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El-P is many things to many people – producer extraordinaire, independent rap pioneer, deli owner, friend of cats, social commentator, high as fuck Twitter user… the list goes on. He’s also got some really strong insults. A good insult is as much a part of rap as bad spelling and squatting in photos, and there have been many purveyors of quality disses over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Last November I did a late night phone interview with Blah Records founder, Lee Scott. For one reason or another – ranging from my own laziness to my Dropbox being hacked – it has not yet seen the light of day. Until now anyway. Presented to you in two parts, this is one of the more in-depth interviews I’ve done and sees Lee talk about his early memories of his hometown, the making of his Nice Swan album and the birth of Blah. Part 2 will follow next week. Read the rest of this entry »

Nice headnod vibes on the new track from Manchester-based collective, The Mouse Outfit. Revolution features Dr Syntax and Ellis Meade, with production from Pitch and Deese.

Children of Zeus – aka Tyler Daley and Konny Kon – have spent the last couple of years releasing a smooth blend of rap and soul. In the process they have scored a whole new batch of fans, plenty of critical acclaim and some crazy live shows – including a set in the infamous Boiler Room. I got the chance to speak with both Tyler and Konny about why they started making music together, their influences and the possibility of hearing a full album from them. Read the rest of this entry »

Griselda’s finest are back with a rugged new track, Machine Gun Black. WSG and Conway even got a little intro from label head, Eminem.

Nice serving of hip hop and soul fusion from Remulak’s new LP, Earth. Passing Time features beautiful vocals from Australian singer, Melody Myla. You can cop the full album here.

Bristol MC, Upfront, is hitting us with a new album shortly, the follow-up to his Upfront & Personal LP from 2014. The Split Prophet member has obviously been putting in the work in the meantime, as is demonstrated on the first single from the project, Contagious. The track is produced by fellow Bristol artist, Chris Lucas (Arun Productions), with cuts from DJ Rogue and a wicked video from Parallel Media.

Manchester based artist and Roots Raddix affiliate, LayFullStop, is back with another great track. Case Closed has summer written all over it, providing the perfect soundtrack for the sun’s recent arrival. You can stream the track below. Read the rest of this entry »

We all know knowledge is power, so thank fuck for ExP and his new track Trivia. The Flamegriller representative has crammed a whole load of facts into a three minute, piano laced track, on subjects ranging vinegar to from Bill Nye’s mum. ExP is also doing a crowdfunder at the moment, so that he can do a vinyl run of his album RemarkableUnremarkable, from which this track is taken. In the meantime, you can download Trivia here and you can donate to his Kickstarter page here.

Brooklyn rap veteran, AZ, has released a powerful new video for his track, Save Them. The audio was leaked a few weeks ago and features fellow NY heavyweights, Raekwon and Prodigy.

These days it’s almost easy to forget that Action Bronson is a rapper. He has become more of a TV personality thanks to his various escapades with Vice, but yesterday he reminded us all of his other career with a new track. Let Me Breathe is another collaboration with his regular sparring partner Harry Fraud and could signify the arrival of his latest Blue Chips project, if the signs on his social media accounts are to be believed. No dates as yet, but keep an eye out for more news soon.

It’s been 12 years since Mr Lif and Akrobatik released their Perceptionists album, along with DJ Fakts One. Those years have been stress-laden to say the least, with Lif surviving a very nasty accident on his tour bus and Akrobatik suffering major heart trauma, resulting in emergency open-heart surgery. They both survived to tell the tale though and also make a new album together. Resolution is due out on 28 July on Mello Music Group and you can hear the first track below – Hose Down featuring Syne. Pre-orders are available here. Read the rest of this entry »