Written by Joe Langham.
Read the “Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead” debut event Review here - http://bit.ly/YB97W2
English Frank and Black The Ripper in Leeds - http://bit.ly/WRYQS1
Following the massive success of the opening night, Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead returned for a second night with another massive line up to match. With the opening night back in December setting the bar so high, matching it would not be easy, yet English Frank once again rounded up some of the UK’s biggest names in hip-hop for a memorable night.
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.
Underground Hip-Hop artist REKS will be performing his first ever show in the U.K on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at Brixton Jamm in London. REKS has been heavily supported by Hip-Hop Kings over the last couple of years, and Biarritz and TeenCreeps are the promoters credited for arranging his first ever U.K performance. Tickets are currently £8.00 and can be purhcased from the links listed above, and fans can also check out the official Facebook Invite Page HERE. You can watch my personal favourite REKS song which is produced by DJ Premier titled “25th Hour” on the video below.
Written by Joe Langham
Photo by Ayo | http://iamayo.tumblr.com
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.
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/Oi9h2G
Hip-Hop legend Lord Finesse will be performing a one-off show at Musiquarium in Leeds, thanks to Sedgwick Avenue. The D.I.T.C member will have support on the evening from local artists Shedmen (Sinoptic), Spida Lee (DTTS), The Office (J Bravo/Dialect/Teknico) and DJ Boogie Blind (X-Ecutioners/ Pharaohe Monch) on the 1s and 2s. Doors open at 7pm until late, and fans are encouraged to get their tickets immediately from the link listed above. Lord Finesse was also attacked by the media this year after a lawsuit was put against Mac Miller for use of a sample, you can read the full story HERE. You can view the official flyer for Lord Finesse Live @ Musiquarium in Leeds along with the ticket link above.
Elzhi in London 2011 | http://bit.ly/tihneY
We had the pleasure of being the official film crew for Elzhi‘s London show @ Cargo this year for the “Doctors Orders” night, and much like last year (link above) the Hip-Hop Kings team have done a great job in the official show recap. Elzhi performed to a sell-out crowd at Cargo in London, and dropped old and new material including the popular single “Blue Widow” which is the song featured in the video, and the first official leak from his upcoming project “The Weather Report”. Look out for plenty of more promotional material ahead of Elzhi’s “The Weather Report” album, including a Hip-Hop Kings exclusive. Thanks to Alex Martinez, and Creation for the filming and editing, and The Doctors Orders for a sick event. You can watch Elzhi @ Cargo in London on the youtube player below.
This is the official Hilltop Hoods show recap of their performance at the Electric Ballroom in London. Performing to a sell-out crowd, Hilltop dropped a number of tracks from the new album “Drinking from the Sun” along with some classics. I was fortunate enough to meet and interview MC’s Suffa and Pressure after the event, for an exclusive interview which will be live in the forthcoming weeks. You can watch the official Hilltop Hoods in London video on the youtube player below.
Tickets | http://bit.ly/M6XV0e
I’ve been fortunate to see C2C live at the DMC DJ Championships a few years ago, and I’m pleased to share their latest video for the single “The Beat”. C2C are promoting their debut EP “Down The Road” and The Beat is the lead single from the project, which can be downloaded from the link listed above. C2C are also set to perform a live show in Islingon, London on 2nd October 2012 (ticket link above) so make sure you grab the opportunity to see their LIVE SET which is always amazing. You can watch the new video for C2C – The Beat on the youtube player below.
Tickets – http://bit.ly/HbgGfR
It’s what the U.K Hip-Hop scene has been waiting for, This Is Hip Hop and Dont Flop have announced that Slaughterhouse will be performing in Manchester on Thursday 17th May. Sound Control is the host venue to Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I, who, as Hip-Hop Kings have previously announced, are releasing their Shady Records debut “Welcome to OUR House” this year. Fans can view the official flyer above, along with the link to purchase tickets, and you can also watch our previous interview with Joell Ortiz on the youtube player below.
Rhyme Asylum Event (Facebook Group) http://on.fb.me/Hf131Q
U.K Hip-Hop heavyweights Rhyme Asylum are set to perform a one-off gig in Huddersfield at Bar 1:22 on Friday 27th April. Rhyme Asylum (State of Lunacy and Solitary Confinement) will be supported by Spida Lee, who will be also celebrating his forthcoming “Carriacou Jack 99%” album launch party, amongst a list of other artists. Beats and Pieces is hosted by beatboxer and producer Megamouth and is the home to DTTS (Dont Talk to Strangers). You can view the official artwork and flyer, along with the Facebook group (link above) to Beats and Pieces Present Rhyme Asylum live here.