Category: Upcoming Releases
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
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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)
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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
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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
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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.
PRE-ORDER | Redman – Muddy Waters II Mixtape
Brick City and Hip-Hop legend Redman releases the new video for his single “Nigga Whut”. Credits go to Triple A who produced the track, and the video was directed by Redman and RomeYork. It has also been announced that fans can pre-order the Redman – Muddy Waters II “Thee Mixtape” from the official Redman website (link above) which also comes with a VIP package option. Redman will be touring with Method Man around Europe, and will also be one of the headliner acts at the Crotia-based “Fresh Island Festival” which will also see the likes of Rick Ross, DMX and Pusha T performing – hit the link above for tickets. You can watch the new video for Redman – Nigga Whut on the YouTube player below.