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
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.
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.
Written by Adam Leivers (@SniperintheMist)
Every time a Quentin Tarantino film comes around it is met with derision, adulation and controversy, not to mention huge swathes of critical judgement the likes of which no other film is subjected to. The man himself is also loved and hated in equal measure, and constantly tows the line between the two with his odd public appearances, defensive interviews and aggressive attitude towards his craft and its representation.
He has a right to be defensive.
Masta Ace – Son of Yvonne | DOWNLOAD
This is an exclusive 45-minute Q and A session with Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin (eMC) and Marco Polo, filmed by Hip-Hop Kings and @CreationBeats at Sedgwick Avenue in Leeds. During the Masta Ace 2012 tour of the UK, he gave fans in Leeds a worldwide exclusive first listen of the album MA Doom: Son of Yvonne, and the opportunity to open questions to an audience of 100+. The full list of questions are placed in the description of the YouTube video, and you can watch the Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Stricklin and Marco Polo LIVE Q+A on the youtube player below.
RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists. (2012)
Written by Adam Leivers
After years of flirting with film through bit-part acting roles and producing film scores for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Ghost Dog: Way Of the Samurai’ and in part Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’, the Abbott and founding member of what some would consider the greatest Hip-Hop collective to ever exist has finally struck out on his own.
His directorial debut ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ sees RZA in his element, creating a truly modern martial arts film that acts as a collage of the Wu-Tang Clan’s noticeable influences and an homage to the classic kung-fu movies he loves.
Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead truly lived up to its name putting on a memorable show of some of the UKs finest rappers. English Frank put together a massive line up, both in names and size, which included talent like Skinnyman, Klashnekoff and organiser behind the Hip-Hop mini-fest, English Frank. The setting, Brixton Jamm, despite being on a main road had the feel of being underground, which was rather fitting for the night.
Reveal, the former Poisonous Poets member, opened the night with a selection of acapellas and a couple of songs from his back catalogue. His solid flow over old school beats helped warm up the crowd for the night of real Hip-Hop ahead.
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.
During the Immortal Technique and Rebel Arms tour of the U.K, Hip-Hop Kings managed to speak with Immortal Technique and Poison Pen before their show in Manchester in a brand new exclusive interview. Topical questions on the recent US Election and his music were asked (including questions on Revolutionary Volume 3), amongst other questions submitted by fans which included battle rap and future plans. Make sure you subscribe to the Hip-Hop Kings Youtube Channel for more high quality and exclusive content using the link above, however you can watch the Immortal Technique and Poison Pen Interview with Hip-Hop Kings on the youtube player below.