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Skandal – Hunger Pains [Exclusive]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (3)
Tipped as “top five artists to watch in 2010″ by BBC 1Xtra I can’t say I disagree. Skandal is a U.K Hip-Hop artist who has firmly stamped his name within the U.K Hip-Hop world, and his new album “Hunger Pains” with DJ MK is another great release to bless rap fans’ ears this year. I’m not going to digress from the music with metaphors and saturated journalism, I’m going to reveal why Hunger Pains is essential listening material, and how DJ MK and Skandal have achieved this together.
The ingredients for a great album are all present, and this hasn’t come by chance. Firstly seventeen tracks is a great number, it’s enough to satisfy fans for months of hard work from Skandal, but it’s not too long to lose a listeners attention. DJ MK not only brings years of experience to the project, additionally his DJ abilities are second to none. Hunger Pains also features some of the most in-demand names in the circuit including Ramson Badbonez and Beat Butcha who both provide remarkable contributions to the album. So far it looks great.
With the foundations laid for Hunger Pains it’s time for Skandal to deliver. Not only does Skandal display the hunger required (pardon the pun), it arrives on a silver platter and in enormous proportions. The likes of “Home Economics” which is a Beat Butcha-produced track is raw U.K Hip-Hop at it’s finest. Immediately afterwards Skandal hits fans with “Family Tree” which is a solo track which is ideal for a street anthem. Skandal’s natural rhyming pattern shines through in both tracks, and shapes the rest of the album perfectly.
No U.K Hip-Hop album is complete without a display of immense lyricism. The pulse-raising “Terrovision” contains political substance, and the imagery-turned-reality style is evidently a strong point of Skandal’s persona. Terrovision has all the qualities for the underground radio scene, and my only criticism would be the length. Critiques and fans want to hear more! It seems that DJ MK and Skandal anticipated the request, so “Exorcising Demons” is a quick-fire effort which is a lot cleverer than a lot of people think.
Not only should Skandal and DK MK profit financially from Hunger Pains, but the publicity surrounding the release has been excellent. The availability to download the album digitally from e-stores will boost sales, and the artwork and packaging is somewhat unique too. A combination of U.K Hip-Hop and Grime from two established figureheads in the music world is exactly what we wanted. I’m confident the support from fans will be great, and a celebration will be on the cards for both DJ MK and Skandal.
Review by Ryan Maxwell

Tipped as “top five artists to watch in 2010″ by BBC 1Xtra I can’t say I disagree. Skandal is a U.K Hip-Hop artist who has firmly stamped his name within the U.K Hip-Hop world, and his new album “Hunger Pains” with DJ MK is another great release to bless rap fans’ ears this year. I’m not going to digress from the music with metaphors and saturated journalism, I’m going to reveal why Hunger Pains is essential listening material, and how DJ MK and Skandal have achieved this together.

Skandal - Hunger Pains

Skandal - Hunger Pains

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Mystro Interview Part Two [Exclusive]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (1)

Here is the part two of the Hip-Hop Kings interview with Mystro. As I previously mentioned, Mystro was in Leeds for the Golden Mic 2010 show, and put on a great performance to cap a great evening. Part Two of the Mystro interviews shows me asking about “Mess I Ever Had” which is Mystro‘s remix to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had”, and the skits of F.D.T being made official. Lastly Mystro gives some sound advice to all the mutha luvas out there. You can watch the Hip-Hop Kings Exclusive Interview with Mystro Part Two below.

Mystro Interview Part One – http://tinyurl.com/ycgnouy

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Choze x JustNice – Mind Blown Remix [Music]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (3)

I’ve mentioned the Respect Earned – The Remixes project quite a lot over the past couple of months, and to celebrate the upcoming release, here is a track from Choze and JustNice called “Mind Blown Remix”. Mind Blown Remix was produced by Alex Goose and was mixed by Chris at Sound Society, and also features the usual squad Wingate, E.A, Boss B and Quinten. The Respect Earned – The Remixes project will be available from Wednesday 24th March, so make sure you download a copy. You can listen to Choze x JustNice – Mind Blown Remix on the player below.

Choze x JustNice - Mind Blown Remix

Choze x JustNice - Mind Blown Remix

Choze x JustNice - Mind Blown Remix

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Good BIZ Leaks Principle And Interest E.P [Free Download]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (3)

In the good spirit of modern promotion, Good BIZ have made an advanced copy of their Principle and Interest E.P available for free download to their global fanbase. A lot of Hip-Hop Kings readers will be familiar with “Ya’ll Can’t Ball” which was leaked, and the six-track E.P is set to raise their buzz even more. The Good BIZ – The Principle and Interest E.P has been produced by “The ARE” who has previously worked with De La Soul, Masta Ace and many more. Fans of true Hip-Hop, lyricism, and good music should definitely take a listen. You can view the artwork and the download link for Good BIZ – Principle and Interest E.P below.

http://bit.ly/cU4bX4

Good BIZ Leaks Principle And Interest E.P

Good BIZ Leaks Principle And Interest E.P

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Losers x Riz MC x Envy – Flush [Video]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (1)

Here is an amazing new video from Losers called Flush. The single features Riz MC and Envy, and kudos has to be give to Dan Hillier and Tom Werber who provided the artwork and animation respectively. The animation throughout is incredible, and really makes the video stand out from the norm. Additionally the track from Losers is great, and “Flush” is sure to be a very popular track leading into the summer. You can watch the Losers x Riz MC x Envy – Flush video on the player below.

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Rob Kelly – Kellovision Special [Video]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (2)

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish rapper Rob Kelly has delivered two episodes as part of his Kellovision. Episode Five and Six are now available to fans, which shows Rob kelly talking about the best Irish fight record in Hip-Hop histroy called “Dropkicked”, and the clearance issues that surrounding the single. Rob Kelly also previews a song called Dedication produced by Danny Diggs. Finally Rob Kelly also takes a look at a Channel AKA freestyle in Episode Six. You can watch the Rob Kelly – Kellovision Special on the video players below.

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Mystro Interview Part One [Exclusive]

• March 17, 2010 • Comments (2)

I’m delighted to provide another Hip-Hop Kings exclusive. Any U.K Hip-Hop fan will be aware of Mystro a.k.a Mystrogen. I managed to speak with Mystro during his time in Leeds (yes I know) during the Golden Mic 2010 show this weekend. Here is the Mystro Interview Part One of a twenty minute feature, in which Mystro is asked about the local rap scene, his recent E.P “F.D.T” and also his upcoming album Mystrogen. You can watch the Mystro Interview Part One with Hip-Hop Kings below.

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Sage Francis Prepares New Album Li(f)e [Upcoming Releases]

• March 16, 2010 • Comments (2)

There’s very few artists who you can confidently say deliver absolutely unique and uncomparable music. Sage Francis is a very popular underground Hip-Hop artist who has gathered a massive following over the years. Sage Francis now returns with his forthcoming album Li(f)e which will be available from 11th May 2010. Sage Francis has released three previous studio albums, making Li(f)e his official fourth. You can view the artwork and the tracklisting for Sage Francis – Li(f)e below.

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Sage Francis - Li(f)e

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Ras Kass – Save The Ras Kass Episode One [Video]

• March 16, 2010 • Comments (2)

Following the previous release of the Save The Ras Kass trailer we now have the official episode one for Save The Ras Kass. The video promotion is in aid of Ras Kass‘ upcoming album ADIDAS which will be released later in 2010. Save The Ras Kass is a bid to save underground Hip-Hop, and true lyricism from the suger-coated music we hear on the radio. You can watch Ras Kass – Save The Ras Kass Episode One on the player below.

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DJ Ames x Yung Flash – News Flash [Free Download]

• March 16, 2010 • Comments (3)

It’s that man again DJ Ames who is without a doubt the hardest working DJ in the U.K. This time I’m proud to present a mixtape with Yung Flash that has been hosted by Jack Russell Entertainment and International Hustle. The title of the mixtape is “News Flash” and the seventeen track release features guest production from a list of recognised and respected producers. You can view the artwork and download link for DJ Ames x Yung Flash – News Flash below.

http://tinyurl.com/yclvau2

DJ Ames x Yung Flash - News Flash

DJ Ames x Yung Flash - News Flash

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