Swedish producer/deejay duo Create & Devastate present their single, “Most Confident,” featuring west coast mic technicians Wildchild and MED, taken from their May 21st extended play project of the same title. The eight track release also includes Mykill Miers and boasts remixes from Swedish producers Freddie Cruger and Max I Million. Original and remix instrumental passes included. This mix will also be featured on Coalmine’s forthcoming Unearthed compilation.
North West London artist Razor has been working hard on his grind for time doing live performances up and down the country and getting award nominations for Exposure Music and The Official Mixtape Awards. His latest release is ‘The Distraction’ is the follow up to last years ‘Progression’ mixtape release and what a killer it is too. This EP once again sees Razor giving us humble and honest opinions whilst be entertaining. His flow and confidence seems to have grown since his last release and his music seems to stick out amongst a bunch of music that seems to be coming from the smoke. Razor is one of the hardest working emcees in the UK and releases like this confirm that hard work pays off. Make sure you grab this because the whole vibe here is special. Well recommended.
Razor – The Signs Feat. Tevyn J (Music Video)
Razor – The Distraction EP (Track-listing)
01 – The Distraction (Intro)
02 – The Signs Feat. Tevyn J
03 – The Relationship
04 – The Break Up
05 – The Closure (Interlude)
06 – The Cure
07 – The Distraction (Outro)
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Review by Josh Powell
This is a great track that the guys over at Park Street PR sent us. This is so cool, a track that people who actually work ‘legally’ for their money can rejoice in. The track also known as ‘The Employees’ anthem has a commercial and viable feel to hit the mainstream but still remains relevant for dj’s to spin. I can see this one being massive.
Jerry The Human – Job Swag
Jerry The Human – Treat My Number Like It Don’t Work
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Lawtown representative Ghetto a/k/a GH comes through with the first leak off his upcoming Mixtape Chain Smoking, dropping on the holy grail of smoking days, 4/20. “Fuck Wit U” is produced by DJ Concept & it’s what Ghetto calls “the hardest track on the mixtape.” ‘Chain Smoking’ includes features and production from Smoke DZA, Fat Trel, Sean Price, Reks, Lee Bannon, MoSS and more.
Trek Life’s new album with Duke Westlake “Hometown Foreigner” is out everywhere now, but we wanted to take a moment for people to hear the mixtape DJ Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkies put together featuring some of Trek’s greatest moments. The mixtape (playing off the album title Hometown Foriegner) is called “Hometown Heroes” and was originally released only as an actual mixTAPE. We pressed it on limited edition cassette, then Rhettmatic himself promoted the tape at SXSW this year. The original tape version is also available for free when you pick up the new album on CD. But for people today, we wanted everyone to have a chance to hear the magic with a free download. The mixtape features Oddisee and Exile among others, as well as production from Evidence, DJ Babu, Duke Westlake, and more, and of course cuts and mixing by DJ Rhettmatic.
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TREK LIFE – Hometown Heroes (Mixed by DJ Rhettmatic)
J57, Booda French and Koncept linked up while overseas on “The Full Bottle Tour” to create this posse cut. Check it out below:
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Step out of the unusually cold start to Spring and into the exclusive Honeycomb Hide Out. Not only will be you be greeted by beautiful women, copious amounts of alcohol, and privacy, but you’ll also be welcomed by Wais P the Pimp and his coterie, which for the evening includes Mike Maven. If you haven’t had the chance to kick it with these guys, take a look into the good life over a track that was inspired by G Dep’s rhyme pattern. Want a look at the great life, though? Buy your VIP pass into the Honeycomb Hide Out with the NSFW version, featuring Ms. Mellanie Monroe and Ms. Mone Divine a bit more prominently. The video was shot by LVCHLD and the track, “G Dep (Locked In)” can be found on Wais P’s PV$$Y RICH mixtape. And just like with any other great short films, you get a bonus ending featuring Wais P’s “So Bad.” Ya dig?
Here is a brilliant new track from Bedford’s two brothers Mar2s and Ripz and what a corker it is too! There’s so much UK Rap around at the moment but the trouble is i find that its either lyrical and jazzy or banging and thugged out. This is original and the bars come thick and fast and the beat is exciting too. UK Hip-Hop just got another duo that deserve your attention. Make sure be on the lookout for more music from these two talented brothers.
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Straight out of Manchester comes this 90’s era influenced emcee that spits with sense and positive vibes. This free download is one of the best things we’ve heard so far this year, very poetic and melodic this hits the spot. If you like real Hip-Hop music you need to get up on Swift Kirabo.
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The Liverpool Hip-Hop scene isn’t really something I that aware of to be honest but ‘Spilt Ink’ has just made me feel like I have been missing out. This new album and fourth solo release from Innuendo features homegrown legends Tony D, Genesis Elijah & AC and mixes up dubstep and grime vibes with classic Hip-Hop boom bap. There’s no doubting that this geezer can spit and I love the accent too, damn this is just so original. Loving this, I even want to buy the tee-shirt.
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Mista Flix is one of the most slept on emcees in the UK in my opinion. He has a solid work ethic but doesn’t overkill it as some artists do. This quality over quantity approach while remaining relevant is a hard balance for any emcee, but when you’re happy doing what you love then the music automatically feels more sincere. His growth since his first release has been immense and that can been seen as he handles this cut from his new EP well. De Facto Entertainment really seems to have a knack at releasing really good music!
The track features a guest sixteen from YNR’s Micall Parknsun which in all fairness I thought Flix might get overwhelmed by, but instead he has stepped up the mark with confidence and gone in nice on a beat created by the well respected UK producer and De Facto Entertainment boss Stealf. The remixes from Evil Ed and Jazz T are cool too, but being real the original is so strong that it remains my favourite of a good diverse bunch of different interpretations.
An instrumental is included here for emcees who want to murk this quality production and the accapella is there for producer to flip their own version or for deejays to mix and cut up. Watching something grow and develop is such a joy and the outcome has been immense. This is our favourite UK Hip-Hop track at the moment for so many different reasons. Whatever you do make sure go and get this from Bandcamp right now.
01. Classic Writers (First Edition) 02:51
02. Classic Writers (Evil Ed’s Hardback Edition) 02:52
03. Classic Writers (The Jazz T Reprint) 02:44
04. Classic Writers (The Flix & P Abridged Notes) 02:31
05. Classic Writers (The Stealf Maschine Manual) 02:51
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Words: Josh Powell
Mista Flix Feat. Micall Parknsun ‘Classic Writers’ (Prod. by Stealf) Music Video
With a lot of UK music its made to be underground on purpose, which is fair enough, but when i hear releases with this much effort and passion I do think how acts like XOTR aren’t a lot more popular. This is good on so many levels, as every track earns its place on the album street mixtape. Its quality throughout and it really amazed me. Quality mixdowns and superb singing vocals with heart felt raps. This is something really special. #Impressed.
Words: Josh Powell
UK Runnings Presents XO The Rebellion – Kush & Cognac (Track-listing)
01 – Intro (Tricksta)
02 – Urban Decay (Prod. 5n6)
03 – Dream (Remake Prod. Cardiak)
04 – Numero Uno (Prod. MilesAway)
05 – G’d Up (Prod. MilesAway)
06 – Red and Black (Remake Prod. PushaBoy)
07 – Light Up Trees (Prod. 5n6)
08 – My City Acoustic Cover (Performed by 5n6)
09 – Shades of Green (Prod. 5n6)
10 – Is This the Way (Instrumental) (Composed. 5n6) (Bonus Track)
11 – Outro (Tricksta)
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Queen Of Hearts f. Mayer Hawthorne
The Black Opera dropped their latest bit, a love song of sorts, entitled “Queen of Hearts” off at XXL for Valentine’s Day. The track is a mellow introspective rundown of all the things that “She” is, or could be, to her King. Who is “She”? Decide for yourself. The Black Opera and fellow creator Mayer Hawthorne, who is featured on the hook of this track, each have their own interpretation of the perfect “Queen of Hearts”.
Mayer Hawthorne, who has coined his new-school Motown sound, adds a spicy eloquence to the track while the TBOG’s speak on who their ideal Kueen is, and who she isn’t. Lines like “She could be my Queen to be” are greatly opposed by others such as “Im not tryina make a hoe a baby momma, drama”. This song is more than your average Valentine’s Day bullshit. Treat your girl to the MP3 of “Queen of Hearts”, not dinner at the Sizzler tonight, player.
Message From The Black Opera:
“While in search of his Queen of Hearts, or some would say, KUEENZ of Heart, the King was not very trusting with any of his beautiful possibilities. Once he learned how to trust himself, then and only then, was he able to trust and L O V E Without A Limit.”
Multiple Skillz teams up with producer J.DotMusik for this superb new EP… ‘When Two Worlds Meet’. There’s a good mixture of harder more trap styled sounds as well as soulful more urban vibes here. This is right up our street and we honestly believe it will be up yours too. I love this emcee’s tone and flow, very confident and stylish.
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When it comes to music Luko Owen$ is not staying inside the box. His approach to music is simple, give the people what they want and let them decide whether it’s good,”there is no way you can predict a hit you just got to let it happen”. Born and raised in the Shreveport Louisiana suburb of Minden, Luko honed his skills as a rapper freestyling at parties and battling in cyphers all over his neighborhood known as Warsaw. Luko one fourth of the rap group (Foe Headed Monsta) recently released his debut solo mixtape “#platitbyear” and it is steadily gaining popularity over the internet and in the streets. His current single #Winning is a positive and playful song reminiscent of hip hop’s Golden Era. Luko, an Iraq War Veteran has seen hard times and death in his lifetime and he has learned to channel that negative energy into some positive music the likes of which has gotten him exposure on Hot 97 in New York City and attention from several major labels.
Luko, being no stranger to the music business, is poised to change the game. Luko aka Lucas Owens was born and raised in the City of Minden, Louisiana located in the Shreveport-Bossier metropolitan area known as the Ark-La-Tex. As a youth Luko grew up in the rough and tumble neighborhoods of Shiney and Warsaw. During this time he saw many of the socio-economic problems associated with crime, urban blight, and drugs. Luko at a young age decided to tune out his problems and channel that into intricate and vivid poetry about his neighborhood. Soon Luko began to freestyle among friends at home and at school. Later after a brief stint in college Luko joined the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq for a tour of duty. Upon his return Luko along with his cousin C.C. and area freestyle legend Kay Jones decided to start rapping making recordings that gained instant recognition from everyone in town. Soon they formed FOE also known as Family Over Everything.
This organization grew to be over 20 members strong in two years. Next he formed the local rap supergroup Tha FOE Headed Monsta with Dat Boi Hill, C.C.,and FB Ferrell. The group gained moderate radio airplay with local hits like Self Esteem and Designated Driver. The group was also featured on Hot 97 in New York City. After a brief hiatus Luko decided it was time to go solo releasing his long awaited debut mixtape “#playitbyear”. Luko always an optimist is confident that his latest effort will be remembered for ages as one of the best mixtapes his area has ever heard. He also promises to always give his fans and listeners good quality music.
Sean Born and the Low Budget Crew bring out the torches for the new video Grandeur off the album “Behind The Scale.”
A gritty 90′s style album for those who grew up on Illmatic, Midnight Marauders, Only Built for Cuban Links, Moment of Truth, and Ready to Die. Behind The Scale shows the other side of what some are glamorizing about street life and drug trade. This is unfiltered, real sh*t on tape. Some of the stories are intensly personal and Sean second-guessed including them, but if it ain’t raw it ain’t real. Behind The Scale is about change, transition and growing up.
Sean Born – Grandeur (prod. Kev Brown)
South London artist & producer Floops has released a new mixtape in the form of ‘The One Man Band’, a ten track project that showcases his talents behind the boards and on the mix. Hard hitting with a relevant urban feel, this is something you need to grab. Banging production and some catchy tracks, this is a strong release.
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The temperature is rising. I can feel a new wave. A London Wave… that’s right folks this is a win – win situation. If you’re like me and on the ball then you’ll already know about Yaeo. Think about it… you downloaded the F.L.I.P Mixtape with UK Runnings right? Well this is the rapper that kills it on the remix of the ‘Reppin’ track. What’s more, he is a one man army, a true musical entrepreneur and has already had the thumbs up from French Montana and Max B, two really big legends in the New York scene.
‘Brandy Dreams’ is a mixtape that reflects where Yaeo is as an artist. It really gives you a full scope of what he is about and what vibe to expect from the full length debut album that drops in 2013. This mixtape is a real mixtape, utilising sound effects and drops from some of the scene’s biggest rappers and mixtape deejays, Yaeo himself is probably unaware of how much of a future classic this is. With killer collaborations with the likes of Cerose, Queen Vic and Wordsmiff all impressing, this collection also has those solo tracks that really give depth to the mixtape.
This is an enjoyable release because it doesn’t sound like anything else. In fact it would be true to say that Yaeo doesn’t sound like anything else, or maybe in fact it’s probably best to say that nothing sounds like Yaeo. I’m in, I’m feeling this mixtape and the whole vibe and the whole international appeal is inspiring. Let’s hope he could be an emcee from the UK who could do well in the UK as well as the USA.
Words: Josh Powell
Yaeo ‘Brandy Dreams’ (Full Tracklisting)
01. French Montana Intro
02. FlipLife Freestyle Feat. Supar Novar
03. They Don’t Like Me
04. MHawk Gang Feat. Queen Vic & Wordsmiff
05. One Of Us Feat. Ruthless
06. Gang 4 Life
07. Run Of Tha Mill Feat. Cerose
08. Holla If U Need Me Feat. Max B
09. Call 4 Help Feat. Wordsmiff
10. Dog Or Snake
11. That Distant Land
12. Red Stripe Blue Alize Feat. Renee
13. In & Out Tha Hood Feat. Bigga Threat
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Talented UK artist TBLESS has released his new video and because its Christmas he’s decided to give it you free! What a tunnnneee!!! Shout out to Rekless Beats who killed the beat on this one!
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After creating a buzz with his series of Mixtapes Zoot Break 1 and 2, Footsie is back with another street anthem featuring grime heavy weights such as JME, Jammer, P Money, Chronik and Newham General partner D Double E. Included in the bundle is a BANGING REMIX BY FILTH COLLINS and the instrumental PRODUCED BY FOOTSIE himself has also been added to the bundle!