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.
Tickets | http://bit.ly/12LeC7N
As HHK previously reported, two of the biggest brands in Hip-Hop history have collaborated on a joint project that had fans in anticipation one year before its release. Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block (Wu Block) was released on 27th November 2012, and was a joint venture between the two groups, arguably two of the most recognised and talented groups we’ve ever witnessed in Hip-Hop history. Fans of the U.K will be delighted to hear that Wu Block will be performing in London on Tuesday 12th January 2013, and “The Garage” in London will be host to Ghostface and Sheek Louch who will be representing their individual groups. Tickets can be purchased from the link above, where I’ve also listed the official event flyer. You can listen to Wu Block – Stick Up Kids on the youtube player below.
HHK are excited to confirm the launch of heavyweight lifestyle brand New Era’s “NBA Room” which will be located at the New Era Stratford Store. A week-long event will give fans an opportunity to purchase NBA headware, and celebrate the game with competitions and prizes. Following a successful launch in Berlin, the NBA Room will run from January 12th – January 20th 2013.
Fans visiting the store will be treated to Slam Dunk competitions, and potentially win up to £50 New Era vouchers for shooting three hoops in a row. In addition, a number of products including the NBA 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY Snapback and 9FORTY will be on sale amongst others. HHK will be visiting the store to capture some footage of the event, so say hello to the camera when you see us. You can view the official New Era website on the link listed above.
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.
Hip-Hop Kings are proud to team up with Educated Guests and Vision Music Promotion to give two fans the opportunity to see Shabazz The Disciple LIVE in London. Shabazz will be performing at Brixton Jamm on 31st October 2012 (this Wednesday) with support from Cyrus Malachi, Jon Phonics, Datkid (Split Prophets) and Baileys Brown. With co-signs from the likes of GZA, DJ Premier and many others, the Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Disciple is ready to tear down the London stage by performing tracks from “Death Be The Penalty” and “Crime Saga”. To enter the competition, simply post a comment below, or Tweet (@HHKDotCom) or drop a comment on the official Hip-Hop Kings Facebook page (link above) stating your favourite Shabazz The Disciple record. The winner will be chosen at midnight tomorrow (October 30th) and will win TWO free tickets to see Shabazz The Disciple on Wednesday 31st October. Participants must be 18+ and be able to make their own travel arrangements to, and from the venue.
Mean Fiddler and This is Hip Hop Present RAP MAYHEM – Vinnie Paz / Ill Bill / Pharoahe Monch / O.C & A.G (D.I.T.C)
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/QmV9nj
If the title didn’t say it already, U.K Hip-Hop fans are in with a massive event next month, as Mean Fiddler and This is Hip Hop Present RAP MAYHEM – Vinnie Paz / Ill Bill / Pharoahe Monch / O.C & A.G (D.I.T.C) who will be performing in London at the HMV Forum on 30th November 2012. The two heavyweight booking agencies have combined for what is said to be an event of the year, with tickets costing £22.50 or V.I.P tickets starting at £40.00 (buy from the link listed above).Expect heavy beats, rugged rhymes, intricate lyricism and incendiary live performances from some of the legends of Hip-Hop, and you can view the official flyer and ticket link here.
Tickets for 9th Wonder | http://bit.ly/z1bbyn
When the great producers of Hip-Hop are discussed, 9th Wonder always makes the list, and fans have the opportunity to see him return to the U.K on Saturday 8th December 2012. The Doctors Orders are responsible for bringing the super-producer to Plan B in Brixton, London, and alongside his live performance will be the UK Premier of “The Wonder Year”, a documentary following a year in the life of 9th Wonder. Support DJ’s on the night will include The Doctors Orders resident Chris P Cuts, along with Rapsody (first ever UK performance), Spin Doctor and CJ Beatz (1xtra). Tickets start at £8.00 and can be purchased on the link above, and you can view the official 9th Wonder show poster here.
Elzhi @ Cargo | http://bit.ly/RafDTJ
One event not to miss in October is the Blu and Exile London show, presented by The Doctors Orders on 4th October 2012. Blu and Exile have a big following on Hip-Hop Kings, and they are playing their first ever show at Cargo. Hip-Hop Kings were recently at Cargo to cover the Elzhi event (link above) and another sell-out crowd is expected to see the underground Hip-Hop team of Blu and Exile perform on stage. Support on the evening includes Spin Doctor, Chris P Cuts and Kutmah, and tickets can be purchased in advnace for £10 HERE. You can view the Blu and Exile show flyer above, and you can also watch Blu and Exile – A Man on the youtube player below.
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.