Paul White enlists Detroit veteran DJ House Shoes to chop and blend new cuts off his forthcoming Rapping With Paul White album. Expect six songs off the hotly anticipated project - including the eerie and excellent Trust with Guilty Simpson - seven previously unheard beats from the vaults and a few other curios thrown in for good measure.
Kyza let loose Freestyle Season earlier today. The freebie sees Mr Sayso jump on beats from the likes of Black Milk and Dilla through to Jake One and more. If you didn't catch it before, watch the Ladbroke Grove spitter body Phat Kat's Cold Steel.
Dr Anya is back, reuniting with saxophonist/rapper Soweto Kinch having collaborated with him already on New Day. Kela smashes it on the boards in typical fashion on And We Back.
Watch out for Chima's forthcoming mixtape, Closure.
Pete Cannon stays getting it in Stateside - and absolutely knocks it out the park with this one.
Read what the cheeky Manc producer had to say to UK All Day nearly two years ago (!).
The troubled soul singer was found dead in her north London flat today. It's not yet known what caused her death, but she had well-documented problems with drink and drugs.
Amy's Back To Black made a huge impact when it was released in 2006 and she was lauded in hip hop circles. So much so that Jay Z jacked Rehab and Ghostface insisted on a remix of You Know I'm No Good, below.
The precocious Wolverhampton producer S-X is responsible for some of the biggest grime tracks of recent months. At 18 years old he's already worked with the likes of Skepta, JME, Chipmunk and created Woo Riddim, which arguably put D Double E back on the map when he jacked it.
With Bluku! Bluku! now making noise and a collaboration with Cash Money head honcho and Lil Wayne's surrogate pops, Birdman, in the works, he's now put forth this EP. Oh, and it's something to do with him breaking the 5000 followers mark on Twitter. PLS RT
Ahead of The Nutty NRG EP coming on 8 August, Orange Tree Records have freed up the final track as a gratis download. Paper Chase is a great little sleeper, with each MC's crooning enough to make Devin The Dude proud. Raps are on point too.
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From The Voice:
"A UK rapper has been jailed for 16 months for harassing his ex girlfriend.
Skinnyman, real name Alexander Graham Holland, was found guilty of two counts of common assault, witness intimidation, and breach of a non-molestation order for harassing the 31-year-old after she ended their relationship.
It has been reported that the north London star physically assaulted his victim on more than two occasions and bombarded her with threatening calls and texts on a daily basis.
Last August the rapper followed the victim in her car as she drove home. He then attempted to drive her off the road, but when unsuccessful, attacked her car with a hammer whilst shouting threats at her."
Get the rest here.
Paul White's looming Rapping With Paul White project could end up being the most significant hip hop album to come out of the UK this year. Overstatement? Not on the strength of this.
Guest spots will include Danny Brown, Tranqill, Jehst, Homeboy Sandman, Marv Won and Moe Pope. Available 22 August on One-Handed Music.
Mr Manuva gets the Toddla T treatment for this floor-filler, which will lead the charge for the Sheffield producer's album. A sludgier version of this made by Rodney himself is knocking about and will feature on the Stockwell native's next release, 4everevolution.
Luton's Phi-Life Cypher, aka the tallest hip hop group in the country, talk telly's insidious brainwashing effect. Fitting given the scandal engulfing Murdoch's crumbling media empire right now.
Richy Spitz loops up Five Fairsteps' Danger! She's A Stranger, as did Organized Noize on Outkast's Two Dope Boyz back in '96.
The Professionals coming soon.
It may have appeared on YNR compilation Feeding Time At The Zoo two years ago but Flying To The Moon still sounds as fresh as a daisy. The track features on the Birmingham bomber's The Psychonaut long player.
Wretch 32 is one of only a handful of UK MCs who can convincingly take the mainstream route while retaining credibility. Sure, Josh Kumra's vocal's bear a striking resemblance to Jay Z bum chum Chris Martin's and 4-beat has no place in hip hop, but this doesn't feel fabricated or forced. Look out for his album Black And White in August.
Ohio's Copywrite has got an album chock-a-block with verses from UK spitters - including Mystro, Genesis Elijah, Iron Braydz, Melanin 9, Akala, Bigz Flygerian, SAS, Don Strapzy, Context and Don Jaga - up his sleeve. Before the autumn release, here's a taster of what's to come - PYT featuring Walthamstow's Loudmouth Melvin and Skillit.
Gearing up for the release of his rap album Rapping With Paul White, the idiosyncratic producer has dropped the Guilty Simpson-featuring Trust into the ether.
Get the free download below and pre-order the project, which sees Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Tranqill, Jehst, Homeboy Sandman, Marv Won, Moe Pope and folk singer Nancy Elizabeth lend their vocal talents to proceedings.
From the cinematic intro to Capps rocking stunner shades in an abandoned warehouse, this double-video is the perfect accompaniment to that unwavering raw and uncut sound that Cappo and Styly Cee bring. Their joint album, The Fallout, is out now.
After hanging up his mic in favour of a career in comedy in recent years, Doc Brown is now said to be back for one last album to finally end his rap days. Blighty, as well as being video director Kwame Lestrade's submission for The Blighty Film Challenge, will feature on Brown's sendoff LP.
Off the back of his recent Ox 2010 : A Street Odyssey set, NY rapper Vast Aire is gearing up for a new EP in August. In preparation, the former Cannibal Ox MC has recorded a number of remixes with UK artists, including this reworking of Yakuza with our man Melanin 9.
50 Cent's DJ and the UK's new bumchum, DJ Whoo Kid, has backed Eskiboy for this new mixtape. Wiley's new Big Dada album 100% Publishing is well worth a look in and sees the self-styled godfather of grime as hungry as ever. Creating A Buzz, meanwhile, features the dulcet tones of one Ashley Cole...
In an age of tidbits, 140-character-long drivel and bite-sized journalism, Huck Magazine editor Ed Andrews is doing the domestic hip hop scene a great service with his Take The Stage series. The quarterly digital book, as he says, lifts the lid “on those characters who have chosen to step up into the spotlight and articulate their love of hip hop how they see it”. In short, this will let you delve deeper than any PR or garbled blog posts allow - and is accompanied by sharp, vivid portrait photography.
The first volume features Stig Of The Dump, Mike Lewis of Lewis Recordings, Mr Thing, Delusionists and Inja; while future editions will see Jehst, Mercury Award winner Speech Debelle, Lowkey and a heap of others get a look in.
It may be a little late off the mark, but Mowgli delivers the video for Skydiver, a feature on his 93 album that surfaced just over a year ago. If you missed it, the long player revels in the insular and claustrophobic sound the UK underground has mastered. See what the BBC made of it.
Ruddy 'ell, Skriblah's really making 'em pay attention with this one. Belly Of The East's double-time raps, sludgy bass and cello strokes combine to make a formidable battle cry.
Put simply, Wizard is steadily proving to be one of the most accomplished hip hop producers on these fair shores. Beat nuts will no doubt be au fait with his work already, but regardless of your familiarity, check his latest work. Cop for any price you see fit below. If you can't muster a quid, you're on a Scrooge McDuck flex.
Originally a straight instrumental song on their album, chart-topping dubstep trio Magnetic Man have roped in grime posterchild P Money for their live performances of, and the video for, Anthemic.
True fact: one-third of Magnetic Man has slept with one of my ex-girlfriends. Look who's laughing now though... Ummm...
DJ IQ concocts a distinctly digi offering for Sonnyjim to spaz out on for The Psychonaut, the lead track off the impending album of the same name. The single is available to buy below.