Saturday, 18 September 2010

Jabbathakut-Once upon a crossfade

My man Jabbathakut has released his first album on his own label, Infekshus Records and its 25 tracks of dope UK Hip Hop that requires immediate listening. The album features a whole heap of sick UK underground artists including; Stig of the Dump, Swift, Mr Thing, Mikey T, Wordsmith, Genesis Elijah, Lyrical T, Supar Nova amongst many others. Jabbathakut handles the production duties as well as the majority of the cutting & scratching and he demonstrates some serious skills behind the boards and on the decks. Whether it be soul tinged Supar Nova joint "All alone" or the bangin' LDZ and Stig of the dump joint "Tear da roof off" which gets extra points for being the only hip hop song I've ever heard use the line "Maybe I'm just crackers, I'll kick you in the knackers" the beat is sick and the lyrics match it perfectly.
You can get it through Bandcamp by following the link below. High quality 320k MP3, FLAC or any other format you could possibly want for £7.99, what are you waiting for? where else will you get this much dope music for £7.99? You can pay by PayPal which makes it even easier.
The strings alone on the Genesis Elijah track justify the price and if you download this off some dodgy blog or a torrent site then you should be ashamed of yourself this deserves to be paid for.

Jabbathakut-Once Upon A Crossfade

Now playing: Jabbathakut - LDZ & Stig Of The Dump - Tear The Roof Off
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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

M.O.P. @ Jazz Cafe August 26th 2010

M.O.P. perform Ante Up at the Jazz Cafe August 26th 2010
I have this list of Hip Hop artists that I have to see before I die and although I have been lucky enough to cross a lot of names off that list including Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, KRS ONE, Gangstarr, De La Soul, Co Flow, Mobb Deep, Wu Tang, Snoop, Cypress Hill and The Roots. Until recently one of my favorite groups ever were still sitting on that list, M.O.P. but last week I was lucky enough to see them in London's Jazz Cafe a venue that really allowed them to put on a sick show and engage with their fans.

Lil' Fame and Billy Danze came on stage at a professional 21:10 which was a refreshing change from those artists that wander onstage after leaving the crowd waiting for hours. They immediately jumped into a hyped show pausing occasionally to give members of the crowd plastic cups of Hennesey or Vodka, a nice touch. They played all the tracks you would want to hear at an M.O.P. concert; Fire, Four Alarm Blaze, Downtown Swinga, Put in the air etc etc. They briefly paused to pay respect to Hip Hop's fallen soldiers as is customary these days. Then they launched back into some more insane rowdiness, provoking an almost mosh pit at the Jazz Cafe, a sight I don't think the venue had seen before. They finished up the show with Ante up, of course and the crowd went Wild. M.O.P. gave so much energy to the crowd and the crowd gave it back creating a fantastic atmosphere.

They then left the stage having done more than an hour, playing all the songs I wanted to hear. But that wasn't the end of the night. Fame and Billy went to the upper restaurant area of the Jazz Cafe and stayed around chatting, drinking, signing autographs and taking photos with the fans for more than an hour. They showed their fans the level of respect that is often missing from Hip Hop shows, certainly ones performed by US artists anyway. In doing so they guaranteed that any chance I get to attend an M.O.P. show I will make sure I'm there.

I have never met a friendly pair of rappers than Billy Danze and Lil Fame. They put on a great show and were real friendly. I couldn't have asked for anymore from a Hip Hop show.

M.O.P. perform U Dont Know Remix Jazz Cafe August 26th 2010

Now playing: M.O.P. - Put It In The Air (feat. Jay-Z)
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Sunday, 5 September 2010

Roots Manuva It's On

Rodney is back this time with his contribution to the forthcoming Ninja Tune XX twentieth anniversary celebrations. It's a brand new tune entitled 'It's On'. It's a dope track and RM shot a video for it, too. Returning to Dungeness (where the cover images for the 'Run Come Save Me' campaign were shot), Rodders wanders about in suit and glasses referencing Ingmar Bergman, Malcolm X, live manga and a nice sports car.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Jay Electronica in London Courtesy of the Stickup Kids

Jay Electronica recently played Cargo in London's Shoreditch. Jay kwpt the crowd moving to his insightful lyrics and dope beats and half way through his massive hit Exhibit C he even jumped into the crowd where he finished the song off.

Jay also showed his support of GURU's family and real hip hop fans everywhere by wearing one of the Stickupkids 'Fuck Solar' T shirts. He wore one of them throughout the show much to the crowds appreciation. Afte rthe shopw Jay showed his appreciation of his London fans by staying around for autographs and photos with them.

The GURU Battle Lyrics and Fuck Solar T shirts are still available from the Stickupkids website, as Redman once said Pick it up.
Now playing: KRS-ONE & True Master - Knowledge Reigns Supreme
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