Previously: Illerstate Sneak Preview
Written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Its important to start a new year with some new music and I personally recommend checking out ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’ by Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate.
After almost two years taking seemingly a back seat in the local hip hop scene of Manchester Illerstate have exploded back on the scene having dropped an album just before the start of 2014. With features from JSD (Virus Syndicate), Shotty Horroh and Tyler Daly amongst others this CD contains some good hip hop for all listeners. A couple of the tracks could accompany the R&B essence with some ‘radio’ songs but these quickly switch to grime based club tracks, there is literally something for everyone here.
If you managed to hear their original mixtape the growth here is obvious and this hip hop trio are definitely ones to look out for in 2014. Having already featured one of the tracks (Money To Throw) on channel AKA even if you aren’t trawling the internet for a new sound these guys will hopefully appear in your iTunes library somewhere having popped up on your tv or radio.
Some of the metaphors used on the tracks are incredible and the variety of beats range from old school Wu tang esc through to light hearted sounds which are that chilled they have made it onto my snowboarding playlist (to give you an idea its currently filled with Aussie hip hop through to artists like crystal fighters).
The album is available through their bandcamp, big cartel and Itunes, which for a limited time only is an impressive £5 for 18 tracks of that Manchester sound everyone hip hop head loves at one point or another. Check it out for free on the bandcamp or youtube.
EXCLUSIVE – Sneak Peek At New Illerstate Album
written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate (@illerstate) are exploding back onto the scene after 18 months of sitting in the studio and working day after day on their up and coming album ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’. HHKMag have been granted an exclusive preview of the album and for hip hop fans it does not disappoint, the group have dabbled in new areas of the game and the result is something worth a purchase.
Previously featured on Channel AKA and around the underground scene of Manchester this album has the power to put them on the map in a major way. Keep your eyes peeled for when it drops real soon, and keep space on your Christmas list for this 18 track CD featuring appearances from JSD of Virus Syndicate, Tyler Daly and Shotty Horroh amongst others.
A full review will be hitting the site shortly but in the mean time here’s a track list for you all to get excited about.
2- Even With The Odds Against Us
4- Break Out (Feat. JSD of Virus Syndicate)
5- Hustlin’ (Feat. Tyler Daly)
7- Get Up (Feat. T.Bizzle)
8- Cut Above The Rest
9- Can’t Go On (Feat. Connor Ashton)
10- Taking Shots
11- Drowning (Feat. Tyler Daly)
12- I Just… (Feat. Toni Marie)
13- Never Take Me Down
14- Wannabe (Feat. Top Boy Round Here)
15- Change (Feat. Connor Ashton)
17- Money To Throw (Feat. Shotty Horroh)
18- Going Nowhere (Feat. Connor Ashton)
If you haven’t heard of them already check out the below videos, all featured on the new album.
Download Jack Flash and Wizard – Progression | http://bit.ly/zEV9xf
Jack Flash Interview with Hip-Hop Kings | http://bit.ly/wgQ4E2
Following the release of Jack Flash and Wizard’s album “Progression”, a brand new video has been uploaded on the official Jack Flash YouTube page for the intro track to the album. Credits go to Ash Pears for AshTV for the video, and of course WIzard has handled production which is consistent throughout the whole album. A number of videos have been posted of Jack Flash on Hip-Hop Kings, and we also interviewed Jack Flash outside of Sedgwick Avenue to discuss the album (link above). Fans can also download Jack Flash’s “Progression” album (link above) however you can watch Jack Flash – Progression Intro on the youtube player below.
When I first heard DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles were working together for a brand new collaborative album I knew we were in for a treat. Introducing “KoleXXXion”, the new album will be released in assosiation with Gracie Productions. While DJ Premier is rocking SXSW, fans in New York City can look out for March 26th which is the official DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles album release party, hosted by Sway and Flavour Flav. Other appearances on the night include Naughty By Nature, M.O.P and more. You can watch the official DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles KoleXXXion Album Trailer on the video player below.
Download Joe Budden – Climax Remix | http://bit.ly/zEYQSd
As Slaughterhouse continue to be the most talked about Hip-Hop movement leading up to their album this year, Joe Budden has leaked a brand new track titled “Climax Remix”. Joe Budden (1/4th of Slaughterhouse) has already jumped on the “Stay Scheming Remix” with Joell Ortiz this year, and everything he touches is spreading around the blogosphere very quickly. More news on the new Slaughterhouse: Our House album will be available in the forthcoming weeks, however you can download Joe Budden – Climax Remix on the download link above.
Download Calez – Kid With Raps | http://bit.ly/zHGniq
Last month I posted a track from Calez called “Intermission” which had a great response from the Hip-Hop Kings readers, and now I’m pleased to share the brand new project “Kid With Raps”. The LP is made available for free download, and has been presented by RubyHornet and 2DopeBoyz who have supported Calez throughout the promotional campaign. The twenty year old underground Hip-Hop artist has caught the eye of many of the major blogs and tastemakers, and 2012 is set to be an exciting year for Calez. You can download Calez’s “Kid With Raps” LP from the link above, along with viewing the official artwork here.
Towards the end of 2011 I was lucky enough to get some interview time with Canadian Hip-Hop artist Classified. After the release of Handshakes and Middle Fingers, I spoke to Classified about his favourite tracks on the album, his label and distribution situation, his live performances and plans for touring the U.K and Europe amongst other things. Classified’s Handshakes and Middle Fingers can be bought using the download link above (please support) and fans may have seen the new video which is featured at the start of this interview with Joe Budden for their collaboration track “Unusual”. You can watch the Hip-Hop Kings interview with Classified on the youtube player below.
Ohio’s DJ Logikal and Ryan Notes have teamed up to provide fans with Ryan Notes’ self titled debut album, which has also been made available as a free download. Ryan Notes is making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings, and with a good response from fans will certainly be looking to be featured in the future. DJ Logikal is one of Ohio’s leading mixtape DJ’s and has previously worked with a huge catelogue of underground and established Hip-Hop artists. You can browse the Hip-Hop Kings archives for previous DJ Logikal mixtapes, however you can view the artwork and download link for DJ Logikal and Ryan Notes Self Titled Debut album here.
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Jack Flash vs Depths @ Don’t Flop | http://bit.ly/tXU0KY
Huddersfield and West Yorkshire Hip-Hop ambassador Jack Flash has a brand new video for his single “Steamrolling”. The track was produced by Wizard, and the video has been directed and edited by Paul Cockcroft, and with a massive reaction in the first couple of days, Jack Flash is successfully building the desired buzz ahead of his forthcoming album “Progression”. The album has been delayed until 2012, however we expect to see more promotional work (tracks and videos) ahead of the release. Check out Jack Flash’s recent Don’t Flop debut battle (link above) however you can watch Jack Flash – Steamrolling on the video player below.