Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Legendary UK DJ Shortee Blitz has a new mix out on Bandcamp, and he's allowing it to be downloaded for free!
"The Standard Vol. 1" features a combination of established US and UK artists such as Busta Rhymes, Nottz & J.Cole with Ty, Mystro & Million Dan. Not only that but there is a little throwback section with the King of Pop and his bald mate, in Michael Jackson & Phil Collins.
Head over to his bandcamp page and check out the lovelies on show, and listen to one of the UK masters at work.
Download available on this link: Shortee Blitz - The Standard Vol. 1 (2010)
Tracklist below in full:
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Of course, Necro's career is a well-documented one which is both adored and maligned in equal measure. He and his associates have always traded rhymes using shock lyrics and content, which to some is off-putting, to others perfect entertainment.
While you may or may not be a fan of "death rap" and its foremost purveyor, no-one can deny Necro's production ability. The guy can make astonishingly good music, and often not only acts as producer, but musician, playing a lot (at times all) of the instruments used on his records.
He recently came back with the album "Die!" which was released earlier this year on the Psycho+Logical imprint, and Ill Bill is due any minute with a new album called "Kill Devil Hills", an LP he shared with the legendary DJ Muggs who handles all production.
To gear you up for both of those albums, here is a time capsule and reminder of what they were doing 6 years ago, and what projects they were promoting.
The compilation isn't just Necro & Ill Bill, it features all emcees of Non-Phixion (Bill, Goretex & Sabac Red) and a few efforts from each of their respective solo efforts), former Arsonists frontman Q-Unique, Necro affiliate Mr. Hyde, and a few others such as Block McCloud & E.Dot.
Its 80 minute of hard-hitting east-coast rap with gritty lyrics, gritty beats and 100% entertainment. Feel the noise, enjoy the pain.
Psycho+Logical Records & Uncle Howie Records Label Compilation (2004)
1. Necro - Beautiful Music For You To Die To
2. Non-Phixion - The Plague (Snippet)
3. Ill Bill - Overkill
4. Q-Unique - Diamond In The Ruff
5. Goretex - Celebrity Roast
6. E-Dot - The Way I Live
7. Sabac Red (feat. Necro) - Positive & Negative
8. Block McCloud (feat. Jean Grae, Pumpkinhead & Killah Priest) - Master's Degree
9. Mr. Hyde (feat. Goretex, Ill Bill & Necro) - The Crazies
10. Non-Phixion - Caught Between Worlds
11. Necro (feat. Away of Voivod) - The Pre-Fix For Death
12. Q-Unique - Psychological Warfare
13. Ill Bill - The Anatomy Of A School Shooting
14. E-Dot - To Whom It May Concern
15. Goretex - The Last 100 Days Of Sodom
16. Non-Phixion - If You Got Love
17. Sabac Red (feat. Dash Mihok & Cenophia Mitchell) - I Have A Dream
18. Q-Unique - Father's Day
19. Mr. Hyde (feat. Necro & Uncle Howie) - Bums
20. Necro - Dead Body Disposal
21. Non-Phixion (feat. Hostyle) - Don't Get Beside Yourself
22. Ill Bill (feat. Necro & Uncle Howie) - Glenwood Projects (Snippet)
Klashnekoff is back with a new single after the release of his "Back To The Sagas" LP which sees the Terra Firma emcee continuing his great form and discography. The new track features Wretch 32 and K9, seeing all three rappers laying down their own solilioquy over the melancholy downtempo beat.
Here's the download links for the two versions that K-Lash has been kind enough to send to us:
Klashnekoff (feat. Wretch 32 & K9) - Somebody Tell Me (Dirty)
Klashnekoff (feat. Wretch 32 & K9) - Somebody Tell Me (Clean)
... and below are also some links to buy the whole LP, which you should all have already (and if not, you should beat yourselves with a shitty stick).
iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/back-to-the-sagas/id351592661
HMV : http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=114698
Amazon : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Back-Sagas-Klashnekoff/dp/B002IW1PN4/ref=sr_1_1?
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Yeah, thats right bitches. Straight into the next volume. Ass to mouth if you will. In fact, please don't.
This is the fifth instalment of me uploading my compilations for the enjoyment of all and sundry, and possibly to the disgust of one or two. Well, fuck them two guys, they can spin on it.
This compilation includes a few UK tracks on it alongside the US classics, with a rather rare Skinnyman track from a LOOONG time ago featuring called "Fuck The A&R Department", and straight after that its "Summer Wine" by Teddy, which from the drop at the start of it I lifted from some form of DJ Excalibah mixtape back in the day. No idea which one though, sorry sir.
You've got the usuall flurry a great tracks from Black Moon & the Boot Camp Clik, an appearance from alt. rap's finest El-P, some Pete Rock remixes, one or two oldies and two west coast tracks to round off the whole album. Lots to get your teeth into, lots to enjoy.
Northern Author Mixtape Vol. V
1. Black Moon - Black Smif N Wessun
2. Public Enemy - Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
3. Smif-N-Wessun (feat. Boot Camp Clik) - Headz Ain't Ready
4. People Under The Stairs - Blowin' Wax
5. Cella Dwellas (feat. Large Professor) - BQE
6. A Tribe Called Quest - Its Yours
7. Jamal - Fades Em All (Pete Rock Remix)
8. El-P - Deep Space 9mm
9. Black Moon - Warzone
10. Shyheim - Shaolin Style
11. Skinnyman - Fuck The A&R Department
12. Teddy - Summer Wine
13. Atmosphere - Breathing
14. Boot Camp Clik - And So...
15. KMD - Peachfuzz
16. Big L (feat. Kid Capri) - Put It On
17. Pete Rock (feat. Black Thought) - It's About That Time
18. The Westurn Union & Soopafly - Incredible
19. DJ Quik (feat. 2nd II None) - So Many Wayz
Friday, 23 July 2010
Here we are with the fourth instalment of Northern Author's Mixtape series. This one was actually made in about 2002/3 but most of the songs on it are from years previous to that, making it almost entirely a 90s classic compilation.
I think I must have been in Sixth Form when I made this one, probably first year, when I was 16/17 years old, more than likely listening to it on the fabled discman on the bus trips into town. Back in the school days one of the best parts of the usual day was the trip to and from sixth form on the bus, just getting the opportunity to shut out the world and listen to "Shit Iz Real" by Black Moon...in Durham. To quote Chris Morris, it was disgusting bliss.
We've got Black Moon, Q-Tip, Big L, Craig Mack & Organized Konfusion alongside many more, with a turntablist cut in there featuring Rhettmatic, Cut Chemist, Kid Koala, Radar & ShortKut, and a few curveballs such as K-Os and the two Crooklyn Dodgers classics.
More mixtapes to come in the series, but from the download amount of the last few I can tell theyre being appreciated so I'll keep them coming, like a porn fluffer.
Northern Author Mixtape Vol. IV
1. Craig Mack (feat. Biggie, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes & Rampage) - Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)
2. Black Moon - I Gotcha Opin (Remix)
3. Heltah Skeltah & OGC (The Fab Five) - Lefluh Leflah Eshkoshka
4. Organized Konfusion (feat. Large Professor) - Stress (Extra P Remix)
5. Rahzel (feat. Q-Tip) - To The Beat
6. Black Moon - Who Got Da Props?
7. Slum Village - Things You Do
8. Q-Tip & Common Sense - The Remedy
9. Buckshot, Special Ed & Masta Ace - Crooklyn Dodgers
10. Big L - Da Graveyard
11. Black Moon - Shit Iz Real
12. Gang Starr - New York Niggas
13. Cut Chemist, Kid Koala, ShortKut, Radar & Rhettmatic - Tale of 5 Cities
14. Ozomatli (feat. Cut Chemist & Chali 2Na) - The Cut Chemist Suite
15. Organized Konfusion - Stray Bullet
16. Chubb Rock, OC & Jeru Tha Damaja - Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
17. Smif-N-Wessun - Wreckognize (Remix)
18. K-Os - Heaven Only Knows
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Cipha Sounds recently teamed up with Complex. magazine to compile a list of his personal favourite and the greatest Tunnel Bangers of all time. The Tunnel being the infamous New York club night populated by many a rapper back in the day and scratched up and presented by Funkmaster Flew, Big Kap, Cipha Sounds & Doo Wop amongst many others.
Basically, its a 75-track run-down of some of the best hip-hop club tracks from the 90s. And its EXTREMELY nostalgic to a guy like me who despite being thousands of miles away from even having an opportunity to visit this club night, grew up on all of these specific tracks.
I was born in '86. That makes me 24 years old right now. And even as a 24 year old (read: still young) I feel a little disenfranchised with what hip-hop club music has become. These days hip-hop club music is essentially just the pop tracks in the charts that have emcees guesting on them. It also doesnt help that I live in Leeds, and the closest thing you get here to hearing rap in the clubs is a Black Eyed Peas track. Horrific.
Anyway, with me being 24, I was about 13-16 years old when a lot of the music included on this list was out, and around that time I was learning how to dig and learning/understanding hip-hop music more and more by going back to older eras and just listening to everything. So I know every single song on this list from when I was a young teenager. Strange thing is, for the most part I've not actually heard a lot of these tracks or pulled them out from my vinyl/CD collection since I was a teenager either, so when I stumbled across this list I found it not only a breath of fresh air and an opportunity to listen to great music, but a trip back to what I would call a happier time in hip-hop when tracks and albums rarely pandered to the 8 year old suburban girl, and songs were just made freely with no sales pitch, other than it being great music.
Enjoy this list as I have, and tut and shake your head like an old man that we went from these tunnel bangers to....Drake. Uggggh. Just the name alone makes me want to gag*.
So, here's the link to the article, with Cipha Sounds' commentary for each individual track along with the stream so you can listen to it:
Cipha Sounds' 75 Greatest Tunnel Bangers Article at Complex.com
The tracklist is in the article one by one.
BUT....keep it on the hush, I've been able to find an actual download someone has compiled with every single one of the 75 tracks included, so you can get them all on your iPod and enjoy the 90s again and again...until its 2040 and you're dead. By the way, I have no idea who compiled this props go to the holy ghost, baby jesus, Paul Dickov, or whoever you want to commend for it.
Here you go:
Cipha Sounds' The 75 Greatest Tunnel Bangers (Various Artists)
*and by that I mean gag HIM, put a sack over his head, tie it at the opening and chuck him into a dirty river.
Sunday, 18 July 2010
Now Diplo has branched out into A&R responsibilities, running his own label Mad Decent, which is shaping up to have quite a busy 2010. Amongst running his own music through the label, Diplo has turned to the UK shores for some of his talent.
This is when Hackney-based producer Mumdance comes into the equation. This "Different Circles" mixtape is a precursor to his upcoming EP, as outlined in the Mumdance press statement below:
Mumdance's Different Circles mixtape is a mission statement confirming his kaleidoscopic tastes. With 17 original productions spanning ethnic tinged drunk funk woven into 1980's synth-pop, Balearic-tinged minimal techno, Baltimore gutter colliding with calypso, tribal guarachero & his very own home grown genre, 'kerplunk'. Collated as a precursor to his Forthcoming "Mum Decent EP" on Mad Decent (to be released August 23rd) as well as showcasing a host of other releases on Trouble & Bass, No Hats No Hoods, and Big Dada, this is a definitive guide to whats next. Different Circles features vocals from Esser, Trim, Jammer, Mc Sparks & Kie, Badness & Boy Better Know, as well as collaborations with Drums of Death, Shortstuff & Brackles, Toy Selectah & AC Slater.
And thats not it. If you're feeling that Mumdance release, back in January he put together another mixtape and released it through the Mad Decent blog page and his very own Myspace page called "Dadrock Mixtape". Link below...and you actually get a tracklist for that one (aren't you a lucky bugger)!
Mumdance - Dadrock Mixtape (2010)
1. Screeching Weasel – Dingbat – Roadkill
2. Circle Jerks – Wild In The Streets –Frontier
3. Mission Of Burma – Thats How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Ace Of Hearts
4. Rites Of Spring – For Want Of – Dischord
5. Samhain – Let The Day Begin – Plan 9
6. Jawbreaker – Indicament – Tupelo / Communion
7. Embrace – Dance Of Days – Dischord
8. Hot Water Music – Turnstile – Toybox / No Idea
9. One Last Wish – Three Unkind Silences –Dischord
10. Eight Dayz – Whats So Strange About Me – New Wind
11. Integrity – Micha – Holy Terror / Toybox
To quote the Immortal Clay Davis, "Shiiiiiiieeeeet", let's drop something else for you while you're here. Staying with the Mad Decent theme, Diple and Switch dropped a Major Lazer Summer Mix for your aural pleasure, just in time for the Sun to come out and the holidays to begin. Its 30 minutes of Lazer-based remixes, rejigs and new tracks.
Major Lazer Summer Mix (2010)
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Okay, so the World Cup didnt quite go to plan for us English folk. Wayne Rooney decided to impersonate the great double act of Hamilton Ricard & Mikkel Beck for his whole time in South Africa, while the rest of the team fared about as well as a BNP member at Notts Carnival. It was awful.
At least we still have July and August's warmth to look forward to (or relative warmth here in Britain, as we consider simply the lack of rain to be a great day) and what better way to spend these summer days and nights than by getting the barbecues at the ready, buying in some unspecified meat and some fine ales and chilling out to some great music.
Well, luckily it wasn't just me who thought that, the guys at Undrcrwn did too. But unlike me, who sat about with my hands down my pants watching violent pornography and listening to Brotha Lynch Hung in a dark room WAITING for someone to give me a chance to see the sunlight, these guys actually did something about it and got Mick Boogie & DJ Jazzy Jeff to put together a soundtrack to the summer for one and all....and then release it for free!
So get them bangers on the grill, burn them till they look like bird shit, and listen to some wicked tracks from two of the finest DJs around.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie - Summertime The Mixtape (2010)
01. Summertime Intro
02. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness (Live Version)
03. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness
04. Quincy Jones: Summer In The City
05. Ahmad: Back In The Day
06. Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
07. Roy Ayers f/ Mary J Blige: Everybody Loves The Sunshine
08. Pharcyde: Passin’ Me By (Ffej Remix)
09. Jay-Z f/ Babyface: Sunshine
10. Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess
11. A Tribe Called Quest: Find A Way (Ffej String Edit)
12. Bush Babies f/ Mos Def: The Love Song
13. Jodeci: Get On Up
14. The Commodores: High On Sunshine
15. J Dilla f/ Dwele : Think Twice
16. Erick Sermon f/ Marvin Gaye: Music (Mick’s Marvapella Edit)
17. Bernard Wright: Who Do You Love
18. LL Cool J: Loungin’
19. A Tribe Called Quest: Hot Sex
20. Main Source: Live At The BBQ
21. Nuyorican Soul: Nautilus
22. Pharcyde & Sublime: Summertime
23. Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Summertime Remix
24. Michael Jackson: I Can’t Help It
25. De La Soul: Breakdawn
26. Musiq: Just Friends
27. Carl Thomas: Summer Rain
28. Faze-O: Riding High
29. Dionne Warwick: Walk On By
30. Skee-Lo: I Wish
31. Black Moon: Who Got The Props
32. Frankie Beverly and Maze: Before I Let Go
34. Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It
35. The Roots f/ George Benson: Breezin’
36. Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff: Time To Chill
37. Biggie: Can’t You See
38. James Brown: The Payback
39. En Vogue: My Lovin’
40. Bobby McFerrin: Sunshine Of My Life
41. Fifth Dimension: Let The Sun Shine In
42. Mos Def: Sunshine
43. Nine: Whatcha Want
44. Otis Redding: Sittin’ On The Dock
45. 2Pac: I Get Around (Mick’s String Edit)
46. Zapp: Computer Love (Terry’s Mirage On The Water Mix)
47. Seals And Croft: Summer Breeze
48. Jay-Z: Dear Summer
49. Weldon Irvine: Morning Sunrise
Okay, so I'm sure a lot of people have heard about Wiley's public menstruation that took place recently online, during which he sacked his manager on twitter then proceeded to leak more product than my johnny thompson at a urinal after a drinking contest. Well, the guys at Grime Forum managed to catch and share all of this piss with their members (of which I'm definitely not one, as for the most part I think Grime smells like cat shit to Hip-Hop's Hugo Boss).
As I said, I'm not the biggest Grime fan, but Wiley is an artist who for the most part has set himself apart from the rest of the scene, both dominating and leading it, and also temporarily leaving it behind at times.
His albums are often interesting, if rarely great, and I respect any artist with the testiculars to leak this amount of his hard work to his fans for free. Especially an established artist. I've not actually checked a lot of these links, so some may have been taken down and some may have been reuploaded, but there are links aplenty so if you're a fan of the influential emcee, enjoy the spoils and bask in his online tantrum's outcome.
For more files, if anymore DO get leaked, go over to the Grime Forum as they will continue to update.
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=4...d0568e5b24962e (Download as Seperate Tracks)
http://www.sendspace.com/file/cxxisa (Windows users may need to delete the "...." out of the file name to unzip successfully).
Classic Diggin In The Crates affiliate and one half of Show & AG, er, the second half (AG that is) has lovingly made his own tribute to the legend that is James Yancey AKA Jay Dee AKA Dilla with a brand new mixtape "Dunkin Donuts".
Props to AG himself for leaking it on twitter and enjoy the incredible Donuts album in a completely new light with a superb emcee acting as your navigator.
A.G. & J-Dilla - Dunkin Donuts (The Mixtape)
02 Workin’ On It
03 AG On JD
04 We Do It 4
05 Walk On By
06 AG On Loss
07 Dilla 4 Eva ft. Party Arty
09 Crushing (BX Version)
10 AG On J Dilla & Party Arty
11 10 to 10
12 Gems I Spit
13 Keep It Movin
14 Heavy Head
The emcee is going from strength to strength right now, and I have to admit I gave Freedom II (his Everliven Sound album) a full run through and it is actually superb. Great rhymes and superb beats by producer crew The Beatniks.
Well, for his solo LP he'll be backed up by the same production team and its sure to be another great release.
Here's the artwork and tracklisting for "Freedom Express Line":
Presale Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B003R4JB42/amazonbook021-20/ref=nosim?newgoodzT=20100722&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Also, to wet your whistle and give you the vinegar strokes thinking of his Everliven LP, CyMarshall was kind enough to give away for free a three-track smapler of his collaboration with Skit Slam on his Bandcamp site:
Also, over time he's released quite a lot of material and mixtapes that may pique your interest on there, so have a rummage about in his gantry and come out with some gems at http://www.cymarshalllaw.bandcamp.com
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
US record label Nature Sounds did and still does boast a great roster of talent from Masta Killa to Tragedy Khadafi to Vordul Mega of Cannibal Ox. This compilation is a showcase of their roster from the inception of their label and it has hits from subsequently great releases.
One of my favourite DJs, DJ Revolution, does a great job on the cuts and mixes, with his inimitable scratch sound prevalent throughout, and it gives the album a great continuity and feel.
Enjoy the show.
Nature Sounds Mega Mix with DJ Revolution
1. DJ Revolution Intro
2. Copywrite - I'm Back
3. Vordul Mega (feat. Jean Grae) - Believe
4. Black Market Militia (feat. dead prez) - The Hit
5. Immortal Technique - Harlem Streets
6. Vordul Mega - Stay Up
7. Self Scientific - Circa '89
8. RA The Rugged Man - Lessons
9. Copywrite - Jokes On You
10. RA The Rugged Man (feat. Masta Killa & Killah Priest) - Chains
11. Self Scientific - Jealousy
12. Masta Killa (feat. Inspectah Deck & GZA) - Silverbacks
13. Vordul Mega (feat. C-Rayz Walz) - Spitamatic
14. Masta Killa (feat. Ghostface & Raekwon) - D.T.D.
15. Masta Killa (feat. ODB & RZA) - Old Man
16. Metal Fingers (MF Doom) - Outro
17. Mathematics (feat. Method Man) - John 3:16
18. Black Market Militia - Hood Lullaby
19. Self Scientific (feat. Talib Kweli) - Amongst Gods
Here we go with the third instalment of our compilations of old and new hip-hop that I made throughout my life. This one comes from about 2005 or something I think, but features songs from as early as 1993 right up to 2005. Enjoy the selection....
Northern Author Mixtape Vol. III
1. Mark B & Blade (feat. Phi-Life Cypher) - Ya Don't See The Signs (Cypher Remix)
2. Tiye Phoenix - All Night
3. Karl Hinds (feat. Blak Twang & Seannie T) - Don Gramma (Remix)
4. Kool G Rap - First Nigga (Premo Remix)
5. The Beatnuts - Its Tha Nuts
6. LL Cool J - Feel The Beat
7. Tha Alkaholiks (feat. Q-Tip) - All The Way Live
8. Busta Rhymes - Make It Hurt
9. Last Emperor - The Banger
10. Ras Kass - Understandable Smooth
11. Mos Def, Tash & Q-Tip - Body Rock
12. Busta Rhymes - Show Me What You Got
13. Prefuse 73 - Busy Signal
14. Mos Def - Got
15. Mark Rae - Skio
16. Nas & 9th Wonder - The Warrior Song
17. Talib Kweli - Lonely People
18. J Sands of Lone Catalysts- Place To Be (Saturday Night)
19. Copywrite - June
20. A Tribe Called Quest - Oh My God (Remix)
21. Zion I - Birds Eye View (Live Version)
First up, we have what will more than likely be one of the best mixtapes of 2010 by one quarter of UK rap supergroup Orphans Of Cush, Cyrus Malachi.
The mixtape is presented by No Cure Records and Triple Darkness, who have took over the UK rap scene recently through producers Chemo and Endemic amongst others flooding the market with truly great, spectacularly hard beats and no-nonsense rhymes.
The mixtape is Cyrus featuring partner-in-crime Melanin 9, and mixed by DMC World Champs DJ Switch & DJ Furious P, and is a prelude to his debut solo album “Ancient Future” (which is to be released in the autumn of this year) and brings harrowing street tales from his life and experiences growing up in Hackney.
Enjoy, and support. If you like the mixtape, please buy a hard copy from the sites and links below and help a great emcee get his shine.
No Cure Records presents Cyrus Malachi – The Isis Papers mixtape (2010)
1. Intro (prod Endemic)
2. Praying mantis
3. Millennium ft Melanin 9 & Crown Nectar [Triple Darkness] (prod Beat Butcha)
4. Bloodhounds ft Melanin 9 & Crown Nectar [Triple Darkness] (prod 7th Dan)
5. The hammered bracelet ft Melanin 9
6. 1000 daggers (prod Diplimat)
7. Robin hood theory freestyle (prod Endemic)
8. Captivity’s tear
9. Lion’s den (prod Jon Phonics)
10. Feathers of Tahuti ft Melanin 9
12. 7 plagues (prod Blastah beats)
13. Politikin remix feat crown nectar & melanin 9 [Triple Darkness] (prod 7th Dan)
14. Hood Novelists ft Melanin 9 & Njeri Earth
15. Hell's Gate ft Melanin 9 & Crown Nectar [Triple Darkness]
The Isis Papers mixtape is also available on hard copy exclusively from the following stores -
For more info on cyrus malachi go to -
More posts to come throughout the week so keep your eyes peeled like onions, but try not to cry.
Friday, 2 July 2010
Just as a continuation from the below post, I'll also be uploading A LOT more mixtapes/compilations (I call them mixtapes but really theyre nothing more than me creating an album from songs I like, with no mixing whatsoever...mainly because I'm horrifically bad) both from previous years when I've done them for personal use or new ones to expose some forgotten legends and some new artists or songs that deserve a lot more shine than theyre currently getting.
These will all be ready to be posted immediately once all is back to normal.
In the meantime, apart from reading what I wrote below and checking the blogroll, you really should be doing nothing else right now other than enjoying the sun, watching the World Cup, thinking about the World Cup, creating wallcharts documenting the World Cup, possibly looking at dirty sluts and tarts, and then watching more of the World Cup. Thank you.
Sorry about the lack of posts, my intermittent readers. I have recently moved abode and the internet is yet to arrive(through the fault of Sky who apparently don't guarantee their "Award-Winning Broadband with one quick phone call" statement on their adverts). Needless to say 40 very SLOW phone calls, constant nagging, bitching and whining, contradictions and ignorant call-centre representatives later....I still have no home internet service.
This will change in the next two weeks so expect me to be late with a few posts of mixtapes I may have been emailed as when I get it up and running you'll find a flurry of posts. The fact I'm in a library typing this is of much irritation to myself. Luckily I've been able to lend a Kevin Keegan biography and a Sir Bobby Robson biography so all is not lost.
Expect Cyrus Malachi's new mixtape, a new Mr J Medieros track and a review of Cymarshall Law and Skit Slam's Everliven Sound album coming shortly, but until the internet is up and running I'd rather not leave you expecting much at all.
Rest assured Northern Author is alive and well, and able to interact with fellow hip-hop lovers on twitter at www.twitter.com/sniperinthemist through the trusty iPhone. I'll release details on there when new posts are up but for now enjoy what we already have for you.
In addition to this stupendous site, I recommend a new UK hip-hop site called Cypherz at http://www.cypherz.co.uk/ which is a spin-off (or rather an upgrade) from the Leeds Hip Hop Site. Its full of great videos and news not only from hip-hop but other UK urban genres such as the new obsession on these shores of dubstep, trusty but never trustworthy Grime, and maybe even some RnB or Drum n Bass chucked in for good measure.
Don't be a stranger, people....unless you're a wierd bastard. In which case, STAY a stranger. I don't need any more silliness in my already nonsensical existence.