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.
Today is the day that TrueMendous delivers her new EP into the world; her first release since joining the High Focus ranks a couple of months ago. We had already been treated to a couple of singles from the EP and today, to coincide with the release, High Focus have dropped another new video. Sweetheart finds the Brum MC at her sharpest, as she obliterates some grimy yet slick production from Chemo. The production remains strong throughout the EP, thanks to further contributions from Pitch 92, Illinformed, Winchester and Marcus Jakes. All in all it feels like the perfect vehicle for showcasing TrueMendous’s talents and one that will hopefully get her the shine she deserves. You can hear HUH? in full below, with downloads available from the usual spots. Continue reading “TrueMendous: Sweetheart + EP Stream”
On Wednesday it was announced that High Focus had increased their numbers once again, with the introduction of TrueMendous onto their roster. It’s a win on two levels, as TrueMendous is an incredible MC who deserves more recognition, but also she is the first female artists to be signed by the label since their inception back in 2010, which is definitely a move in the right direction. For her debut HF release, the Birmingham MC has teamed up with label-mate Pitch 92 for That Don’t Mean, which provides a perfect snapshot of her energetic flows. The video was made by Leon Matthews. That Don’t Mean is available to stream now and stay tuned for more new music from TrueMendous coming soon.
Another important release that has surfaced in the end of year flurry, is the latest album from Lunar C. After the success of his Dirtbrain LP last year, the Bradford rapper delivers an album which finds him sharper and more entertaining than ever. It’s the same blend of depraved humour, killer punchlines, self-deprecation and hilarious braggadocio, but with a more focused and cohesive feel. There are guest spots this time too, including VVV’s Juga-Naut, who kills his verse on Last Action Hero, and Roll Deep favourite, Mango, who joins Jehst and Lunar on Zero Fux. I can’t find much information on the production credits, but I know Pitch 92 and Jehst definitely both played a part, and I would hazard a guess that beats from HashFinger and Muckaniks are probably in the mix as well. The whole album can be streamed below and downloads can be found on Bandcamp.
Keeping the momentum going, here’s the brand new video from Verb T and Pitch 92. Frostbitten is the latest gem to be mined from their recent album, A Question of Time, which is out now on High Focus. The video was made by Parallel Media.
A very welcome return to the blog from Lunar C, as he kicks of a new week with a brand new track. On Very Important, the Bradford MC outlines just how important he is compared to the rest of us mere mortals, over some stunning production from Jehst and Pitch 92. For a man who is already renowned for his highly skilled wordplay, Lunar seems to be getting even better which means his new album should push him ever higher into the UK rap stratosphere. The video was made by Killmoney and keep an eye out for a couple of cheeky cameos.
This Saturday, the fair city of Brighton once more becomes the epicentre for UK hip hop, as the High Focus gang descend on Concorde 2 for another monumental party.
Yesterday saw the release of the latest video from Verb T and Pitch 92, as the High Focus duo continue to ride the wave of success from their most recent album. Checked In is lifted from A Question of Time and features some typically dope video work from Storyboard Visuals, including a cameo from Verb’s old friend, King Kashmere. The album is available now on all the usual platforms.
It’s a great day to be a rap fan as we round the week off with the full release of the latest album from Verb T and Pitch 92. Continuing with the successes of their earlier effort, Good Evening, the High Focus duo have upped the levels once more with an album that finds both Verbs and Pitch on top form.
As the release date for the new Verb T and Pitch 92 album draws ever closer, High Focus yesterday unveiled their latest video, featuring a lot of undead co-stars. The album, A Question Of Time, is due for release on 30 August. The video for Tragedy & Comedy was made by Storyboard Visuals.