RKZ – Impossible feat. Sonni Mai

The RKZ/Handbook partnership serves up an “Impossible” delight with guest vocalist Sonni Mai. Understated imagery is a beautiful art form. The concept fuelled decades of art in the mid-20th century and minimalism is all the rage today. When RKZ and Handbook weave their musical threads, the finished product is indicative of that style. But with added colour. And that’s what shines through. You listen with your…

VIDEO: James Gardin – Joy

Joy’s visuals are enriched with melanin and youthful exuberance, with dancing choreographed by The iDream Dancers. We all know bravado runs through the veins of hip hop and its culture, from the roots underground to the top of the tree. But James Gardin’s accolade, The World’s Most Encouraging Rapper™, conveys regular improvement. It’s also a positive streak he has continued with his latest video for…

Leftover Links #22: Beats and Videos

This edition of Leftover Links is all about beats and videos. Leftover Links is back once again with some beats and videos from the past few months so enjoy! Beats Bugseed – Fresh Jive EP One of our favourite Japanese beatmakers, Bugseed, dropped a fresh beat tape called “Fresh Jive EP” on Bandcamp a few months ago. The EP was intended for the “hottest summer from…

The Donuts Network (YouTube Playlist)

You’re now tuned into The Donuts Network, our new YouTube playlist dedicated to J Dilla. Have you ever needed a burst of inspiration and struggled to find it? That was me on Friday night. Then I noticed a saved playlist on my YouTube account. It was the Bling47 Dilla Edition series and it gave me the jolt I needed. Whatever your reason or need, Dilla…

Leftover Links #21: Rappers’ Delight

This edition of Leftover Links is all about the rappers. We get so many submissions every day, it’s not possible to get to them all as and when they come through. That means we miss things and get to them late. A bit like when you’re stuck for something to eat and have nothing substantial in, you put together a mish-mash concoction. And then it…

Sample Breakdown: Madvillainy

For anyone who needed a sample breakdown of one of the greatest hip hop albums of our generation, here you go. Our new logo is obviously inspired by The Supervillain and he’s shaped my listening and watching habits over the last week. So I was thrilled to see this video in my YouTube recommendations. I’ve already heard most of these samples but that doesn’t stop…

VIDEO: Emma-Jean Thackray – Make Do

Emma-Jean Thackray premieres the first video from her new EP. I listened through Emma-Jean Thackray’s EP Ley Lines a couple of Sundays ago and it was time well spent. Accentuating that is the first video from the EP for Make Do. Isolde Penwarden directed the visuals with an all-female team starring actress and choreographer Mela Murder. It’s shot in a single take with choreography from Murder and a…

VIDEO: Blu & Nottz – Heaven on Earth

An abundance of creative talent come together in the video for Blu & Nottz’s Heaven on Earth. For any hip hop fan, the sound of Blu’s voice trigger memories of a talented – if not tumultuous – career. To celebrate the release of “Gods in the Spirit, Titans in the Flesh”, Blu & Nottz have dropped a new video for single, “Heaven on Earth”. The…

VIDEO ALBUM STREAM: Evidence – Weather or Not

A novel concept – a video album stream of Evidence’s Weather or Not on a car ride. I can’t drive but if I could, I would be king of the aux cord. Albums like Weather or Not by Evidence would definitely feature. The multi-award winning emcee-producer kicked it with the likes of Jonwayne, Alchemist, Nottz, and DJ Premier on beats and rhymes. The cruising aesthetic…

VIDEO: Black Milk – Laugh Now Cry Later

Black Milk touches on our relationship with social media in the haunting video for Laugh Now Cry Later. I shall preface this with the following statement: the end of this video fucked me up. You’ll see why when you watch it (and you totally should). Director Gerard Victor captured the stillness of the two main cast members (made to imitate Instagram posts – dope idea)…