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.
Following the news that Copywrite will be releasing his album “God Save the King (Proper English Version” on June 13th 2012, we have another leak from the album which features Akala and Sonny Seeza called “Starter Hats”. Copywrite has collaborated with a number of UK MC’s on the project, including Akala, Mystro, Genesis Elijah, M9 and Context alongside others, and prior to the album being released, Hip-Hop Kings also posted exclusives with Sam Khan and Loudmouth Melvin and Skillit. To read the Hip-Hop Kings review of God Save the King (Proper English Version) click the link above, and you can listen to Copywrite ft Akala and Sonny Seeza – Starter Hats on the youtube player below.
Release Date – Tuesday 15th May 2012 (link coming soon) 13th June (read below).
Being able to listen to Copywrite’s “God Save the King (Proper English Version)” makes me smile for reasons unfathomable to most. The concept for the project began in early 2011 after an interview with Copywrite for Hip-Hop Kings following the release of “Life and Times of Peter Nelson”. I’m not for one second suggesting I’m responsible for God Save The King (Proper English Version) however I’ve been involved indirectly throughout the making of the album. That being said the review has being a challenge to ensure an unbiased view of the album.
UPDATE – Due to a change in Man Bites Dog Records’ international distribution for God Save The King (Proper English Version) the release date has been moved back to 13th June 2012. Hip-Hop Kings will still present the download link on the day of release.
One of the most highly anticipated album releases of 2012 is without a doubt Ruste Juxx‘s now-available project “Hardbodie Hip Hop”, and here is a single from the project titled “Three The Squad Way”. Ruste Juxx have called upon the likes of Vinnie Paz and Rock (of Heltah Skeltah) for the track, which has been produced by Kyo Itachi. The album “Hardbodie Hip Hop” is now available to download (check the download link above) and has been getting nothing but positive reviews from all the major Hip Hop publications. You can listen to Ruste Juxx ft Vinnie Paz and Rock – Three the Squad Way on the youtube player below.