A2 – Tell Me Freestyle

Zweli is back with an endorsement for A2 and his track, Tell Me Freestyle. Firstly, if you haven’t heard of A2 where have you been? He has received major co-signs from Tinie Tempah, Poet (of poetscorner, Vibbar, Copa90), and Stormzy. He’s even opened for Stormzy on his sell-out tour as well as performances at Wireless and Reading & Leeds. Most recently, he performed alongside the…

Carns Hill, Anime and Samples – A Match Made in Rap Heaven

Our guest writer Zweli Chibumba gives us the lowdown on London producer Carns Hill and his penchant for sampling. No doubt when you think of Carns Hill you consider SRB Separation Confirmed, The Countdown from 10 or the simple yet iconic Hills Productions soundbite. You might also associate Carns with drill or trap thanks to 67/86/Reekz MB. Or other collaborators such as Blade Brown, Young’s Teflon,…

VIDEO: Melanin 9 – Amulets

North London based emcee Melanin 9 (also known as M9) serves up some visuals for his new single Amulets. After delivering one of the most lyrically impressive albums of 2012: Magna Carta, this new material from Melanin 9 doesn’t disappoint. Produced by The Summit and with scratches provided by DJ Pings, the chilled jazzy soundscape provides an environment that allows M9’s complex multi-syllabic rhymes to…

Review: Jordan James – Love Waves EP

Guest writer Ashton James Brown (aka Ashtronomic) reviews Jordan James’ Love Waves EP. South London based R&B crooner Jordan James has been making some noise for a while, releasing his début the Cheeky Bastard EP in the spring of 2012. Where as that project was much more of a Hip-Hop focused affair tinged with R&B influences, Love Waves is straight up slick alternative R&B that…

Cash Money and Marvelous – Where’s the Party At?

Craig M. Riding has returned to talk about Cash Money and Marvelous’ “Where’s the Party At?”. Sleeping Bag Records has dropped a few classic old school Hip Hop albums in its time but I’d like to point you in the direction of this often over looked little gem. DJ Cash Money is one of the pioneers of turntablism before that phrase was around. Coming up…

Ruthless Rap Assassins – Killer Album (UK Hip Hop)

Craig M. Riding is back with another guest post, this time talking about an early 90s UK hip hop classic from Manchester. Manchester and its adjoining conurbation was a strange place to be a teenager in 1990, It seemed everyone wanted to be from there. Madchester fever had gripped the nation, and the acid house scene was shoving pills down its throat. The centre of…

Mo’Wax – Headz (B-Boys Shouldn’t Do E)

Our guest writer, Craig M. Riding, is back Waxing lyrical about Mo’Wax’s album, Headz. At the age of 18 I went to university in Leeds, leaving my beloved homeland of Greater Mancunia behind and venturing over the Pennines to the land of my ancestors enemies. After a week of getting drunk and debauched with my new peers I woke one morning and took a walk around…