Evil Ed - Time You Knew, Experts

A couple more new freebies off Evil Ed's Edstrumentals Volume 2, on Chakra Sounds. Check the last two to see what else gets a look in on the instrumentals collection.

Styly Cee - One Under The Sun

One of the nicest hip hop producers to come out of Nottingham, Styly Cee has let loose this song with Def Tex MC The Anthropologist that featured on videogame Project Gotham Racing 3.



Styly Cee has been responsible for some great songs, not least All Stylz Anthem.

Skepta - Mike Lowery (Video)



Having linked with Diddy recently, Skepta now has a DJ Whoo Kid-sponsored mixtape in the works. The G-Unit DJ seems to be showing the UK a lot of love of late.

DJ Gripper - Best UK Hip Hop Of 2010 (Mix)

With 2010 coming to a head, DJ Gripper hit blogging giant Hip Hop Hype Dog up with this mix that pieces together his favourite picks of British rap from the last year.

Tracklist:

1 - Stress ft Stig of the dump - Dr Syntax - Benny Huge
2 - Tug the rope (jon Phonics remix) - M9 - Half Past Calm 2
3 - Pump ft Fliptrix,Sonnyjim,Ramson Badbones & Verb T - Jonphonics - Half Past Calm 2
4 - Find the catch ft Jam Baxter - Fliptrix - Theory Of Rhyme
5 - Life Times - Prose - Force Of Habit
6 - Life Support - Rhyme Asylum - Solitary Confinement
7 - Left ft Rodney P - Skitz - Sticksman
8 - Like this (part 2) - Jam Baxter - Rinse out friday/Spack out monday
9 - Bang! Splat! - Kashmere - Galaktus: Power Cosmic
10 - Breathe - Chief Wigz - Chief Wigz
11 - The Low - Delusionists - Prolusion Plus
12 - Dark Days ft Fliptrix & Jam Baxter - Jonphonics - Half Past Calm 2

Lowkey - Blood, Sweat & Tears feat. Klashnekoff (Video)



From the impending Soundtrack To The Struggle. Lowkey continues to be a thorn in the side to the establishment's status quo.

With Klashnekoff's Back To The Sagas getting a muted response this year and that Smiler bloke taking pot shots, it feels like he's taken on an underdog status. And that's a good thing because it sounds as if he's got something to prove again now - and I'm sure he'll do just that.

Verb T - Tearing The Sky Down feat. Fliptrix & Kashmere (Video)



Lifted off Verb T's Serious Games, an excellent album, set for a January 17th release on YNR, and which you can get the skinny on here.

Sonnyjim - Purple Patch Part 3 (Video)



"Cast member, I be all up on the set of Albert Square/
Break into the Vic, then I dash Peggy down the stairs"

A big finish to the year from Sonnyjim with part three of his Purple Patch serial. Illmind - think Little Brother, Skyzoo and 50 Cent - put together a beat as strong as an ox for Sonny to spaz on.

Sonnyjim - Purple Patch Part 3


Previous Purple Patches can be found here.

Not only that, last year's EG Professionals with Kosyne finally gets a video to train your peepers on.



Merry Christmas From Eat Good x Associated Minds

The Highball EP, a collaboration project between Eat Good Records and Associated Minds, is being readied for a release early next year and will feature production from Metabeats, P.L.O., Kelakovski, Beatbox Fozzy, Myke Forte and more alongside spit from Sonnyjim, Kosyne, Ralph Rip Shit, Mudmowth, Ruffstylz, Taharka, Redbeard, RTillery, Willo Wispa as well as two rare vocal appearances from P.L.O. and Metabeats.

Eat Good, therefore, thought it only right to wish you scamps a Merry Christmas.






Rewd Adams - Drift Away feat. Black The Ripper

Rewd Adams (I'm not going to call him Skandal anymore, as it looks like he's sticking with this moniker) displays his knack for sung hooks on Drift Away, on which Black The Ripper sounds as determined and unforgiving as ever.

The new year will see a Rewd Awakening from Adams.

The Planets - Love (prod. Roc Marciano)



The Planets' second single from their Roc Marciano-produced EP Planet Roc, available now over at iTunes.

Cappo & Donnie Propa - The Skillsmen Mixtape

Donnie Propa delves into Cappo's back catalogue to cut and mix the Nottingham statesman's work. And if you ask nicely you might just be able to get a limited-edition hard copy on cassette, no less (undertonedjs@hotmail.com).

Donnie has another tape, this time with former Out Da Ville-ien Lee Ramsay, on the way for 2011.

Oliver Sudden - Happy Cronxmas!!

Croydon official Oliver Sudden wishing you and your fam all a Happy Cronxmas. Christmas trees may have been smoked in the making of this track.

Paul White - We Three Kings

Paul White has drawn inspiration from the festive season and got his yuletide on, making this Crimbo beat in typically quirky fashion. And it's actually good.

According to his label, One-Handed Music, rumours of a Bullion vocoder version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman are piffle.

Paul White - We Three Kings by alexchase

Ramson Badbonez - Give Badbonez A Break (Out Now)

Badbonez needs no introduction. Here he does his thing over samples chopped and looped up by IQ and Gone and gets a ton of dot-on guest features. That one with Jehst is a lot.

Klashnekoff - Brand New Day (prod. Whoo Kid & Red Spyda)



Klashnekoff links up with Whoo Kid on this new song produced by the G-Unit DJ. What’s most interesting about this is that while the US has recently been showing significant interest in the UK for the first time, it’s mostly centered around the grime and pop-grime scenes. Snoop jumped on Tinie Tempah’s Pass Out and Diddy got Skepta on board for a remix of Hello Good Morning. The Black Russian, on the other hand, sits firmly on the hip hop side of the fence.

Klash has been decrying some of his otherwise staunchly faithful fans, who’ve predictably been claiming he’s sold out by working with 50 Cent’s DJ. Some people are very shortsighted.

This isn’t the first time he’s teamed up with a big-name producer from the States anyway. In 2007, the Son of Niah joined JME and Skepta on a beat made by Roc-A-Fella alumnus Just Blaze.

Verb T - Serious Games (Coming Soon)

As much of a cop out cutting and pasting press releases is, YNR's blurb is more on point and explanatory than I'd be capable of being in analysing this album. What I will say is that Jehst's label has without a doubt plugged the gap left by Low Life and this album meets the seal of quality you've come to expect from YNR.

Verbs' Serious Games will be in all good stores from 17th of January.

What they're saying:

"Verb T returns with arguably his best work to date. Years in the making ‘Serious Games’ reflects the growth of a hungry young rapper into a more mature artist at the height of his creativity. This is very much a personal self-portrait.

Known for his trademark deadpan delivery and effortlessly intricate flow, Verb T’s dry wit, deep ruminations and well observed life commentary can be heard throughout as he tackles a range of subject matter.

Whether exploring the line between creative fantasy and the everyday realities of fatherhood on ‘I’m A Hero’, addressing the ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’ nature of pop culture on ‘Impressionable Minds’ or pledging his love and commitment to the mother of his children on ‘Let Me Stay’ it’s clear that Verbs is a cut above the UK’s current crop of ‘pop-rap’ clones. He even proves that he can give them all a run for their money on the radio-friendly ‘Bounce With Me’ which features the sultry vocals of Graziella, probably best known for her stint on X-Factor as the centrepiece of Miss Frank.

Production comes courtesy of Chemo, Jon Phonics, JJ Malone and Verbs himself. Ranging from straight up bangers to soulful headnodders and even experimental electronica, the rich soundscapes reflect the diversity of lyrical content throughout. Guest vocalists Jehst, Kashmere, Kyza, Dubbledge, Skrein and Fliptrix all add their own splash of colour to the canvas and the resulting picture is a marvel to behold.

‘Serious Games’ is a consistently strong body of work with a clear direction and yet another example of why YNR wears the crown when it comes to homegrown Hip Hop with style and substance."


Shush Bredrin Cover Ya Mouth

As faddish as it is a useful tool for artists to promote themselves and interact with their fans, micro-blogging phenomenon Twitter poses a conundrum. An unnamed rapper who you would all recognise, and for matters of anonymity I won’t name, talked so often and with such banality that I unfollowed him/her recently and I’ve since stopped listening to their music altogether, despite being an avid fan in the past.

When I was younger I always found hip hop fascinating (and I still do, but not for the same reasons anymore). As a kid from the sticks in England it was completely foreign and exotic to me. Its characters seemed like caricatures – people that didn’t exist in the real world, just on cassettes and records. Clearly I knew they ate, slept and shat, but what they were talking about was so far removed from my everyday experience. And despite buying into the boastful claims for the sake of entertainment, I knew the big talk was mostly a charade. An exaggeration. A show watched from a distance.

In 2010, the problem - and arguably the benefit - that Twitter throws up is that it completely closes the fan-artist divide. In doing so, it dissolves any sense of mystique. They say never meet your heroes and in many cases that holds true. With Twitter, what you effectively get is an insight into the minds of people whose artistry you enjoy and respect. And then you often realise they are idiots. Worth thinking about before using 140 characters to announce a barely decipherable afterthought to thousands of strangers. lol

You can follow UK All Day on Twitter here if you want to read piffle and talk in brief.

Maffew Ragazino - Whatever You Call Em (prod. Jaisu) (Video)



Scotland's Jaisu blesses Maffew Ragazino with a neck-snapper for Whatever You Call Em.

Check his beat tape below.

Jaisu - Straight Out The MPC (Beat Tape)

Jaisu delivers no less than 30 instrumentals built in his 2000XL over the past three years in one beat tape. Straight Out The MPC is a snip at £5 given this guy's nous for beatmaking. If you've spent all your p on presents, enjoy by streaming instead of owning.

And if you want to see Jaisu getting...um...busy in his bedroom...

Ramson Badbonez - Knock Knock (Video)



Badbonez gets brought to life with this accompaniment to Knock Knock, the Jazz T and Zygote-produced single from the Official Volume 2 project, available from Boot Records.

Give Badbonez A Break is on its way.

Sway - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Video)



Sway goes all Bob Dylan in this video for fill-in-the-gaps singalong song Whose Line Is It Anyway? Is this a ploy to assert his hip hop roots having signed to Akon's Konvict Music? Possibly.

This is off The Delivery 2 mixtape, available all over the internet.

The Bullitts - Flixtape Episode 3: Magnum Force Starring Wretch 32 (Video)



Flixtape innovators The Bullitts rework TV cult classic Magnum Force's theme tune, this time with London spitter Wretch 32 lending his talents to proceedings.

Hit the link to see more of The Bullitts' flixtapes, including an unheralded collaboration between recent Roc Nation signee Jay Electronica and Hollywood cougar Lucy Liu.

Jon Phonics - Run For Cover/AM



Phonics keeps things fresh, straying from the smoked-out traditionalist sound he's got down pat and honing his electro craft even further. Expect a limited 7" release of this early in the new year on Chakra Sounds.

Stylah - Prologue (Video)



Video number two from Stylah's Treading Water. On this one he gets a host of MCs to cameo and rap his bars to camera. Oh, and Dave Courtney stepped up as well, so you know dude is official.

Jaisu - Prelude To The MPC (EP)

Ahead of Jaisu's Straight Out The MPC beat tape, the Scot has put out this little EP featuring instrumentals of recent songs he's done with stateside artists and two new cuts with Laws and Cambatta, and Maffew Ragazino.



Here's a slick trailer for the new beat tape, which will be online in five days.

Skillit - To Light (Video)



The ever charismatic Skillit is back, this time with a lovely looking video for the reggae-infused To Light. It's not often hip hop out here has much personality, but you get it in spades with this guy.

P Money - Slang Like This feat. Newham Generals & Blacks (Remix) (Video)



P Money's 2010 anthem Slang Like This gets a remix, on which he grabs his bezzie mate Blacks and grime men of the moment Newham Generals. Peep the virtually identical video for the original and the visuals for Ho! Riddim to get your fill of ("left the room!") P.

Ramson Badbonez - Back Wit Da Heat feat. Jehst



As I understand it, Badbonez has been sitting on this album for many, many months but hasn't been able to release it due to some behind-the-scenes politics. This collaboration with Billy Brimstone is wicked and shows how good hip hop can sound with literally just a loop.

Expect Give Badbonez A Break to be available this month some time.

Loudmouth Melvin - 1,2,3,4,5

Loudmouth Melvin has just bundled together the 4-EP series he released over recent months into one package. Not only that, he's managed to record a new extended player's worth of material to boot.

Loudmouth Melvin - 1,2,3,4,5


If you haven't yet caught his video with Pyro over Drake's Light Up, do so below.

Don't Stay In...

Dr Syntax hits up Jazz Cafe this Thursday for the Benny Huge album launch shindig.

Lloyd Banks - Start It Up feat. Sway & Giggs (UK Remix)

Sway and Giggs jump on part-nationalised Lloyds Bank's current club banger Start It Up.

Lloyd Banks - Start It Up feat. Sway & Giggs (UK Remix)

Flo Rida Praises "Sexy" UK Artists

According to broadsheet heavyweight the (Knutsford) Guardian, musclebound rap berk Flo Rida has praised "sexy" UK recording artists. Presumably he’s talking about Britain's Got Talent pin-up Susan Boyle.

“…I'm inspired by working with new artists and their whole aura,” added Flo Rida, of Florida. British musicians beware: this man wants to work with your whole auras – and probably your chakras too.

In addition to being a point of interest, this breaking news made me feel slightly poorly and leave work early due to illness.

Flo Rida praises "sexy" UK artists

M9 - Orion's Stencil (Mixtape)

Melanin 9, or M9 for short, has just put out the Orion's Stencil mixtape to build anticipation for his forthcoming album, set for a release in the new year.

Take a peek at the videos for Black Widow and Shot before getting on with the free digital download, or ordering a limited edition CD.

Iron Braydz - Devil May Cry (Now Free)

Braydz released Devil May Cry at the top end of the year and received bags of credit for his sinister, apocalyptic take on hip hop that is reminiscent of the New York mysticisim championed by the likes of Wu and the Clan's various offshoots. Now he's made that project free for all the penny counters out there.

Production comes from the man himself, Lewis Parker, Chemo, Morph Beats and Proppa, and he's joined by M9, Cyrus Malachi and Guilty Simpson.

Iron Braydz - Devil May Cry

Mentalist - Problem Family (feat. Loudmouth Melvin)

Mentalist and sparring partner Loudmouth Melvin go back and forth on Problem Family.

Be sure to keep your eyes out for Mentalist's album proper, Make You Proud, dropping at the end of next month.

Mentalist - Problem Family (feat. Loudmouth Melvin)

Myke Forte - Zodiak: Leo (Beat Tape)

Easily one of the best producers in the country, Myke Forte is back with the latest in his Zodiak beat tape series. Anyone who wants to hear excellent hip hop instrumentals from a homegrown talent, look no further.



mykeforte.com

Rodney P Freestyle App Advert



First, I rarely see adverts that make me want to buy the products they're promoting, but this does just that.

Second, I forgot how cool Rodney P is.

UPDATE: Please do not buy this product, it does not sync properly. Shame on Rodders and Skitz for putting their names to it.

UPDATE: It seems this bug was specific to the iPhone 4 and a new version has now been released to rectify the problem.

M9 - Shot (Video)



If you don't like watching graphic depictions of people getting shot in their headtops, do not watch this video. Everyone else fill your boots.

Orion's Stencil coming real soon.

Roc Marciano, X.O., Tranqill & Apollo Brown - Helpless Dreamer



Our very own Tranqill joins Marci, X.O. and Apollo Brown on Helpless Dreamer, the title track off Mello Music Group's newly released compilation.

Go purchase

Catch The Beat - The Best Of Soul Underground 1987-1991 (Out Now)

In the halcyon days of yesteryear, before any old dullard with a laptop could start a blog, tenacious would-be journalists launched their own printed ventures to inform readers and satiate their love of music. One such rap fanzine was Soul Underground. Running for four years from 1987, the rag has now been compiled into an anthology for all true hip hop geeks to bumph up their coffee-table book collections.

You can get Catch The Beat - The Best Of Soul Underground 1987-1991 from here. Plus if you use the code OLDSCHOOL you'll get a £2 discount.

Here's a PDF sampler too.

The Electric - Beautiful feat. Yarah Bravo (Video)



Brit hip hop luminary DJ Vadim is the brains behind collective The Electric - made up of the man himself, Chicagoan Pugs Atomz and English lass Sabira Jade.

This is the lead single from next year's debut, Life Is Moving.

The Electric - Beautiful feat. Yarah Bravo

Evil Ed - It's a K.O., Razorblades Remix

Longtime beat architect Evil Ed is putting the finishing touches to his Edstrumentals Vol.2, in stores from 8th Dec. Before then, have a couple of free mp3s to get your headnod onto.

RicKo Capito - BBB Burial (78 Bars) (Video)



"...know I'm back, strapped - like an Amsterdam roll."

RicKo Capito
picks Lloyd Banks' Beamer, Benz or Bentley to talk slick on.

Dude has a mixtape entitled Headtop Seazon Vol 1: Point Blank and music with producer Jetsun 24/7 in the works.

Sway - Wow (Pow 2011 Refix)

Ever the opportunist, Sway jacks Lethal Bizzle's Pow 2011 and makes it his own.

Sway - Wow (Pow 2011 Refix)

It's worth checking the original, played on Westwood's show this week, to hear Wiley employ a new speech-impediment style (people will do anything to sound original) and Ghetts owning it.



It's crazy to think that the original Pow was released six years ago. Hip hop's grey hairs started showing many years ago; now it looks like grime's getting jowly with age. The 2004 take was, and is, one of the most popular songs of the bastard child of garage and hip hop. In fact, it attracted so much hype that it was banned from many radio stations and venues 'cause manaman got too rowdy in the dance.

Has anyone else noticed that EVERYONE is making sequels to their most respected work? That said, the advance copy I've got of Illmatic 2 (Illmatic-er) is ace.

Ruste Juxx - Adamantine, U A Bitch (Videos)



Brooklyn's Ruste Juxx continues the roll-out of his videos for Adamantine, the album he created with UK producer Endemic.

Yungun - One Step Together

Mr Thing jacked The Beatles for this effort, salvaged from the cutting-room floor.

What YG's sayin':

"I recorded this track a couple years ago for fun, as part of a remixes project that me and Mr Thing were working on. I chopped this up myself, added some claps and finger clicks then jumped in the booth.

For obvious reasons, this was never going to get a proper release! The verses ended up going on the Grown Man Business album that me and Mr Thing did.

Now seemed like as good a time as any to let people hear it. Enjoy!"

Be on the lookout for Thing and Essa's mixtape Jack The World.

Dr. Syntax - Standard Procedure, This Fresh

Synners is getting ready for his second outing on Benny Huge. Get your lugholes round Standard Procedure and This Fresh, though both are clean edits, so you'll have to wait until 13th of December when the album's released if you want the fucking naughty bits.

Dr. Syntax - Standard Procedure (prod. Pete Cannon)

Dr. Syntax - This Fresh feat. Manipulate

DJ Slademan - 1Xtra Guest Mix



DJ Slademan was one of many guests who got a mix picked up by Charlie Sloth for his show on 1Xtra. He was, however, only one of six deemed to be the best of the bunch. See what you're saying.

Melanin 9 - Black Widow feat. Blasphemy & Cyrus Malachi (Video)



Melanin 9 poaches Pete Rock's Strange Fruit for Black Widow, a track from the Orion Stencil mixtape that's arriving on the 30th.

Mr. Drastick - So Many Devils (prod. Jon Phonics) (Video)



Mr. Drastick gets his anthropology on with this video for So Many Devils - another banger from the venerable Jon Phonics.

Kashmere - Galaktus: Power Cosmic (Out Now)



Kashmere's Galaktus: Power Cosmic on Boot Records has finally landed. Check the video for Bang! Splat! to get a sample of Iguana Man's intergalactic lothario steez over Zygote & Jazz T's typically dusty production.

Disorda's got physical copies and you can pick up the binary version all over.

Dubbledge On Set Of EyeSeeYou Video Shoot



Dubbledge spits to camera on the set of EyeSeeYou, a collaboration with Metabeats that will be on the Associated Minds producer's sophomore album.

Asaviour Interview



I always got the impression that Savvy's a nice guy. Turns out his production is nicer still, so watch out for the third and final installment of his mixtape series Play 2 Win, on which he'll be showing off what he can do on the boards.

Maverick Sabre - Travelling Man (Mixtape)

Precocious vocalist Maverick Sabre delivers his first mixtape with Travelling Man, featuring an updated version of the track Sometimes, this time with Wretch 32 offering his two pence.

This guy cites Bob Dylan and Klashnekoff as two of his major influences. Pretty flippin' cool.

TB Vs. Jon Phonics (Mixtape)

Beatsmith Jon Phonics just let loose this collection of some old and some brand new music produced by him and blessed by London MC T.Bear, aka TB, aka Tuberculosis.

TB Vs Jon Phonics

The Planets - Planet Roc feat. Scorzayzee & gENSu dEAn (prod. Roc Marciano)

The Planets have been away for a long time. Nearly ten years in fact. Their Circle Of Light, The Planets and High Off Life EPs made noise in 2000 and 2001, before they followed up with 2002's The Opening and 2003's The Epic. And then they were gone.

Now they're back with a new EP entitled Planet Roc, which, strangely, is produced by New York underground hero Roc Marciano. It seems like an odd pairing until you realise that Marci's stripped-down, break-led beats pretty much match the UK's sound.

Kings Of The City - Listen To The Old Man (Video)



Kings Of The City - what you'd get if you crossed hip hop and grime with blues, via rock - follow up I Try with their latest single, Listen To The Old Man.

Ruste Juxx - Rap Assassins feat. Ill Bill, Sav Killz & Cyrus Malachi (Video)



East London's Cyrus Malachi joins Ruste and co. on Rap Assassins, off the Endemic-produced Adamantine album. I would definitely avoid an altercation with anyone on this record.

Jon Phonics - Raw Ingredients feat. Cyrus Malachi & Jehst (Video)



Cyrus Malachi and Billy Bromstone deliver the raw ingredients over Jon Phonics' mardy and stomping beat. This is off of Phonics' Half Past Calm 2, available as a digital download or limited-edition shrink-rapped CD at Young N Restless.

Professor Green - Jungle feat. Maverick Sabre (Video)



Pro Green, the UK-battle-champion-turned-bonafide-pop-star, goes on a wobbly dubstep number to represent his stomping ground of Hackney on Jungle. Maverick Sabre is definitely a talented young man (20 years) and I'm interested to see how he'll be involved in the music scene here in the future.

There's also an unexpected MF Doom cameo around the 2:35 mark...

As much influenced by dance music and indie-pop as it is hip hop, Alive Till I'm Dead is worth a listen. God forbid, you might even like it.

P Diddy - Hello Good Morning (Skepta Remix) (Video)



When I heard about this previously, the cynic in me just thought it was hot air. I didn't 1) realise it got made (a couple of months ago) and 2) think they'd put together a video for it. Seeing the man behind Biggie Smalls, and everything else in the years since then, bopping about with Boy Better Know's Skepta is just...odd. Impossibly, Diddy actually sounds even worse over grime, but this is harder than the original, so props to BBK.

Does Chipmunk's mummy know he's started drinking vodka? And straight from the bottle - unhygienic.

Suspect Packages Radio & Live



Disorda is back with the longest-running UK rap radio show that there ever was. 3 Amigos hit up the SP Bunker this month to promo their World War 3 LP, and take a look at the playlist to see what gets a spin. Interesting to see The Planets are back with new music after a long, long hiatus.

01> Joker Starr – Suspect Packages Radio Show intro
02> Verb T feat.Kashmere – Sound The Alarm / YNR Productions promo
03> LDZ ft.Stig Of The Dump & Jabba Tha Kut – Tear The Roof Off / Dented Records promo
04> Roskrypz – Iron Will / Rack Wrecker Records
05> Lotek ft.RuCL – Sundance / promo
06> Kashmere – Bang! Splat! / Boot Records promo
07> Verbal Terrorists feat.Lims – Idle Hands
08> Jam Baxter feat.Ronnie Bosh – Our Way / High Focus Records
09> Life & Nappa – Get Up / promo
10> Prose – New Era / Boom Bap Professionals promo
11> The Planets feat.Scorzayzee & Gensu Dean – Planet Roc / promo
12> Telemachus feat.Roc Marciano – Scarecrows / YNR Productions promo
--------------3 Amigos live in session--------------
13> 3 Amigos feat.Sadat X – You Don’t Own Me / Real Life Drama
14> 3 Amigos – Interview part 1
15> 3 Amigos – Real Life Drama / Real Life Drama
16> 3 Amigos – Interview part 2
17> 3 Amigos – Early Grave / Real Life Drama
18> 3 Amigos – Live freestyle
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19> Jabba Tha Kut feat.M.A.B. – Get Ya Live-O / Infekshus Records
20> Melanin 9 - Straight Live / promo
21> Genesis Elijah – Doing My Damn Thing / Outta Town Sounds promo
22> Verb T feat.Fliptrix & Kashmere – Tearing The Sky Down / YNR Productions promo
23> Seanie T – Bullit / Cash Trees Records
24> Blade – No Compromise / Original Dope

That's not all - Prose and Jam Baxter will both be partying at SP Live on November 13th, as they've got their respective Force Of Habit and Rinse Out Friday/Spack Out Monday albums on the table.

Krate Krusaders & Genesis Elijah - Doing My Damn Thing (Video)



Krate Krusaders done nice on this, laying down heavy boom bap for Genesis to spit his signature growl on. Plus you got a catchy hook and slick-looking video to boot.

Off the production outfit's forthcoming album.

Don't Stay In...

Not only can you cop and flog records to your heart's desire at upcoming Vinyl Exchange, you can also buy TY's tat that he no longer wants and enjoy some live performances. And all for a £3 entry fee.

What they're saying:

"The vinyl exchange is a day to shot swap or buy records with some producers, DJs and record collectors. This month we have the regulars of Evil Ed, Sensei.fm DJ’s, Rarekind Records and Jon Phonics bringing their crates down alongside big dada emcee/producer/legend/destroyer of stages TY and crafter of classics the producer and soundman DOLO, former member of everyone’s top 3 hip-hop group from these shores the champions of nature. To end the day we have a line up of Konny Kon, Cyrus Malachi, and Chima Anya performing with Jon Phonics doing a special beat showcase set during the day."

Hey!Zeus - Annunaki Ninja Trials



Hey!Zeus, one half of Obba Supa, gets his psychedelia on with Annunaki Ninja Trials. Radimo is on the assist with the flute and I'm told this cration is best listened to "in a caravan of spaceships surronded by opium smoking draconian snake women to set the mood". That's me already though.

Don't Stay In...

The UK's Rhyme Asylum and Matt Maddox from the States are headlining @ The Rhythm Factory in Whitechapel on November 15th. I have it on good faith that there will be laughing gas, as well as the more traditional inebriate. No, not meow meow, booze.

Check Facebook and Ticketweb for the ins and outs.

Paul White - And Nico b/w Goes To Hollywood & Evil Lives (Remix)

Oddball producer Paul White is back with a highly limited 7" release of And Nico b/w Goes To Hollywood, the latter of which samples none other than Frankie Goes To Hollywood. By the time this is posted, his loyal, salivating fanbase will have picked up all copies, no doubt. Don't fret as you can download here instead at your own price.

And he's just remixed a track for a new artist Diplo is working with - Bosco Delrey. Check that reworking here.

Sway - Outkast feat. Wretch 32



If you caught Sway's The Delivery 2 mixtape, then you'll have heard a snippet of the Wretch 32-featuring Outkast. Here it is in its entirety.

Sway - Outkast feat. Wretch-32

Wizard - Chill Pill 2 (Beat Tape)

Wizard's become a familiar name, shotting his beats out to a who's who list. This time round he compiles a load of his work in the form of Chill Pill 2 - some of which you may recognise and some you won't.

If you've got a heart, he's selling it for a quid; if you haven't, here's a freebie link.

Don't Stay In...


Two reasons to get your arse up off the sofa and have a good time with other people, instead of watching Cowell pan fame-hungry wannabes...or whatever it is you'd otherwise be doing.

Click the images for the biggun.

Rewd Adams - Suttin To Prove (Video)



UK rap comes into its own when it does double-time. Another one from Skandal under his new Rewd Adams moniker. This will be featured on his Hunger Pains Vol.2 mixtape, the follow-up to last year's DJ MK-mixed tape.

S.A.S - The Connect feat. Vado

S.A.S are about to release LP Galaxy Fly, which will include this track featuring New York man of the minute and Dipset golden child Vado.

Does this mean S.A.S are part of Cam'ron's gang again?

S.A.S - The Connect feat. Vado

Jerry Blackwell - Real Life (prod. Myke Forte)


North Carolina rapper Jerry Blackwell utilises this beat from Brum's Myke Forte to great effect, breaking down real-life situations and sentiments - something that's scarce in this cliched genre.



100% swiped from Hypedog.

Grit Grammar - Life Is feat. Kyza & Dani Appadoo (Video)



Grit Grammar, who's been making noise with his Life Music set, gets Mr. Sayso on board to reminisce over a reggae and dub-tinged headnodder.

Dani Appadoo sounds curiously like a child.

Leafdog - Sturban Mixtape (Free Download)


Leafdog of 3 Amigos has flexed his production muscle again by remixing some of his favourite US artists' tracks. Here's what he's saying:

"these are some remix's i did of my favorite rappers, not all of them but some! this tape is for the real heads that use to make tapes and put bit's off selitape on weak albums so you could copy the live shit!"

1.Intro Side A
2.Contact Play - Small Talk (LeafDog Remix)
3.Gang Starr - Ex Girl to Next Girl (LeafDog Remix)
4.Ol Dirty - brooklyn zoo (LeafDog Remix)
5.Slum Village - Get Dis Money (LeafDog Remix)
6.Thirstin Howl III - I Still Live With My Moms (LeafDog Remix)
7.Chester P - CMS (LeafDog Remix)
8.Ol Dirty ft rhymesfest - Dirty (LeafDog Remix) (original GC2 mix)
9.Intro Side B
10.Big L - Flamboyant (LeafDog Remix)
11.I Sed Skit!!!
12.Contact Play - This Year (LeafDog Remix)
13.DITC - Thick (LeafDog Remix)
14.Xzibit - Hurt Locker (LeafDog Remix)
15.2pac - fuck all yall (LeafDog Remix)
16.Gang Starr Feat Jadakiss - Rite Where U Stand (LeafDog Remix)

Leafdog - Sturban Mixtape

And here's an original track he put up on Bandcamp. 3 Amigo's album World War 3 is out now.

Don't Stay In...

Genesis Elijah, Delusionists and Bandit Blacks each have a spot @ Curve Bar this Friday in what's being touted as Colchester's first ever triple bill of live hip hop. Not sure if that claim is true but, if you're in the area or can get to it, get to it.

Click the flyer for details.

Stylah - Killa feat. Smiler (Video)



Stylah's Treading Water lead single Killa sees a feature from his pal Smiler.

The album is ready to purchase over at iTunes now.

Swizz Beatz feat. Estelle – DJ Play The Beat

In the same vein as Kanye's G.O.O.D Music Friday, Swizz Beatz is doing a Monster Mondays (and people say hip hop is homogeneous), releasing a new track at the start of the week.

Today he freed up this with expat Estelle.

Swizz Beatz feat. Estelle – DJ Play The Beat

Sway - The Delivery 2 (Mixtape)

Sway is back with his rapid-fire, tongue-twisting flow, agile delivery and cheeky wordplay. Some pan his production and despair at his blatant, Akon-sponsored attempts to capture the mainstream; while for the most part heads admire his virtually unmatched technical ability.

You probably already know where you stand.

Sway - The Delivery 2

Haze - I Put In (Video)



Haze is a member of Eurogang, the one-time Dipset franchisee, and stands on his own two with I Put In.

UK rappers running with that suave, stunna shades style always come off twee to me, though this sounds pretty cool.

Prose - Go On


Another one off Prose's Force Of Habit, in stores from 22nd of November.

Prose - Go On

Get a load of the video they put together a couple weeks back for first single Lifetimes.

Kano - Spaceship (Video)



La Roux remix all over Radio 1, Chase and Status produce Rihanna, Magentic Man in the Top 40 - dubstep has strongarmed its way into the mainstream, and probably has a lot of life left in the pop world.

Kano gets his spaceship on over popstep's latest offering, which is pretty light on the LFO that's become commonplace in the genre.

Expect man on road to be copping tracksuits with glittered chevrons off the back of this video.