Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cormega - Industry (Video), This Is 50 Interview, Sway Interview & Industry (Juice Crew Remix)(Audio)


After hearing about the upcoming album from Cormega at his show in Manchester in late 2012, it was definitely the news everyone that was there wanted to hear. The fact it was to be produced entirely by his co-headliner that night, Large Professor, was just the icing on the cake.

Last week "Mega Philosophy" finally arrived and it doesn't disappoint.

Mega has been busy promoting the album with appearances on various radio shows and dropped a video for the first single "Industry". Today, Respect premiered a Juice Crew remix featuring verses from Masta Ace, Craig G and Kool G Rap!

Below I've included the video for "Industry", video interviews with Sway Calloway and Young Jack Thriller for ThisIs50 and the audio for the "Industry (Juice Crew Remix)". Enjoy and if you haven't already got the album, you know what to do. It's on iTunes for a start.



Thursday, 24 July 2014

Apollo Brown on Rhythm Roulette (Video)


Mass Appeal head to Detroit to see Apollo Brown construct a beat with random records for the latest episode of "Rhythm Roulette".

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Mobb Deep - Low feat. Mack Wilds (Video)


Taken from their latest album, Mobb Deep reconnect with Mack Wilds for the video to "Low". The album "The Infamous...Mobb Deep" is available now.

Props to NewHipHopVideo for the early upload.

Kirk Knight & Dyemond Lewis of Pro Era - Extortion (Video)


Kirk Knight and Dyemond Lewis of Pro Era drop a video for "Extortion" taken from the brilliant EP "The Shift" sponsored by Scion AV.

You can download the EP for free here.

Action Bronson's Fuck, That's Delicious Episode 3


Action Bronson drops the latest episode of "Fuck, that's Delicious" and this time shares his experience here in the UK, stopping by Liverpool, London and Manchester on the way. Bronsolino actually has roots here in Manchester. He mentions it here but I remember him talking about it the first time I saw him live a few years ago.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The UN - Time For Some Action (Unreleased Free Download)

The UN

An old (new) unreleased track from The UN has recently surfaced and is being offered as a free download through Digi Crates Records out of NY. Taken from the sessions for their classic album "UN Or U Out" released back in 2004, Roc Marciano, Dino Brave, Mike Raw and Laku are all present on the track produced by Strong Arm and Mike Raw.

Stream or download the single below.

Ugly Heroes - Naysayers & Playmakers (Audio)


After the success of last year's self titled album from Ugly Heroes, the trio are back with the first single from their forthcoming EP which is again a self titled piece. Verbal Kent and Red Pill supply verses over Apollo Brown's signature production on the track "Naysayers & Playmakers" which can be heard below and purchased on iTunes.

Look for the "Ugly Heroes EP" to drop in mid August. It can be pre-ordered now.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Magnum Opus: The Making Of Puff Daddy's Can't Nobody Hold Me Down (Video)


Love him or hate him, no one can deny that Puff Daddy has more than a few hit records under his belt. The majority of these came from his production with the likes of Mary J Blige, Biggie Smalls and 112 to name a few artists. These are tracks that are still heard to this day.

Complex turn to his breakout hit as an artist with his 1997 single "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" featuring Mase and go behind the making of this important record in Puffy's career. As well as talking to Puffy, Complex also get comments from Mase, Nasheim Myrick (co-producer) and Dante Ross. They discuss the creation, the impact of the record and the questions that arose from using an already popularised sample.

Watch the episode of "Magnum Opus" below. The full video for "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" featuring Mase is also included beneath.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Edward Scissortongue - Theremin (Video)


Edward Scissortongue drops the video for the title track from "The Theremin EP". One cut that I've been playing repeatedly since the release now has an excellent video to accompany it. Props to Leo Weston, the director et al.

"The Theremin EP" is available on High Focus physically and on iTunes digitally.

SZA - Julia (Video)


SZA drops a new video for her 80's influenced track "Julia". This is taken from her current EP "Z" which is available now on iTunes.

Tony Touch - Touch N D-Stroy feat. D-Stroy (Video)


The opening track from Tony Touch's latest album has been given the visual treatment. Over production from DJ Premier, Tony touch and guest D-Stroy drop a verse each on "Touch N D-Stroy".

"The Piecemaker 3: Return Of The 50 MCs" is available everywhere.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2014: 10th Anniversary (Video)


Once again, another Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival has happened and I haven't been. Like I keep telling myself, "there's always next year".

This year saw another great line up including Pro Era's CJ Fly, CyHi The Prynce, DJ Rob Swift with Brand Nubian and the headliners Jay Electronica and Raekwon. As always there were a few surprise guests who showed up. Most notably were the performers that Jay Electronica brought out. 

A lacklustre verse from Mac Miller was followed by Talib Kweli and J.Cole jumping on stage to perform Reflection Eternal's "Just Begun". There were always going to be suspicions that Jay's label boss would show up and after a delayed and mistimed cue, Hov himself did show his face for a few cuts.

Check a selection of highlights below. More videos are up on Daily Motion.


Friday, 11 July 2014

Bright Lights - Total Slaughter's Main Events (Documentary)


Ahead of tomorrow night's highly anticipated pay per view battle event Total Slaughter, Watch Loud have released a short documentary on the four headliners taking part. "Bright Lights" takes a look at the mindsets and preparation of Murda Mook, Loaded Lux, Joe Budden and Hollow Da Don.

The pay per view can be streamed at Watch Loud tomorrow.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

DJ Skizz - Light Years feat. Roc Marciano, AG, OC & Godfather III (Video)


DJ Skizz opts for an animated visual for his latest single "Light Years". The track features vocals from Roc Marciano, AG, OC and Godfather Pt. 3. This is taken from the album BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Experience) which is available now.

Monday, 7 July 2014

J57 - Been A Long Time feat. ATR (Video)


J57 drops off the visual to the track "Been A Long Time" featuring ATR on the vocals and Exile on the boards. Originally heard back in January, this single lives on the free EP "Wax Aesthetic" which you can get here.

Nardwuar vs. Wu-Tang


An extended edition of one of Nardwuar's many interviews. This time with a handful of the Wu-Tang Clan. They talk about some of the movies they've sampled, the older records they did (including The Genius' first pop track) and Raekwon bugs out at Nardwuar's attire.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Krafty Kuts on Crate Diggers (Video)


One of the reasons I enjoy the "Crate Diggers" series so much is because of episodes like this. The passion and pure enjoyment that music brings to the DJs who play it. This episode with Brighton's Krafty Kuts is a brilliant example. Watch the latest installment below.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

7evenThirty - Hook Heavy feat. Sean Price (Video)


7evenThirty drops the visual to the Gensu Dean produced and Sean Price assisted "Hook Heavy". They aren't fans of using hooks apparently.

The album "The Problem" is available now on Mello Music.

Souls Of Mischief - There Is Only Now feat. Snoop Dogg (Video)


Nearly a year after the news that Souls Of Mischief were returning with a collaboration with producer Adrian Younge, we finally see the first glimpse of the project. The new single and video for "There Is Only Now" features the one and only Snoop Dogg. As mentioned previously, Ali Shaheed Muhammed is to be the narrator of the new album and he features in the video.