Saturday, 31 December 2011

2011. Done.

It's the last day of the year, so what I'd like to do is take a moment on look back on what has happened in my life, and in life in general over the past 365 days. What I'd like to do even more than that though, is allow a world class emcee from my country sum it up in a far funnier, more in depth and wittier way than I ever could. In steps Mystro.

Below is the radio rip premiere of the most recent of Mystro's long awaited and always brilliant rap-up series. Skillz has the US, Bekay has the Aussies, and we have the best of all with Mystrogen. Listen muthaluvaz, and have a happy new year.

Maybe one of my many new year's resolutions should be to update this site more and give it the love it deserves like I did in the past. But if I state that officially it'll just fall to the way side like all my other half-cocked resolutions. Really, Adam? Are you really going to join that gym or pass that driving test? Are you fuck, mate. And deep down you know it.

New Year's resolutions are for people who need a legitimate reason not to enjoy their lives. I'm going to eat more, fuck more, sit around more and insult more. Enjoy your night, see you in 2012.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Meet The Quaranteam

While trying to find photos of the new burgeoning rap collective from London, I couldn't get anything past photos of spanish horror movies. Its almost like the group want us to think they're picking Spaniards off in a high-rise inner city flat by biting the fuck out of them. But keeping on the subject of throat-rips, Quaranteam - probably one of the most promising straight rap collectives that the UK have produced for at least a few years - are far from tough to find and they're here to annihilate the competition.

In 2011 alone, every member of the group have released at least one full-length album, all of which have the same theme and aesthetic running through them: hard beats with a soulful edge, a good mixture of punchlines and street poetry, and an undeniable chemistry between them that can make for some brilliant collective efforts.

As a christmas gift, the group have released their first ever EP, and it continues their rise in the UK rap game with all 5 emcees trading verses through 8 solid songs that showcase everyone's talents.

Loudmouth Melvin & K-Nite handle a lot of the beats on most Quaranteam releases, and this allows the group to gain a musical identity without having to waste time on bullshit gimmicks or shock tactics. The music, with these two on the boards, is always at a high standard and it provides the perfect backdrop for Pyro Barz, Skillit, Chris Mentalist, the aforementioned Melvin and K-Nite (along with their affiliates) to spit fire like Spyro The Dragon.

This is no kid's game though, this is just as much introspective as it is rap boasts, as much intellect as there is ignorance, and as much fun as it is serious. Below, not only will you find the brand new Quaranteam EP, but also the recent releases from each member of the collective. There's enough music here to keep you inside the world of your headphones for weeks, and all of it is so ill it's got NHS Direct on speed-dial. Enjoy and Merry Xmas.

*click the titles for download links*

1,2,3,4 Cover Art

The Drawing Board LP Cover Art

Are you not entertained? Quaranteam should keep you in music well into 2012, by which time we'll all know their names.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Dangerous Adventures

Lewis Parker seemingly left these shores a long time ago, opting to hone his already considerable skills in the birth city of hip-hop, New York, instead of his native UK. Over the past few years he's produced for such luminaries as Ghostface Killah, done remix LPs reworking songs by everyone from MOP to Kool G Rap, and he's released albums with underground stalwart John Robinson.

I'm so late on this if I was a lass I'd be pregnant, but he released on the low a new EP entitled 'Dangerous Adventures' back in the Summer. It continues his new direction of working with US artists and harking back to the so-called golden era of our beloved genre and culture. Below you'll find tracks he has laid down for emcees like one half of the Cali Agents, Planet Asia, one half of Def-Jukies Cannibal Ox, Vast Aire, and QB emcee Killa Sha amongst others.

Its the sort of material we've come to expect from Lewis, which is definitely a compliment, because this guy has been churning out brilliant material since the mid-90s. Although his songs seem to have became a lot more homogenised over time (and less reliant on odd antique samples which was a facet to his music he relished in back at the turn of the millenium) he still delivers the very definition of boom-bap.

It baffles me why he hasn't had more beat placements with great emcees, because he can create soundbeds that, if handled by the best emcees, can become classics.

Enjoy his latest.

And as an added extra, here is a song he produced recently for songstress Brianna Colette. It's so smooth out the mp3 is slippy. Versatility is one of the greatest things a producer can be, and I've not heard much material from Lewis tailored to an RnB audience, but this song is superb. I could definitely chill with a full album of this.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011


Huddersfield's own atmospheric beatmaker and thought-provoking emcee Asavious is finally back after what seems like a long hiatus since his LP with DJ IQ "The A-Loop Theory" (its actually only a few years, and that album still gets plays to this day). Its time for the third-instalment of his much-lauded mixtape-cum-album series Play2Win, and in anticipation for its release Savvy has dropped a cold video for the lead track from "Vol. 3 - Adapt Or Die".

All I'm saying is, you people better fucking adapt, because that chilly West Yorkshire weather will freeze your soul...

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hip-Hop Newsround

A scattered post here, much akin to the back porcelain wall of your water closet after a particularly lively curry. Rounding up the recent movements in rap that I like and I'm intrigued by.

Kicking us off is Lecs Luther, an emcee who you will never believe is based in Dublin. Mainly because he sounds like MF Doom if he managed to drink a lot of cough syrup, got rid of that sore throat, and then listened to a lot of OFWGKTA. Which is a good thing, because despite there being no mention of the famous potato drought of whatever the fuck year that stereotype was born, he has potential by the bucketload, a great flow and sonics behind him that could catapult him much further than just these UK lands. Here's the vid for his self-titled opening salvo "Luther" from the forthcoming EP "Fish & Chips". I couldnt care less what accent a rapper uses personally, as long as he kills the track, and Luther just left this beat with its entrails stuffed up its own arsehole. A great opener:

Go to for more info on him and his new EP


Next up we have a UK rapper who has had success in the past with "The Union Jack Album", which I distinctly remember getting quite a buzz on the UK rap blog-scene about three years back. Well, Jack Flash is back again, this time accompanied by a producer named Wizard, and they're packing more heat than a sauna in a suitcase.

Jack Flash passed me the following vid for his track "Tomorrow", featuring rolling acoustic guitars and piano tinkles underneath a cross-over chorus. The track is laid-back and showcases Wizard's production just as much as it does Flash on the mic.

I'm not going to lie though, I stumbled across this track, also from their forthcoming LP, and I absolutely loved it. Its a banger from start to end...exactly the type of track I want to hear from UK artists. And is it just me, or do I hear a tiny bit of UK legend Blade somewhere in that voice? Either way, the album sounds stellar and the guy is from the second place in the world I love besides the north-east, Huddersfield. Big up.

For more info on the album, buy previous Flash releases, and track both Jack Flash and Wizard's movements check out:


An artist that I personally hadn't heard of before it being presented to me is Nasty P, a scottish DJ/Producer who is making noise and incredible beats straight out of Edinburgh. Scotland needs a lot more frontline UK rap artists because there is a lot of culture up there, and Nasty is making the soundbeds for emcees to lay words on.

But its not local emcees who are getting the goods here, Nasty P's reach has extended to such luminaries as Jurassic 5 legend Akil, extremely dope US emcee Oddisee, and the ubiquitous british bread-and-butter hero Skinnyman. Thats some top company, and judging from the beats, he deserves to keep it. His new LP "Choosers Can't Be Beggars' is out now and there is a forthcoming EP billed for September so watch this space.

Check out the track with Akil & Profisee below, and also the solo track 'Signs' which samples reggae classic 'Lots of Sign' by Tenor Saw (also, as you SHOULD know and if you don't you should slap your FACE, used by Klashnekoff as the opening gambit to his classic track 'Zero') and has some cuts & scratches on it that I can only refer to as sick as fuck. Because thats music journalism folks, thats my extended vocabulary. Anyway, its great stuff, enjoy the two vids below:

For more info on Nasty P, and his previous album go to:

Also, he has uploaded a LOT of great stuff to his soundcloud page, both remixes of famous tracks and new exclusives, so check that out too at:


And finally, I'd just like to take a moment to say that I'm immensely proud of Foreign Beggars for their longevity, mainstream success and what they're doing both for UK hip-hop and also for the other UK-created genres they're championing such as dubstep and drum & bass. They're killing it right now and deserve every inch of money and bitches they acquire. In celebration, I know these are one/two months previous, which in online blog terms means ANCIENT, but here's two vids, one for their smash hit 'Bad Man Riddim' and one for their absolutely epic, song-can't-be-beaten, best drop of all time status cracker with Noisia, "Shellshock".

Sunday, 17 July 2011

That New Ish

Back in the early 90s, Digable Planets were critically acclaimed from every corner of hip-hop due to their rich sound, utilising jazz and swing samples to create a rap style that set itself apart from the aggressive rhyme style that was garnering international attention from artists such as ICe Cube at the time. Their lead rapper, known as 'Ish', or 'Butterfly', had such a laid back rhyme style that made him so effortlessly cool that he could ramble through a thesaurus and make it sound like the most engaging and entertaining thing in rap.

That was back in the 90s though, and it has been a LONG time since Ish has really been active on the album front. Digable Planets did reconvene at some point in the 2000s for various tours and such, and a mixtape came up co-signed by them that garnered some attention some 5-6 years ago, but since 'Blowout Comb' came in the mid-90s, they hadn't had a single 12", EP, as a group.

The other members, such as female emcee Ladybug Mecca and producer Doodlebug, have both been relatively quiet, but their DJ King Britt has moved into production over the past decade with great success and released a lot of well-recieved material. But how come Butterfly hasn't been seen? Other than an album called 'Bright Black' under the guise Cherrywine nothing had been heard from him for almost 15 years.

Well, he was cool like that back in the 90s, but now it was time for a rebirth of the slick. In 2010, he changed his rap moniker and released two strange yet enticing EPs, 'Of Light' and 'Shabazz Palaces'. The latter was also the name of his new project.
Well, Ish is back again as Shabazz Palaces' emcee leader and his full length LP 'Black Up' has hit the shelves, released by Sub-Pop Records. And it is STONKING.

The same laidback smooth rap style is prevalent and it endears you to the material instantly due to the memories from classics past coming flooding back into your consciousness. But its not the same words. Instead if it being about style, panache and freshness, Shabazz has a whole different agenda entirely. Yes, its still about style, but under yet another new name, the compelling Palaceer Lazaro, the style is palatial. Everything seems like a reference to some form of forgotten african monarchy in its sound and delivery, and the beats keep up this royal touch.

Speaking about the beats, they are out of this world. Literally. I'm pretty sure every review people will read about this album will use the phrase 'Space Age', but I for me its almost as much tribal and archaic as it is galactic. Its certainly forward thinking and different to anything else that has came out this year. The only name I can even throw up at this point that can even slightly explain this sound is Flying Lotus. But lets not confuse that for anything other than a reference point because Shabazz Palaces are set apart and alone in their approach

One thing I would say when approaching the album. Its not going to spawn a hit. Its not for everyone, and it definitely isn't going to be something you'll see on many mainstream sites. I would also urge for everyone who takes a listen to it to make sure its on some great speakers or great headphones, because the production value is fantastic. On tinny laptop speakers there's a good chance half of what you should be hearing will be lost.

For me its one of the best albums I've heard in 2011. Up there with Pharoahe Monch's "W.A.R.", which up to now has been one of the rare LPs that has had a lot of replay value as an entire entity for me. This album will be different to anything you've ever heard and you'll thank your lucky stars that that's the case. Time for that new Ish.

This is the final track off the new LP 'Black Up', and above in the article you will find the 2010 EP 'Shabazz Palaces' for more examples of the sound.

And finally, here is the stream of the full album as released by record label Sub Pop in the form of one youtube vid. Listen before you buy at any good record store worth its salt or at the above SUBPOP website:

Thursday, 30 June 2011

DMX's Damian

A 16-year old fan of hip-hop right now probably has no idea what the hype behind DMX was about 12/13 years ago. Its tough to imagine that this washed-up, holiday-in-jail, tax-evading failed actor used to be one of the most exciting things in hip-hop, not to mention one of the most consistent.

DMX was in a position to be one of the biggest artists in rap, and probably would have been had the wheels not fallen off so badly that he was left using prison like a timeshare holiday agreement. Honestly, the guy has been in and out of jail more than some of the guards on shift-work.

But let's forget all that. Let's forget that it's 2011 and a DMX article won't be read by a single soul. Let's take it back to 1998. The year DMX became the biggest emcee in New York.

Following a decent run of hype following some guest spots (most notably on LL Cool J's track "", which subsequently became more famous because of the LL/Canibus beef (sidenote: Canibus won that by the way)) Earl Simmons' debut LP "Its Dark & Hell Is Hot" was released to an absolutely rabid frenzy of support. It was heralded by some as New York taking the power back, but by most it was just an agreement that this wierd guy who growled and barked (and looked like a really dodgy mechanic who would smack you in the face if you didn't tip him) was actually running things.

There was no-one before and has been no-one since who has had a style as abrasive and aesthetically underground as his, but still managed to captivate the mainstream middle-class pop-rap audience just as much as his core fanbase.

"Get At Me Dog" and "Ruff Ryder's Anthem" were huge street hits, as was "Stop Being Greedy", and he followed that aforementioned debut album up quickly with his second LP later in the same year. "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood" just continued the bludgeoning. Then the Ruff Ryders came with a compilation album...then came his third LP. The guy was basically hip-hop's 'everyman' voice. That is, if by 'everyman' you mean the nutter standing at the end of the bar waiting for someone to glance at him so he can start some shit.

But for all of his success and his huge hits, his career came crashing down just as swiftly as it was established. Its continue crashing since, like a dickhead drummer playing hell with the hi-hat (stop me with these horrendous similes whenever you're ready).

However, enough of the background info, this is about DMX's slow-burning classics. In amongst "Party Up (In Here)", "X Gon Give It To Ya" and "Slippin", there was a trio of album tracks that spanned the best four LPs he released before he went on the wane. They were astonishingly dark for a major label rap artist, not least one who had a huge fanbase and a burgeoning film career, and it was both surprising and refreshing. Even today they still sound new and raw, and get repeat listens from myself on my desperately-trying-to-hold-onto-hip-hop-past iPod library.

The three tracks were called Damian I, II & III, and they recounted DMX fighting his demons, literally. The beats were harrowing on each of them, with the second featuring the en-vogue media hate-mogul at the time, Marilyn Manson, on the chorus. DMX was never a smiling, happy emcee rapping about his relaxing life and loving family, and a lot of his other material felt cold yet emotional. But these were different.

The first Damian is about DMX scolding himself for always picking the wrong route and cursing why he doesn't have a "guardian angel". The "guardian angel" (by the name Damian) then suddenly turns up out of the blue and promises D the world, which is greatly appreciated by our Ruff Ryding friend. However, it becomes apparent over the song that Damian isn't the angel DMX was hoping for. Instead, we're treated to a bloodbath, with Damian instructing Earl to kill off anyone that gets in their way, even people considered friends.

The second one and third continue this trend, with the story developing further, and going into murkier territory as it carries on. The best part of all this is that, in amongst all of this, DMX has chosen to voice this devilish guardian angel with a lisp and a happy disposition, which just happens to make proceedings all the more stark.

Its superb stuff and I pray for the day that a commercial rap artist on a major label would ever have the bollocks to do something like this again. But instead, we're stuck with DRAKE. And sorry, Drake, but you're just a fucking bitch. If you agree, enjoy this small collection and listen to it at full volume on your headphones while rocking back and forth in the corner of your bedroom.

DMX's Damian (1998-2001)

1. Damian
2. The Omen (Damian II) (feat. Marilyn Manson)
3. Damian III

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Jehst - Starting Over

New Jehst. This has actually been circulating for a few weeks now but it needs air on this site. Anything by this guy instantly floats to the top of the pile when it comes to UK hip-hop. We all wait with rabid anticipation for a new LP. Even the Menghi Bus Mixtape seems a LONG time ago, Jehst!

Skinnyman - Music Speaks Louder Than Words

New Skinnyman. We've needed him.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

The Diplomats - Best Of The Rest

Its amazing how a collective of artists, who individually are no better than average, can come together as one to create a whole movement and generate enough hype and material to create a legacy. Some collectives have talent running throughout and couldn't fail if they tried. The Wu-Tang Clan was as much an advert for each member's solo ability as it was for the group as a whole, and the success of each individual from that group is testament to that.

The Diplomats never had the talent that the Wu had. Not even a single member. They never had the lyrical story-weaving of Raekwon or Ghostface. They never had the commanding aura or intelligence of GZA, nor the presence and individuality of Method Man. However, one thing they did have was charisma. Charisma, the whole of Harlem, and the Heatmakerz.

Its strange to think back to the early 2000s and notice just how dominant Dipset were in the rap scene. Their gully songs, peppered with the odd radio-friendly club track was a snapshot of where hip-hop was at in those years.

The sped-up soul samples that Kanye West supposedly ushered in were being used to just as good effect by the relative unknowns that backed up a large proportion of the Dips' output. And this production crew, The Heatmakerz, were arguably the secret ingredient in Cam'Ron's successful recipe. Sure, it was ignorant, the samples were often lazy and well-known, and they were often repetitive, but they were catchy as fuck. And they were catchy in an acceptable way (ie. guys are going to get a slap by their mates if theyre seen humming a Nelly song, and rightly so...but Dipset? They'd join in).

Today, the Diplomats are a fragmented collective who announced their long-awaited return with a few leaked tracks and freestyles, and most of the extended membership has been shorn. Vado seems to be Cam'Ron's new artist he wants to push, and thats left his old pupils out in the cold.

Juelz Santana and Jim Jones are still working alongside Killa Cam, but not with the same togetherness they had 8 years ago, when they ran NY commercial rap radio. Jim Jones, incidentally, has just released his new LP, and its utter bollocks.

This post is to highlight the lesser known tracks by the Dipset Collective, away from their "Diplomatic Immunity" album, or Cam'Ron's big hits. We're celebrating their weed carriers today, from 40 Cal to Hell Rell, JR Writer to Purple City, just as much as we're celebrating their bigger names. Even these so called "minions" contributed immensely to the movement at the time but can probably found today, homeless and jobless, curled up on a broken couch in a crackhouse somewhere sniffing lines off the inner thigh of a prostitute.

Lets remember them for the good times, the ridiculously over-the-top gangster posturing, the chipmunk soul, the barely literate wordplay that was somehow endearing because of that. I present to you a collection of songs that are ludicrous, amazing, rubbish and entertaining in equal portions. Here is The Diplomats.

Its a big tracklist, because one album's worth of material wouldnt be enough to highlight the OTT epicness (is that a word?) of the Diplomats. This is a monster collection, one that you should listen to ALL DAY EVERY DAY while walking down the street and slapping random bitches and dickheads who give you black looks. This is a gift from me to you, a labour of love, and a collection of songs that I will always love, no matter how silly they are...all four hours and twenty minutes of it. Enjoy.

Click on the album title or the "download" at the bottom of the post for enough Dipset to leave sprinkles of cooked crack round your nostrils without you even realising.


All The Chickens (feat. Juelz Santana) (from "S.D.E.")
Dipset Forever (from "Purple Haze")
Do Ya Thing (Remix) (from "Killa Season")
He Tried To Play Me (feat. Hell Rell) (from "Killa Season")
I.B.S. (from "Killa Season")
More Reasons (from "Purple Haze")
War (feat. Hell Rell) (from "Killa Season")
Diamonds & Pearls (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 5")
Facts Of Life (feat. Juelz Santana) (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 1")
Pain & Agony (feat. McGruff) (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 2")
Suga Duga (from "Dipset: More Than Music Vol. 2")

Daddy (from "What The Game's Been Missing")
Down (from "From Me To U")
How I Feel (from "From Me To U")
Lil' Boy Fresh (from "What The Game's Been Missing")
Monster Music (from "From Me To U")
Santana's Town Part. II (From "Dipset: More Than Music Vol. 1")
Bandana (from "Back Like Cooked Crack 2: More Crack")
Blow (from "Back Like Cooked Crack 1")
Fat Bitch (from "Back Like Cooked Crack 3")
Mr. Postman (from "Back Like Cooked Crack 3")
So Rude (from "Back Like Cooked Crack 1")
You Oughta Know (feat. Cam'Ron) (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 4")
Your Gonna Love Me (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 4")

Getaway (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 3")
Questions (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 3")
G's Up (from "Harlem: Diary Of A Summer")
Harlem (from "Harlem: Diary Of A Summer")
Talking To The World (from "On My Way To Church")
This Is Jim Jones (feat. Cam'Ron) (from "On My Way To Church")
What Kind Of Life Is This (feat. Juelz Santana) (from "Dipset: More Than Music Vol. 1")
Come On, Come On (feat. NOE & Oshy) (from "Harlem's American Gangster")
Concrete Jungle (from "Hustler's POME: Product Of My Environment")
End Of The Road (feat. TI & Bun B) (from "On My Way To Church")

40 CAL
Dipset City(ft. Hell Rell, JR Writer, Jim Jones & Juelz Santana)(from "More Than Music Vol. 2")
Blackout (from "Trigger Happy 2")
Do It Again (from "Trigger Happy 2")
Fuck It All (from "Broken Safety")
Highway Music (from "Trigger Happy")
If You Want It (from "The Yellow Tape")
Neva Neva (feat. A-Mafia & RU Spitz) (from "Broken Safety")
Real Bitch (from "Broken Safety")
Stick 'Em (feat. Cam'Ron & JR Writer) (from "Broken Safety 2")
Jungle Hood (feat. Su Da Boss) (from "Trigger Happy")
Harlem Blues (from "40 Calories: Get Ya Weight Up")
License To Kill (from "40 Calories: Get Ya Weight Up")
Rain (from "The Eye Of The Eagle")

This Is What I Do (feat. Cam'Ron) (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 2")
I'm The Shit (feat. Cam'Ron) (from "For The Hell Of It")
Streets Gonna Love Me (from "For The Hell Of It")
Intro (from "Streets Wanna Know")
Ruger Rell & Writer (feat. JR Writer) (from "Streets Wanna Know")

Y'All Ain't Ready (from "Still Standing")
The Hiest (from "History In The Making")
Riot Pump (from "History In The Making")
To Be A Diplomat (from "History In The Making")
Xtasy (feat. Nicole Wray) (from "History In The Making")
You Make Me Say (from "Dipset: More Than Music Vol. 1")
It's All Over (from "Still Standing")
Jamaican Diplomocracy (from "Still Standing")
Soul Centric (from "Still Standing")

So Free (feat. Cam'Ron) (from "Diplomatic Immunity Vol. 2")
Built This City Part II (from ""Where Is SAS?")
Ur In Da Army (feat. Juelz Santana) (from "Streets All Salute")
Streets All Salute (from "Streets All Salute")
Missing You (from "Dipset Eurogang: Gang's All Here")

Agallah - Purple City Gangsta (feat. Shiest Bub) (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 4")
Un Kasa - Death Is The Only Escape (from "The Diplomats Mixtape Vol. 3")
Freekey Zeekey - Streets (from "Book Of Ezekiel")
DukeDaGod (feat. Hell Rell & JR Writer) - More Than Music(from "Dipset:More Than Music 1")
Jha Jha & Un Kasa - So Gangsta (from "Dipset: More Than Music Vol. 1")
Coinz (feat. S.A.S.) - Doing Fine (from "Dipset Eurogang: Gang's All Here")


(Note: I have intentionally stayed away from most of their staple favourites and the CamRon/Juelz/Jim Jones hit singles, because let's be honest, if you don't already own them then you're a silly fucker and shouldnt be perusing a rap blog in the first place)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Skillit - "Ready To Light"

Hackenbush Is Back

Chester P, one half of UK behemoths Taskforce, has released his new album "New Mic Order Part 2" via his bandcamp website. Its a real return to form (or rather, a return to the music scene, as he was never really "out of form" in the first place) and its very welcome in a UK rap scene that currently stands in a transitional period.

The veterans of the scene are slowly but surely dropping off and retiring one by one, and thus far, there have been very few artists or collectives coming through that can receive the baton and develop the scene further. Chester P has shown with this release, an album I've listened to for the past few hours and enjoyed thoroughly, that he's not ready to pass the torch. Especially not to those who aren't worthy.

The album is called "New Mic Order Pt.2", yet this isn't a New Mic Order at all. Its a return to the roots of Taskforce and UK rap. Its grit and grind sprinkled with inner-city verve and wordplay. Its a highly experienced british emcee (who should get a lot more plaudits and respect than he does) showing the new jacks how its done, and why its important that the UK rap sound stays entirely separate and individual to that of its parent US scene. Its an old mic order that continues to work... and I appreciate that.

The album is a meagre fiver, and for that you get one of the most solid UK rap albums so far this year, so preview the songs below, then head over to the site and get it bought.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Bitchin' Rock Stars From Mars

You can lick a dick, and you can suck a nut. Because Pyro Barz, Loudmouth Melvin and Postman P are WINNING.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Last Music From The Corner?

Taskforce's Farma G released via bandcamp a track he'd recorded with Chester P back in September 2009 a few days ago, and its the last thing they've recorded together under the Taskforce name.

The track is superb, staying true to the gritty reality beats and rhymes that has made them so revered in the UK hip-hop scene. It would be very sad to see these two UK stalwarts stop making music together entirely, as some of the best moments of the scene since they joined it over 10 years ago have came from them.

One upside to this is, the bandcamp track does come with a short paragraph below stating that one last Taskforce album "Music From The Corner Vol. 5" is still due for release later this year. That gives us something to look forward to still from these two UK legends. Until then, allow "The Final Countdown" to whet your appetite, and continue playing everything from "The Butterfly Concerto" to "Grafdafuckup".

Saturday, 8 January 2011

M9 - "Shot" VIDEO

From the incredible mixtape released a few months ago "Orion's Stencil", as presented by Hip Hop Hype Dog ( and featured on this very site, M9 has released a mindblowing video for his lead track "Shot". Incredibly well done, and the song is still banging harder than my cock in your bird. Great stuff.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Mystro - 2010 Rap-Up (Radio Rip)

If you've not heard it yet, where have you been?! No matter though, check it out now, as Mystro, one of the UK's finest emcees, gives us the lowdown on anything and everything that happened in the past 12 months.

Coma patients wake up and listen to what you've missed, as Digmund Freud delivers it in with wit, humour and a sharpness akin to the coolest stanley knife you've ever seen.

And it doesnt end there. In conjunction with DJ esSDee (, Mystro has launched his new website complete with brand spanking content, videos and updates.

Visit muthaluvers, and be blessed with material from one of our favourite sons.