It was way back in 2014 when one my brethren from across the pond, Amir of A. Bey Management, hit me up about a new artist he had been promoting by the name of Quadir Lateef.
Lateef was not a familiar name to me at the time but Amir seemed really hype about him and was keen for me to set up an interview with him. Long story short, I checked out some of his work and I was immediately impressed. A New York native and affiliate of the God Hop movement, Quadir chose to adopt a conscious sound at a time when a lot of his New York peers where influenced by Southern trappin.
Quadir is a straight lyricist through and through. We may be living in a time when every man and his dog can spit bars but Lateef has that extra element that’s missing from so many of todays back pack rappers…..FLOW!
So he got the flow and the vocal melody to boot, and standing at what appears to be upwards of 6 and half feet tall he got that stage presence too. I’m thinking this guy could do some serious damage on the scene and the way he spits you can tell he’s finna-eat up an emcee or two.
We exchanged a couple of short messages but the interview never materialized. I do see Quadir’s name crop up on my timeline from time to time so I’ve been watching him develop from the sidelines.
Just recently I noticed a video with Quadir draped in official Ruff Ryders attire. It appears DMX has taken him firmly under his arm.
H.N.I.C, an acronym for “Hip Hop Needs Immense Change”, is Lateef’s debut under the Ruff Ryders flag, and boy does he go fully in. It almost feels like he’s breathed new life in to the Ruff Ryders brand as he completely owns the video in every sense of the word. Looks like hip hop is already getting it’s immense change. Check it out.
Venomous 2000 has taken his Will to Power concept and ran with it…..literally. The New Jersey native continues to keep his foot firmly on the gas, drawing on the huge success of his European tour and summoning the creative assistance of a whole host of talent from the continent to bring you this 4th visual from the album.
As the title suggests, The Great Escape, which features vocals from Miss May, sees V frantically running through the streets of Passaic in a metaphorical escape from the troubles and strife’s that life throws at you. The track (produced by Sizemen out of France) captures the urgency of the visual, and I’m feeling the haunting pipe sample that echoes in periodically throughout the beat.
Just waiting for the 5th video to drop now. Hoping it’s the amazing track “Elemental” How about it V? Hint, hint 😉
In celebration of Hip-Hop History Month & 42nd Zulu Nation Anniversary and Hip-Hop’s 41st Birthday, Methuzulah of the Zulu Gatekeepers just released his new video single “Roads and Barriers” Feat. Ras Kofi. Methuzulah even rocks one of our THHF Hoodies in the video. How’s that for solidarity…. Salute King!!!
Forthcoming album, Crystal Ball is due to drop January, 16 and promises to deliver the usual quality hip hop that I have come to expect from this underground veteran.
If your an emcee trying to raise your profile, then producing lyrical gibberish could be your best strategy, as deadlocked Hopsin found out with his latest video, “No Words” which pokes fun at today’s incoherent rappers. In the 2 minute parody which took less than 15 minutes to write and gained over 3 million views, Hopsin takes on the persona of “Hash Brown”, a stereotypical trap rapper who could easily pass for Young Thug, Wayne or any other one of these corny sounding trap mofo’s.
“I literally made the song in 15 minutes — from beat to finished song. Swear to God, not joking. It was so simple. There was nothing to it but a little 808 and snare. I made it in Fruity Loops and I was just like, I’m going to literally say nothing. But I’ma be so swagged out saying nothing, just like how these guys sound. It’s gonna sound like I’m saying something from a distance because the song feels good. But when you pay attention, there’s actually no lyrics said, aside from like, “nigga” and dropping the word “money” here and there. I think I say “diamonds,” too.
Anybody could’ve done that and it would still feel exactly the same because it’s all Auto-Tune and the beat. It’s just to show the creativity process. People always talk crap about me, my music. So I’m like, let me do your music. Let me just make a complete mockery of it and show the entire world that it takes no skill at all.”
Ironically it seems that his attempt to bring focus back to the importance lyrics has backfired, resulting in “No Words” becoming his biggest hit yet. Probably gaining him legions of fans from the exact demographic that he was poking fun at. Lets Just pray that your favourite MC doesn’t try and emulate him, or we could see everyone from Nas to Rakim producing garbled nonsense.
Before the flames had even been put out from their mind blowing track “No Copy“, King RA & his UK beatsmith associate, Bunty Beats strike again with a new joint entitled “Chillin”, taken from their quality album “Back To The Essence“.
This year is turning out to be “year of the crazy dope cuts”. First we had the frantically “head noddy” production and crazy cuts of King Ra and Bunty Beats – No Copy, then Venomous2000 came hard with his recent track “Will Power“, which had some silky sweet cuts courtesy of DJ End K of France. Now we see King Ra back hooking up with another HipHopFoundation favourite of ours and previous Critical Beatdown chart placer D-Strong.
Derek D-Strong has got a shit load of lyrical tricks up his sleeve and with King RA being cut from the same old school cloth, the combination is fire. Excellent production here from Dave Sparkz (salute to that man there), with cuts by Chinch 33 that will leave you with a grin from ear to ear. Just check the technique. Hip hop is back on it’s orbital trajectory returning home. Fuck yeh!!
A few days ago I was lucky enough to be passed a copy of the new single from Venemous 2000 “Will Power”, taken from his upcoming album “Will To Power”. First of all I would like to mention that myself and the rest of the hip hop foundation have been following V2G for many years. He was one of the first mc’s we covered back when THHF was just a facebook page and we continue to watch and listen to his releases from across the pond.
I consider Venomous 2000 to be one of the illest mc’s on the indie circuit today and somebody who’s style epitomises what I feel hip hop is all about. His latest release “Will Power” is just further testament of that, with it’s accompanying music video that just oozes all the visual hip hop elements. We even get a glimpse of the God MC himself, (Rakim), as he rocks the same stage.
“Making worldwide connects has only strengthened V’s artillary and he is sounding more and more like a seasoned veteran that has mastered his craft”
The track itself has a title and lead message that’s self explanatory, “Will Power” is Venomous telling his audience that he will succeed and be the best at what he does with nobody out there to stop him or tell him different. I must say It’s refreshing to hear somebody recite these words because I feel the competitive edge and determination to master ones craft has some what disappeared from a lot of todays hip hop music. As long as one stays determined and true to themselves “anything is possible,” and that is exactly how this track makes me feel. It is positive and uplifting and it truly does inspire me when I listen to it. Intelligent lyrics throughout with a bboy sounding beat, courtesy of Alex KidOne from Athens Greece and mind blowing cuts from DJ End K of France.
The B-side “Elevate” produced by The Soul Plugger is a soulful track that is laid back and will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. A real nice sounding beat with more dope sounding cuts that add even more flavour. You can definitely feel Venomous on this one. More meaningful lyrics with a new sense of direction, a new hunger, a new passion to achieve what he has set out to do all these years. Making worldwide connects has only strengthened V’s artillary and he is sounding more and more like a seasoned veteran that has mastered his craft. He is definitely bringing back what hip hop and fans alike have been missing. All I will say is watch this space, going off these offerings I expect big things.