Category Archives: Hip Hop
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on August 30, 2012.
Over the years we’ve seen Kolombo drop a lot of material, alot of good material. Kolombo My Own Business EP has been released on 2DIY4, which saw the labels first release come from Solomun (A must have record incase you’re thinking of checking it out). Kolombo’s ‘My Own Business EP’ samples Warren G and like a true west coast rap track, bounces from start to finish. The EP’s title track builds nicely with a solid groove, and although house has seen its far share of Hip-House recently, the vocals work perfectly. The other tracks on the EP are just as good as the title track if not better, which is refreshing as so many artists put out a one track release and call it anything but a single.
Quick Trivia: Warren G is Dr Dre’s step-brother (this information could win you a pub quiz one day)
Also here’s a taster of Zombie Disco Squad’s remix of Kolombo & Loulou players – Don’t Go Away.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on August 15, 2012.
On the flipside, You can download a new Tim Green track for free by heading over to his Facebook Page here. It’s pretty good!
Written by TomNutting. Posted on August 12, 2012.
It’s been a while, listen to these…
Also, this is pretty great.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on July 2, 2012.
Nas – Loco-motive is a new Nas track from his ‘Life is good’ Album, which is set to drop on July 17th. It’s another positive sign that Nas is back on top, after a string of solid singles such as ‘Nasty‘ and ‘The Don‘. I don’t want to speak to soon, but I have the feeling ‘Life is good’ will be one of the best rap albums of 2012.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on June 13, 2012.
Not sure how I missed Azealia Banks track ’1991′. It was probably my hatred of hearing a Lazy Jay’s track from a couple of years ago being rehashed with some annoying lyrics all over it.
Anyway, 212 is a rant for another time, and this is neither the time nor the place. With ’1991′ I can’t help but feel that Miss Banks sounds a bit like Missy Elliot, which is never a bad thing, but Missy does Missy. Where she does come good however, is refreshing the bridge between rap and house music (not the horrible big room chart house that Guetta and Afrojack pump out) that used to be much more apparent back in the late 80′s/early 90′s.
So if we minus the hype, is there any real place for Azealia Banks right now? Well luckily she is decent live and has good stage presence, but needs a couple of years to develop into something that holds more stability than the hype train. Pick up the full 4 track EP here.
Azealia Banks – 1991
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on June 10, 2012.
The Sunday Slow Jam is back once again, and this week we go back to 2003 and look at Little Brother’s debut album ‘The listening’. Little Brother consists of Phonte, Rapper Big Pooh and producer extraordinaire 9th Wonder. The underlying theme of ‘The Listening‘ concerns the group’s effort to engage their listeners on a deeper level, and their frustration at casual listeners who pay little attention to lyrics and content and simply want to hear a “hot song”. I’ve selected two tracks from the album which do the do, and get you in the mood for a chilled out Sunday. IF you have any reservations about the track ‘Whatever you say’, have a read of what Questlove from The Roots has to say: “I’m so friggin’ jealous of Little Brother. Hip Hop the way I love it — tight beats, on point lyrics? What!!! I made 4,887,234 people listen to ‘Whatever You Say’ at gunpoint, and I don’t even own a gun!”. Now go buy the full album, its classic.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on June 3, 2012.
The Queen takes a trip down the Thames today, whilst the rest of us drown in the streets. I’m not complaining though, I personally think there should be a Royal party every year. After the Royal wedding last year and the Jubilee today, it makes sense to have a date separate to that of europe and the rest of the world, a time when everyone in London gets together and loses their shit. After all, the royals just get better and better with each celebration they throw. People blow up inflatable dingy’s and go rowing down canals, everyone trawls the streets drinking and having fun, and when the day is over, there’s a million after parties to hit…. Yup, a million.
With that in mind, here’s a Sunday slow jam or three, for tomorrow when you’re feeling rough.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on May 27, 2012.
Most of us are probably waking up with severe hang overs, or basking in the sun at their local park. Its as certain as death itself, and with such certainty comes a Sunday with two certified slow jams. I’m sure Twista could have got his tongue around that, but alas he’s busy with Kanye and Mr. Foxx on ‘Slow Jamz’ (Strenuous link I know). Also included is Justin Timberlake’s ‘My Love’ from 2005, with Timberland on the production its hard to go wrong. This weeks Sunday Slow Jam holds two classics that will still be getting played in ten years time.
Written by Teddy Boshanks. Posted on May 22, 2012.
If I’m honest, I never really got the hype around Kendrick Lamar. But after hearing ‘War is my love’ I can finally understand. The track is a moody down tempo affair, with Lamar delivering on point and poetically just lyrics. The metaphors work perfectly in creating a beautiful landscape, and his flow is pretty decent too. The other track that took my ears by storm recently is off Quakers latest album. ‘Fitta Happier’ features Guilty Simpson from Stones Throw and is a two part masterpiece. Unconventional to most rap songs with their 3 verse/2 hook format, ‘Fitta Happier’ has one break down at the beginning and a second half way through. After the breakdown each rapper launches into a lyrical tirade. Mighty stuff.