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.
To celebrate the news that JR and PH7 will be releasing a joint project on the 28th August via SoulSpazm, we would like to share the new single “We Do Our Thing”. JR and PH7 call upon the services of Willie The Kid, Mally P, P.Blackk and Fabrashay who all feature on the track, which we have available to stream on the audiomack player below. The E.P (also called We Do Our Thing) can be pre-ordered from the iTunes link listed above also features instrumentals and remixes of the single. You can listen to JR x PH7 ft Willie The Kid, Mally, P.Blackk and Fabrashay – We Do Our Thing on the audio player below.
As we all know, Method Man is due to drop a new solo album titled “The Meth Lab” on the 21st of August 2015. We have a new single from the album which is titled “The Purple Tape” and features Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. Method Man has called upon the services of the Brown Bag AllStars producer J57 who worked behind the boards for the single, which has been praised by blogs and fans alike. Look out for some more promotional material ahead of the release of The Meth Lab, but you can listen to Method Man ft Raekwon and Inspectah Deck – The Purple Tape (produced by J57) on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | Jack Flash – Stone Soup Vol.1
Following his relocation to London, Huddersfield-based Jack Flash has been performing at a series of events, including the infamous ILuvLive. We have a brand new video uploaded by ILuvLive of Jack Flash performing his single “Mayflies”. Other artists who have performed for ILuvLive include Ed Sheeran, Emeil Sande and Tinie Tempah among others. Also please check out Jack Flash’s new project “Stone Soup E.P” which can be downloaded from the link listed above. You can watch Jack Flash – Mayflies on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | STL GLD – Viva La GLDPLY
A big shoutout to The Arcitype for sharing his group (STL GLD)’s new project Viva La GLDPLY which has been made available as a free download. STL GLD consist of The Arcitype, Moe Pope and Christopher Talken, and Viva La GLDPLY, as the title suggests, is a remix of 7 Coldplay songs. Guest features on the EP include Jared Evan and Latrell James. and has come with an official video for the single “Midnight”. You can view the artwork, download link and track listng for STL GLD – Viva La GLDPLY here, along with the official video for Midnight on the YouTube player below.
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.
My man Kritikal Powers returns to the Hip-Hop Kings front page with a brand new single, this time an acoustic version of Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen”. Arguably one of the songs of 2015, Kritikal Powers displays a different side of his artistry which is seldom seen, yet very exciting to hear. Kritikal Powers has made the Trap Queen acoustic cover available as a free download (check the download link above). Look out for a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive coming very soon with Kritikal Powers, and in anticipation please check the archives for previous music. You can listen to Kritikal Powers – Trap Queen (acoustic cover) on the soundcloud player below.
PREVIOUS | Xidus Pain and Smoovth – Street Sermon
We have a number of UK legends and upcomers mixed in one track which is a MUST LISTEN for any UKHH fan reading this. A big shout out to Xidus Pain for sharing the new track “Untitled” by DeepTrunk79, which also features DJ JabbaThaKut, Special Ed and Magmatic. The track has been uploaded to DeepTrunk79’s Bandcamp Page and can be downloaded for just £1.00 so please support if you can. Also watch out for Xidus Pain’s upcoming album Xtreme Affirmation which we hope to see released later in the year. You can listen to DeepTrunk79 ft DJ JabbaThaKut, Special Ed, Magmatic and Xidus Pain – Untitled on the bandcamp player below.
DOWNLOAD | MeccaGodZilla – ISA Violet
We are excited to share the latest release from MeccaGodZilla with a video for his track “ISA Violet”. The single is taken from MeccaGodZilla’s latest instrumental project “ERROARS 2.2 Metal Sakura” which fans can download from the link listed above. MeccaGodZilla has various infleuces from the album, part of which came from living in Tokyo, Japan along with the raw roots of NYC and Long Island. Credits go to HifiMediaTokyo for the filming of the video, along with DJ Hibi Bliss who is the actress. You can watch MeccaGodZilla – ISA Violet on the YouTube player below.