mr Thing, The Nextmen, DJ Nu Mark and many others. You can view the full list below.
Jazzy Jeff @ BBE 10.5 – 30th Sept 2006 @ Canvas
This is still one of the biggest shows we have done and for me this was the set of the night and was the first time I heard Jeff spin. It was a real eye opener of how good a DJ can be.
DJ Nu Mark – 21ST APRIL 2012 @ Koko
As well as his dope set using kids toys Nu Mark’s set on this night was straight party. A mix of bangers and surprise Rock & Pop classics which set the place alight.
The Nextmen Boat Party – Every Year!
I have always been a big fan of Brad & Dom’s style. They have been one of the main stays of our parties over the last 10 years and they always go in extra hard on their boat parties.
Mr thing @ J-Dilla Tribute – Feb 2006 @ Cargo
Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of our Dilla tributes and although they are always a highlight of the year Mr Thing’s set at the very first one set the tone for every year after.
?uestlove – 3 HR SET 11th Sept 2010 @ East village
You know that ?uestlove comes with a depth of knowledge that surpasses most in the game. This set was three hours of break to the beat killers that was as entertaining as it was educating.
Just Blaze vs Alchemist – 6th April 2010 @ East Village
These two are a pair of the most talented producers in the game and the first of these sound-clash nights sold out in days (which is always nice) and they tour the place apart with just their own beats.
DJ Spinna – Wonder-Full – 24th JULY 2015 @ Scala
I’d been wanting to do Spinna’s Wonder-Full party since going to one in Berlin years ago. A night of all Stevie Wonder work might be too much for some but the vibe and selection were amazing.
Bobbito 45s – 5th April 2014 @ The Book Club
Bob was one of the first guys I booked and we have gone on to become good friends. He only plays vinyl and this set for our 45 x 45s party was so on point.
Beat Junkies (JROCC / BABU / RHETMATTIC) – 23RD AUG 2012 @ Jazz Café
I have always been a huge fan of these guys so to put them on as a crew was a real treat. It was a great balance of party rocking and turntablism that wowed the place.
ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD – 15TH SEPT 2012 @ PLAN B
Tribe have always been my favourite group responsible for my favourite album of all time. They say not to meet your heroes but Ali did not disappoint. A real gent and killer set.
TICKETS | DJ Format x Abdominal – UK Tour Tickets
For the first time in over 10 years, the legendary DJ Format and Abdominal will embark on a nationwide UK tour which starts in Manchester (5th of November) and finishes in London (22nd November). With the Jazz Cafe being the grand finalé for the tour, the pair have promised brand new material to be premieréd at the live shows, which are starting to sell out fast. Fans can purchase tickets on the links listed above, and you can view the full list of tour dates for the DJ Format and Abdominal tour below.
05/11 Manchester, The Deaf Institute * sold out
06/11 Newcastle, Hoochie Coochie * sold out
07/11 Glasgow, Drygate Brewery
08/11 Edinburgh, Studio 24
09/11 Liverpool, The Shipping Forecast
10/11 Nottingham, The Bodega
11/11 Belfast, Love and Death
12/11 Lincoln, Straight & Narrow
13/11 Leeds, Mint Club
14/11 Blackpool Bootleg Social
15/11 Whitstable, The Dukes
18/11 Brighton, Sticky Mikes Frog Bar
19/11 Southampton, Orange Rooms
20/11 Bristol, The Attic
21/11 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
22/11 London, Jazz Café