A continuous blend of quality underground hip hop, mixed by DJ Theory. This release includes 28 original tracks, featuring up and coming and established MC’s, producers and DJ’s from all over Western New England. In the spirit of 90’s hip hop, this release encompasses a pure hip hop experience, in the vein of the Lyricist Lounge series. This is about authentic hip hop music and culture, staying true to the essence of the underground. Executive producers are DJ Theory from Mystika Music, Tableek from Maspyke, Barak Yalad from Ceremonial Masters (recently signed to Rawkus Records) and Tone from Mystika and The Problemaddicts.
Thanks to SteveWonda!
One of UK hip hops most acclaimed emcee/producers, Lewis Parker is also among only a handful of artists to make the complete migration into the American rap industry. I’ve always considered him to be a far stronger producer than vocalist – 2006 saw the Ghostface collaborations Fishscale and More Fish, where he sat comfortably alongside a stellar production lineup of MF DOOM, Madlib, Marc Ronson and Hi-Tek – supporting that theory.
But LP’s flows are pretty tight to and he has been around long enough to know his strengths, and on this, the first in a double volume of official mixtape releases we are treated to a few of his early classics, ‘Don’t Forget About Ya Boy’ and ‘International Heat’. Some remixes, a funked up version of Jay Z’s ‘Get Ya Hustle On’ as well as some brand new soon to be released tracks featuring Ghostface, Raekwon, Trez and T.RA.C..
Parker has that smoldering, blaxploitation Hip ‘soul-boy’ hop sound on lock-down /ukhh.com/
There is definitely a war against Hip-Hop. Politicians hate the messages that this brand of urban music promotes, while (to be fair) they’re extremely ignorant about the art form. There are an abundance of soldiers on the frontline that wish to protect the music that is important to them, like U-Fam, consisting of indie emcees; Insight, Cloke N’ Dagha, Prime Suspects, Blak Madeen, Powerz Boof, Sham Ra, among others. “The War On Hip-Hop” is one of those releases where you realize somewhere along the line that they are serious about the love of music and that they care about their stature in the community.
“Malcolm Speaks” embodies the spirit of the album as it presents a politically charged image. The song exemplifies true school Hip-Hop music, which embraces the African American roots of rap. The 1st official beat has an epic sound to it, but is really strengthened by a sample of Malcolm himself, rather emphatically speaking, “We want peace, we want justice, we want we respect, we want to carry ourselves with dignity…” Clearly, The Prime Suspects who headline this track take the great black leader’s words to heart. Al-Jabra raps the first bar which sets the tone of the album when he spits, “I question Bob Marley’s death and Marcus Garvey’s arrest.” The questioning of these matters was similarly, and rather ironically, brought to light on Cassidy’s “The Message”. That is what history is really about, though, because if it is written by the ‘winners’, then there must be completely different stories out there from those who are demoralized by them. The song culminates with several children profoundly stating “I’m Malcolm X!”, as there is obviously a strong afro-centric connectivity to the strength of his words.
This, in my opinion, is one of the greatest UK hip-hop masterpieces of first decade of 21st century. So.. enjoy this gem for the first time on such quality.
Squirrelz With Gunz is a compilation of tracks produced by Chemo released July 2007. It is the first Solo release by Chemo.
Chester P is a member of legendary Task Force.
Verb T (born 11 January 1981) aka Dick Trusay is a UK hip-hop artist and producer based in London. He has worked with most of the biggest names in UK Hip Hop including Jehst, Sway, Harry Love and many more, as well super producer William Orbit and Edwin Collins. Verbs is an artist with a unique style and lyrical outlook embracing classic 90’s U.S Hip Hop as well as experimenting with new styles with his own production. Noted influences include artists such as Slick Rick, Al Green, De La Soul, and Jimi Hendrix. Verb T music has covered topics of social awareness, paranoia, drug addiction and self improvement. In the late 90s an underage Verbs frequented open mic nights across London while also recording his 1st demo songs with friend and producer Harry Love. After his debut single (Ill Behaviour Ape Man Records 1999) and numerous appearances on mix tapes by DJs such as MK (Roots Manuva/Kiss FM) Verbs started gaining a reputation for his story raps and humorous skits which showcase a deep and slightly twisted sense of humour. In 2002 Verb T had his first release on the UKs best known and arguable, at the time most credible Hip Hop label Low Life Records again with Harry Love (‘Showbitchness’ 2002, Low Life Records). Happy with Verbs drive and work ethic Low Life owner Braintax invited Verb T to start recording a full length project with rapper Kashmere with whom Verbs had just started touring. The result was the critically acclaimed ‘Backhand Slap Talk’ album (lowlife 2002) which took Verb t and Kasmere (along with producer/DJ Ghost) touring all across the UK as well as dates in France, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Holland, Greece, Switerland and the USA. After performing at hip hop Kemp in 2006 Verb T began featuring on albums and mixtapes in both the UK and US independent scene appearing in albums alongside acts such as Sway, Jehst, Ed O.G, Royce Da 59, Task Force, and many more. 2006 was also the year Verb T and Harry Love finally released their long overdue album ‘Bring It Back To Basics’ on Silent Soundz records, regarded by many as a classic album. Verb T would follow that in 2007 with the ‘Broken Window’ album produced by The Last Skeptik. ‘Broken Window’ was again released by Silent Soundz and described by Hip Hop Connection magazine as “an illuminating snapshot of an artist gliding effortlessly towards that next level” and Metro newspaper as “proof that the voice of Hip Hop is ever evolving and expanding”. In 2008 Verb T released ‘Verbs With A Vengeance’ which was the first album to showcase his production. Verb T’s latest album ‘Serious Games’ was released in 2010 on YNR Productions and was partly produced by Verb T himself, he still lives in London and is due to appear at Outlook festival in Croatia for the 2nd year running alongside Fliptrix and Dj Madnice as well as shows across the UK. ~ Wordplay
American Gangster: the story of Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, highlights the heroin drug trade of the 70’s. Russell Crowe plays an ambitious detective who exposes the US government’s plans to transport drugs. The film also stars Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Djofor, Carla Gugino, Ted Levine, John Ortiz, Yul Vazquez, Roger Bart, Common, TI, and RZA. The soundtrack album gives you a diverse introspect on the film featuring artist such as Hank Shocklee, The Staple Singers, Public Enemy and Bobby Womack. The focus single (Do You Feel Me) on the album features platinum recording artist Anthony Hamilton. The song is also written by Diane Warren, one of the most successful and prolific songwriters to ever work in the music industry.
Underground hip-hop MC from Ft. Green, Brooklyn, New York.
Brad Strut has been emceeing extensively in the australian and national hip hop scene since early 1991. Artists that have collaborated with him include Bias b, Lazy Grey, Ransom and countless others. With numerous releases under his belt including this release “The Authentic” Lp. Brad Strut has shared stages international acts including Aceyalone, Company Flow, Mystic Journeymen, Bukue 1, Airforce Crew and J-Zone just to name a few.