Category: Upcoming Releases
PRE-ORDER | Chemically Imbalanced – Chris Webby
XXL Freshman Chris Webby gives Hip-Hop Kings an exclusive 25 facts about his album “Chemically Imbalanced” which fans from the UK can pre-order from the iTunes link listed above.
-I spent every penny of my recording budget that Eone gave me on creating this project, and then some. I bought no chains, cars, or anything of the sort. We even went over budget a bit to be honest. I truly put my everything into Chemically Imbalanced.. physically, emotionally, and most definitely financially.
-The hook to Let’s Do It Again is an homage to the Jay-Z’s lyrics in “Do It Again.”
-There was originally a bridge after the second verse on the song Set It Off that utilized the melody to the Strafe song with the same title. Unfortunately, due to clearance issues I had to take it out completely. Shout to Michelle Trumpler for singing on that while we were in the studio too tho. Dope engineer, singer, and person in general.
-Me and my in house engineer Juice spent an estimated 35-40 hours working on the 3 interludes on the album. They were like constructing audio movies.. the attention to detail we put in was crazy, but I love how they turned out in the end. Totally worth it.
-My homie Kenny Urban did the beatboxing for all 3 of the interludes in one take each. We may have nudged a couple sections the tiniest bit to keep the tempo 100% perfect, but he didn’t layer any of those crazy sound effects or drum noises. Kid is a beast with the beatbox!
-I had a song called Brim Low on my fourth mix tape back in 2010, which was over the instrumental of the song Blind To You by Collie Buddz. That song was produced by Supa Dups. Then, about 4 years later, I ended up getting in the studio with Supa Dups myself and made a completely new song called Brim Low as a little nod to my past.
-I watched Scott Storch make the beat for the title track, Chemically Imbalanced, when we were together in the studio in Miami. We stayed up working on it until about 11 AM. Probably the coolest studio night I’ve experienced thus far. Scott is insane on the keys, and it was dope as hell watching a genius at work.
-The homie who laid the final mix on all of the tracks is Jeff Edwards, who lives down in ATL. Because we couldn’t be in the same room to go over things, I spent more time on the phone with that dude in the 2-3 months leading up to the release than probably anyone in my life. It was a long, tedious process, but he killed it. That’s the homie for life.
-Day In The Life was originally recorded to a different beat produced by my dude Will Power of SupaHotBeats. When Will sent it back to me after making some changes, it was a totally different song in the best way possible.
-There was an incredible Charlie Chaplin quote at the beginning of the song Stand Up where he spoke about the human races’ lack of compassion to nature and each other, but we had to remove it due to copyright issues.
-My engineer Juice became the character BarsTaLoan, a recurring voice in all three of the interludes, one drunken night in the studio. We were all wasted on cheap wine and he just got in the booth and took on this persona. We laughed all fuckin night. Now we all call him BarsTaLoan too, haha.
-My dad, Dave Webster, played the badass guitar solos in both RAD and Ohh Noo. He also laid some background guitar on the breakdown in Nice 2 Be Back and on the last hook of Stand Up.
-Originally, RyattFienix’s vocals were far more tucked into the audio mix on Day In The Life, but i thought she killed it so I had my engineer bring her voice way more to the forefront in the mix, and gave her the feature credit on the song. She’s the shit, good peoples.
-That’s actually me singing at the end of Brim Low. We were about to wrap the song when my engineer Juice accidentally looped the outro portion of the beat. I was border line blacked out from drinking boxed wine, and I told him to keep it looped while I went into the booth and belted out all those vocals at the end in almost a Janis Joplin-esqe style. I’m definitely going to add that stylistic approach to my music making tool belt going forward.
-I didn’t pay for any features on the album. All of the guest verses all came to be in an organic fashion.
-Grafh was in the studio with me when the song Dopamine was first conceived. I wrote the hook and we laid our verses that night, and then it was months before that song was reproached and sent out to everyone else.
-Jon connor both wrote and recorded his verse to World On Fire when he came through to kick it with me in the studio while he was out east. It took him less than two hours. I can’t remember exactly how long.. that night had to have been about 2 years ago by this point… but it was fast as hell given the complexity of the verse. That man is a beast.
-Sap showed me the beat for So Eazy years ago and said he had sent it to Eminem and was waiting to hear back, but would send it to me if it wasn’t selected. Then he lost the beat, and I pestered him about it for about a year with no luck of him finding it. When he came up to work with me in CT that next year, I told him to reconstruct it right then and there because I had loved the original so much. 48 hours later, So Eazy was more or less done.
-Turnt Up was originally released on 4/20/2013 with a music video me and Dizzy Wright shot in Cali, but was taken down from Youtube due to a sample issue. I liked the song too much to let it slip into obscurity, so I had someone replay the sample and made slight changes to give it the feel of a brand new song.
-It’s hard to say, but I think my favorite song on the project is Stand Up. I feel like it’s important to use the voice I now have to spread awareness and try to make the world a better place in whatever way possible.
-The voice of my manager in the third interlude is actually my manager Dana. The label executive was played by another member of the team, Chris Fury.
-Skrizzly Adams was my main in house engineer until recently when his own solo music career started to take off. He both produced and sang on World On Fire, along with a good handful of my old songs like And The Beat Goes On, Until I Die, and Crashing Down. Great kid, and super talented.
-Opening my email and hearing Tech N9ne’s verse on Ohh Noo for the first time was single handedly one of the coolest moments of my career.
-Me and my homie Lunch Box wrote a few of the hooks featured on the album at Circle House studio in Miami while taking bogie breaks and drinking coffee flavored Monster energy drinks.
-All 3 of the interludes were based on my life. The first couple take place at a house party and on a blunt ride, which were the two most common places for me to break into a freestyle when I was young and on the come-up, many times with my homies beatboxing for me. The final one is in a label office, showing how I learned how to put my years of practice into effect when it really counted. Rapping on the spot and impressing people with freestyles or a hot 16 I had up my sleeve was always my go-to move when I was growing up, and I felt it was important to include that vibe on my debut album.
Written by Adam Darbyshire
The Hoods are back with yet another explosive album, a perfect second part to their previous album ‘Drinking From The Sun’.
A few of their tracks have a more poppy vibe than their back catalogue but this isn’t something to shy away from, it works perfectly with the feel of the album and personally I think it shows the growth of this hip hop trio as they have moved through almost a decade of music now, with their first studio album ‘Hard Road’ released way back in 2006, that’s not giving any discredit to previous work they have released beforehand.
Half the album has some funky bass beats, which has led the track to build in quite an upbeat manner leaving a good chorus; either from the Hoods voices or from feature artists such as Maverick Sabre, showing the Hoods aren’t just keeping things local this time, travelling all the way across the world to record with the UK artist. You can see the second single release, and one of my favourite tracks, ‘Won’t Let You Down’ in the Youtube player below. In fact I liked this song so much that it was the second dance at my wedding recently and the first one to get everyone involved in, seeing the older generations trying to understand why they are hearing a rapper at a wedding reception, why these rappers sounds Australian, and why they still love the track is still up there in wedding memories for me.
My personal favourite is ‘Cosby Sweater’ which has a great buzz about the track with some quick lines from both Pressure and Suffa and a strong chorus courtesy of Dan Sultan which can keep the general fans loving the track instead of just those that appreciate a good rhyming verse. Another funky beat that’s worth noting is the beat behind ‘Rumble, Young Man Rumble’ which has a mix of speedy vocals to accompany the faintly distorted guitar chords that snap in and out of the record.
Hilltop have also taken this album as an opportunity to send out clear messages to both the fans, and more specific people, for example there is a song called ‘Through The Dark’ which holds a lovely piano melody and a slow paced drum beat, to which Pressure pours his soul in a very moving message to his son who has been in and out of hospital from a very young age. It is a truly perfect piece of music and sets an image very clearly in your head that I imagine everyone who hears it will take a second afterwards to contemplate everything mentioned in the song. It really does convey real life, which is something the Hoods wanted to show in this album in particular.
My favourite sample used on the album would have to be the space invaders sound which can be heard faintly at the end of the song ‘Walking Under Stars’, its gems like this that add to songs and show how the Hoods go the extra mile for the perfect record.
If for whatever reason you aren’t aware of the Hilltop Hoods yet they are definitely worth checking out and fully provide something for everyone, this album would be a good place to start for any new fan and a definite need for any hip hop fan to have in their catalogue.
Also keep your eyes peeled here at HHK for the interview we managed to get with Hilltop when they were in London earlier this year.
In an exclusive feature with IGN, we’ve been given some information regarding the new WWE 2K15 game. There’s the inevitable 30 Years of Wrestlemania campaign mode which is a very introspective story than recent editions. 2K haven’t announced which rivalries will be featured but we’re sure to see appearances from the likes of The Undertaker, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock and many more. MyCareer will give fans the ability to have your own character go through various historical events which will emulate the NBA 2K14 career mode. Look out for plenty of more updates from WWE 2K15 in the very near future.
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High Focus Records and Four-Owls member Fliptrix has presented the brand new artwork for Vultures, which is a single from his upcoming album “Polyhymnia”. Hip-Hop Kings have been told that the first single from the album titled Vultures will be released on Monday via iTunes and we will be posting the download link as soon as we have permission to share. I do have the official artwork for Vultures which I’ve listed above, and furthermore, fans will be treated with two exclusive B-Sides that are not on the album, along with a video to complement the single. Make sure you return on Monday to download and watch the new single from Fliptrix – Vultures and for more information on the upcoming album Polyhymnia. Check out the UK Stand Up video which features Fliptrix and the Four Owls below.
DOWNLOAD | Invy Da Truth – Loyalty
PREVIOUS | Invy Da Truth – Highlight Reel
As Hip-Hop Kings reported, Invy Da Truth will be releasing his debut album “V.I.C.E” this year, and we have the second video from the album for the single “Loyalty”. Invy Da Truth has one again teamed up with Chanes who produced the single, and is also credited for editing the official video too. Invy Da Truth has treated fans by allowing us to download Loyalty for free from Chanes’ official bandcamp page (check the link above). Look out for more updates on Invy Da Truth’s “V.I.C.E” coming in the forthcoming weeks. However, you can watch Invy Da Truth – Loyalty on the YouTube player below.
Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is Markis Precise, and what an introduction with a collaborative track featuring eLZhi and Fashawn called “Kiss the Ring”. Released via Empire Distribution’s official soundcloud page, the song has also been made available to download through iTunes (use the link above). It’s been confirmed that Kiss the Ring will be featured on Markis Precise’s upcoming album “The Feeling of Flying” which will be available later this year. You can listen to Markis Precise ft eLZhi and Fashawn – Kiss the Ring on the soundcloud player below.
KICKSTARTER | Diabolic – FIghtin Words
Not even Diabolic would imagine that the goal he set for his kickstarter album “Fightin Words” would have been met so quickly. In less than 48 hours, fans literally threw money at Diabolic to hear the new album which has been announced to be released on the 16th of September 2014. We are also lucky to have the full track listing (including producer credits) which features the likes of DJ Premier, Celph Titled, RA The Rugged Man, The Snowgoons, Apathy, Vinnie Paz, Sean Price and many more. You can view the official kickstarter link, along with the promo video and full track listing for Diabolic’s upcoming album “Fightin Words” below.
1. Diabolical Sound (Produced by DJ Premier)
2. Introvert (Produced by Junior Makhno)
3. Higher feat. Celph Titled & Swave Sevah (Produced by Engineer)
4. Piss and Vinegar (Produced by Junior Makhno)
5. Suffolk’s Most Wanted feat. RA the Rugged Man (Prod by The Snowgoons)
6. Feel Your Pain (Produced by Engineer)
7. Norman Bates feat. Taboo, Locksmith, Nino Bless, Apathy & Coal (Produced by Level 13) Scratches by DJ GI Joe
8. Living In My Own Head feat. Block McCloud (Prod by Level 13)
9. My Attitude (Produced by Engineer)
10. Victim’s Story (Produced by BP)
11. Fightin Words (Produced by C-Lance)
12. Game Time feat. Sean Price & Vinnie Paz (Prod by 5th Seal)
13. A.M.E.R.I.C.A. (Truth Part 3) (Produced by Engineer)
14. Here We Go feat. Coast (Produced by Level 13)
15. Bad Dream (Produced by The Snowgoons)
16. Alien Manuscript (Produced by Junior Makhno)
PREVIOUS | Redman – Nigga Whut
We heard a new single from Redman earlier this month, and now we have a brand new video from Redman and Method Man for the single “I Used to Be”. Redman and Method Man have teamed up with GOH for the single, with the video which was released via the official Milk & Sugar YouTube channel. Redman has also announced that he’ll be releasing the third installment of the “Blackout” series with Method Man, and is planning a sequel to his classic Muddy Waters which we can expect this year. Catch Redman and Method Man performing at the 2014 Fresh Island Festival (tickets still available from the link listed above). You can watch the new video for Redman and Method Man – I Used to Be on the YouTube player below.
TICKETS | Hilltop Hoods Live in London
PREVIOUS | Hilltop Hoods – The Art of the Handshake
We’ve already heard the single “The Art of the Handshake” from Hilltop Hoods, and here is the second leak from the upcoming album “Walking Under Stars” titled “Won’t Let You Down”. Australian Hip-Hop group Hilltop Hoods have teamed up with Maverick Sabre for the single, which has been heavily supported by both sets of fans since it’s release. Fans can download Hilltop Hoods’ “Won’t Let You Down” from the link listed above, and also catch Hilltop Hoods performing in London (Koko) tomorrow night. Tickets are still available from the link above. You can listen to Hilltop Hoods ft Maverick Sabre – Wont Let You Down on the YouTube player below.
PRE-ORDER | Watson & Holmes – Watson & Holmes
PREVIOUS | Esoteric and Stu Bangas – Machete Mode
Two Hip-Hop monsters have collaborated on a full length project which is set to be one of the best Hip-Hop albums this year. We’re huge fans of Blacastan AND Stu Bangas at HHK, and the pair have released the video for their single “Watson and Holmes”. The track is from the upcoming album (also titled Watson and Holmes) which will be released on the 29th of July 2014. Fans can pre-order Watson and Holmes from the iTunes link listed above, and look out for a HHK exclusive coming in the forthcoming weeks. You can watch Blacastan and Stu Bangas – Watson and Holmes on the YouTube player below.