EXCLUSIVE – Sneak Peek At New Illerstate Album
written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate (@illerstate) are exploding back onto the scene after 18 months of sitting in the studio and working day after day on their up and coming album ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’. HHKMag have been granted an exclusive preview of the album and for hip hop fans it does not disappoint, the group have dabbled in new areas of the game and the result is something worth a purchase.
Previously featured on Channel AKA and around the underground scene of Manchester this album has the power to put them on the map in a major way. Keep your eyes peeled for when it drops real soon, and keep space on your Christmas list for this 18 track CD featuring appearances from JSD of Virus Syndicate, Tyler Daly and Shotty Horroh amongst others.
A full review will be hitting the site shortly but in the mean time here’s a track list for you all to get excited about.
2- Even With The Odds Against Us
4- Break Out (Feat. JSD of Virus Syndicate)
5- Hustlin’ (Feat. Tyler Daly)
7- Get Up (Feat. T.Bizzle)
8- Cut Above The Rest
9- Can’t Go On (Feat. Connor Ashton)
10- Taking Shots
11- Drowning (Feat. Tyler Daly)
12- I Just… (Feat. Toni Marie)
13- Never Take Me Down
14- Wannabe (Feat. Top Boy Round Here)
15- Change (Feat. Connor Ashton)
17- Money To Throw (Feat. Shotty Horroh)
18- Going Nowhere (Feat. Connor Ashton)
If you haven’t heard of them already check out the below videos, all featured on the new album.
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Bad news for hip-hop fans! After six consecutive ‘How the Grouch Stole Christmas’ tours, there is not going to be another one. At least not until next year anyway. Grouch, for many reasons, has called off the yearly tradition this year. Don’t fret though, you could get him to perform a show in your living room.
That’s right, one of the reasons the annual tour has been called off is for Grouch to focus on his upcoming triple album project with Eligh, entitled The Tortoise & The Crow. The pair have started a Kickstarter project to help fund the album with some very exclusive rewards for funders. These include everything from updates and merchandise to dinner with G&E and private shows. These rewards are now available to gift to people too so you can get the hip-hop head in your family the perfect gift, whatever your budget.
If you want to help Grouch & Eligh with their upcoming project their Kickstarter page can be found here. Full details of how to gift the rewards are available there too. What’s more, you can have a warm fuzzy feeling inside you knowing that you have given two gifts with your pledge. One to Grouch and Eligh and one to the recipient of your gift.
P.S. If anyone is feeling generous, I wouldn’t mind the Maui Waterfall Adventure.
It’s with great sadness that HHKMag report this morning that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker died late last night aged 40. The man known as Brian O’Conner in the six Fast and Furious movies was leaving a charity event with a friend on November 30th, 2013 in Valencia, California as a passenger as the driver lost control of the car. Both Paul Walker and his friend were pronounced dead at the scene. Take a look at some of our favourite Paul Walker (aka Brian O’Connor) moments on the YouTube video below.
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UK veteran S Kalibre has this month released his latest album “SK Ultra” which is available for download now. The ten-track album features guest appearances and production from the likes of Sofa King, Slap Up Mill and Rediculus among others, and has received excellent reviews from UK publications across the country. HHKMag blogged S Kalibre’s previous video “R.I.P” and fans can check out previous music by accesing the archives. You can view the official artwork, download link and track listing for S Kalibre – SK Ultra here.
01 – Medical Notes (Produced by Gee-O)
02 – Seeing Red (Produced by Dead Man Walkn)
03 – Murderous Tendencies (Produced by Soul Theory)
04 – One Mic (Produced by Sofa King London)
05 – Lunge Slice Death (Produced by Slap Up Mill)
06 – Distorted (Produced by Rediculus)
07 – Induced Rage (Produced by Soul Theory)
08 – Swam Gass Feat. DJ Pressure (Produced by Slap Up Mill)
09 – Truth Drug (Produced by Architech)
10 – R.I.P (Produced by Slap Up Mill
Another great Moleman release sees Jamal Science and Panik collaborate for the “Simply Amazin E.P”. Chiacgo-based Jamal Science connects with the Moleman producer who’s responsible for all the behind-the-boards work on the EP, and also connect with the likes of Scheme, Astonish, DJ Scend and Crhis Lesage among others. Fans can download the Simply Amazin EP from the link listed above. However, you can view the official artwork, and track listing for Jamal Science and Panik – Simply Amazin EP here.
2.Simply Amazin’(cuts by DJ.Scend)
3.Bring Me Down(ft.Chris Lesage)
5.Be My Girl(ft.Astonish & Jasmine Luevano)
9.Weight Of The World
10.Smooth Criminal(ft.Scheme & Astonish)
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Making his debut on HHKMag is Caktuz, with the news that Billy Danze (M.O.P) and We Build Hits are presenting his forthcoming mixtape/EP “How to Dress Well for Suicide” which will be available to download on November 29th. The artwork has already been released (image above), and deluxe versions of the E.P will be available through iTunes following the release of the free download. How to Dress Well for Suicide will be split into two parts with the first made available for free download to members of Caktuz’s mobile app community, CakMobl, midnight on November 29th. The mobile app comes complete with extras for fans including bonus music from Cak and other We Build Hits artists, videos, a web series (sponsored by Jimmy Jazz and The Urban Daily), Cak’s Sketchbook, its own social network, and digital lyric sheets & linear notes allowing members to connect directly to producers & artists featured on the project. You can download the Cakmobl app above.
The brand is one of the most recognised in the urban culture, and the remarkable achievements that Jammer and co. have accomplished over the past ten years is set to continue to rise. Lord of the Mics V is, as expected, is in its fifth series and features upcoming and elite artists to make this year more exciting than ever. The Lord of the Mics DVD has independently reached the top 20 within the album charts and maintained its position for the last two years. The DVD is also an addition to many peoples Christmas list. This year we see the likes of Maxsta vs Lil Nasty and Blizzard vs Big Shizz as two of many highly anticipated battles. Fans can purchase Lord of the Mics IV on the link listed above and watch the Lord of the Mics beat clash on the YouTube player below.
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It’s with great pleasure to announce our friends at Leeds Carnegie Basketball have today confirmed they will be entering the British Basketball League (BBL) for the 2014/15 season. From their rise in 2006 this is the first time that Leeds Carnegie will have the opportunity to play at the highest level within English Basketball. Incentives for the club and fans will be TV appearances on Eurosport, and matches against iconic UK basketball teams including the Newcastle Eagles and the treble-winning Leicester Riders. Look out for plenty more news from the Leeds Carnegie team as we enter 2014. However, you can watch the Leeds Carnegie Basketball reel which HHKMag shot on the YouTube player below.
The incredibly talented and hilarious, self-proclaimed “musician trapped in the body of a comedian” Stephen Lynch is set to perform at the o2 Academy in Leeds as part of his UK tour. Stephen has already blessed crowds in Belfast, Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester. The rest of the tour see’s him visiting Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and finishing in Birmingham on the 21st November. Stephen Lynch released his fifth album “LION” on November 13th which reached #1 on the iTunes and Amazon comedy album chart. Fans can buy tickets from the link listed above, along with the LION download link. However, you can watch my personal favourite Stephen Lynch video – Vanilla Ice Cream on the YouTube player below.
Quite a strange headline I know! However it’s 100% true as X-Factor winner James Arthur engaged in a lengthy twitter war with rap battler Micky Worthless. Fans of HHKMag will be aware that Micky Worthless has been featured on the channel previously, and below I’ve posted some screenshots of the comments that were sent back and forth between the two. The end result was James Arthur challenging Micky Worthless to a rap battle, which Micky accepted. Both James Arthur and Micky Worthless have also dropped diss track which can be heard below along with the James Arthur vs Micky Worthless Twitter screenshots.