Wednesday, 21 September 2016

More Bounce Presents Slick Rick Live In Manchester

Ricky D
Slick Rick

After a massive turn out for Pete Rock & CL Smooth last month at Mantra Warehouse, More Bounce wastes no time in rolling out the red carpet for yet more Hip-Hop royalty. Slick Rick finally makes his return home for his first ever tour in the UK! The Ruler starts his 5 date run of shows here in Manchester.

Put Friday the 25th of November in your diaries and be sure to get your tickets when they drop this Friday (23rd September). Check the Facebook event page here for updates and more information.

A few of his classic videos follow.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Tupac Shakur 20 Years On...


September 13th 1996 was the day Tupac Shakur took his last breath in Las Vegas, six days after being shot multiple times in a still unsolved case. Today, in 2016, is the 20th anniversary of his passing and only seems like yesterday that it happened.  

Tupac was genuinely one of my favourite artists growing up and it was a really sad day for me when he died. I never get involved in the debate of who was the greatest rapper to do it because ultimately it doesn't matter and it all comes down to opinion. He was much more than just a rapper. I prefer to call him an artist and activist.

He was often contradictory with what he put in his music but he was always memorable. That's why his music still resonates today. Other than music, he was a great actor with a number of movies under his belt including Above The Rim and Gridlock'd which are personal favourites of mine. And of course there is Juice, his debut in movies. That is a classic.

Anyway, just  few words from me to note the occasion. 20 years have passed by so fast and this is an unfortunate milestone to mark it with. I'll always be a fan.


Friday, 2 September 2016

Dr. Syntax & Pete Cannon - Downtime (Video)

Dr. Syntax

After a busy summer on the festival circuit with The Mouse Outfit, Dr. Syntax returns with his partner in crime, Pete Cannon, with their new project "The Tonic EP". Their first single and video from the EP is "Downtime".

Synners walks the streets of Manchester pondering on the big wide world that's out there and how most of us are trapped in the system like caged animals. Everyone needs a break from the cycle!

Check the video below, shot and edited by Ellis Meade, and then be sure to cop the new EP which is available now over at Bandcamp. Also, the pair are on tour starting this month so be on the look out for a local date near you.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo - A Couple Dollars ft. Joell Ortiz (Audio)


Apollo Brown and Skyzoo release another single from their upcoming project "The Easy Truth". This time bringing in Joell Ortiz to add a guest verse, both Skyzoo and Joell comment on their memories of the struggle coming up with "A Couple Dollars". Apollo Brown provides a poignant and string laden track which is really quite superb.

Check the track below. Look for "The Easy Truth" September 29th.


More Bounce Presents Pete Rock & CL Smooth Live in Manchester / Best Of... Mix by DJ Friedz


In less than a week More Bounce, once again, welcome Hip Hop royalty to Manchester. This time we see Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth make their first appearance together in what is bound to be a memorable and landmark performance for the city.

The show will be taking place at Mantra Warehouse in Ancoats on Saturday the 3rd September. Tickets are available in various outlets around the city and also here on Skiddle. An after show party will also be in effect in The Whiskey Jar basement from 11pm onwards.

As a bonus to get you warmed up for this great booking, DJ Friedz coincidentally dropped a "Best Of Pete Rock & CL Smooth" this week. Including some of their unmistakable classics, Friedz also drops soundtrack cuts, collabs, remixes and album cuts. Check the mix and track list below.

One In A Million
What’s Next On The Menu
I Got A Love
The Basement
Lots Of Lovin’ Remix
Carmel City King
Ghetto’s Of The Mind
Anger In The Nation
Soul Brother #1
If It Right, It Ain’t Right
Act Like You Know
Don’t Curse
Straighten It Out
Today (by Tom Scott & The California Dreamers)
It’s Not A Game
Da Two Back On Da Block
Down With The King
It’s On You
In The Flesh
Get On The Mic (Remix)

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Children Of Zeus - Still Standing (Lenzman Remix feat. DRS) (Video)

DRS, Tyler Daley and Konny Kon
After seeing an official release of one of the biggest tunes of the year with "Still Standing" on First Word Records, Children Of Zeus return with the remix. Not content with the praise they already received in soul and Hip Hop circles, this remix opens them up to a whole new market.

Liquid producer Lenzman takes the reins on this with an added verse from the mighty DRS to take this beautiful re-imagining over the edge. All this comes complete with a second video for the track which you can check out below.

This track will live on Lenzman's upcoming "All For You" EP which is due for release on the 23rd of September. Pre-orders get you this track instantly via The North Quarter.  Alternatively, head to iTunes for the digital release.

Be on the look out for more new music from Children Of Zeus soon with some very special collaborators.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Suicide Squad: The Music Videos

Rick Ross and The Joker in the video for Purple Lamborghini

The build up to the release of DC's next movie in the extended cinematic universe has been one of the most rampant campaigns we've seen for a long time. Suicide Squad has had numerous trailers, TV spots and extended character profiles since the teaser of the film a year ago at San Diego Comic Con.

Another route Warner Bros has taken, which is often neglected these days, is the accompanying musical soundtrack. Made up of a majority of new music and a few covers, there have already been four music videos released. Two of these dropped in the same week in June, the third on the day the movie hit cinemas and the fourth a few days later.

The videos so far are from twenty one pilots with "Heathens", Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons and X Ambassadors with "Sucker For Pain", Skrillex and Rick Ross with "Purple Lamborghini" and Kehlani with "Gangsta".

All the tracks feature in the actual movie and for the most part fit extremely well, showing that some thought was put in to the compilation. Jared Leto even reprises his take on The Joker in the video for "Purple Lamborghini". Watch all four videos below. We may even see more. Who knows?



Friday, 29 July 2016

Joey Bada$$ - Devastated (Video)

Joey Bada$$

A couple of months after the release of his crossover hit "Devastated", Joey Bada$$' team release a video montage of his live performances of the track. From the thoughts of never making it to where his success has taken him now, it's fair to say that this is a feel good song if there ever was one. It's a little different from his previous boom bap efforts but is still a great track.

Check the video below and make sure you get your copy of the song on iTunes. I've also added his live appearance on SKEE TV from a few weeks back.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

More Bounce presents The Beatnuts *CANCELLED*

JuJu and Psycho Les

Friday the 5th of August sees the return of The Beatnuts to Manchester for the first in over a decade. More Bounce continue to add to their amazing line up of events that have seen the likes of EPMD, Camp Lo, The Pharcyde, Cormega, Large Professor and Masta Ace among a host of others. Not to forget, More Bounce host Pete Rock & CL Smooth this September.

Up next though, more Hip Hop royalty in the form of JuJu and Psycho Les aka The Beatnuts. The 'Nuts have a number of classic records and bangers for days and are always a firm fixture in many set lists across the globe. Check a few of them below if you've forgotten or don't know.

In support on the night they are joined by local favourites The Bluntskins (Pro P, Cheech and Bill Sykes) who will drop some homegrown boom bap to warm things up. You can check them out over on Bandcamp. More Bounce DJs will lace the night in between acts.

Definitely not one to miss. Tickets are available via Skiddle . Also, check the Facebook event page for any updates or announcements.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Bishop Lamont - Back Up Off Me feat. Xzibit (Video)

Bishop Lamont and Xzibit

A few months after the release of his single "Back Up Off Me" with Xzibit, Bishop Lamont drops the video to the track.

Bishop Lamont has dropped a number of single releases so far this year but it also promises to be the year that his highly anticipated album "The Reformation" arrives. It's been a LONG wait.

Watch the video below and download this track and more over on his Soundcloud page.

Torii Wolf - 1st (Remix) feat. Dilated Peoples (Video)


Following the release of her debut single "1st" produced by DJ Premier, Torii Wolf returns with verses from both Rakaa and Evidence of Dilated Peoples. Originally the single features vocals from the two cut up by Preemo for the song's chorus. 

To accompany this remix is a new video featuring Dilated Peoples and a brief introduction to how the remix came about.

You can expect Torii's full album to be released soon produced exclusively by DJ Premier. The single and this remix are both available on iTunes. Watch the video beneath.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Masta Ace - Y.B.I. (Young Black Intelligent) (Video)

Masta Ace

Following the release of his much anticipated new solo album, "The Falling Season", Masta Ace delivers the first visuals for his single "Y.B.I. (Young Black Intelligent)". 

Over production from the album's sole producer, KIC Beats, Ace is assisted by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Pav Bundy on vocals. The track is closed out with spoken word from Public Enemy's Chuck D.

"The Falling Season" is available now and you can watch the new video below.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Chalk - An Ode To The KP (Video)

Chalk - Growth album cover

Relocating to Thailand late last year has by no means stopped the musical output from Chalk of The Natural Curriculum. Definitely not, as the new solo album "Growth" has arrived. The first single to be lifted from the project and given a video is "An Ode To The KP". 

The track is a dedication to kitchen porters and minimum wagers who are living cheap and doing what they need to do to keep money in their pocket. I'm sure we can all relate!

Check the video below and go to Bandcamp for the album.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Children Of Zeus - Still Standing (Video)

Konny Kon and Tyler Daley

After what seems like years of dropping free music on Soundcloud, Konny Kon and Tyler Daley aka Children Of Zeus finally release the visuals to their first single on First Word Records. "Still Standing" is on one side of the recently released vinyl. 

Manchester soul and Hip Hop at its best that should definitely be supported. You can get yourself a copy of the vinyl including "Still Standing" and "No Strings Attached" through First Word Records now. 

Check the video below and get yourself the music here.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Light Podcast Mixtape 009 - D.I.T.C.


The good folks over at The Light Podcast have put together a Diggin' In The Crates compilation as part of their running mixtape series. Stream or download below and be sure to check out their podcast too at The Light Podcast


1. The Big Picture - Big L (The Big Picture) 
2. Funky Technician - Lord Finesse (Funky Technician)
3. Bad Mutha - Lord Finesse (Funky Technician)
4. Isn’t He Something - Lord Finesse (Return of the Funky Man)
5. Stop Sweating the Next Man - Lord Finesse (Return of the Funky Man)
6. Party Groove - Showbiz and AG (Soul Clap)
7. Soul Clap - Showbiz and AG (Soul Clap)
8. Diggin in the Crates - Showbiz and AG (Soul Clap)
9. More Than One Way Out of the Ghetto - Showbiz and AG (Runaway Slave)
10. 40 Acres and my Props - Showbiz and AG (Runaway Slave)
11. Hard to Kill - Showbiz and AG (Runaway Slave)
12. Catchin Wreck - Showbiz and AG (Runaway Slave)
13. Represent - Showbiz and AG (Runaway Slave)
14. Best Kept Secret - Diamond D (Stunts, Blunts…)
15. Check One, Two - Diamond D (Stunts, Blunts…)
16. Flow Joe - Fat Joe (Represent)
17. Da Fat Gangsta - Fat Joe (Represent)
18. Time’s Up - O.C. (Word…Life)
19. Put It On - Big L (Lifestylez…)
20. 8 Iz Enuff - Big L (Lifestylez…)
21. Street Struck- Big L (Lifestylez…)
22. Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous - Big L (Lifestylez…)
23. Add on - Showbiz & AG (Goodfellas) 
24. Next Level (Original version) - Showbiz & AG (Goodfellas)
25. Watch Out - Fat Joe (Jealous One’s Envy)
26. Brainstorm PSK - Lord Finesse (The Awakening)
27. Speak Ya Peace - Lord Finesse (The Awakening)
28. My World - OC (Jewelz)
29. Stronjay - OC (Jewelz)
30. MUG - OC (Jewelz)
31. Hypocrite - OC (Jewelz)
32. Jewelz - OC (Jewelz)
33. Flowin - Diamond D (Hatred, Passions…)
34. 5 Fingas of Death - Diamond D (Hatred, Passions…)
35. This One - Diamond D (Hatred, Passions…)
36. K.T. - Diamond D (Hatred, Passions…)
37. Drop it Heavy - AG (Full Scale)
38. Dignified Soldiers - Showbiz & AG (Full Scale) 
39. Triplets - Fat Joe (Don Cartegena)
40. Weed Scented - AG (The Dirty Version)
41. Day One - DITC
42. The Enemy - DITC
43. Stand Strong - DITC 
44. Deadly Combination - Big L (The Big Picture)
45. Holding it down - Big L (The Big Picture)
46. Platinum Plus - Big L (The Big Picture)
47. Pain - Diamond D (The Diam Piece)

Friday, 18 March 2016

Dubbul O & Pro P - As We Proceed (Album)


Two years on from their first collaborative album together, "Omega", Dubbul O and Pro P prepare to release their second project "As We Proceed". The LP will be available on Bandcamp through Room2 Records.

Check the link for the album preview tracks and pre-order followed by the video for their first single "The Eyes Know" beneath.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Timeless Truth - Cold Wave (Video)

Oprime and Solace

The brothers of Timeless Truth escape the confines of Queens to the great outdoors but continue to be freshly dipped in their beloved Polo (with a hint of Carhartt) in their new video for "Cold Wave".

This track is taken from their newly released and much anticipated album of the same name. Expect features from the late great Sean Price, Your Old Droog, Ill Bill and production from DJ Skizz, Roc Marciano and Large Professor among others.

"Cold Wave" is available now.

Skematics - Wrong Feels So Right ft. Crestastarr (Video)


Skematics drops the second video from his EP "Somewhere In The Gray" which is released later this month. "Wrong Feels So Right" features vocals from Crestastarr.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Shotty Horroh - JAB (Video)

Shotty Horroh
You know, I've always found it funny how boring "artists" who make it to the mainstream think that they really hold any weight when it comes to actual talent. The fact that a bunch of kids who still play their tinny MP3s at the back of the bus support you says a lot. Throwaway.

It seems like I'm not the only one who thinks like that and I'm glad a certain "artist" is being called out on it too. Shotty Horroh via Link Up TV has just systematically dismantled your little sister's favourite rapper.

Dr. G provides the soundtrack to this verbal beating and you need to listen to it now.

Shouts to Day and Jord. I see you.


Monday, 29 February 2016

The Making of "Disposable Arts" by Masta Ace (Documentary)

Masta Ace "Disposable Arts" album cover

It's been 15 years since the release of Masta Ace's classic album "Disposable Arts" but a few years ago in 2013 the album was re-issued by Below System Records out of The Netherlands. Packaged with the album was a making of the album documentary that was only recently put online and premiered by Ambrosia For Heads.

Stories behind the tracks are discussed with Ace himself along with a number of the producers and artists featured, including Stricklin, Wordsworth, Punch, Rah Digga, Domingo, Xplicit and DJ J-S1 to name a few. This is a really interesting watch if you're a fan of Masta Ace and what sparked his return to music after a six year break and the obstacles Ace and his team faced just to put the album out.