Last year I did a round-up of some of my favourite insults from jewel runner and indie rap pioneer, El-P. Not content with ending it there, I have now tackled the larger and perhaps more rewarding task of selecting my favourite guest verses that he’s blessed us with over the last two decades or so. Before I started actually writing this, I had a pretty good idea in my head of how this Top 5 would end up looking, but it’s not until you start researching this sort of thing that you realise just how many tracks El-P has guested on across his career. So here we go with MY five favourite guest verses from the man himself (capitals on the ‘MY’, don’t @ me!). Read the rest of this entry »

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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Jay Z’s The Black Album, Big Ghost Ltd. has revisited the monumental project to add some fresh perspective. Ol’ Volcano Hands himself says that the remixes aimed to create a version of the album “where A-List celebrity producers played no part…n it was no politics involved nahmean. No hype or pitches to the artist from whoever whoever… Just the feel of that early 00s shit when the R.O.C. had established itself as the pinnacle n the heartbeat of the culture n the greatest rapper of all time pump faked his retirement”. If that sounds like a winning formula, that’s cos it is, as Ghost manages to pull off a successful venture into what maybe considered hallowed turf. Cuts on the album come from Giallo Point and DJ Grouch. You can stream The Black Album Revisited below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Hip hop duo Grime Lords – aka Born Unique and Pete Twist – recently released their Wimbledon Dons project, which is packed full of gems, including this joint featuring Jay Royale and GingerSlim favourite, J Scienide. Wimbledon Dons is out now on digital download, with a limited run of CDs and vinyl also available.

One of the more prolific artists riding the current wave of rap, Chris Crack, has returned with another new album, something like his fourth project this year. Just Gimme A Minute clocks in at 21 tracks long, but with the majority sitting just above the one minute mark. As usual Chris has enlisted the help of some great producers for the project, including Stepchild, August Fanon and Cutta. Just Gimme A Minute is available to stream below and you can cop a download over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Over the past few weeks, Brighton-based MC, Hatter, has been blessing us with regular shots of new music as part of his Hatterday series. This week’s offering is a track featuring the talented presence of Bobbie Johnson and Normanton Street representative, Nicholson. And Wot is produced by Quiet Pill.

Fresh out today is the next single from the upcoming Dirty Dike LP, Acrylic Snail. Caustic Soda features production from Chemo, alongside a visually arresting video from This & That Media. The album is due out next month on High Focus.

Good to see the long-awaited solo album from Zilla Rocca has finally been given life. Future Former Rapper is the culmination of a career which spans 13 years, all of them as a totally independent artist – which is no mean feat given how many fellow independents have been swallowed up or broken beyond repair during that same period.
The album is the perfect showcase for the talents that have kept Zilla afloat through those years and finds him accompanied by some of the artists that he has been associated with during that same time frame.
Guest spots are held by the likes of Armand Hammer, Serengeti and fellow Wrecking Crew representative, Curly Castro, as well as a bunch of high-end production credits from Steel Tipped Dove, Messiah Musik, Disco Vietnam and Small Pro. Future Former Rapper is ready to stream below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Strong debut from newly formed duo, Old Paradice, as they rake up summer memories on Sunkissed. Consisting of producer, Morriarchi and lyricist, Confucius MC, the pair have gathered enough credits and plaudits within the scene over the years for this new outfit to be an inevitable success. Sunkissed is lifted from the forthcoming EP, The Last Resort. The single is out now via Bandcamp and the EP is scheduled for release on 18 January on Group Bracil. Read the rest of this entry »

Yesterday Earl Sweatshirt returned from a three year hiatus with a brand new song. Nowhere2go is his first release since 2015, when he dropped I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Hopefully this new single signals the imminent arrival of his new album – an album already heralded as a masterpiece by Alchemist. Nowhere2go is produced by Darryl Johnson and Adé Hakim Sayyed (FKA Sixpress).

The Window is the latest track to be lifted from Fliptrix’s recent INEXHALE album. Production comes from Molotov and the video was made by This & That Media. INEXHALE is out now on High Focus Records.

Another great track from the recent Aver album, Dressed For CCTV. The Fear Of Being Offline is actually a remix of a track by an Argentinian band of the same name. The video was made by Ja-m-es. Dressed For CCTV is out now on Village Live Records.