We had the chance to get to know Bilal through various Hip Hop songs as the guy who sings the choruses and sh*t, but lets take a moment to enjoy his singing. Nah, not just his singing. His voice, his spirit, his lyrics and Adrian Younge‘s magic fingers on the Rhodes piano. Goodnight, good morning, whatever.. Any time of the day, this is butter for the ears.
Somethin’ to mellow out to.
Nottingham native, Cappo, first entered the world of hip-hop as a grafitti writer, and started rapping at an early age. By ’95 he was rapping daily, and was one half of a two man group. No releases, but the experience was enough to boost him to go for self, and he went on to do his first proper live show at Nottingham Carnival, summer ’97. Since then a regular on the Notts scene, and renowned for holding his own against any emcees, local or international.
Not one to sit on his mic, Caps has been well busy on the production tip, and his First Knight 3 track demo in summer ’98 was soon followed up by his self-produced self-financed 15 track demo album The Cap Tape Volume One, leading to an approach from SON, a track being featured on Disorda’s UK artist’s showcase Mind The Gap series, and a four-star album review in HHC.
Since then he has released his first piece of vinyl, the Cap 3000 EP in ’99, appeared on one of the best received tracks That’s The Way It Goes, on the Lost Island album Forbidden Ground and the killer posse track 7even on the recent Mad Doctor X Project X 2 EP. He has also released his first full length LP Spaz the World on Brighton based label, Zebra Traffic.
I can’t remember the last time I heard something so dope from ’99.
An interesting and creative song called Many Days from the long awaited debut album from Manchester Rapper/Producer Ellis Meade. This 20 track LP is a masterclass in versatility and creative ability from the Room2 Records Co-Founder, with Ellis doing more than the lion’s share of vocals AND production, not to mention the heap of music videos he has directed and edited for the project.
With tracks of varying tempos and styles, Ellis effortlessly laces this sonic journey with a smooth intricacy that only the man himself can deliver.
Features include rappers Sparkz, iLLChill from L.A and Boston born France based rapper Mattic, and producers Pete Cannon, Kydro and Proclaim Knowledge, as well as vocal features from Laura White, Mali Hayes, and Cher.
Dowload the All I Can Do LP here.
The third and the last day Fresh Island Festival was non-stop party till the early morning, with Tim Westwood, Big Narstie, Cut Killer, Dj Target, Pusha T, Stormzy, Jme and more. Lots of people, positive energy, sweat, wonderful sound & vibe and beautiful sunrise at the end is an excellent way to finish a festival.
Legendary French Dj – Cut Killer was amazing with his great, great set on Papaya stage.
Pusha T started rocking about half an hour earlier it was planned. His fans were, of course, thrilled too see him. Vibe was great during the whole perfomance. Pusha was nailing it with Nosetalgia, Numbers on the Boards, Future‘s Move That Dope and more. He was also spitting on Chief Keef‘s Don’t Like beat. Oh, yeah, he also rapped his verse from Kanye‘s Runaway. Feedback was excellent, as expected. Towards the end, he kept reminding the crowd that We aint done! after each song. He was rocking (only) about 45min, but it was hell of a concert.
Skepta, unfourtunately, couldn’t make it to Fresh Island. BUT! People were more than happy to see and hear his brother JME on Kalypso stage. Him, great Stormzy and the Noisey crew were keeping the wild crowd on their feet till 6am. They were playing various tracks and all of them were perfect for what the people needed – having a great time.
Written by: Ralphie
Photo credits: Zeta Uploader, GOXMAG, Dino Ninković Photography, Goran Telak
Fresh off “The Growing Process” tour with Dizzy Wright and his album with DJ Hoppa, Demrick returns with a brand new album, this time in collaboration with superproducer Scoop Deville (Kendrick’s The Recipe, Poetic Justice), Snoop’s I Wanna Rock).
The Loud Pack: Extracts album is due out August 14th with guest appearances from Berner, B-Real, Asher Roth, Paul Wall and more. The latter appears on the albums first single Kush Cloud.
Pre-Order: Loud Pack: Extracts
Make sure to catch Demrick and Scoop on Berner’s “Cookies or Better” tour coming to a city near you!
Check out the dates.
Enigmatic L.A. wordsmith Blu recently released The Return, a limited-edition vinyl + digital EP highlighting a standout track from his most recent album Good To Be Home. To celebrate the EP’s release, Blu is now debuting the official music video for The Return, complete with remixed audio and a new beat from Bombay.
Appropriately drenched in Cali sunshine, the video provides the perfect compliment to Bombay’s soulful soundbed and Blu’s intricate, heartfelt wordplay. Blu’s new EP features not only The Return, but a remix of the Good To Be Home standout Rap Dope by Haz Solo, assorted instrumentals, and the exclusive non-album bonus track Thriller (and the remix Triller). Thriller features appearances from frequent Blu collaborators Sene, Definite, and Cashus King.
Check out the interview with Rakim here or read it just below.
AL: We first worked together back in 2000, when I did the A&R coordination for Bathing Ape, and we did that track NYC to Tokyo with your old manager the late great Bill Blast. What was the first street wear item you had to have growing up as a kid?
RA: I think the first time I was particular about having some sneakers was the Chuck Taylor’s. Na mean, coming up just a little dude. We were rocking the white high tops in the hood heavy.
AL: What dropped next?
RA: After that the shell top Adidas popped off. I remember telling Mom, it’s enough of these Skips. I used to rip my Skips up and tell Mom, I need a new pair of sneakers.
AL: What was the evolution between that and like, Dapper Dan?
RA: Dap, he’s the OG, he would sew a suit on your back.
AL: For a guy to make custom clothes in that era ,of that quality shows such innovation. That’s the core of American street fashion, it’s to take something dope and flip it on a street level.
RA: And that’s what the hood was doin. We was taking records that was made already, sample it up, do it again. Put that neighborhood touch on it and it’s a whole new world.
AL: And that’s exactly what Dapper Dan was doing.
RA: Yeah, and I feel Dap for doing that. He took high fashion and made it for the hood. Gucci, Fendi, Louie, they wasn’t making leather jackets with the hood. They wasn’t making leather pants. They wasn’t doin all that. So for Dap to bring all that to the table was genius.
AL: Is it safe to say Dapper Dan is the first American street wear designer?
RA: We gonna have to say that LaCrate, Dap is that dude. Early.
AL: I agree man. So let’s switch up a little bit. You started out on 4th and Broadway records. After you dropped the first single, how fast were you doing shows?
RA: About 2 weeks later we were booked at Latin Quarter, Rooftop, and Union Square.
AL: Can you describe a little bit what the NYC club scene was like back then?
RA: I remember sitting at the table on the side of the club and Just Ice would be on the other side of the club. Just would scream across the club, “Yo Raa”, “Yo Raa” and me and Just would go and sit down. I remember when cats like Alpo, sent some Moet over to the table. The music was loud the club was packed.
AL: Thanks for this interview Ra.
RA: LaCrate, thanks for the interview my dude.
Sivilo se udružio s Bvanom i Vojkom kako bi izbacio novu traku pod nazivom Kipar. Produkciju pjesme potpisuje Marknroll.
The first single and video from Gangrene’s new album “You Disgust Me,” featuring Action Bronson and directed by Jason Goldwatch.
New Album “You Disgust Me” in stores 8/7!