We have the brand new video from Brown Bag Allstars Koncept, and Mike Two for the single “Understand Me” which has been uploaded to Koncept’s VEVO channel.
When speaking about the single and video, Koncept said “I’m releasing this video for “Understand Me” featuring Mike Two, produced by Optiks and Max Landry from 14 hours ahead in Seoul, South Korea. I came here for two weeks to play some shows, and while here I got booked for a bunch more in different cities around the country, which led to me pushing my flight back a few weeks.” The video for “Understand Me” was shot and directed in Los Angeles by DJ TJ, and was done right before Koncept headed across to Asia. He’s had a hell of a year and we predict that 2017 is going to be even bigger!
We have been promised a bunch of new music from Koncept in 2017 including the highly anticipated “Flight” album with J57, an Asian tour and a worldwide tour this summer. To keep up to date with the latest from Koncept make sure you follow him on Twitter (@Koncept). You can watch the brand new video for Koncept – Understand Me ft Mike Two on the YouTube player below.
The Brown Bag All Stars are back! Koncept and J57 – Jump ft Akie Bermiss is the latest video to be shared from the long time friends and collaborators.
Taken from the Fuel EP, Koncept and J57 – Jump ft Akie Bermiss is the latest video which has been uploaded to the Kon and J57 YouTube page. The track features some typically excellent vocals from Akie Bermiss who’s worked with Koncept and J57 on various projects and tracks in the past. The video is testement to the single which rates highly among Kon and J’s discography.
The Fuel EP is still available to download from iTunes and serves as a prelude to the “Flight” album which we are itching to hear in the very near future. Make sure you check the new video for “Jump” below, and I’ve also posted the official track listing to the Fuel EP here.
1 Porcelain (feat. Hollis)
2 The Fuel (feat. Akie Bermiss)
3 Excitement (feat. Andrew Thomas Reid)
4 Crazy Is Beautiful (feat. Nevaeh)
5 Live Forever (feat. Dice Raw)
6 Jump (feat. Akie Bermiss)
7 Patience (feat. Denitia)
8 Plane Ticket (feat. The Grand Concourse)
Koncept New Single Adidas is the latest offering from the Brown Bag All Stars member, released via his own imprint Champagne Konny, Inc.
As a huge advocate of the brand, Koncept releases the themed single which is available to download from iTunes now. Koncept New Single Adidas contains the hard bars and liquid flows which you would expect from Kon, along with the accessible appeal which has seen him rise to one of the most exciting rappers we’ve heard in a long time. Full production credits go to Optiks & Brett Cimbalik with instruments played by Brett Cimbalik. We have another excellent display of lyricism from Koncept who seems to be able to use metaphors so easily, and I’ve posted the opening bars from the single below.
I practically already bought my Lamborghini //
A toy model version that sits right beside me //
And everytime I see it, it keeps me reminded //
That I need to work harder to keep the fucking champ beneath me.
Look out for plenty of more Koncept music in the forthcoming weeks and especially the Flight LP which will be available soon. You can follow Koncept on Twitter (@Koncept) and listen to Koncept New Single Adidas on the soundcloud player below.
This is the brand new single from Brown Bag AllStars member Koncept titled “Almost”. Koncept – Almost ft Matt Stamm is available to download from iTunes now.
Koncept has spoken about the single which he’s released through his own imprint, Champagne Konny Inc. He’s released a series of new tracks every Thursday, which have been uploaded to Koncept’s soundcloud page.
“You can achieve anything that you want as long as you believe in it, and are willing to work for it. It’s all at an arms reach away, but you do have to reach your arm out. I’ve worked endless days and nights on my music. I’ve jeopardized relationships, friendships, money, my health, all because I love music so much, and I believe in it. Sometimes you can be so far from reaching your dreams, yet so close. I’ve opened these doors myself, worked my way towards the front, and I’m now sitting in the 4th row. I’m almost here.”
Make sure you follow Koncept on Twitter (@Koncept) and keep checking back with Hip-Hop Kings for new music from the artist, including a join album with J57 titled “Flight”. You can listen to Koncept – Almost ft Matt Stamm on the soundcloud player below.
This is the new single from our friend Koncept and Mike Two titled “Boat”. The collaboration is now available to stream on soundcloud and download from iTunes.
As Hip-Hop Kings readers will be aware, both Koncept and Mike Two have been featured regularly in the past on the website. Koncept released the high profile “The Fuel” EP with J57, and they plan on the full length project “Flight” which we anticipate will be available later this year. Mike Two continues to work on music and is an artist on J57’s “FiveSe7en Music” label, which also is home to the likes of F Virtue and Mean Joe Scheme among others. Koncept and Mike Two – Boat is the latest offering from the duo which can be downloaded from iTunes here.
Look out for more music from the duo which we will be posting as we receive it. You can listen to Koncept and Mike Two – Boat on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | Koncept and J57 – The Fuel
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Koncept and J57 – The Fuel
Brown Bag AllStars member Koncept has released a new track today titled “Smile” which is available as a free download from his soundcloud page. Koncept’s smile is taken from the new Mac Miller (Larry Fisherman instrumental project) and speaks his mind (que the F bombs) in the latest release. Koncept is still promoting the release of his latest project “The Fuel” that he released with J57 which can be downloaded from the iTunes link above. You can also read the exclusive 25 facts about The Fuel that Koncept and J57 provided prior to the release. You can listen to Koncept – Smile (Mac Miller Remix) on the soundcloud player below.
DOWNLOAD | The Fuel EP – Koncept & J57
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About J57 and Koncept – The Fuel
Continuing in the same fashion as he did in 2015, Koncept returns to Hip-Hop Kings with a new single titled “You Music”. Produced by Optiks, Koncept has uploaded “You Music” to his official soundcloud page, and credits go to imakemadbeats for the mastering. Koncept teamed up with his Brown Bag AllStar friend J57 for the releease of their joint EP “The Fuel” which was released in 2015 (please download from the link above) and please check the previous Koncept music we’ve posted on Hip-Hop Kings. You can listen to Koncept – You Music on the soundcloud player below.
LISTEN | J57 – I’m The J57 LP
Following the release of J57’s latest album (I’m the J57 LP) we have a brand new video for the single “Dreamers”. J57 has teamed up with Koncept, Akie Bermiss and Mike Two who all contribute in a brilliant way to the single, which is one of 13 on the new album. Fans can stream the entire J57 album on soundcloud (hit the link above) and not to forget producer credits to LuvJonez for “Dreamers”. Look out for more J57 x Brown Bag AllStars music coming this year and you can watch the official video for J57 ft Akie Bermiss, Mike Two and Koncept – Dreamers on the YouTube player below.
DOWNLOAD | The Fuel EP – Koncept & J57
EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Koncept and J57 – The Fuel
As we get even closer to the release of Koncept and J57’s EP “The Fuel” we have a brand new track to share titled “Live Forever”. Koncept and J57 have teamed up with Dice Raw for the single, which has been uploaded to the official Koncept and J57 soundcloud page. We’ve seen multiple tracks and videos leaked from The Fuel EP to aid the promotional campaign, and we’re expecting a couple more before the EP is officially released. Please make sure you pre-order Koncept and J57’s The Fuel EP from the iTunes player above, and also check out the exclusive 25 facts about The Fuel which went live last week. You can listen to Koncept and J57 – Live Forever ft Dice Raw on the soundcloud player below.
1 – “The Fuel” EP is being released first, but was recorded after our “Flight” LP that is dropping in 2016.
2 – Most of Koncept’s vocals were recorded in his previous apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
3 – Koncept’s vocals for “Porcelain” were recorded in Warwick, NY the day before moving to the west coast. Hollis recorded her vocals at J57’s apartment in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn shortly after.
4 – “Crazy Is Beautiful” was recorded in Portland, Oregon the day before shooting the video for “Porcelain” in Cannon Beach (where the Goonies was filmed).
5 – “Crazy Is Beautiful” was originally intended to be on the 2nd full length album which will drop after “Flight”. Nevaeh (sings the hook) is the daughter of friend, Jessica Keaveny who is a very talented photographer.
6 – “Jump” was also recorded in Portland. Koncept wrote and recorded “Jump” to let off steam one day when in the studio and was in a particular mood. The song was not intended for the EP or for any project. It was more for his own release/therapy. A week later Koncept & J57 knew it had to go on the project. There is artwork for this song. Maybe it will be released some day.
7 – Koncept spent months in the Red Bull Studio LA with James Musshorn mixing and mastering “The Fuel” EP. Each song has at least 5 different mixes due to us being perfectionists. J57 was on Skype/Facetime from Brooklyn for many of those days mixing.
8 – Originally the EP was only 4 songs. Now it is 8.
9 – “The Fuel” EP had previous artwork that will never see the light of day.
10 – Major labels freaked out when they were playing the EP and LP in their offices and wanted to sign them on the spot.
11 – Andrew Thomas Reid basically freestyled over the “Excitement” beat and the 4 bars off it were taken and made into the perfect hook for the song.
12 – You can hear that the very last clap at the very end of the song on “Excitement” is slightly off. It was kept because imperfection is beautiful.
13 – Half of the beats on “The Fuel” EP were made back in 2008 and 2009. J57 strategically saved them for the future and didn’t show them to anyone.
14 – Back in 2010, close friend/collaborator, Sene from Denitia and Sene, originally had a song over “The Fuel” beat for the intended Sene & J57 album. They even performed that song live for a few months around NYC and various other cities but decided to scrap it over time.
15 – Joe Rogers aka The Grand Concourse co-produced “Excitement” with J57. J’s original version (created in 2009) was his attempt at making an Exile meets Kid Cudi sounding beat. Joe and J brought it to another level when they sat down in Joe’s Room17 studio with a ton of analog gear in the summer of 2013 and revamped the beat.
16 – Two of J57’s new artists that he’s producing, Mike Two and Nichelle are both on “Crazy Is Beautiful”. Mike Two (who’s background is ghost writing for major labels) wrote the chorus and laid down a demo for Nevaeh to get the gist of it. Mike’s vocals sounded so good that they kept his vocals in and even had Nichelle come in and sing some background accenting vocals at Optiks’ home studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
17 – Mike Two coached Nevaeh how to deliver her vocals over Skype the day before Koncept & J57 shot the “Porcelain” video.
18 – Back in 2009, J57 had a solo song recorded to the “Excitement” beat but never let anyone hear it except for the person that sung the chorus on J’s version, Jefferson Price. J decided to scrap it as well as the rest of his solo album in late 2009 but kept the beats for future endeavors that he felt made sense.
19 – The “Porcelain” beat (created in 2014) was originally for J57’s debut solo LP, then while on tour a year later J played the beat for Koncept saying it would make more sense to use it for Koncept & J57 and that Hollis (whom they met 2 weeks prior) would sound perfect on it. J called Hollis and asked to if she was down to collaborate and she said yes. The rest is history.
20 – “Live Forever” was originally on “Flight” and was worked on at Red Bull Studios LA back in May 2013. PJ Katz even added extra keys there and James and Eric from Red Bull mixed the track. Dice Raw was a later addition to the record.
21 – “Plane Ticket” was a beat that J57 made in 2013 and wasn’t going to show anyone because he felt like none of the artists he worked with would like it for any of their albums. He luckily showed Koncept & Joe Rogers aka The Grand Concourse during a drunken studio session at Room17 Studio and they created the song known today as “Plane Ticket”.
22 – J57 originally made the beat for “Jump” for 1 of his solo albums “We Can Be Kings” and planned on featuring 1 or 2 emcee’s on it and called the song “The Next Kings” in homage to his old crew from back home on Long Island; TNK. As J’s album progressed, he realized that the beat would stick out like a sore thumb so he showed the beat to Koncept. Months later Koncept dug that beat up and recorded an incredible song to it and wanted to call it “The Next Kings” and to release it as a single. Koncept didn’t know that J57 planned on releasing an album called “We Can Be Kings” so they then decided to call it something else — then Koncept came up with “Jump”.
23 – The drum work on “Patience” was an homage to J57’s very long time love for the late, great J Dilla’s drum work.
24 – Whiskey and vodka fuelled Koncept & J57 during the 2 year creation of “The Fuel” EP; between long, fun studio sessions at Room17 with Joe Rogers to long, fun nights with their business partner, Kyle Watkins, in Manhattan going over the master plan.
25 – You are The Fuel. Each and every one of you. We made this music for you. For you to listen, feel, and see. To laugh, smile, jump, and cry. Be inspired to reach your own goals. Passion is life. Passion is fuel.