Tag Archives: Alblums


in the caff with the missus on sunday morning, she opens up the guardian, and out pops the glossy mag, and who’s on the cover?

the kid 50 cent.

curtis is there inside discussing his co-sign-co-op of the 48 laws of power, of those books that people always say you should read, cos they read it in jail..a cold hearted self help book, if you will.

anyways, fuck all that, he’s still releasing bangers, “flight 187” being one example.

i could ramble on about how people get the wrong end of this guys career, focussing on the negativity, rather than the fact the guy has tons of charisma, is funny on record, and can actually rap.i know hotasballs is mostly a h8tr free zone, so i don’t need to.thafe.

coming off the back of releasing three dope albums for free, bussing his whole projects to great adventures out of his own pocket, and relentless jigga baiting.shouts to gervias for getting in the clip, too.

nice lil trip back the 90’s with this one, check fif’s comments at the end.

“they in rainbow club”

like michael jackson, i’m feeling this kid..

Recognized as a leader in Central California’s hip hop scene, steering a vibrant pack of young artists with his innovative style and originality in his music, Fashawn is more than ready to take on the world with his debut album “Boy Meets World”. Produced entirely by Los Angeles native Exile, “’Boy Meets World’ is just a story about a kid growing up,” explains Fashawn. “It’s my story, it’s very honest, it’s very in depth. So whatever you thought you knew about me, listen to this and you’ll really get a good look at who I am. It’s going to be classic.”

an oldie.

some footage from the lab.

dope “on the spot” freestyle, with some actual freestyling.

a little promo for “boy meets world”


i’m banging the soul assassins new lp, intermission right now.muggs is better than ever, and only one song with b real!

check out soul assassins radio, on the web.too.oh, and, no-homo for saying “banging”…

new Beastie Boys featuring Nas [& Hot Sauce tracklisting]…

I always get a bit worried when I hear about new beasties material, and the same goes for nas making party records (oochie wally anybody?)

Never the less, gotta pay attention when either of these artists have something new to offer as they are among the most important figures in the history of hip hop.

This track is called too many rappers, essentially the flows have been done a million times before but it’s a solid enough track and a fair concept.

Can’t find proper finished audio version so this live rendition will serve as a teaser until the new album “HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE PART 1” is unleashed on the 15th of September.

Full alblum tracklist below:

1. Tadlock’s Glasses
2. B-Boys In The Cut
3. Make Some Noise
4. Nonstop Disco Powerpack
5. OK
6. Too Many Rappers (featuring NASTY NAS)
7. Say It
8. The Bill Harper Collection
9. Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (featuring Santigold)
10. Long Burn The Fire
11. Bundt Cake
12. Funky Donkey
13. Lee Majors Come Again
14. Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament
15. Pop Your Balloon
16. Crazy Ass Shit
17. Here’s A Little Something For Ya

Too Many Rappers with NAS [LIVE at Bonnaroo]

B-Boys in the Cut

Lee Majors

Spinal Tap return to radio…

BBC Radio 2  joins the three band members of Spinal Tap in the studio for a catch-up and to hear tracks from their new album, Back from the Dead.

Listen in on Saturday evenin or catch it later on I-Player

Beastie Boys – Pauls Boutique [Audio Commentary]

For the few that are still intrigued by the recording techniques, the involvement of the Dust Brothers, the ‘serving of turkey to strangers on the street’ mushroom filled trips, the accidental way that DJ EZ Mike scratched his way into our hearts and other nonsensical yet imperatively important minutia of one of the finest Hip-Hop alblums ever, you can still download the ‘digi-download’ commentary here. Did you know that Ad Rock cant even remember recording a bunch of stuff from this alblum? Now you do.

Peep the ‘factoid’ section here for a couple of visual versions… amongst other things

Commentary for Check Your Head is also available here

How about some Britcore?

Before the likes of Dizzy and Wiley, there was another homegrown scene of doubletimed raps, 100bpm tracks and tales of urban decay. It was referred to as Britcore, and it was excellent.

“Take this down, circa 1992” (Gunshot, mind of a razor) artists like DJ Krash Slaughta, Depth Charge, Gunshot, Killa Instinct, Hijack, First Down, Hard Noise, Kobalt 60 and First Frontal Assault were truly doing it for the UK.

Here was a generation of hip hop fanatics making music representative of their own lives. Nobody expected to become famous, nobody expected to get rich or attempted to make a watered down version of what the Americans do so well. They just loved hip hop and wanted to make the music, in their own way. As regionalism was irrelevant in a scene that spanned the whole country, the result was a fusion of all elements of hip hop; the vocals, the artwork, the dancing, the production and most noticeably the scratching not only represented but flipped on its head.

The most prevalent themes of this movement were cult movie and heavy metal imagery (from gunshot parodying John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 on the sleeve of their seminal Patriot Games album to samples of Robocop, Aliens, The Warriors and Let Him Have It throughout the genre and ultimately Gunshot featuring Napalm Death’s Shane on guitar duties), envelope pushing scratch routines that the rest of the world just wasn’t doing, lyrical depth made all the better for its natural dialect and cadence (Hijack and Kobalt excused) and a whole heap of sirens and guns.

Sadly, this scene was largely ignored in the UK but props from Germany, France, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Japan and Korea gave these artists an opportunity to make a humble living and fly the flag for the British hip hop. It’s a damn shame that in this age of UK raps biggest successes, it is also arguably in its sorriest state.

On reflection the production is slightly muddy, it all sounds alike and often it can be difficult to hear what the rappers are saying due to budget recording techniques, but that’s the the beauty of it, it was meant to be raw, it worked best played on a tape, dubbed from the vinyl in a shitty old Vauxhall Nova or through headphones on a crusty walkman whilst riding the number 21 from Shirley to town.

During this period, there were countless debates as to why this music wasn’t blowing up, and when would British rap ever be big? Well now it is, and it’s shit!

But it’s nice to remember those bitter times when all we had was hope that the mainstream would actually understand us.

By far the best ever British hip hop group, Gunshot:

Killa Instinct, Bandog is the best rapper ever to come out of , er, Reading: (Anyone mentioning Tinchy Stryder is reading the wrong blog)

Let’s not forget Hardnoise:

And although Kamanchi Sly is a bit of a tool and these guys went on to make the worst record of all time (Pied Piper, Do Ya Really Like It? No I hate it!) Hijack deserve a mention for the awesome power of DJ Supreme and Undercover. Here it is right from the horses mouth, Hijack influenced the Invizibl Skratch Piklz:

Although modern UK rap is a bit of a joke (aside from the awesome, long awaited Richie Sodapop album) there was a time when we made hip hop you could be proud of.

Fuck grime!

when it drops….

they the west !

DJ Quik & Kurupt – 9xs outta 10 audio from 9 Elements

this shit is swineflu

quik & kurupt