Hip-Hop Kings Interview with Verbal Kent
HHK: Thanks for speaking to us Verbal Kent. For the readers who may not be aware, can we have a brief introduction please?
VK: My pleasure man. I know how saturated Hip-Hop is right now, so I think an introduction is in order. I’ve been doing my thing out of Chicago IL since the late nineties. I grew up listening to quality rap music, so all I’ve ever wanted to do was follow in the footsteps of the true masters. My first album dropped in 03′, entitled “What Box”, followed by “Move With the Walls” in 06′, “Fist Shaking” in 08′, and “Brave New Rap” in 09′. I’ve shared the stage with many of my Hip-Hop heroes like Krs-1, Redman, GZA, and Sean Price, and I’ve collaborated on joints with characters such as Ill Bill, Masta Ace, Wordsworth, EDO G, and Sadat X. I’ve toured in the states, in the UK and in Europe a few times a year for the past 4 years. My rap “style” is Lyricism at it’s best, sharp and dry, quit witted and always on beat. True to the art. No B.S. I’m really into the math of writing. I’m on some Sudoku shit! Basically I love Hip-Hop music, and I’ve been trying to help carry the burden of the torch since I started making it.
As part of the ongoing Open Bar Season with Kevin Nottingham, WEB has teamed up with his long-time musical partner E.D.G.E for the latest release “Vancity We’re Back”. This track marks the twelfth week in the Open Bar Season, which aims to present one-track-per-week to WEB’s fans. You can listen to WEB x E.D.G.E – Vancity We’re Back on the player below.
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Miami Based duo Marcello “Cool” Valenzano and Andre “Dre” Lyon also known as Cool and Dre have secured a deal with IK Multimedia Group for the GrooveMaker Application, the revolutionary iPhone/iPod/iTouch/iPad application that creates non-stop, electronic, dance and Hip-Hop tracks in real time. Cool and Dre have supplied exclusive drum riffs and sounds for the application, that users can freely explore to create their own sounds. The application will allow users to make loops, and eventually create a full track through their iPod/iTouch/iPad. You can view and purchase the application through the groovemaker website – www.groovemaker.com.
Eternia and MoSS have collaborated to release their joint full-length album “At Last” which will be available from June 29th. The BBQ features Rah Digga and Rage, and is the lead single from the limited edition E.P, and is widely regarded as the last leak before the album is available. Fat Beats Records are stocking the limited edition Vinyl E.P, which will be available on their website www.fatbeats.com. You can listen to Eternia x MoSS x Rah Digga x Rage – The BBQ on the player below.
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The new CopyWrite song “Poorly Promote This” has a deep meaning and motive behind the release. CopyWrite‘s debut album “T.H.E High Exhaulted” was a joint release with Mighty Mi, which CopyWrite has attempted for over a year to remove from iTunes to prepare a re-release. Mighty Mi has been less than co-operative, and CopyWrite has brought his frustration in the form of song. You can listen to CopyWrite – Poorly Promote This on the player below.
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Here is a great skit from the new Royce Da 5’9 mixtape Bar Exam 3 called “Skinny Jeans – I Hate Your Pants”. I’m not saying anything else.
Following the massive controversy surrounding the Necro release of his album Die! I have another new track from Necro titled “Thugcore Cowboy”. The majority of the population have commented on the Necro “The Human Traffic King” single, and petitions were setup to ban the track from being performed due to the lyrics and substance of the music. You can listen to Necro – Thugcore Cowboy on the player below.
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A brand new video created by the guys at Clement & Co. put together this short documentary with DJ Rhettmatic and Ras Kass as part of their “Field Studies” series. Ras Kass and Rhettmatic discuss the ADIDAS project, along with their new music, and also an interesting breakdown on the the old vs. new music model. You can watch the new video from Ras Kass and DJ Rhettmatic – Field Studies below.
Lowstarr (formelly known as Lee Ramsay) has announced he will be releasing a brand new four-track E.P titled “In Search Of The Light”. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to the E.P prior to the release, and I’m confident the Hip-Hop world will appreciate the production throughout the project, along with the feel-good factor it brings to the industry. Lowstarr is also running a competition where fans can receive a free digital copy of the E.P with artwork and bonus tracks if they sign up to the mailing list. All you need to do is email email@example.com for a chance to win. You can view the artwork for Lowstarr‘s upcoming E.P “In Search of The Light” below.
Category: Upcoming Releases
The one name that gets the whole U.K Hip-Hop world excited is Klashnekoff. I released news a couple of months ago that the new album is on it’s way, and samples and previews of the music were posted as well. Now Klashnekoff has teamed up with D.Ablo for the first single from “Back To The Sagas” called Klash Anthem. It’s expected to create the buzz which likens Murda, and “My Life” which was produced by Nottingham based producer Joe Buhdha. You can listen to Klashnekoff x D.Ablo – Klash Anthem below.
iTunes Download Link – http://bit.ly/cTcaU5
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