PRE-ORDER | Matt Maddox – Righteous Fury
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As we continue to prepare for the release of Matt Maddox’s upcoming album “Righteous Fury”, HHK are proud to premier the single King Killer, along with an exclusive interview from Matt Maddox himself. We’ve already heard BARbarian, No Country for Old Men and Street Art which featured Tragedy Khadafi, King Killer is the fourth official leak from the project which will be available to download from the 25th February 2014. King Killer has production credits from the Snowgoons (Sicknature), and other producers on the album include C Lane and Vanderslice among others. You can read the exclusive Matt Maddox interview with HHK, and listen to Matt Maddox – King Killer below.
HHK: Thank you for your time Matt. The fans need no introduction but we would like to know your thoughts about how “Righteous Fury” has turned out, and what fans can expect to hear from the album.
MM: The record turned out great! I had a lot more time to work on this record, and delve deeper so to speak. I also had a larger group of talent to reach out to with the producers and emcees featured on it. It’s much more full, and complete sounding. To the listeners, I would expect a lot more of ME. I feel this really should’ve been my first LP, it’s more personal and expressive.
HHK: You’ve chosen to collaborate with some great Hip-Hop artists including Tragedy Khadafi, Skyzoo, Adlib, Reef the Lost Cauze and King Magnetic among others. How did you select who you chose to work with? And were there any collaborations which didn’t make the final cut?
MM: Yo all the artists featured on this album are doing so out of mutual respect for each others craft. I chose the people who I personally rep, ride for, and ALSO have the bonus to listen to. There’s a few that didn’t make the cut but only due to time constraints. Def got some wild shit in the vaults.
HHK: Production comes from a range of different people including C Lance, Vanderslice and Sultan Mir. How easy did you find keeping the vibe of the album consistent while working with different producers for the project?
MM: This record I had a vision already of how I wanted it to go down. Asylum Artistry my last record was kind of a plethora of songs put onto a record and called an album (admittedly by me). I had a lot going on at the time and literally HAD to put SOMETHING out. Life’s ill. So The production was what I was looking for LITERALLY. I knew what I needed and who would deliver for that concept.
HHK: What is your personal favourite track from Righteous Fury?
MM: I like the whole album I can’t front. I think I took it a lot of different directions and it’s hard as fuck to choose.. but in all honesty.. If I had to pick 5 I’d say ..Sick N Tired, Reality’s a Bitch, BARbarians, Olympus has Fallen, and King Killer.
HHK: Promoting an album is incredibly different to ten, or even five years ago. As an artist with longevity how are you promoting the album differently? And how has the Internet benefited your promotional campaign?
MM: That’s exactly how! I’m letting the internet benefit my promotional campaign. There has always been in-stores, touring, benefit shows and so on, but this day in age it’s different. The listener is even a different person now. We HAVE TO, as artists, utilize the web in order to attain an even adequate audience. It straight necessary and needed 100%, especially as independent artists.
HHK: Can we expect to see a European/UK tour following the release of Righteous Fury? And would you collaborate with any UK rappers/producers?
MM: There is definitely a Euro/UK tour coming in 2014. Exact dates are being worked on and will be released in the near future. I rep DEAD RABBITS, and I got two of my DR brothers here in the UK. My brother and dj TMB, and my brother and Emcee/producer Edd Bundy. I also have my brother Black Pope who’s held me down since jump, & Billy WhizZ. Iron Braydz was gonna be on track w Bundy but had difficulty locating the verse in mixing. I’m a dick for that, my fault. So yes I have and I will continue to work with UK talents.
HHK: Where can fans download the album? And are there any final shoutout’s you like to make?
MM: it will be available worldwide, all major digital outlets, and physicals in stores as well. HMV etc.. Shout out to my brotha Matt Charette and Redphone Records. Shout out Tony Bucher and Seven 13 Music. Shout out Dead Rabbits and all my family out there. Shout out to BAXWAR. Shout out to ILL-ROC and Danny Diablo. Conspiracy Worldwide Radio I see y’all. Peace
HHK: Thank you for speaking with Hip-Hop Kings. We really like Righteous Fury and good luck with the rest of the campaign.
Thanks for having me.
EXCLUSIVE | Standards of Living – Amateur Hour [S1.Ep1]
The guys over at watchmojo.com have created a “Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014″ list which is pretty much agree with. The top 10 includes upcoming movies from Marvel and DC, along with some expected sequels and follow-ups which are bound to create excitement throughout the course of their individual promotion campaigns. HHK recently announced that Marvel will be releasing Iron Fist: The Living Weapon which will be an ongoing series also available in physical comic book format. Furthermore, we took a look at Marvel vs DC and which company would prove to be the victor in 2014. You can watch the “Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2014″ on the YouTube player below.
RELATED | DC vs Marvel (Who Will be Victorious)
Danny Rand aka The Iron First is the character who’ll be taking centre stage as Marvel announce a brand new ongoing series titled “The Living Weapon”. Written by Kaare Andrews (Spiderman: Reign A+X), Danny Rand once again will channel the power of the ancient dragon Shou-Lao as the fist of vengence strikes again. Iron Fist: The Living Weapon will also include a code for a free digital copy of the same comic on the Marvel Comics app on the iOS and Android devices, but the physical comic hits shops this April. Take a look at some pictures below.
PURCHASE | 50 Years of WWE
In a news conference today, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced the launch of the WWE Network. Here are some key points which WWE promise to be the most innovative network in history. From February 24th 2014 the WWE Network will be available to fans after Monday Night RAW. The first PPV to be showcased on the WWE Network will be Wrestlemania 30.
- WWE Network will be the first network to launch with a 24/7 service
– On demand library from any device
– Scheduled programming
– Live content
– Second Screen Experience
– All 12 Live WWE PPV events will be available at no additional charge (including Wrestlemania)
– Future live daily studio shows
– Post and Pre Shows of RAW and Smackdown
– Resolution of 720p
– Launching WWE Network worldwide late 2014/early 2015.
The cost of the WWE Network will be $9.99 per month. The cost of the 12 PPV’s per year is currently $675 which WWE have identified as already being value for money for WWE fans.
Stephanie McMahon has also announced “Legends House”. Eight WWE legends including Rowdy Roddy Piper, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and The Fink are all featured.
Wrestlemania Rewind is the second new series which features content dating back 30 years to Wrestlemania 1.
WWE Countdown gives fans the option of voting and ranking a series of subjects including best catchphrase, entrance music, finishing move and favourite turns.
Triple H and Shawn Michaels were introduced to discuss the Monday Night War (WWF vs WCW) which is also featured on the “50 Years of WWE” which can be purchased on the link above.
A bunch of other things happened afterwards including John Cena and Stone Cold making an appearance along with some WWE Suits. Check out some exclusive photo’s from the conference.
It’s with great sadness that HHKMag report this morning that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker died late last night aged 40. The man known as Brian O’Conner in the six Fast and Furious movies was leaving a charity event with a friend on November 30th, 2013 in Valencia, California as a passenger as the driver lost control of the car. Both Paul Walker and his friend were pronounced dead at the scene. Take a look at some of our favourite Paul Walker (aka Brian O’Connor) moments on the YouTube video below.
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Welcome back earth dwellers to #HHKMovies review for Thor sequel “Thor: The Dark World”…..someone turn a light on, yeah?
The God of Thunder storms(ha!) back onto our silver screens with a flick of his long blonde locks and a wave of his magic hammer. Making women weak at the knees and some throw their undercrackers at the screen. Very unhygienic when they land in your popcorn.
Chris Hemsworth (Rush) with a return cast in Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Anthony Hopkins (Red 2) and Stellan Skarsgård (Angels & Demons) bring to life Marvel’s (@Marvel) comic creation of the life and hardships of Aasgards favourite ass-kicking, hammer-throwing prince! Of course we cannot miss out the Tom Hiddleston’s (War Horse) Loki…..the god of mischief, and boy does he live up to the hype. This Marvel phase 2 movie seems to follow the same lines as Iron Man 3 with alot more comedy and grandeur.
“Christopher Eccleston”, I hear you ask. “What about Christopher Eccleston?” He’s barely noticeable. I do wish they could have made him a more formidable foe.
Thor: The Dark World……gets Thor out of Thive……I couldn’t resist
DOWNLOAD | Stephen Lynch – LION
During his U.K tour, HHKMag caught up with the “musician trapped in a comedians body” AKA Stephen Lynch. Following his memorable performance at the o2 Academy in Leeds, Stephen Lynch talks about his latest album “Lion” and his favourite track from the record. Stephen Lynch also discusses collaborations with Courtney Jaye and the reason he hasn’t worked with any high-profile musicians. Lastly, Stephen Lynch discusses plans for 2014 and gives a very special shoutout at the end of the interview.
Written by Adam Leivers
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Mos Def was always a bit of an enigma. From his days in UTD making distinctly ahead-of-its-time hybrids of Gangster leanings & Native Tongue-tinged melody to his Rawkus label-defining debut single ‘Universal Magnetic’. From his debut album’s organic traditional hip-hop with a pinch of soulful harmony to his long awaited follow-up which turned out to veer from straight up rock all the way through to commercial attempts at crossover.
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Now is the time for the relative masses to don attire that they consider scary, but sexy enough that they’ll pull but not get humped to death by an unsightly zombie. Yes townsfolk, it’s Halloween. Or as we at HHK HQ like to refer to it ‘HHKalloween’…yes, terrible I know. To cover this years fright fest we thought we’d delight and fright(en) you with a shortlist of the superior and the sinister Hip Hop Horrors (Hurray!).
1. Seed of Chucky(2004) with Redman
2. Bones(2001) with Snoop Dogg
3. Halloween: Resurrection(2002) with Busta Rhymes
4. Leprechaun in the Hood(2000) with Ice-T
5. Tales from the Hood(1995)
Remember folks, if you get laid on Halloween, wear a mask and have protection, like a machete or something! What else should be included in the Hip-Hop Horror’s list? Tweet us @HHKMag
Download | Vinnie Paz – Vinnie Paz – Carry on Tradition
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Written by Adam Darbyshire
As has become a custom in my calendar Vinnie Paz has graced us with his presence as we enter the winter period, although this year in a different form than his usually tour with either Jedi Mind Tricks, Ill Bill, Demigodz or Army Of The Pharaohs, in 2013 he has treated the world to a solo mixtape ‘Carry On Tradition’ which dropped last night.
As always this mixtape is packed with the gritty beats and rhymes we are used to, it does not disappoint. Alongside the defined style of beats the Heavy Metal King has adopted as his own there is a cold tale to half the songs on this tape which not only hook you from a musical perspective but for the story they tell.