New music from Confucius MC as he kicks off 2021 proceedings with a fresh banger. Lanterns brings a bit of light to the early year blues, thanks to a lyrical extravaganza involving four top tier rappers. As well as the man himself, there are also contributions from SonnyJim, Verbz and Jehst, raising the bar early for 2021 in the process. The track is produced by Keor Meteor and the lyric video was made by Bee Graphics. Streams are also available.
Pitch 92 is one of the collaboration kings, go check his 3rd Culture album for further proof. In the meantime though, get stuck into his latest single, which sees its release today and features yet another hefty guest list. Lord Apex, Jehst and Kiko Bun all bring their A game to the proceedings, with Pitch’s production verging into future funk & soul territory. The track is out now on High Focus and there is a limited 7″ vinyl edition available, which also includes Pitch’s previous single, Suttin’ In The Trunk.
Jehst keeps the loosies coming, as he releases a new single in honour of the day’s festivities. 420 Every Day is a thinking man’s weed anthem, aided in its appeal by some punchy horns-laced production from north of the border’s finest. Jaisu. You can stream the track below, with downloads up on the YNR Bandcamp. Continue reading “Jehst: 420 Every Day”
Big bars here from Jehst, as he steps out of quarantine to remind us all why he is regarded as one of the UK’s best. State of the Union is just over two minutes of pure wordplay and craftsmanship, over some tight string-driven production from Pitch 92. Jehst’s UK tour has been rescheduled for October, with tickets remaining valid. More info on his site.
A fresh release to bless the start of your week, as Sonnyjim hits us with another new album, this time teaming up with UK boom bap aficionado, Illinformed. The Chemistry Must Be Respected sees its full release today and is comprised of the sort of luxurious monotone raps, which we’ve been accustomed to from the Brum native over the last few years, as well as that soul-laced nod-inducing production that Illinformed has down to a fine art, but with a definite Sonny flair as he joins on the assist. There is support too, with Sony hooking up a smooth verse from Hus Kingpin on Diamonds & Carrots, while Leaf Dog steps up to the plate on Golden Gates, and Jehst does a masterful turn on Zircon. The full thing can be heard below, with downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “Sonnyjim x Illinformed: The Chemistry Must Be Respected (Stream)”
Fresh out today is the debut album from Manchester crew, Voodoo Black. I say crew, but the supergroup argument could also be valid, as they are made up of four already well established artists from the city. Consisting of MCs Sparkz, Ellis Meade and Dubbul O, as well as Cutterz on production, Voodoo Black have been making music together for years now, but this is their first full-length and it stands as the debut they deserve. Jazz is the dominant influence on the album and from the riffs of the titular opening track, to the punchy Jehst-assisted, Abracadamting, it’s the perfect backdrop for the lyrical styles on display, from four MCs who all possess a competency that puts them up there with the best the UK has to offer. As well as Jehst, there are some other choice features, including fellow Manny artist, LayFullStop, RLD favourite, Leaf Dog and street soul revivalist, EVABEE. You can hear the album for yourself below and there is also a new video for the title track, courtesy of Ellis Meade. Sitting At The Table is out now on Village Live. Continue reading “Voodoo Black: Sitting At The Table (Stream)”
Jehst’s pen game is maintaining its health in these uncertain times, as demonstrated on this new single which saw its release today. Wild Herb is co-produced by Jehst and Beat Butcha, who have a strong history of making bangers together, so it was always going to be a pleasure to hear them back at it. It’s perfect timing too, as Jehst’s UK tour kicked off last night in Manchester, before hitting Leeds tonight. Downloads of Wild Herb are also available. Continue reading “Jehst: Wild Herb”
DJ MK seems intent on making all of my digital dreams come true, as he releases the next instalment from his London Underground mixtape series. I still have my copy on CD, which I bought in the infamous Selectadisc in Nottingham in 2003, but it would be a lie to say I hadn’t been fiending for a digital version. The mix features another big selection of bangers, freetyles and exclusives from the likes of MCD, Mr Tibbs, Universal Soldiers, Jehst and Sincere. 24 tracks in total and it’s all yours for a few English pounds. You can hear the tape in full below, with downloads available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “DJ MK: London Underground 2003 (Stream)”
Following on from the digital release of DJ MK’s seminal London Underground mixtape earlier this month, today he blesses us with another classic joint from that era, with the first ever digital release of It’s All Live. Featuring one of your favourite MCs favourite MCs, Supa T, alongside fellow lyrical legends, Jehst and Kyza, with the esteemed Harry Love on production, It’s All Live was an anthem from one of UK hip hop’s most exciting eras. You can stream the track below and on Bandcamp you can find digital copies of both the clean and dirty versions. Continue reading “DJ MK x Supa T x Jehst x Kyza x Harry Love: It’s All Live”
Not content with giving us a surprise album at the end of 2019, Lee Scott then continued his gift giving with a brand new EP, which he released exclusively to Blah Cult Members on Christmas Day. The EP saw its full release on Friday, which means that us mere mortals can now savour the joys of what is another great project from arguably one of the most prolific artists of the moment. The ffsman EP is a features bonanza, with the Cult Mountain rapper teaming up with a cross-generational list of MCs, including YNR head honcho, Jehst, rising London star, CLBRKS, and new Potent Funk family member, Dream Mclean. The production credits are just as strong, with the likes of Morriarchi, dylantheinfamous, Sumgii and Sam Zircon, all bringing their respective sounds to the mix. The EP is available to stream/download now and you can also hear it in full below. Continue reading “Lee Scott: ffsman ep (Stream)”