Previously: Illerstate Sneak Preview
Written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Its important to start a new year with some new music and I personally recommend checking out ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’ by Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate.
After almost two years taking seemingly a back seat in the local hip hop scene of Manchester Illerstate have exploded back on the scene having dropped an album just before the start of 2014. With features from JSD (Virus Syndicate), Shotty Horroh and Tyler Daly amongst others this CD contains some good hip hop for all listeners. A couple of the tracks could accompany the R&B essence with some ‘radio’ songs but these quickly switch to grime based club tracks, there is literally something for everyone here.
If you managed to hear their original mixtape the growth here is obvious and this hip hop trio are definitely ones to look out for in 2014. Having already featured one of the tracks (Money To Throw) on channel AKA even if you aren’t trawling the internet for a new sound these guys will hopefully appear in your iTunes library somewhere having popped up on your tv or radio.
Some of the metaphors used on the tracks are incredible and the variety of beats range from old school Wu tang esc through to light hearted sounds which are that chilled they have made it onto my snowboarding playlist (to give you an idea its currently filled with Aussie hip hop through to artists like crystal fighters).
The album is available through their bandcamp, big cartel and Itunes, which for a limited time only is an impressive £5 for 18 tracks of that Manchester sound everyone hip hop head loves at one point or another. Check it out for free on the bandcamp or youtube.
EXCLUSIVE – Sneak Peek At New Illerstate Album
written by Adam Darbyshire (@adarbyshire5)
Manchester hip hop trio Illerstate (@illerstate) are exploding back onto the scene after 18 months of sitting in the studio and working day after day on their up and coming album ‘Even With The Odds Against Us’. HHKMag have been granted an exclusive preview of the album and for hip hop fans it does not disappoint, the group have dabbled in new areas of the game and the result is something worth a purchase.
Previously featured on Channel AKA and around the underground scene of Manchester this album has the power to put them on the map in a major way. Keep your eyes peeled for when it drops real soon, and keep space on your Christmas list for this 18 track CD featuring appearances from JSD of Virus Syndicate, Tyler Daly and Shotty Horroh amongst others.
A full review will be hitting the site shortly but in the mean time here’s a track list for you all to get excited about.
2- Even With The Odds Against Us
4- Break Out (Feat. JSD of Virus Syndicate)
5- Hustlin’ (Feat. Tyler Daly)
7- Get Up (Feat. T.Bizzle)
8- Cut Above The Rest
9- Can’t Go On (Feat. Connor Ashton)
10- Taking Shots
11- Drowning (Feat. Tyler Daly)
12- I Just… (Feat. Toni Marie)
13- Never Take Me Down
14- Wannabe (Feat. Top Boy Round Here)
15- Change (Feat. Connor Ashton)
17- Money To Throw (Feat. Shotty Horroh)
18- Going Nowhere (Feat. Connor Ashton)
If you haven’t heard of them already check out the below videos, all featured on the new album.
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/10fPaY8
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hip-Hop, legendary rappers KRS ONE and Immortal Technique will be sharing the stage for a one-off double headline show in Manchester. This Is Hip Hop and Spread Love Present two of the biggest artists to have blessed us with countless classic material, and fans will have the opportunity to see them live at The Ritz on Thursday 13th June. Tickets start at £20.00 and are available at £30.00 for the VIP section from the link listed above. Look out for the HHKMag coverage of the event as always., and you can watch the previous HHKMag interview with Immortal Technique and Poison Pen 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.
Ticket Link | http://bit.ly/QSdl6h
As we approach 2012 (and possibly the end of the world) every Hip-Hop fan should be either preparing or commiserating by attending potentially the event of the year, This Is Hip Hop present Underground Kings (Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill) live in Manchester on Saturday 1st December. If that didn’t excite you enough, the Underground Kings are joined by Swifty (D12), Sean Strange, Snowgoons and more. The cheapest tickets are currently available using the link above, and of course this is expected to be a sold out event so I would highly encourage everybody to get their tickets as quickly as possible. You can view the official flyer for Underground Kings (Vinnie Paz / Ill Bill) Live In Manchester with Guests along with the ticket link above.
Facebook Group / Ticket Link (Available From 28th August) | http://on.fb.me/OqnSs3
Fresh off his performance at Rock The Bells, “This Is Hip Hop” presents Hip-Hop legend and revolutionary Immortal Technique who will be returning to the U.K on 28th October 2012 for a show at The Academy in Manchester. For any underground and mainstream Hip-Hop fan, Immortal Technique at some point will have blessed your speakers and earphones with his powerful music, and an exclusive event in Manchester will see Tech perform some classic, and newer material to the expected sell-out crowd. Fans are encouraged to buy tickets early to avoid disappointment using the link listed above, and for those who haven’t seen “The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique DVD”, check the Viper Records Website for more info. You can also watch one of my personal favourites – Immortal Technique ft Diabolic, Tonedeff, Poison Pen, Loucipher, C-Rayz Walz – Peruvian Cocaine on the youtube player below.
In one of the biggest Hip-Hop concerts expected this year, Mean Fiddler present Wu Legends featuting Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and GZA live in Manchcester on Saturday 14th July. The HMV Ritz will be host to the four Hip-Hop legends, who will be playing old AND new music, and return to Manchester after a sell-out event last year at The Academy. All signs are pointing towards another sell-out show, so please grab your tickets while they’re still available from the link above. Also fans are invited to the official after party at Antwerp Mansion with a live performance from Raekwon (Click HERE) for info. You can view the official flyer for the Wu Legends here.
Since their formation in 2008, Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I) performed their first show together in London, and thanks to Sumit @ The Hip Hop Chronicle we can share some live footage from the event. Playing songs from their first album “Slaughterhouse” each rapper also performed individual freestyles from solo projects, and incorporate a lot of comedy within the show. Slaughterhouse last night performed in Manchester for the second part of their UK visit and reports suggest they were equally as impressive. You can watch the footage from Slaughterhouse – LIVE in London 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.
BLAM! Facebook Page | http://on.fb.me/AneaX0
After the huge success of the To The Test series, Dont Flop and ChronKill present a brand new event called BLAM! Fans will be treated to battles, live music and art in a brand new format based in Manchester. Familiar names from the likes of Pedro, Bowski, Elz, Micky Worthless and Jefferson Price are set to battle, alongside an open mic session and live art from OH AYE crew, The Rag and Bone Collective, Pete Obsolete and Stok. The event will be held of Tuesday 20th March between 21:00 – 02:00, and tickets can be purchased HERE. You can check out the official artwork and the BLAM! facebook event page here.