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25 Facts About Mega Ran – RNDM

• September 19, 2015
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Mega Ran – RNDM

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We have another excellent feature from Mega Ran, with an exclusive 25 Facts about his most recent album “RNDM”. Please support Mega Ran by downloading RNDM from the iTunes link listed above.

1. The original title was “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World.” I’ve mentioned this before, but I don’t know if I’ve told why. I originally used to be a gospel rapper, and the album I was working on back then, maybe 2004 or so, had that title. The concept was that no matter how great things became, or what material posessions I’d have, I wouldn’t miss my shot at eternity for anything or anyone.

2. The Introduction Changed Four Times. I went to a Tech N9ne show for the first time in 2013, and that’s when I got my original idea for an intro. At the end of the show, Tech rapped some sort of pledge, or motto to the crowd, and they all knew the words. I later learned that this motto appears on every Tech album. I wanted my new album to start with a pledge of allegiance of sorts, that I would rap at each show at the beginning. The pledge I wrote was a spoken word poem with no music under it, and while I thought it was dope, it ultimately wasn’t me. I’m not a huge fan of acapellas at shows (no disrespect to anyone that does it, some make it work REALLY well), but I decided to go in a different direction, which was then a HARD rap intro with a beat by DiBia$e. I later scrapped that as well, but it may resurface. I played a show in Japan with a band in late 2014, and they love piano out there. I then decided that I wanted a piano track. I asked 2 great pianists for tracks, but ultimately I decided to contact Michiru Yamane, award-winning composer, and asked her to compose based on my words and feelings, and when I heard it, this current intro just flew out of my pen.

3. The original track listing was over 30 songs. I liked them all, and considered releasing RNDM as a double album. I didn’t wind up doing that. But some of those songs will surface in the next few years I think.

4. “The Meeting” was supposed to have a sequel. I originally planned for “The Meeting” to be two separate songs, where Random would come back and be supportive of Mega Ran’s transformation. I didn’t feel like it needed to end, so to speak, they could agree to disagree.

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Mega Ran

5. One track is lost forever. I had to cut a track I LOVED from this album, called “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World (sound familiar?)” all because of a producer not being able to get me the multi-track stems of his beat. He told me his computer had crashed, and that he was about to get kicked out of his home if he didn’t have $200 for rent… I felt for him and I gave him the money and he not only didn’t get me the beat, he stopped returning my calls and emails altogether. What a dweeb. That’s a lot of the reason the album title changed.

6. “Introvert Bars” was supposed to be longer. I had an entire song around it but it wasn’t as fun as the beginning was. So I re-did it several times, and then in sequencing, I accidentally realized it sounded perfect right before “Your Favorite Song.”

7. The album took 3, maybe 4 years to complete. I released “Losses” with Joell and MURS in 2013, but didn’t put it out until 2014, which is still a year ahead of the album. Infinite Lives was also released a year before the release date. And related to that…

8. “Believe” is seven years old. When we lived together, DJ DN3 and I just recorded tracks. A lot of music was made then. Most of it has been released, but one thing that never got out was an album called “The House Project,” that he made with our housemates. I appeared on a few tracks and the final track was “Believe.” I loved the song, but since the album never came out, it sat and sat. I asked DN3 if I could use it on this album, but I wanted to beef it up since it was so old. I looked around for organ players, and then got hit up by Packy of the band “I Fight Dragons” who knocked it out of the park. I had no idea he had so much soul.

9. “The Meeting’s concept was born in an interview. About a year ago, an interviewer asked me, “are you ever gonna make one of those ‘split personality songs’ where you talk to yourself? I laughed it off and said “nah, not likely.” I then went home and watched the play “The Meeting” about Martin Luther King meeting Malcolm X. And then I wrote “The Meeting.”

10. The female vocalist on “Laughin At Ya (That’s Crazy)” is from Fiverr. That’s right. I hired a vocalist from India to give me some vocals for the song that I written and she did the job. Originally her vocals were to be placeholders for another singer, but that singer cancelled her session and I was heading on the road, so the $5 vocals stuck. She asked not to be credited by name. That’s Crazy.

11. “Mackerel Sky” is the result of listening to too much Aesop Rock. I listened to 3 people during the making of this album: Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and Aesop Rock. I was determined to make a few songs on this album that wouldn’t be immediately decipherable upon first listen. Mackerel and Promised Land are those songs. I wrote Mackerel Sky specifically for the purpose of breaking it down in depth, one day down the line. Turns out it was a banging track. Ironically, AF THE NAYSAYER originally used this beat as a remix for Aesop’s “None Shall Pass.” I heard it at a show and asked him about it, and boom.

12. The Meeting was re-recorded the most times, maybe 5. I usually record stuff once to get it down, then again at the big studio, but this one didn’t have the right amount of emotion on it the first few takes, so I had to do it again, and then again, and again.

13. Joell Ortiz probably doesn’t like me. I asked him to send me a CLEAN verse for this album and though his verse is mostly clean, he uses 2 of the 7 words you can’t say on radio or TV. I asked him to redo his verse and he refused, and even got a little offended. He didn’t want his verse edited, but eventually agreed to it…I think.

14. MURS’ verse on “Losses” took less than 12 hours. If there’s one chance I wish I could get back it’s that one. I dig my verse a lot, but I feel like he had it down and murdered that one. He got me that verse within the same day and it was REALLY impressive.

15. Someone stole the beat for “Your Favorite Song.” Tunesmith (the producer) told me that he sent out a beat tape with that track on it to several other MCs and one young guy from Cali just rapped on the beat and put it on his soundcloud without even talking to him. It’s rappers like that guy that give us a bad name. You probably will never hear it, but if you do, you know the story now.

Mega Ran

Mega Ran

16. I’ve never met 4 of the producers on the album. Al Maccio, Tunesmith and PR Beats and Marcus Banks are just dope beatmakers who sent me tracks that they’d made with me in mind… they worked. I’d always dreamed of being an artist that producers name beats after, like “Mega Ran-Type Beat”

17. Me and Wordburglar think alike. So on Wordburglar’s new album, I appear on a track called “Warp Formula” which is all about space travel, and he appears on my album on Space Defense Team, all about space travelling bounty hunters.

18. Kool Keith was a dream to work with. I sent him the song with my verses and hook on it and he immediately agreed to hop on and even made suggestions on the song direction, which was awesome. A dream to be able to bounce ideas off of a legendary MC.

19. Matt Weiss did a LOT on this album. He mixed the entire record, played some bass on Miss Communication, did background vocals on several tracks and more. I can’t say enough about his talent level and how much he leveled up this record.

20. Laughin At Ya was a joke. It was supposed to be a skit, but became a whole song. I wrote it so fast that I just didn’t think it deserved to be a part of the album. But it was entertaining and had a sound that I had never experimented with before. So we kept it.

21. Alternate Endings is inspired by the Professor Layton x Phoenix Wright game. In that game, in an alternate world, Layton meets Phoenix Wright, who is a baker, and not a lawyer. So that inspired me to make a song in which someone would meet me in my alternate life. I used to want to be a dentist. It’s true. Up until my sophomore year of college, I was determined to be a dental hygenist. Then I failed biology and decided to change course.

22. Rushmore was a hard song to write. My original plan was to rap each verse in an attempt to impersonate each artist that I was talking about, but I decided not to, though I felt I had done a good job with the voices and flow of each. But I thought that would sound too tongue-in-cheek, when it wasn’t a funny song at all.

23. “Revisions” probably ensures I’ll never teach again. I let out a lot of serious behind-the-curtain stuff that teachers and administrators know, but no one says. I started writing this while I was still teaching, so maybe mid 2011.

24. “The Promised Land” is my career in a nutshell. It works on a number of levels, but it initially was written to be a parallel of my relationship with nerdcore. I feel like I helped knock down a wall that encouraged people of color to be themselves and embrace their nerdiness, but once the wall was down, everyone tried to repeat the same formula and it became overcrowded, to the point where I felt like the outcast. If that wall were still up, I’d be protected, but without it, I’m exposed.

25. “Mighty” was the impossible song, but we got it done. I got an email from Comcept while on the road with Storyville and Danimal this year, and they gave me a short deadline for a very intricate track… they wanted an EIGHT MINUTE song that included a voice clip from every high level backer. You’ll hear that version on the game when it comes out in 2016.

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25 Facts About B.Dolan – Kill The Wolf

• July 19, 2015 • Comments (0)
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B Dolan – Kill the Wolf

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Following the release of B.Dolan’s “Kill The Wolf”, we have an exclusive 25 facts article containing information that you won’t know about the album. Please support B.Dolan by downloading Kill The Wolf from the iTunes link listed above, and look out for B.Dolan on his world tour in the forthcoming months.

1. Over 20 musicians, vocalists, producers and engineers were involved in the making of this record. It took me 5 years to complete.
2. Midway through the process, the lead engineer DS3K moved out of the studio he’d been working in for years and constructed a brand new custom studio that has reinvented our workflow and
made everything quicker / sonically amazing. However, the process of stripping a basement to the studs and building an acoustically engineered studio was not an easy or a quick one.
3. We were in such a rush to get back to work after the studio was constructed, we failed to properly ventilate / consider that the new building materials would be off-gassing. In this way, we very nearly killed ourselves making the album. After one long 4 day session, DS3K went to the hospital one day unable to form sentences properly, and they found elevated Carbon Monoxide in his bloodstream. This album reaked havoc on our health and mental well being more than once. It was during that time that I found the biblical quote from the Lazarus story that became that songs opening “hook” … “This sickness will not end in death.”
4. In the time it took to complete the album, Dave Lamb, the vocalist featured on the chorus of “Jailbreak” was diagnosed with Leukemia and passed away. He was part of an incredible Providence band called Brown Bird that I urge people to find and listen to. He was absolutely one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever known or worked with.
5. I listened to “Jailbreak” 8,000 times while making this album, and only understood the beginning of Aesop’s verse a month after the album was completed. “Vertical vertical vertical vertical diagonal” is a reference to the hashmarks a prisoner would make on the wall while counting off days.
6. I got married while making this album. It’s cool when your best friend is sexy and down to spoon. We get along good.
7. I released two mixtapes while making this record, House of Bees vol. 2 & 3, with Buddy Peace. We’re currently working out a DJ / MC set that we can tour around the world for the next few years. It’s sounding incredible and I’m very excited for people to see this tour.
8. The song “Rats Get Fat” took 6 months to write and record, and at one point featured an entirely different beat / bpm. We did a ton of work on that older version and eventually scrapped it, thought it became the main theme in a movie I wrote & scored last year called “Almost Mercy”. That movie will be on Netflix this July.
9. I wrote “Rats Get Fat” with the intention of turning it into an animated video, though it remains to be seen if the video artist I was originally collaborating with will come through on it. I hope he does, because it looks absolutely incredible, and is the reason I wrote such a visual story. He uses a style of photo animation that’s really unique and dark. The rats have scary red eyes. It’s awesome.

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B.Dolan HHK

10. During a show w/ Scroobius Pip several years ago, the first song in my set caused a fuse in the venue to blow, shorting out the P.A. and lights. Being mid song and in front of 400 kids, I switched into spoken word mode and performed “Who Killed Russell Jones?” which I had just written at the time. A photographer in the front row switched his camera to video mode and captured the performance, which a fan later animated. We released that video as the first official ‘leak’ from this album.
11. I also reference that event, and the second time it happened, on the song “Stay Inspired.”
12. The second official leak was also fan created without too much of my knowledge or input. Ben Morgan, a talented filmmaker from Liverpool, asked me to send him some high energy stuff from the new record and I sent him “Alright”. A little while later he dropped that video in my lap, and I was so impressed with it we made that one official too.
13. “These Rooms” was the last song completed for the album. I had the concept in mind for a couple months, but hadn’t sat down to right it yet. At the last possible moment before the album was due, I booked myself into a hotel room 40 minutes from my house where I barricaded myself and wrote the song in one sitting. The instrumentation of that song was the only ‘beat’ I didn’t oversee the production of.
14. Jim Diotte created the “These Rooms” beat, and the last time I worked with him was on my debut LP “The Failure”, when he created the music for “The Crow on the Riddle”. He originally sent me that instrumental for a remix to the song ‘Heart Failure’, which will shock the shit out of people who know both songs.
15. Graffiti Busters had a sample that was impossible to clear, so it was removed, but it would have been my favorite scratch chorus of all time. I was able to edit together two different Rakim lyrics to create a perfect acapella of him saying: “When I’m finished / no graffiti on the wall” and it sounded hard as fuck. However, Def Jam sample clearance was not on the table.
16. “Safety Theater” is a real term used by people in the airport security industry. It refers to the parts of the airport arrival and check-in process that do nothing to actually protect you, but make you feel as if you are being watched / protected. For example your passport is checked several times when you fly internationally, but only once is it ever checked against the “do not fly” list. The other times it’s just being looked at for dramatic effect.
17. “Memory of Bombs” was written in two parts. At first, the song was started in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The idea had to do with an ancient legacy of violence in America, and sense of exceptionalism that sort of mirrors the psychology of a school shooter. I also read an article about the government’s attempts to dispose of a massive amount of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and the problems that arose from burying something that will still be poisonous and deadly in 10,000 years. A panel of experts was assembled to try and figure out how to warn civilizations that will be as different to us as we are to the humans who made cave paintings… and that idea really fascinated me.
18. In the midst of that, the events in Ferguson and the deaths of unarmed black teenagers suddenly became national news, and the second verse sort of fell into place. The common theme was white violence in America, and the long history of it and difficulty in facing it / “disposing of” it / addressing it.
19. While making this album I bought a house. It’s pretty damn cool. I still sometimes feel like someone is coming to take it away from me. Because they are. Their name is the bank. But so far I have fended off the bank, and now I’m attached do it. Come and git me, you fucks.
20. The engineering of this album was inspired by a little known record label called Cadet, which was an offshoot of Chess Records. I collect LP’s from Cadet’s catalogue, much of which were engineered by Charles Stepney, who later went on to produce Earth Wind & Fire. The Cadet catalog has a ton of really crunchy drum breaks, but also has a lot of huge guitars engineered in a very psych rock way. By initially sampling from, but then recreating, and listening to those records we arrived at the melding of break beats, analog synths and rock engineering that a lot of this album has.
21. I had the album cover before I had the album, or the title of the album. I came across it randomly one day and knew instantly that it needed to be the cover art. It actually influenced the writing on several songs, including “Run the Machine”, but I also realized I’d already made a couple wolf references on different songs. On Stay Inspired I’d talked about eating with the pack, and the line at the end of “Alright”. The theme sort of suggested itself in that way.
22. Jamila Woods is a spoken word artist from Chicago who I hit up to record the spoken word segment of “Run the Machine”. She’s also got a lot of great work to be found on Youtube. Cheggit.
23. We mic’d and recorded a grand piano for an entire day during the making of this album. That recording is nowhere on the finished product.
24. We used a lot of Moog gear on this album, and were scheduled to record a Moog Sound Lab when the album was done. Unfortunately, Moog seems to have discontinued that series, but we still like em and all. What up Moog.
25. Sage Francis sings back up vocals on “These Rooms” and also appears on the first track “Lazarus”, ever so briefly. He only lets me yell things or do hooks on his records, so I feel like it’s becoming a mutual policy. Just to show there’s no hard feelings though, we’re gonna try and make a whole record together next. I referred to him as “my brother” for years, but recently a fan came forward with some info that ironically may show we are in fact distantly related by blood. Crazy, right? That’s why I saved that fact for last. Props to anyone that read this far down. See you soon!

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25 Facts About Iron Braydz – Verbal sWARdz

• March 20, 2014 • Comments (2)

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We’re gearing up for the release of Iron Braydz’s next project “Verbal sWARdz” on 14th April 2014. Here’s an exclusive “25 Facts About Iron Braydz – Verbal sWARdz” which is a great insight into the project. You’ll be able to download Verbal sWARdz from Braydz’s Official Bandcamp Page.

1. Verbal sWARdz has three tracks I already put out in the course of a few years that passed (Firey Read in 2011, Dobermans and Scorpion Sting).
2. Dobermans featuring Phat Kat has already got a video on my YouTube channel shot by Sinikle.
3. Firey Red featuring Sean Price got a lot of Coverage especially from 2dopeboys and NahRight.
4. Dobermans and Firey Red were both originally meant to go on the SLUGGA album which I haven’t recorded yet.
5. During the course of recording some more tracks for the EP, I, Phat Kat and Agor (producer of Dobermans) had agreed to do an EP together.
6. The verse on Verbal sWARdz (the title track) was originally written for the EP with Phat Kat and Agor.
7. Dedd wasn’t originally called that, realised I had lost my lyrics when I got on the train before going to Chemo’s to record and out of frustration I wrote Dredd before I got there.
8. All my beats were made on Reason 5 on my laptop with a pair of Zenheiser headphones.
9. Rambo was for a project called Chimera that was devised by fellow Triple Darkness member Solar Black. The line-up was Skiblah, Black Crypton, Solar Black and my self.
10. I ended up using it on the EP because everyone’s schedules were hectic.
11. Scorpion Sting was inspired by “the House of Flying Daggers” on Raekwon’s OB4CL 2.
12. My verse on Crowbar Head topper was influenced by how I felt when English Frank made the comment about the security guard being African. I know he apologised for what he said and done, however it still offended me at the time and I can sincerely say I have no issues with him.
13. The first part of my verse on Crowbar Head Topper was a true story, happened a long time ago.
14. The beat I created for Fiery Red was a remix of a beat Chemo made for me some years back.
15. The intro to V.S was taken from Thundering Mantis, one of my all time favourite classics. I also felt that part of the movie represents how I feel. It almost feels like the black community is being laughed at right now in the height of recent and current events to do with some of the racial tension that’s building up in London (and worldwide), but no many people seem to want to talk about it. Bryan Leungs outburst just before Scorpion Sting kicks in is the full representation of the project. An outburst of facts, feelings, perspectives and opinions.
16. Millennium was the most difficult lyric for me to write because of its intricacies and alignment of words. Plus I had the pleasurable pressure of making sure my verses were up to par with the big brother Po.
17. The artwork for V.S was done in 2010, but it was finalised last year.
18. Verbal sWARdz drops the exact same time Triple Darkness had made me an Official member 14.4.14.
19. Just before I finished recording the EP I had made a cameo in my first movie (Night Bus).
20. Crowbar Head Topper is also on Ray Vendetta and Solar Blacks releases.
21. My daughter stayed up with me while I finished making the beat for Scorpion Sting.
22. I wasn’t going to put the EP out at one point, because I was done with music for a while and it made no sense to me until Cyrus Malachi and M9 had words with me.
23. Jehst was present in my recording session and he lost his marbles when he’d heard the Rambo and Scorpion Sting instrumentals, He was also surprised when he found out I made them. That shit was funny as hell.
24. Dave Pyster who created my custom swords was also the inspiration for me choosing the title of the EP.
25. This project is dedicated to my good friend Natty and Ricky Bishop who both passed away due to police brutality.

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Illerstate – Even With The Odds Against Us

• December 31, 2013 • Comments (1)

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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.

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Illerstate – Even With The Odds Against Us

• December 7, 2013 • Comments (2)

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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.

1- Intro
2- Even With The Odds Against Us
3- Loudmouths
4- Break Out (Feat. JSD of Virus Syndicate)
5- Hustlin’ (Feat. Tyler Daly)
6- V.I.P.
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)
16- Illerstate
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.

 

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Lazy Habits Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

• November 23, 2012 • Comments (0)
Lazy Habits Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

Lazy Habits Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

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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.

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Kyza Freestyle with Hip-Hop Kings

• November 17, 2012 • Comments (0)
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Kyza

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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.

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Joey Badass Live in London

• November 16, 2012 • Comments (0)
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Joey Badass – Live in London (Credits IAmAyo)

Written by Joe Langham
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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.

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Masta Ace Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

• June 7, 2012 • Comments (2)

Masta Ace Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

Masta Ace Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

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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.

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Rhyme Asylum Freestyle and Interview with Hip-Hop Kings

• May 1, 2012 • Comments (0)

Rhyme Asylum

Rhyme Asylum

Rhyme Asylum – Solitary Confinement DOWNLOAD Link

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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