Ice T reconnects with the UK branch of his Rhyme Syndicate posse, lending a fresh verse to DJ Supreme’s “Arctic”.
Arctic II is a heavy guitar laden remix track that also features fellow UK rhyme veteran Icepick. The video is top notch too, as Ice gets in to full Hollywood character mode.
I would love to see an Arctic part III featuring Curoc, ‘Son Of Noise’ and perhaps a verse from Narrator RBX who would add a real sinister vocal element. I think that would work really well with Supreme’s hard and frantic production style.
North West London native, Lamarrie Essquire aka Da Fly Hooligan, has just dropped a blazing new track titled; P.R.E.A.M. (Pounds Rule Everything Around Me), an ode to Wu Tang’s classic C.R.E.A.M anthem, but with a Britcore twist. The production from Ecam Entertainment on this joint is tighter than a drum. It’s refreshing to know there’s still some real heads reppin the culture on the UK hip hop scene, not just the grimers. Definitely one to keep an eye on. Salute
Having gone to number 1 on Zone Radio’s Top 40 Charts, getting his track played on Play Boy TV daily and receiving airplay on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing Mixtape, Jake Aldridge returns with ‘Fireman’ featuring Lisa Ambrose. Fusing RnB and hip-hop, Aldridge tells the captivating story of losing the person you love, a theme he is all too familiar with after losing his own father at the age of 11.
When Jake was 11, his father passed away in a tragic accident, forcing him to later use music as a form of therapy. Unlike many musicians, music wasn’t in Jake’s blood but as he began to write, he discovered he was a confident lyricist and started to master rapping. Music became a positive way of expressing his emotions as well as offering others a form of comfort.
‘Fireman’ features the singer-songwriter Lisa Ambrose, who recently won Battle Of The Bandstands, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Rob The Bank. This led to Ambrose supporting Mark Ronson and now collaborating with Jake Aldridge. Inspired by the likes of Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre, Jake believes his music is entirely honest and offers his fans an insight to his life and emotions. The song has been produced by Ninety II, an up and coming producer from Bristol.
Zedo is a rapper from Bedford, UK. He has been making music most of his life with a range of projects under his belt. Performing around the UK and Amsterdam, he has built quite a following. His laid back storytelling style fits perfectly over real Hip Hop beats which you can check out on his latest project ‘Point of View‘ produced by E.Hill (UK).
Point of View is available to buy and stream online via iTunes and Spotify and all that other good stuff.
Uk producer Lewis Parker may be a name you are unfamiliar with. If that is the case, it’s safe to say you have been guilty of some serious sleeping and now would be the perfect time to wake from your slumber to check his latest instalment “Release The Stress”. To keep it short and to the point Lewis Parker is equally at home producing or on the mic and it shows on this perfect track, “Release The Stress” which personifies that true school sound.
What do you get when you combine a legendary Dj/producer with a veteran emcee from the Britcore era?
This is a very special post for me because it marks a strong return of the classic British hip hop sound I grew up on. Long before the Grime scene took hold, UK hip hop was ruled by fearsome rhyme crews likeLondon Posse, Hijack and Gunshot. Each one encapsulating a style and lyrics reflective of the British landscape whilst still staying true to the cultural elements laid down by their hip hop peers across the pond. This unique brand of UK rap became lovingly known as “Britcore”. Recently two veterans of the Britcore golden era linked up and what they have produced is simply jaw dropping.
Dj Supreme formerly of Hijack recruited Curoc (Son Of Noise) and what they came up with is nothing short of an instant classic. This track is absolute hip hop perfection. Supreme has evidently kept his feet firmly planted in the old school, resisting any urge to switch his style for trend hits of today. Production is hard, frantic drums reminiscent of N.W.A‘s “Appetite for destruction” mixed with Eric B and Rakim’s “Know the Ledge”, and it’s laced throughout with silky cuts, courtesy of Renegade, Mada and Supreme. With a beat this good only a top level lyricist will do, and boy does Curoc bless this beat, attacking the track like a man possessed. Curoc was clearly in the zone, rhyming with sharp lyrical precision and relentless intensity which is so refreshing at a time when soft indecipherable rambles are the trend. As soon as you hear the beat firing up and Curoc’s hypnotic mean mugging stare you know something special is about to happen.
I first posted the R.I.P video on our Facebook page on the 7th August and the response has been excellent just as I predicted. A remix featuring additional artists has already dropped at the time I write this. Let’s hope this is just the start of a string of future collaborations. So break out your double goose and crank the volume up, were going back to the golden era with this one!
Taken from DJ Supreme’s single “Supreme Legacy V1.5”, 25th APRIL 2016
Gregg Stageman is a UK based hip-hop artist with a 90s US hip hop flava. Here he takes a familiar 2Pac beat and chops it up to perfection, blending in his signature chilled rhyme style.
This track (Meditation) sets the tone for the rest his album “Soul Love”, which has a really nice chilled vibe and super conscious lyrics throughout. If your looking for something to stimulate your mind or just something to kick back with a zoot and chillax, GS could be your choice.
“Meditation It’s a spiritual concept album based on my own experiences with spirituality… -G.S“
The Bluntskins have returned with their new “Souh Park” style animated video, “Everybody” featuring Martin Connor which finds the Bluntskins on a smoked out trip to Amsterdam.
The Bluntskins are a Hip Hop group from Manchester UK, Pro P, Cheech and Bill Sykes come together to bring you a classic boombap vibe and a little extra, weed smokers of the world unite and roll up a blunt.
“Only the finest decayed dinosaur bone sludge, refined into a crystal clear plastic and carefully crafted under a bed of rare ancient wild tree pulp industrailly flattened into a beautiful paper fold out.” —The Bluntskins
East London has a long history of producing rap artists. From it’s roots way back in the early 90’s when rap crews like Gunshot were paving the way for later artists like Wiley, who would go on to co-create the grime scene sub-genre, to artists like Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah who have managed to break global markets. I think It’s safe to say that East London is the Bronx equivalent when it comes to hip hop roots.
Another emcee who hails from the East London area code of E3, is Nico. The first time I saw Nico was at an open mic session in Camden Lock and I remember being impressed by his rapid fire lyricism. He was clearly the most stand out emcee performing that night.
Since then it seems Nico has been busy on the scene. He was recently assigned the task of opening support act for Xzibit and B-Real during their ‘Serial Killers’ tour in Dublin, Ireland. Here is the music video to “I Won’t stop” which was filmed during that tour