Friday, 18 November 2016

A Tribe Called Quest - We The People (Video)


A week on from the release of their hugely anticipated final album "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service", A Tribe Called Quest drop the video to "We The People".

RIP Phife.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Alicia Keys - Blended Family (What You Do For Love) feat. A$AP Rocky (Video)

Alicia Keys

A week after the release of her latest album "Here", Alicia Keys drops the video to her single "Blended Family". After the messy to start to her relationship with husband Swizz Beatz and the fallout with his previous partner Mashonda, it seems like they've all managed to co-exist for the sake of their kids.

Assisted with a verse from A$AP Rocky about his own upbringing within a busy household, Ms. Keys delivers a great video with a lovely sentiment.

Check the video below. The new album is available everywhere now.

Monday, 31 October 2016

More Bounce presents Diamond D vs. Large Professor


More Bounce once again bring legends to the basement of The Whiskey Jar as they host Diamond D and Large Professor on the Manchester leg of their "45 Soundclash Tour".

Two of the best producers on the mic will be in the city on the 10th November, so make sure you get your tickets and be part of another historical night. Check the Facebook event page for more details.

Anderson .Paak - Come Down (Video)

Anderson .Paak

Despite the relative success of his "Malibu" album, Anderson .Paak hasn't gone overboard with the visuals to accompany it. Here we have his second music video from the LP for "Come Down".

This Hi-Tek produced funk banger definitely delivers on the vision I had in my head, even if it's over before you know it. A great video for a personal standout from the album. 

Check the video below and listen to "Malibu" in full if you haven't already.

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.