RZA’s The Man With The Iron Fists. (2012)
Written by Adam Leivers
After years of flirting with film through bit-part acting roles and producing film scores for Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Ghost Dog: Way Of the Samurai’ and in part Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’, the Abbott and founding member of what some would consider the greatest Hip-Hop collective to ever exist has finally struck out on his own.
His directorial debut ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ sees RZA in his element, creating a truly modern martial arts film that acts as a collage of the Wu-Tang Clan’s noticeable influences and an homage to the classic kung-fu movies he loves.
Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead truly lived up to its name putting on a memorable show of some of the UKs finest rappers. English Frank put together a massive line up, both in names and size, which included talent like Skinnyman, Klashnekoff and organiser behind the Hip-Hop mini-fest, English Frank. The setting, Brixton Jamm, despite being on a main road had the feel of being underground, which was rather fitting for the night.
Reveal, the former Poisonous Poets member, opened the night with a selection of acapellas and a couple of songs from his back catalogue. His solid flow over old school beats helped warm up the crowd for the night of real Hip-Hop ahead.
The adjective “beautiful” is rarely connected with anything musical, never mind speaking specifically within the Hip-Hop world, so when it was the word of choice to summarise M9’s upcoming album “Magna Carta” I surprised myself. Don’t confuse the aforementioned statement with doubt, there’s no question that Magna Carta (Great Charter in Latin) is without a doubt one of the most soulful, heartfelt and honest pieces of music I’ve heard in a long time. With this comes great risk, however M9 has clearly taken a brave, yet truthful approach to Magna Carta and I’m pleased to say it couldn’t have turned out any better.
Written by Joe Langham
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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.
God Save the King (Proper English Version) Review | http://bit.ly/KeQQK0
Copywrite Interview with Hip-Hop Kings | http://bit.ly/MxNJxR
UK fans are highly anticipating the release of Copywrite’s “God Save the King (Proper English Version)” which will be available on 7th August 2012, and to continue promotion we have the video for the single “More Sorrow”. Copywrite has teamed up with Illogic for the track which has been produced by Sru Bangas, and video credits go to Seanie G. You can read the official Hip-Hop Kings review of “God Save the King (Proper English Version)” on the link above, along with the Copywrite interview with Hip-Hop Kings, however you can watch Copywrite ft Illogic – More Sorrow on the youtube player below.
Caxton Press – Shame The Devil | Review http://bit.ly/JZIssM
This is the SEVENTH official video to drop from Caxton Press called “Big Buck Star” from their album “Shame the Devil” which has been widely regarded as one of the best UK Hip-Hop album releases in recent years. Once again, Caxton Press has teamed up with Global Faction for the video who do nothing short of an excellent job on the visuals. You can read the official Hip-Hop Kings review of Caxton Press’ “Shame the Devil” on the link listed above, however you can watch Caxton Press – Big Buck Star on the youtube player below.
There aren’t many who can compare accomplishments that Hilltop Hoods have achieved over their musical career, and that particular statement is extended by the release of the Australian Hip-Hop group’s sixth studio album “Drinking from the Sun”. The thirteen-track LP is the group’s latest offering, and debuted at #1 in the Australian Album Chart, which was the third consecutive Hilltop Hoods album to do so. Internationally known AND loved, Hilltop Hoods have once again given fans a master class in rap music, and surely another album that will stand the test of time.
The lead single “I Love It” features Sia Furler and really kicked off promotion for the album towards the end of 2011. Since then we’ve head singles “The Underground” featuring Solo and Classified, and the very popular “Speaking in Tongues” with Chali 2na. The guest appearances on the album were a perfect pick, and each artist involved has heavily contributed towards creating an excellent finished product. Another notable feature was Black Thought of The Roots on the track “Living in Bunkers”. We can’t for one second discredit Hilltop Hoods for masterminding the construction of the album and their own contribution, with or without the guest appearances we’re still listening to an album that’s head and shoulders above a LOT of other commercial releases.
In one of my personal favourite projects of the year, Ohio based MC Copywrite has teamed up with the finest of UK artists in his upcoming album “God Save the King (Proper English Version))”. We’ve already seen a number of leaked tracks from the album, and the latest features the legendary Genesis Elijah nad Royce Da 5’9 on the single “Overdose”. I recently reviewed God Save the King (Proper English Version), and Overdose is just one example of the excellent collaboration between UK and US artists. Look out for the official release date coming soon, however in the meantime you can listen to Copywrite ft Royce Da 5’9 and Genesis Elijah – Overdose on the youtube player below.
Caxton Press – Shame The Devil Review | http://bit.ly/JZIssM
As the UK Hip-Hop scene continue to enjoy the new Caxton Press album “Shame The Devil”, we have a brand new video from the group for their single “Broken Dreams”. Caxton Press consist of MC’s (Manage, Kingpin, eMCee Killa), singer/songwriter Amy True, producer Profound, and incorporated into their live sets is DJ Snuff, and Broken Dreams is the latest offering from the group in the visual format with thanks to Global Faction for filming and editing the video. You can read the official Hip-Hop Kings review of Shame The Devil on the link listed above, however you can watch Caxton Press – Broken Dreams on the youtube player below.
Inspired by the legendary William Caxton, a lot of the motives behind Caxton Press are similar to the man who was responsible for the first printing press to be opened in England. In a quest for finding the truth, and challenging the norm in today’s music industry, Caxton Press have presented their album “Shame the Devil” after a year in the studio tweaking to perfection. The album name is taken from Walter Lipman, “There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil” (also quoted in track 5 – Touch the Sun). With rumours and scandals constantly being directly associated with the media, the album already sounds interesting.