The HHK team are excited for the release of Brick Mansions, which features the late Paul walker and Wu-Tang Clan member RZA. Based in Detroit, Brick Mansions is a block which has physically been contained by the police due to the violence and crime. Damien Collier (Paul Walker) teams up with Lino (David Belle) to infiltrate the area. Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino’s girlfriend and it all gets messy from there. You can watch the Brick Mansions Official Trailer below.
EXCLUSIVE | Standards of Living – Amateur Hour [S1.Ep1]
The guys over at watchmojo.com have created a “Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014″ list which is pretty much agree with. The top 10 includes upcoming movies from Marvel and DC, along with some expected sequels and follow-ups which are bound to create excitement throughout the course of their individual promotion campaigns. HHK recently announced that Marvel will be releasing Iron Fist: The Living Weapon which will be an ongoing series also available in physical comic book format. Furthermore, we took a look at Marvel vs DC and which company would prove to be the victor in 2014. You can watch the “Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014″ on the YouTube player below.
Previously: Illerstate Sneak Preview
Written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Its important to start a new year with some new music and I personally recommend checking out ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’ by Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate.
After almost two years taking seemingly a back seat in the local hip hop scene of Manchester Illerstate have exploded back on the scene having dropped an album just before the start of 2014. With features from JSD (Virus Syndicate), Shotty Horroh and Tyler Daly amongst others this CD contains some good hip hop for all listeners. A couple of the tracks could accompany the R&B essence with some ‘radio’ songs but these quickly switch to grime based club tracks, there is literally something for everyone here.
If you managed to hear their original mixtape the growth here is obvious and this hip hop trio are definitely ones to look out for in 2014. Having already featured one of the tracks (Money To Throw) on channel AKA even if you aren’t trawling the internet for a new sound these guys will hopefully appear in your iTunes library somewhere having popped up on your tv or radio.
Some of the metaphors used on the tracks are incredible and the variety of beats range from old school Wu tang esc through to light hearted sounds which are that chilled they have made it onto my snowboarding playlist (to give you an idea its currently filled with Aussie hip hop through to artists like crystal fighters).
The album is available through their bandcamp, big cartel and Itunes, which for a limited time only is an impressive £5 for 18 tracks of that Manchester sound everyone hip hop head loves at one point or another. Check it out for free on the bandcamp or youtube.
by David Bosworth @boz_worth
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Welcome back film fans to our 1st HHKMovies Amateur Hour Review.
The entire idea behind this title of reviews is to give light to some awesome amateur film makers. To take a look at what they can create on little or no budget. We’ll look at Kickstarter backed films. Short films. Feature films. Every genre.
To kick off Amateur Hour on Boxing Day 2013, we thought we’d review something more sinister, so, make way for the very 1st feature film shot completely on the iPad2!
Peter Sayer is an awful stand up comedian who desperately wants to be funny. One night, after Peter bombs on stage, a mysterious man named Mr. Randall offers him a unique opportunity. Mr. Randall reveals that he has the power to make things disappear, and when he makes them reappear they are “improved.” A bent nail becomes straight, a tarnished coin becomes polished, and an empty saltshaker comes back full of salt. But Mr. Randall wants to make a human disappear…to find out where these objects go, and why they come back improved. Peter volunteers to “disappear” with the hope that he will come back funnier…but the bizarre truth about Mr. Randall’s powers is no laughing matter.
Having watched very few homemade or amateur movies(not any that can be reviewed here anyway) it was awesome to see the quality with which this feature length film was shot and made. Scott Yarborough who plays Peter, our down on his luck terrible comic, does so with complete conviction. The rest of the cast fill roles exceedingly well also, with mention going to Bill Ferris portraying the enigmatic Mr Randall. I actually never got bored during this entire film which was quite a feat, as I recently couldn’t get through 30 minutes of Cloud Atlas!
Genre wise I was never too sure where this movie slotted in, and to be honest, I’m still not sure. After speaking directly to Writer and Director Aaron Mento he told me theat the film just became what people ended up seeing- a mashup of dark comedy and horror.
Here are some stills from the film-
This was truly one of the weirder films I’ve watched and I champion this fact because it has come from the mind of an amateur writer. It kept me engaged until the climactic ending which I almost hurled my lunch over……seriously!
4 out of 5
Special mention given to Aaron Mento in his patience whilst we started Amateur Hour. He never hounded us and was helpful beyond means in chatting about his project.
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.
Written by Adam Leivers
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Mos Def was always a bit of an enigma. From his days in UTD making distinctly ahead-of-its-time hybrids of Gangster leanings & Native Tongue-tinged melody to his Rawkus label-defining debut single ‘Universal Magnetic’. From his debut album’s organic traditional hip-hop with a pinch of soulful harmony to his long awaited follow-up which turned out to veer from straight up rock all the way through to commercial attempts at crossover.
Download | Vinnie Paz – Vinnie Paz – Carry on Tradition
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Written by Adam Darbyshire
As has become a custom in my calendar Vinnie Paz has graced us with his presence as we enter the winter period, although this year in a different form than his usually tour with either Jedi Mind Tricks, Ill Bill, Demigodz or Army Of The Pharaohs, in 2013 he has treated the world to a solo mixtape ‘Carry On Tradition’ which dropped last night.
As always this mixtape is packed with the gritty beats and rhymes we are used to, it does not disappoint. Alongside the defined style of beats the Heavy Metal King has adopted as his own there is a cold tale to half the songs on this tape which not only hook you from a musical perspective but for the story they tell.
There aren’t many who can compare accomplishments that Hilltop Hoods have achieved over their musical career, and that particular statement is extended by the release of the Australian Hip-Hop group’s sixth studio album “Drinking from the Sun”. The thirteen-track LP is the group’s latest offering, and debuted at #1 in the Australian Album Chart, which was the third consecutive Hilltop Hoods album to do so. Internationally known AND loved, Hilltop Hoods have once again given fans a master class in rap music, and surely another album that will stand the test of time.
The lead single “I Love It” features Sia Furler and really kicked off promotion for the album towards the end of 2011. Since then we’ve head singles “The Underground” featuring Solo and Classified, and the very popular “Speaking in Tongues” with Chali 2na. The guest appearances on the album were a perfect pick, and each artist involved has heavily contributed towards creating an excellent finished product. Another notable feature was Black Thought of The Roots on the track “Living in Bunkers”. We can’t for one second discredit Hilltop Hoods for masterminding the construction of the album and their own contribution, with or without the guest appearances we’re still listening to an album that’s head and shoulders above a LOT of other commercial releases.
Inspired by the legendary William Caxton, a lot of the motives behind Caxton Press are similar to the man who was responsible for the first printing press to be opened in England. In a quest for finding the truth, and challenging the norm in today’s music industry, Caxton Press have presented their album “Shame the Devil” after a year in the studio tweaking to perfection. The album name is taken from Walter Lipman, “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil” (also quoted in track 5 – Touch the Sun). With rumours and scandals constantly being directly associated with the media, the album already sounds interesting.
J.Cole – Cole World: The Sideline Story – Review
There is obviously a certain pressure when the entire Hip-Hop world is expecting nothing but greatness from your debut album, however prior to the release of J Cole’s “Cole World: The Sideline Story” the Jay-Z protégée continues to display that confidence we have grown to love. September 27th will mark a highly significant date in the Hip-Hop calendar, as Cole World: The Sideline Story will finally be released worldwide into the eardrums of millions of eager fans and critiques alike. As almost expected, the album has leaked onto the Internet following a listening party in London, however the general consensus is fans have already pre-ordered Cole World, and refuse to download the leak. This alone signifies the special circumstances surrounding this man and his music. J Cole was quoted today saying