Written by David Bosworth
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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
Making their debut on Hip-Hop Kings are U.K collective “F.L.I.P” who are a group of like minded rappers, with the video to their most recent single “Skyfall”. Members of F.L.I.P include Big Ben, Ragz Sweet Jones, Supar Novar, Wordsmiff, Danny Bones, Genesis Elijah, King Response, Terra Slim, Barry Knight, Ruthless, Yaeo & MCD amongst others, and for the Skyfall track it’s Big Ben, Supar Novar and Terra Slim who pay homage to the new upcoming James Bond 007 film. Look out for plenty of new music from F.L.I.P in the forthcoming months, however you can listen to “Skyfall” on the youtube player below.
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It’s confirmed that DJ Khaled will be releasing the very highly anticipated “Kiss The Ring” on August 21st 2012, and we have an official leak from the album which features Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier called “Hip Hop”. We’ve already heard “Take it to the Head” ft Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj, and “I Wish You Would” which features Kanye West and Rick Ross. The song has made the rounds on the Internet since it premiered on August 9th, You can listen to DJ Khaled ft Nas, Scarface and DJ Premier – Hip Hop on the player above.
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Elementz UK are looking for the next big B-Boy / B-Girl acts for a battle competition at the launch of the new Elementz club night which takes place at Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel Road, London on Thursday 26th April. This is a new quarterly event representing the traditional 4 elements of hip hop to full effect. Live performances on the night come from the likes of DJ Sarah Love, DJ 279, DJ Mr Thing, Caxton Press, Genesis Elijah and hosted by Mystro. Elementz UK are looking for seven more successful entrants to take part in the battle competition on the night, with the opportunity to win a cash prize, and a guaranteed featured on The Hip Hop Chronicle. Check out the Elementz UK Website link above for details on how to enter.
Making his debut on Hip-Hop Kings is West Yorkshire based Hip-Hop artist Eskar, with the video to his latest single “Music”. Credits go to George Milner who has filmed and edited the video alongside Eskar, and DJ Illas who produced the single for Eskar. The HD video is the quality that accompanies Eskar’s lyrical ability, and fans can check out the 10-track album titled “The E.P” from the download link above. You can watch the brand new video from Eskar – Music on the youtube player below.
Hip-Hop Kings are proud to announce that the iconic Sedgwick Avenue brand will be the companies primary sponsor for 2012. For Hip-Hop fans world-wide, the collaboration will see a number of joint ventures throughout the course of next year, including live events, competitions, exclusive music releases and much more to be announced throughout the early stages of next year.
For the historians amongst others, many will be aware that Sedgwick Avenue is widely regarded as the birthplace of Hip-Hop in New York City. In 2011 the Sedgwick Avenue Hip-Hop bar was opened in Leeds City Centre, and was the host to many memorable nights including Pete Rock, Jeru The Damaja, DJ Vadim, and also hosted the U.K battle event “Don’t Flop”. Sedgwick Avenue was also the location where Hip-Hop Kings hosted the official MF Doom after party towards the end of the year.
Owner of Hip-Hop Kings Ryan Maxwell was quoted the following. “I’m delighted to have secured Sedgwick Avenue bar as our primary sponsor for 2012. Both Tony (co-owner) and myself share the same desire to bring quality Hip-Hop to the masses, and this collaboration will allow us to do this in a number of ways. I’m excited that two respected brands and working together for what I’m sure will be an excellent year for Hip-Hop”.
Hip-Hop Kings will be keeping fans updated with news surrounding projects with Sedgwick Avenue through its regular channels. Fans can check the official website (www.hip-hopkings.com) and of subscribe to the mailing list on the main page.
A fantastic new opportunity for beatmakers, artists, and anybody involved in the music scene has launched a brand new website called “Non Stop Beatz”. The idea is for artists to be able to purchase or lease beats from a range of International beatmakers and producers, who create free accounts and upload their music. Music and ideas are shared, and Non Stop Beatz provides a great platform in a continually innovative and diverse environment. You can follow Non Stop Beatz on Twitter (@NonStopBeatz) and you can visit Non Stop Beatz from the URL link above.
If you’re around the West Yorkshire area on Thursday 13th October, head down to Sedgwick Avenue for the Fresh Kids Club launch party, which will be packed with Pens, Paint, Beers and Beats. Performances on the night will be coming from Bambooman (Konducters Lab), Thomas (Fresh Kids/Absent Minds), Toxic Logic (Beats and Pieces/Konducters Lab) alongside some graffiti artists and beatmakers. The event is running from 8pm – 1am, and you can view the promotional video for the Fresh Kids Club Launch Party @ Sedgwick Avenue in Leeds below.
As a continuous effort to support Akir‘s supporter sundays project, this is the new track which features Keesha Mishawn called “Win”. The collaboration has come to a surprise, but this is what Akir had to say about Keesha Mishawn. “It seems like everyone is on a serious grind right now. I can feel the electricity in the air. Between the revolutions taking place all over the world, me quitting cigarettes, preparing for these new albums, solidifying tour dates and this week’s All-Star game, my energy and hunger have been restored. For “Win,” this week’s download, I had to call out one of the most positive, inspirational and talented woman I know”. You can listen to Akir ft Keesha Mishawn – Win on the audio player below.
Sir Elton John has spoken up and defended the Hip-Hop culture. The legendary British musician also says being in the studio with rappers is “a phenomenon”.
Many people may remember Elton John when he performed alongside Eminem at the Grammys, after the release of The Marshall Mathers LP. Elton has also worked Kanye West and lended his vocals to the late 2PAc track, “Ghetto Gospel”.
“I never dismiss any form of music. I listen to everything,” Sir Elton told TeenMusic.com. “I’m on the new Kanye West record, for example. It’s a genius record. I was on the Alice and Chains record.” Elton played the piano on the star-studded “All of the Lights”. The track has been in the pipeline for a while after Elton revealed he would like to work with the likes of Kanye, Pharrell, Snoop, Timbaland and Eminem back in 2006.
“People who mock rap, and say, ‘I don’t like it,’ they should go check out Kanye in the studio rapping. Or Eminem when he’s in the studio. It’s a phenomenon,” he continued. “Don’t knock it until you’ve seen it. It may not be your cup of tea, but don’t ridicule. I find that so many of my peers of my age don’t listen to anything new. I love the new.”
Eminem revealed that Elton John played a pivotal role in his sobriety and Eminem retuned the favor when Elton entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish, sending the pianist two diamond-encrusted cock rings.