It was nearly impossible to cut this list to 10, from the thousands of Dilla produced, featured and inspired tracks that exist in Hip-Hop, however the HHK team have put our top 10 favourites together to celebrate today, J Dilla’s birthday. James Dewitt Yance passed away in 2006 and left one of the strongest legacies through a catelogue of timeless music, and loyal family and fanbase. Dilla’s music will forever be regarded as legendary, so please enjoy the HHK Teams top 10 Dilla tracks, and please comment with your favourites below.
Common – Love Is (prod Dilla)
Dilla – Diamonds (prod Nottz)
Ghostface – Whip You With a Strap (prod Dilla)
The Roots – Can’t Stop This (prod Dilla)
The Pharcyde – Runnin (prod Dilla)
Dilla ft Common and D’Angelo – So Far to Go
De La Soul – Stakes is High (prod Dilla)
Dilla – Bars and Twists (Instrumental)
Black Star – Little Brother (prod Dilla)
Dilla ft Madlib and Guilty Simpson – Baby
Big news hit fans early 2013 that U.K based producer Endemic will finally be releasing “Terminal Illness Vol.2″, and to start promotion we have a track that features Bugsy Da God titled “The Arrival”which will be part of the “Quarantine” mixtape coming very soon. Quarantine has confirmed guest verses from Tragedy Khadafi, Ruste Juxx, Afu Ra, Ill Bill, Bugsy Da God, Hell Razah, Sha Stimuli among others and is mixed and cut in style by DJ Furious P. Look out for other leaks and videos ahead of both Terminal Illness Vol.2 and Quarantine, however you can listen to Endemic ft Bugsy Da God – The Arrival on the soundcloud player below.
Written by Joe Langham.
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Following the massive success of the opening night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead returned for a second night with another massive line up to match. With the opening night back in December setting the bar so high, matching it would not be easy, yet English Frank once again rounded up some of the UK’s biggest names in hip-hop for a memorable night.
Written by Adam Darbyshire
Big news has been brewing in the Golden Era camp as there has already been mention of another Hilltop Hoods album ‘Walking Under Stars’ hitting our ears in 2013. As usual the guys at Golden Era kick started their year with yet another free mixtape, featuring all the artists on the label. This has happened since 2011 and if you haven’t got these you can head over to their site (www.goldenerarecords.com.au) and pick it up as a free download. This years tape didn’t go live until February, but they didn’t leave fans standing until this, with a golden era appreciation week featuring new music each day from different artists on the label. This week was topped off with an eight minute cypher track featuring all the artists and announcing the newest member of the group K21.
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Here is the second promo track from Koncept’s forthcoming “Malt Disney” project titled “Space Mountain” which features Tanya Morgan. Earlier this month, HHK blogged the single “Give It Up” ft REKS, and as Koncept and J57 prepare to fly out for their European tour in February, “Space Mountain” reminds fans exactly why they need to make sure to attend one of the dates of the tour. Fans can check the full list of dates on the facebook link listed above, and join the HHK team in Leeds who will be filming during the Koncept and J57. You can listen to Koncept ft Tanya Morgan – Space Mountain on the audio player below.
Fizzyology | DOWNLOAD
Following the release of Lil Fame and Termanology’s collaborative album “Fizzyology”, I have the brand new video for the single “Hustlers Ringtone” which feautres Bun B. HHK posted a series of promotional videos and leaked tracks prior to Fizzyology’s release, which can now be downloaded from the link listed above. Hustlers Ringtone is the latest video (credits to The Rhyminal) from the project, and to browse the other singles and videos posted please search “Fizzyology” in the search bar to the left. You can watch the new video for Lil Fame and Termanology ft Bun B – Hustlers Ringtone on the youtube player below.
Making his debut on HHK is London-based artist Pride, who has collaborated with U.K Hip-Hop veteran Savvy for the new single “The Right Idea”. Released digitally on 25th February 2013, The Right Idea has been produced by Savvy himself, and comes with a number of remixes available to fans for download from the likes of DJ Q, XLII, The Whiteboys and Noji. The Right Idea will be released through Savvy’s “Saving Grace Music” through their official bandcamp page which is listed above, however you can listen to Pride ft Savvy – The Right Idea on the soundcloud player below.
Lincoln is the latest offering from Steven Spielberg, rated by Empire Magazine as the greatest director of all time. His film repertoire precedes him with Jaws (1975), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and War Horse (2011) to name a few. The film was recently nominated for 10 BAFTA’s and 12 Academy Award’s including Best Film and Best Director and a pair of nominations in Best Actor for the brilliant Daniel Day-Lewis. Whilst not one of Spielberg’s greatest films, it comes close and can definitely be considered a masterpiece in its own right.
Lincoln follows the revolutionary 16th President of the United States in the final four months of his life and the battle to abolish slavery from America. The film is led by Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, who is supported by a superb cast including Tommy Lee-Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Skyzoo – A Dream Deferred | DOWNLOAD
The incredible 2012 album “A Dream Deferred” by Skyzoo still has regular rotation on thousands of playlists across the world (including mine), and I’m pleased to share the brand new video for the single Spike Lee Was My Hero ft Talib Kweli. Skyzoo received countless excellent reviews and comments from critiques and fans, and the latest video directed by Alex Ghassan adds to Skyzoo‘s very impressive resume of videos. Fans are treated to a special Spike Lee appearance at the end, and are reminded they can still purchase A Dream Deferred on the download link that’s listed above. You can watch Skyzoo ft Talib Kweli – Spike Lee Was My Hero on the youtube player below.
Black Budget owner and U.K Hip-Hop artist Just P has today announced he’ll be releasing a brand new mixtape series titled “My Bars on His Beats”, with the first record available on 28th January 2013 as a free download. Just P has teamed up with Koziel (formally Tritone) who’s produced the mixtape, and for the first time, collaborated with Ruthless, for the track “Cold Blood”. To get a free copy of the mixtape, simply “like” the Just P Facebook page (link listed above) however physical copies are also available from the official website (link also listed above). You can also watch the 2012 freestyle with Just P on the youtube player below.