PRE-ORDER | Tom Robinson – Only The Now
Swami Baracus made an incredible announcement earlier this week. The UK rapper has recorded a verse for Tom Robinson’s upcoming album “Only The Now”, and has teamed up with non-other than the legendary Sir Ian McKellen. Why you ask? So did I. But Swami Baracus and Sir Ian McKellen will team up on Holy Smoke which we hope to hear in the very near future. We have some behind the scenes footage of both Swami Baracus and Sir Ian McKellen recording their parts for the track. Please pre-order the new “Only The Now” album from Tom Robinson on the link above and you can watch the Swami Baracus – Holy Smoke (Behind the Scenes) video on the YouTube player below.
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TICKETS | High Focus Summer Party
Firstly I want to say a huge congratulations to High Focus Records for reaching 35 MILLION YouTube views. Let the celebrations commence as High Focus have confirmed an all day party on the 29th August 2015 at Brixton Jamm. Live acts will also include Verb T & Illinformed for the launch of their album “The Man With the Foggy Eyes”, along with Fliptrix, Leaf Dog, BVA, Jam Baxter, Edward Scissortongue, Ocean Wisdom, Lee Scott and more. You can view the ticket link above, along with the official flyer, along with the new video from Verb T & Illinformed – Vanity on the YouTube player below.
TICKETS | 10 Years of Lord of the Mics
One of the most prolific Grime brands in “Lord of the Mics” celebrates its 10 year anniversary with news of a live event titled “10 Years of Lord of the Mics Live”. On Wednesday 23rd September, the o2 Islington Academy will play host to one of the most anticipated events of this year. Featured artists will include the entire LOTM7 line-up, along with to-be-confirmed producers in a live DJ clash. Fans can purchase tickets from the link listed above, and you can watch the classic Skepta vs Devilman clash at Lord of the Mics on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Sadistik x Kno – Phantom Limbs
Firstly, lets digest the fact that Sadistik and Kno (Cunninlynguists) have teamed up. Furthermore it’s for a full project titled “Phantom Limbs” via Dirty Decibel Records which will is available now from the download link above! We have the visuals for the single “To Be in Love” which I think is a brilliant track, and video taken from the E.P. The seven tracks also features guest appearances from Chino XL among others, and I highly recommend downloading now. You can watch the brand new video from Sadistik x Kno – To Be in Love on the YouTube player below.
Huge news for UK Hip-Hop and Grime Artists, thanks to KA and GRM Daily we will see the first ever “Rated Awards” held at Clapham Grand this year. Hip-Hop Kings have been invited to cover the event, which has confirmed live appearances from Kano and Ghetts among others, with more to be confirmed. The Rated Awards are designed to celebrate the best of British Urban Music, with award categories and full nominations announced on the 17th of August. Fans can visit www.ratedawards.com to vote for their winners which will be announced at the awards. Look out for more information ahead of The Rated Awards including a full list of nomnations and confirmed line-up.
1. The name Black N Red comes from the notes books I’ve used to write bars in since 2010. Every book is the same with Black ‘N Red in the corner.
2. Black N Red is my first ever full hip hop release.
3. The release is inspired by my son, Cassian.
4. I wrote the release when my son was first born.
5. This is my first release all produced by one producer, Aokid.
6. Aokid is a Hip Hop producer from Derby.
7. Black N Red was recorded at acoustic roots by Frazer Lowrie
8. And was mastered by Deadbeat, Tumble Audio.
9. My first ever tour has taken place due to the release of this EP
10. I’m playing my biggest show to date due to the release at Glastonbury Festival.
11. Black N Red EP is out the day before my birthday.
12. Black N Red is available to Pre Order now on iTunes.
13. There is a video for the release titled single out now on JDZ Media.
14. In the video for the song Dreams I zip round Radford on a mobility scooter.
15. Me and Frazer got joke recording dreams.
16. The artwork is designed by Elliot Caine aka FTS.CO
17. Elliott Caine is a G.
18. The Video for Black N Red was filmed by Toby Curson aka Lock Up.
19. Toby is also a G.
20. Most of the EP was recorded in March.
21. My live performances are backed by a love band.
22. Hip-Hop Kings are sick.
23. Black N Red EP got me a section in Hip -Hop Kings 25 facts.
24. I’m running out of facts.
25. Black N Red EP was released on 27th June on Phlexx Records.
TICKETS | Dilated Peoples – Live in London
Legendary Hip-Hop group Dilated Peoples have announced an exclusive London date during their UK tour, which will take place on Tuesday 18th August. The venue hosting the event will be XOYO and fans can purchase tickets from the link listed above. Dilated Peoples will be performing music from their entire catelogue, including their 2014 album “Directors of Photography”. I recently sat down with Evidence from Dilated Peoples at the 2015 Fresh Island Festival to discuss upcoming projects which included a new solo album. You can view the flyer and ticket link for the Dilated Peoples London show here, and watch the Hip-Hop Kings interview with Evidence on the YouTube player below.
I hold my hands up for being late with this, but the latest video from Max Gavins titled “Mic Ashley (Newcastle Protest Song)” needs to be shared. Max Gavins (formally Suus) is a huge Newcastle fan, and with the constant controversy surrounding Mike Ashley, it was only a matter of time before we heard a UK artist release a song of this nature. Make sure you support Max Gavins by checking out the bandcamp page listed above for other music, and you can watch the official video for Max Gavins – Mic Ashley (Newcastle Protest Song) on the YouTube player below.
In a surprise tweet by Rhymesayers just now, we have an official video for the Atmosphere single “Sunshine”. We have the behind the scenes footage where Atmosphere have teamed up with SunPort to create a video using 100% solar power. SunPort is device which allows you to us solar power without panels, and the official video for Atmosphere’s “Sunshine” will be released on the 6th of August 2015 at 10:00 CST via the official Rhymesayers YouTube Channel. You can watch the behind the scenes footage for Atmosphere – Sunshine on the YouTube player below.
PRE-ORDER | New Beginning – Wordsworth & Donel Smokes
PREVIOUS | Wordsworth – eMC Turning Point Freestyle
Although we have just seen a new group album from eMC, I’m pleased to share the brand new video from Wordsworth for his single “New Beginning”. I spoke with Wordsworth yesterday, who confirmed that New Beginning is the first single from his upcoming solo album also titled “New Beginning”. Wordsworth has confirmed that the likes of Blu, Masta Ace and Chali 2na among others will feature on the album which has a release date of the 18th of September 2015. Credits go to Donel Smokes who produced the single and Damijin Myndz who shot the video. You can pre-order Wordsworth’s “New Beginning” album from the iTunes link listed above, and you can also watch Wordsworth – New Beginning on the YouTube player below.