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.
After releasing their latest E.P “Bulletin”, eight-piece Hip-Hop band Lazy Habits film an exclusive interview with Hip-Hop Kings. The London based collective speak about the E.P and how they overcome creative differences when recording in the studio, and promoting their projects to the public. Lazy Habits were also booked to perform with Doom, and explain what it was like sharing the stage with him, and their involvement with other artists and bands within the U.K Hip-Hop scene. Make sure you subscribe to the Hip-Hop Kings Youtube Channel for more high quality content, or subscribe to the mailing list to get the new Hip-Hop Kings exclusives first. You can watch the Lazy Habits interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the youtube player below.
This is a brand new freestyle from U.K Hip-Hop heavyweight Kyza, which was filmed at the 2012 UK Boom Bap Festival. Kyza goes IN for the Hip-Hop Kings camera, and at the end of the freestyle, Kyza announced that “My Very Own Album” is currently in the works, however fans will be treated to two brand new mixtapes titled “Miverione Vol.1 and 2” before the album release, which will both be produced entirely by Kyza himself. Make sure you subscribe to the Hip-Hop Kings YouTube channel, however you can watch the Kyza Freestyle on the YouTube player below.
Written by Joe Langham
Photo by Ayo | http://iamayo.tumblr.com
There aren’t a lot of rappers that can claim to have sold out two venues in a matter of days, a feat usually reserved for heavyweights of the hip hop world, but Joey Badass and his Pro Era collective have been making massive waves in the hip hop world in previous months.
Despite being only 17, Joey Badass took to the stage like he had been doing it for years. Joey’s chilled flow was given some verbal energy from CJ Fly and Kirk Knight with lesser known members of the group keeping the crowd hyped. He and Pro Era kept the party like atmosphere going for over 90 minutes and brought the gig to an end with an impromptu freestyle and a second helping of ‘Survival Tactics. Their stage presence was one I can only compare to that of the Wu Tang Clan which is hardly surprising considering their ‘golden era’ sound and size of the collective.
Recently being co-signed by RZA of the Wu Tang Clan only affirms the talent that this group have. The Pro Era mix tape, announced for December 21st, is definitely one to look out for and will hopefully see some production from RZA. With the massive success of their, albeit small, UK live debut, I wouldn’t bet against seeing Pro Era in the UK again very soon.
Download |MA Doom – Son of Yvonne
At the end of the eMC UK tour, Masta Ace, Striclin, Wordsworth and Marco Polo sat with Hip-Hop Kings for a live interview infront of a sell-out Sedgwick Avenue. eMC answered questions about their debut album “The Show” with their personal favourite tracks, and plans to record together again as a group. Masta Ace played the world exclusive of the forthcoming MA Doom (MF Doom / Masta Ace) album Son of Yvonne. You can watch the Hip-Hop Kings interview with Masta Ace and eMC on the youtube player below.
The latest Hip-Hop Kings exclusive saw myself and Creation (@CreationBeats) meet with U.K Hip-Hop legends Rhyme Asylum for a brand new freestyle and interview. Rhyme Asylum had just finished their set at the last ever Beats and Pieces held in Huddersfield, and I was quick to ask about the new music that fans can be expecting in 2012. Rhyme Asylum also discuss their personal favourite tracks from albums “State of Lunacy” and “Solitary Confinement” and what they’ve been doing since the last release in 2012. You can view more great interviews and freestyles on the official Hip-Hop Kings YouTube page, however you can watch the Rhyme Asylum Freestyle and Interview with Hip-Hop Kings below.
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I spoke with Leeds-based MC Chief Wigz and producer Sonar Cousin in this brand new interview exclusive to Hip-Hop Kings. After we marked a brand new affiliation with Sedgwick Avenue bar, with the Hip-Hop Kings logo gratified onto one of the high walls, we caught up with Chief Wigz and Sonar Cousin ahead of their album “The Cat Came Back” which will be available to fans on April 2nd 2012. Chief Wigz and Sonar Cousin discuss how the collaboration happened, what fans can expect to hear from the album, and what else is planned before the release. Furthermore we have an acapella from Chief Wigz with Sonar Cousin on the keyboard at the end of the interview. You can watch the new Chief Wigz and Sonar Cousin interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the youtube player below.
During my recent trip to London I finally had the opportunity to interview DJ/rapper/battler Firts aka Mr 13 in a brand new and exclusive feature for Hip-Hop Kings. Many of the readers will be aware of the mixtape “Firts Featuring” alongside a number of other projects and stand alone tracks. Furthermore Firts is a regular battler in the uk rap battle league Don’t Flop, and in the interview we discuss his battle with Leeds based MC Joe Snow. Check out the interview and freestyle with Firts (aka Mr 13) on the youtube player below.
One of the most highly anticipated album releases of 2012 is without a doubt Ruste Juxx‘s now-available project “Hardbodie Hip Hop”, and here is a single from the project titled “Three The Squad Way”. Ruste Juxx have called upon the likes of Vinnie Paz and Rock (of Heltah Skeltah) for the track, which has been produced by Kyo Itachi. The album “Hardbodie Hip Hop” is now available to download (check the download link above) and has been getting nothing but positive reviews from all the major Hip Hop publications. You can listen to Ruste Juxx ft Vinnie Paz and Rock – Three the Squad Way on the youtube player below.