As anticipation grows for the new Datkid album, today saw the release of the second video from the project. Eyes features Griselda heavyweight, Conway, as well as a verse from the album’s sole producer, Leaf Dog. The video was made by This & That Media. Confessions Of A Crudlord is coming soon on High Focus.
Next month on 18 April, as is now customary in Bristol, High Focus will roll into town en masse to celebrate their 9th birthday. Following on from last year’s success, once again they will takeover the SWX nightclub which is situated bang in the middle of town and will bring with them a selection of the finest artists that their ever-increasing roster has to offer.
On the bill this year we have performances from The Four Owls, Jam Baxter, Coops, Onoe Caponoe, Ed Scissor, Strange U, Ronnie Bosh and Pitch 92 as well as their latest signing Datkid, plus loads more MCs and DJs to get the place jumping. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reaching one of these events in the past, then you will know what to expect and that what to expect is something special.
As is also customary, I have the opportunity for one of you lucky so-and-sos to win free entry for you and a faithful companion on the night itself. All you have to do to win is answer the following question:
What is the name of the forthcoming album from Datkid and Leaf Dog?
To enter, stick the answer in an email along with your full name and I will pick a winner at random on 1 April. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full line-up check the poster above and if you’d rather invest in some tickets instead, you can find them here.
Fresh out today comes the latest solo release from Four Owls MC, BVA. Despite keeping himself busy with The Four Owls, Brother of the Stone and his label duties at RLD, this is the first solo project we have had since his 2014 Be Very Aware LP. Peep the EP features four brand new tracks produced by Illinformed and Leaf Dog, with BVA’s pen-game and wordplay as sharp as ever. You can stream the EP below with downloads available via RLD Records. Continue reading “BVA: Peep the EP (Stream)”
This week High Focus announced that their latest signing to the label is Datkid, followed quickly by news of an album between him and Leaf Dog. The Demorus MC has been steadily building his rep for years and is widely regarded as one of the best MCs in the country, so HF seems like a good home for him.
Crud Addict is the first taste of the album and features a slick video shot on location in NY by Craig Capone. The Confessions of a Crudlord LP is due for release shortly. Stay tuned for more news on that soon.
Big things from Brothers of the Stone as they return with their new album, Return to Stoney Island. It’s been three years since Leaf Dog, BVA and Illinformed released their self-titled debut album and during the hiatus the trio have been busy with various solo projects, and other crew affiliated releases. They have also found time to connect with some of rap’s finest, as Return to Stoney Island sees the Brothers being joined by Inspectah Deck, MOP and Young Zee, as well as recent rising voice, Rome Streetz. UK features come from regular sparring partners, Eric the Red and Smellington Piff. The album is available to stream below, plus there are CD and vinyl options over on the RLD store. Continue reading “Brothers of the Stone: Return to Stoney Island (Stream)”
It’s not long now until the new album from Brothers of the Stone is unleashed and last week saw the release of the next glimpse at what it holds in store. Overseers sees Leaf Dog, BVA and Illinformed uniting with none other than Wu favourite, Inspectah Deck. The video was made by Jess Daly. Return to Stoney Island is due for release on 4 December on RLD Records.
Big single from the upcoming album from Brothers of the Stone aka Leaf Dog, BVA and Illinformed. Leaf has a particular talent for drafting in some of rap’s bigger names for features and Overseers is no expection, as the trio are joined by Wu legend, Inspectah Deck. The track is lifted from Return to Stoney Island, which is due for release on RLD Records on 4 December.
Happy to see the arrival of the debut album from Green Brick Records, as Res One and Illinformed drop the long-awaited A Dogs Dreams. Featuring 11 tracks from the UK stalwarts, plus a whole host of guest spots from the likes of Inja, Verb T, Smellington Piff and Leaf Dog, as well as Res’s fellow Split Prophets, the album is a strong start for the fledgling label. You can stream the full project below, with downloads and limited edition vinyl available over on Bandcamp. Continue reading “Res One & Illinformed: A Dogs Dreams (Stream)”
Fresh animated visual from Ocean Wisdom, for the next track to be lifted from his acclaimed Wizville album. Tom & Jerry is produced by Leaf Dog and the duo have recently achieved the rare triumph of seeing the track being chosen for the Fifa 19 soundtrack. Wizville is out now on High Focus. The video was made by Grizzle Animation Studio.
Confident rhymes meet solid boom bap vibes on the latest single from Blacksmith. For Represent he has enlisted the help of Leaf Dog and the pair deliver a strong track, which had its premiere yesterday on GRM Daily. Expect a lot more from the Bristol wordsmith and his AFT Raps family coming very soon. The video was made by RXTN.