News from the High Focus camp today that Leaf Dog New Album Dyslexic Disciple is due to be released in the forthcoming months, and he shares the new single titled “My Scene”.
Fans have eagerly awaited six years since Leaf Dog’s previous solo record (From a Scarecrows Perspective) and the news of Dyslexic Disciple is welcome from all across the UKHH world. The Four Owls / Brothers of the Stone member offers brand new work which is anticipated to be his best to date. Furthermore, High Focus announced that a limited run of 500 7″ vinyl copies are available to order from the HF store, which is guaranteed to be sold out fairly soon. I would recommend grabbing a copy ASAP.
The first single from the album is titled “My Scene” in the form of a video in an 8-bit video game style, with director credits going to Astroknight. Leaf Dog’s signature voice is heard from the first bar and is typically addictive from the first minute. We will be sharing more music and videos as the inevitably reach our inbox, prior to the release of Dyslexic Disciple, so please make sure you’re checking back here. Also, you can follow Leaf Dog on Twitter (@MCLeafDog) to see the latest music first.
You can watch the brand new video for Leaf Dog – My Scene on the YouTube player below.
Big news reaches us today which is the Run the Jewels Europe Tour 2017 Announcement – which also include three UK dates.
Following the free release of Run The Jewels 3, Killer Mike and El-P announce the Run the Jewels Europe Tour which starts 29th March in Belfast, and finishes on 7th April in Paris. The show also includes two stops in England (Manchester and London) along with Dublin, Amsterdam and Brussels. If you haven’t grabbed a copy of Run The Jewels 3 yet then make sure you hit the download and take advantage of the latest offering from the Hip-Hop duo. Tickets for Run the Jewels via Gigs and Tours are our personal recommendation, and make sure you grab them from 10am on Friday 20th January to avoid disappointment. You can view the full list of tour dates below.
29 March – Limelight – Belfast, UK
30 March – Olympia – Dublin, Ireland
31 March – Albert Hall – Manchester, UK
01 April – Roundhouse – London, UK
03 April – Snowbombing fest – Mayrhofen, Austria
05 April – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
06 April – AB Main Hall – Brussels, Belgium
07 April – Élysée Montmartre – Paris, France
Due to label issues, the Knightstalker Knighttime Album hasn’t been available digitally in over 4 years. Today we’ve got the permission to share the re-release on Knightstalker’s bandcamp page.
We blogged the Knightstalker “Kinfluences” single on Hip-Hop Kings, and now the full 17 track album is available to download from bandcamp. As a treat to fans there are 4 bonus tracks on the re-release. Guest appearances include the likes of Reef The Lost Cauze (Army of the Pharoahs) and Armageddon (Terror Squad) among others. Production comes from Nefew (you’ll know the name as the duo have been featured on Hip-Hop Kings previously), and a range of european producers as well. I’ve posted the official artwork, download link, and track listing for Knightstalker’s Knighttime album here.
2. Paid To Lose (feat. Nefew & Souleez)
3. End Of The Tunnel
4. Tigerclaw (feat. Kinetic aka Beretta 9)
5. Late Knight Show
6. Lost Children (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze)
7. Opening Move (Remix) (feat. Armageddon)
8. I’m The Opposition
9. If I Were You
10. False Accusations
11. Born 2 Style
12. The Seriousness (feat. Rasco)
13. Lost Children (Remix) (feat. Reef The Lost Cauze, Antihelden, Liquit Walker & Hammer & Zirkel)
15. Kinfluences (feat. KC Da Rookee & Kinzmania [Pure G.O.D. Manifested & P.O.T.])
16. Countdown (Remix)
17. The Great Beyond (Remix) (feat. Apaulo Treed)
When we talk super groups in Hip-Hop it feels there aren’t enough. Today one was born. Hip-Hop Kings are delighted to be introducing Jamo Gang (Ras Kass, El Gant and J57).
The collaboration comes as quite a surprise at first, but the story starts with Ras Kass and El Gant working together and travelling to J57’s Brooklyn Studio. The three started recording as fun which quickly turned into a serious project. Plus, when you have DJ Premier publicly supporting you, it’s probably a winning combination. The three have already recorded enough material for an album and today release a single titled “Here We Go Again” ft Big Twins.
J57 oversaw the final stages of the album, making sure his signature sound is present while subtly improving the record. We are still looking forward to the Flight LP with Koncept which we hope will see a release in the first half of 2017. While Ras Kass is still celebrating the release of SOI2 (Sound of Ice 2) which featured the likes of RZA, Onyx, Statik Selektah and Bun B, he had time to lay some serious verses on the new album. Last but not least, El Gant is working on two albums, with executive production by J57 and DJ Premier. If that information doesn’t excite you as a Hip-Hop fan, nothing will.
There’s the article of Hip-Hop Kings introducing Jamo Gang, which we hope will be digested and referred to in the future as the start of something special. Enjoy the first moments by listening to “Here We Go Again” ft Big Twins below.
Sons of Scotland rapper Werd has released his brand new album “God Save the Public” which we predict will resonate with a lot of people.
Werd has been constantly releasing music for years now, and he (along with Sons of Scotland) have been featured on Hip-Hop Kings going back to 2009 with their Rap Re-Mixtape project. Throughout the years Werd has grown wiser and polished his style, so it’s safe to say we’re excited to share God Save the Public.
When speaking about the project, Werd said “In these current times feeling trapped, stuck, without purpose and a little depressed in life is common. While Facebook and social media is pulling us apart, making us insecure or reinforcing people’s extreme beliefs, the media is dividing us with unwarranted fear and propaganda. If you notice and dislike this, you are certainly not alone.”
The 12-track album is available to download from Werd’s Bandcamp page and features guest appearances from Lewis Findlay, Wardie Burns (Vagabondz). I have posted the official artwork and track listing here. Please support and download God Save the Public today.
2. Hip-Hop & Ya Should Stop
3. God Save The Public ft Lewis Findlay
4. Pretending (We Don’t Suffer)
5. Personal Nonsense
6. BASE God
7. Nightmare ft Wardie Burns
8. I Am (Watching Adverts)
10. Cheer Up Sad Fux
11.Rather A Log Cabin
12. Roll Credits
A big shoutout to Fresh Kids who have put another excellent event on. Pharoahe Monch Live Huddersfield will be held at The Parish on Monday 9th January 2017.
Pharoahe Monch will only be performing 5 dates during this trip to the UK, one of which will be held at The Parish on Monday 9th January 2017. Tickets are available through See Tickets and start at just £19.00. We highly recommend getting your tickets before the event inevitably sells out. Pharaohe Monch Live Huddersfield set will include old and new material and give fans the opportunity to watch him live (especially if you’ve not seen him before). Once again a huge shoutout to Fresh Kids who have made this possible.
You can view the official Facebook group for the Pharoahe Monch Live Huddersfield event with news, updates and ticket information. Should you need to be reminded, check out Pharoahe Monch on the YouTube player below.
Hip-Hop Kings are looking forward to the upcoming Mega Ran and MC Lars UK Tour Dates 2016, which start in Leeds and finish in Swansea.
Mega Ran is a firm HHK favourite and will be back in the UK to perform throughout the country. He brings his partner in rhyme, MC Lars who we are excited to see live. The pair have a string of UK tour dates (11 in total) which we highly recommend you attend. The full list of tour dates is below. As mentioned previously we are huge fans of Mega Ran and wanted to share the 25 facts on RNDM and his latest interview before you see the man in action. You can view the list of tour dates below.
Saturday 26th November – Leeds
Sunday 27th November – Manchester
Monday 28th November – Nottingham
Tuesday 29th November – London
Wednesday 30th November – Birmingham
Thursday 1st December – Glasgow
Friday 2nd December – Southampton
Saturday 3rd December – Bridgwater
Sunday 4th December – Leicester
Monday 5th December – Swansea
Rhymesayers have released the news that Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman Present the Lice 2 – Still Buggin EP which is a free download.
The five track EP is available to download from Rhymesayers Entertainment website and Stone Throw Records (home of Homeboy Sandman). Credits go to Jeremy Fish who did the artwork. Fans can also stream the new EP on the Stones Throw soundcloud page. Production comes from Dan Hayden, Mondee, SoberMindedMusic, RTNC, and Aesop Rock himself. I’ve posted the official artwork, and track listing for Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman Lice 2 – Still Buggin EP below.
1 Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Zilch
2 Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Couple Things
3 Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Oatmeal Cookies
4 Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Mud
5 Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Stop The Bleeding
If this wasn’t enough, Homeboy Sandman is about to embark on a UK/European tour with Brown Bag AllStars DeeJay Element. Make sure you get to one of the shows (dates below)
14 Oct: The Hague @ Paard van Troje
15 Oct: Mannheim @ Alte Feuerwache Mannheim
16 Oct: London @ Echoes
17 Oct: London @ Echoes
18 Oct: London @ Echoes
19 Oct: Hamburg @ Mojo
21 Oct: Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
22 Oct: Milan @ Biko Club
23 Oct: Belgium @ Bazaar
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